Date: 4th August 2015 at 4:57pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has said he was delighted with the performance and victory over Sevilla in our final pre season game of the summer.

Audio – Hughton & Baldock Give Thoughts

With the Championship opener only a few days away now on Friday against Nottingham Forest, Hughton explained to the Official Site that he felt Sevilla had been another good step for us ahead of that game and he was very confident that we were where we needed to be to hit the ground running this year.

‘We are ready from a team point of view and from a fitness point of view, but over the next couple of weeks we need to add to this squad. We have a really tough first three weeks of the season with the possibility – if we were to win against Southend – of seven matches in 23 days. Either way, it is a real tough start so we need to make sure that we add to the squad and we are working really hard to make that happen.’

With us beating the Europa League winners with a penalty from summer signing Tomer Hemed, the gaffer said it was an excellent work out for the team and it had done the world of good for our confidence.

‘It was a good final workout for a combination of reasons. It is always good to get a win in the last game before the season starts and we were up against very good opposition. It is similar to when you play one of the Premier League teams in a cup game – they are such good quality and they move the ball so well that sometimes it is difficult to really open up and express yourself. You can`t do that because if you do it too often against the likes of Sevilla, then they will punish you, and in the times where we lost possession during the game they were always a real big threat on the counter-attack.’

with the winner coming from 12 yards he did admit that it was a soft penalty from where he sat, but he’d take one of them every game in our favour.

‘From where I was the penalty looked a little soft but it is a goal and in your last game you want to remember the qualities in the game and certainly I saw enough. We know that come Friday it is a different type of test against a team at our level, so we will have to show some of the resilience that we showed today. Getting penalties is about a few things. It is about getting the ball into the right areas and showing endeavour and a little bit of cleverness in the box. Anything that can add to a goal tally is always good.’

With Sam Baldock playing his part in helping to win the penalty that led to the winner, he did an interview of his own where he talked about a growing partnership with Hemed and also his hopes of having a much better 2015-16 campaign at the club.

‘Who can ever call the Championship? There`s a couple of teams that have thrown a bit of cash about but that doesn`t necessarily mean anything. When you look at those two teams (Burnley and Bournemouth) their promotion was down to their team ethic and they scored a lot of goals. That`s where we struggled last season. Our team spirit has picked up and if we create more chances, and get myself and Tomer (Hemed) in good positions, then we`re confident we can get the goals to get us up the division.’

As for the partnership with our new summer signing, he went on to say that he felt they complimented each other well and had already struck up a good understanding that can only improve with more time on the training pitch and with game time.

‘it`s been going really well between us, especially in training. We are both strikers who like to know what the other one is doing. We openly said we can`t score the goals without other people so I think we`re going to benefit from one another.’

As for his personal hopes ahead of the campaign, he obviously has a goal target in mind after a disappointing last campaign.

‘It`s hard for me to put a number on it at the minute. Every striker wants to score goals so one a game would be nice – that`d do me.’

I think that would do everyone to be honest!

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