Date: 24th February 2017 at 12:00pm
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See what I did there!? Manager Chris Hughton has now met with the media to preview this weekend’s clash against Jaap Stam’s Reading.

Having held his pre game press conference, the Official Site have picked out the main points from the meet and greet and here’s what he had to say as we look for another three points to keep the battle on for the Championship title.

‘Whatever our results are going into the game, and whatever theirs are, there will be one team that does better on the day, and hopefully that`s us. Ultimately it`s about three points, but it does add more meaning to the game, and it would certainly give us an advantage if we were to win.’

Former Manchester United defender Stam came in for praise as well given the work he’s done with Reading since he arrived as their gaffer.

‘I`ve been hugely impressed with the manager and the work that he`s done this season. They play a style of football which is very expansive. From the start of the season, where there may have been some frustrations with that, he`s built a philosophy that`s got stronger and stronger as the season`s gone on. Absolute credit to the manager, but they`ve also got very good players. Sometimes when you`re embarking on a new system, particularly an expansive one, you`ve got to have good players to get the results that you want.’

Whilst it’s all eyes to Reading, Hughton knows what we have coming up around the corner and with the battle tight with Newcastle United for top spot, he’s obviously hoping to see us build on victory over Barnsley and keep this run going.

‘As soon as you get through that weekend, it`s very much onto the next game. With our standards, we went through a difficult period, particularly away from home. So at the time, it felt like a big win (Barnsley), and certainly at the moment, they all do. But come Monday morning, we were very focused on our next game against Reading.’

Hughton went on to say.

‘Every time that we play a game that we feel is a big game, we look at the fixture list for the other teams and their games are equally as tough. It will be like this until the end of the season, lots of ups and down, lots of fixtures for all of us, but it will be the teams that come out of that best, that will have the best chance.’

Questioned about the ongoing promotion push, clearly the gaffer is confident but he also knows we can’t take anything for granted and unfortunately that was the lesson from last season.

‘Our aim going into this season was to, in whatever way, endeavour to get promotion. If you said to me now, and it would be no different for any other manager, that you can guarantee promotion, I`d accept it in whichever way that was. You have to go about your business in the right way, try to win as many games as you can and put yourself in the best-possible position.’

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