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HUGHTON: SIMILARITIES CAN BE DRAWN

8 February 2019

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that parallels can be drawn between the Seagulls and Saturday’s opponents Burnley. 

The Clarets visit the Amex Stadium for a 5.30pm kick-off this weekend on the south coast, and the Albion boss says that the two clubs share plenty of similarities ahead of the contest. 

He said, “They’re in good form and we know them really well having played them quite a few times over recent seasons. 

“Every one of those matches has been tight and there are plenty of similarities between the two clubs, that's what has made the matches close.

"I think most people felt that after their difficult start with the Europa League that they needed to get into a settled pattern in the league to kickstart their form.

“We play them in the middle of what is a very good run for them – they’ve got someone who I know well in Peter Crouch too from my time at Tottenham Hotspur, he’s got very good experience.

“I’m delighted to see him still playing at the highest level, he was a young player coming through my group when I was at Tottenham – he’s been doing things right for many years and it’s no surprise he’s still in the Premier League.”

Wednesday evening saw the side defeat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 after extra-time in the Emirates FA Cup at the Hawthorns to reach the last 16 of the competition, and Hughton spoke of the positive effect the victory would have on the group ahead of the game with Sean Dyche’s men.

“We’ve been pleased with the fact we’ve got a very competitive squad at the moment that allows us to change the team.

“It’s seen players get good game time under their belts – we’re strong on the bench and it’s about balancing all of the factors from Wednesday night ahead of the weekend.

“In terms of the mood of the group ahead of Saturday, it goes without saying it’s always better to be approaching matches on the back of a victory like we are after midweek.”

The matchwinner in the Midlands was Glenn Murray, whose brace in the additional 30 minutes after normal time proved to be the difference between the two sides in midweek – the striker now has 12 goals for the campaign to date. 

“Glenn looks after himself very well and shows no signs of letting up – during my time at the club he’s been really good," the manager continued. 

“He trains very hard – he’s never been blessed with a great amount of pace, but he’s always had a work ethic and an eye for goal, at the moment they’re two things that he’s managed to maintain.

“We don’t look at his age, just at what he gives the side – at the moment he’s worthy of his place in the team in a very good squad.”

Fans can watch the manager’s full look ahead to Saturday’s game with Burnley on Seagulls TV above – supporters can sign up to the service by clicking here.

Tickets for this weekend’s game remain on general sale. 

Supporters can secure their tickets on BrightonAndHoveAlbion.com/Tickets and via the Albion Booking Line at 0844 327 1901*

There is a £1.50 per ticket booking fee for in person and telephone sales, while a charge of £1 per ticket applies to online purchases. 

Seagull Travel will be running a coach to the fixture with a number of pick-up points across East and West Sussex. A full list of pick-up locations and bookings for all upcoming games can be found here, along with prices.

*Calls to the Albion Booking Line are charged at seven pence per minute plus your network access charge.


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