Date: 6th November 2015 at 5:31pm
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Manager Chris Hughton and midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey have given their thoughts ahead of this weekend’s tie against MK Dons.

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Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, Hughton explained firstly that he was expecting another tough game as well as covering team news and the coming international break.

‘Bobby Zamora had a session on Thursday and will train today. We are very hopeful that he`ll be available for Saturday`s match. Bobby is very important because he plays in a position where you know you`ll have to make changes. All the forward areas in general are places where you have to change the personnel regularly. He is the only target man in the squad, so that makes it more important to get him back for Saturday.’

Hughton went on to say that Gordon Greer had done a light session on Thursday so he was set for proper training today and then he’d be assessed, but his issue was only minor so there are no great worries there.

Kazenga LuaLua again should be back after the international break.

With England’s Under 21s with us for their game against Switzerland at the Amex, he went on to add.

‘What we need to and what we will do is look after them the best we can. It`s always good to see Gareth Southgate; he`s someone that I speak to regularly and he is very good getting at back to us when discussing our players for his squads. It`s great to host the England under-21s` game against Switzerland U21`s. It`s a reflection of what we have here at the club, and it`s great to look after them for the three days that they`ll be training here at our facility.’

Of course we have three in the set up as well in the shape of Christian Walton, Solly March and Forster-Caskey as well.

‘To have three of our players in the squad is fantastic; it is a reflection on what the club is trying to achieve and they are three young players that have come through the system here in different ways. Christian Walton has had less involvement this season, but he has been out on loan with Bury, Jake Forster-Caskey has played a few games for MK Dons and Solly March has featured a lot this season. This is the direction the club wants to go in, with the facilities we have here and our category one status. These factors mean we have a good opportunity to develop our own players and bring them into our first team.’

As for the opposition this weekend, more specifically he added.

‘They haven`t changed the way that they play, their style is very expansive with some good passing. I know that they have struggled in this division, but that`s normal. A newly-promoted club are going to experience difficulties, as have Bristol City and Preston North End. What they have shown in their latest result is that there are small margins in this league between each club. With Bristol City and Preston, they were both on a good result coming into the game against us and it`s the same with MK Dons, after they beat Charlton 1-0. We know what type of game to expect, we certainly know how they will play, and we just need to make sure we are playing at a standard that will get us a result.’

As for Forster-Caskey having not long returned from his loan spell with Karl Robinson’s boys, he knows them well and he explained that we would have to be on our game as despite their struggles this year they have plenty of quality and do carry a number of threats.

‘The manager likes to play football and you can see that with the way he sets his teams out. He wants his teams to dominate possession and while I was there, we were dominating possession in every single game. I don`t think they`ll change when they play us. They`ll try to keep the ball and it will be a good game because both teams like to press and there could be a few goals as well. I really enjoyed my time at the club; the manager made me feel welcome and so did the boys. I went straight in and started every game and played every minute. For me it was the perfect loan move; I got some good minutes under my belt and thought I performed well. But now I`m back and my focus is on playing for Brighton.’

With potential history to be made this weekend for Brighton with a 17 match unbeaten record up for grabs, JFC said that it hadn’t come into the thoughts of the players as they need to approach it as just another game.

‘We`ve had a few draws now, but we`re still unbeaten and if we continue to play like we have been this season, then we`ll definitely be up there. I have not heard one person talk about the run in the dressing room. No one has even mentioned it. There a few of us who haven`t played many games, but when the team is playing well you can`t have too many complaints. You always back the boys and hope they do well. In training, you want to push for the shirt, but if they keep winning games, then there`s not too much you can do. But the gaffer has been good with me and it was just a case of being frustrated at not playing. I`m here now; I will train as hard as I can and take it from there.’

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