At his pre-match press conference Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton gave a team news update, spoke about the character within his squad, assessed his side’s points tally so far, praised the form of Seagulls frontman Glenn Murray and spoke about the return of Jose Izquierdo.
Q: You’ve come back from 2-0 down in the last two matches and drawn both, what does that say about the character in the squad? - Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam
A: “It shows great character; I was probably more disappointed more with the first-half performance against Southampton than I was for the Fulham match.
“To come back on two occasions is not something that you’d want to happen too regularly and generally if you go 2-0 down in a Premier League game, it’s very difficult to come back from that. However, it does show a great determination and desire from a side not to lose a football match.”
Q: What’s the team news ahead of the game? - Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam
A: “The only one still out is Pascal [Gross]. The good news is that the other players have trained. [Florin] Andone has played 45 minutes [for under-23s v West Ham United], and [Jose] Izquierdo is training at the moment. We have no other injuries.”
Q: Do you think where you are in the table is a fair reflection of your performances so far this season? - Premier League Productions reporter Adam Cottier
A: “We’re playing in a division that’s a very tough one for us. The Manchester United performance was probably as good a performance during my time here, but it’s very difficult to always hit those levels, which we showed in the last couple of games.
“If you’re summing up what this league can be like, then there isn’t a bigger example of that than Southampton away. I thought we were very poor in the first half and very good in the second. It’s about trying to be as consistent as we can, but we’re playing against very good teams.”
Q: Glenn Murray is in excellent goalscoring form, is he getting better in terms of the role he’s playing in the team? - Premier League Productions reporter Adam Cottier
A: “I don’t know if he’s getting better. If you asked me whether I would accept the same from Glenn this season compared to last season, then I would say yes. You get wiser as you get older, and Glenn’s game has adapted in that way. Physically it may catch up with you, but he looks after himself very well and that gives him the best-possible opportunities to give his best.”
Q: Will having Jose Izquierdo available for selection again be like having a new signing? – BBC Sussex reporter Johnny Cantor
A:“Yes it will because I thought he was very good for us last season and what he does give us is a goal threat. I’ve also been delighted with Solly [March]. He’s had a good pre-season and is benefitting from that.
“With Jose out, Solly has been able to play the number of games he’s had, but it’s great to have that competition for places.”