Date: 21st August 2017 at 11:33pm
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Brighton are back in action later this evening as we host Barnet in the second round of the EFL Cup.

With a difficult start to life in the Premier League, Brighton have opened with two defeats so far, the manager has told fans he will be rotating the squad to give some a rest and others an opportunity, but he’s putting out a squad capable of taking victory to boost spirits again.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media ahead of the game, Hughton explained.

‘I will use the squad and it`s a good opportunity for me to use the players that haven`t played yet or missed a few games in pre-season. These players will have a chance to play. But when you are on the back of a few defeats, you want to get that winning feeling back again. We had been used to that in the last couple of seasons and it`s a good feeling. We`re desperate to get that back, and this is our next opportunity, so hopefully we can do it then.’

Reflecting back on the defeat to Leicester City at the weekend, Hughton continued to see positives but he knew we also needed improvements.

‘You always have to find positives. Certainly with regard to our possession in the game and working that ball into the final third, those are the areas I was quite happy with. What we needed to do better was not to concede at the time that we did, which made it very difficult for us and we needed to show more quality once we got into the final third. Certainly there were some positives and we will endeavour to improve as much as we can and learn as much as we can from these first few games.’

Hughton also confirmed that with new signing Jose Izquierdo’s international clearance still not in as of yesterday, he has taken the decision to rule him out of Barnet so he can focus on training as with a long wait for his work permit the player hasn’t fully trained for ten days, so he now won’t be thrown straight in.

Anthony Knockaert is expected to make his first start of the season though given his fitness was a little bit behind the others following the ankle injury he had.

Soufyan Ahannach and Ales Mateju could also potentially debut.

Steve Sidwell is ruled out however following a minor back injury that sidelined him for Leicester, but he’s expected back for Watford.

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