Date: 18th March 2016 at 3:46pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has now given his weekly pre game press conference ahead of the weekend’s tie against MK Dons.

Speaking to the Official Site as he spoke to the media ahead of the game, a number of topics were covered including the obviously team news, his thoughts on the opposition but also the game later this evening between promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough and Hull City.

Beginning with team news, he confirmed that Bobby Zamora was set to return to training but he’d make a decision later on whether he’d figure in the match day squad or not.

‘Bobby Zamora will train ahead of the match after picking up a knock on his hip. There is a lot of competition in the squad so when he is back I`ll have another great option. Uwe Huenemeier is coming along very nicely. We will use the international break as time for Uwe to recover fully and get back into training.’

As for the opposition themselves, Hughton admitted MK Dons had had some good spells, and picked up a good point from Hull City so they come into the game in good confidence, and clearly we can’t under estimate them.

‘They have gone through some good spells and recently got a well-deserved point away against Hull City. They have been picking up good results, but so have the teams around them. They are a team that`s in good form and play a nice system which they won`t veer away from on Saturday. When you get to this stage of the season the games get a lot bigger and they became more meaningful. Everyone`s focus is on the next match and nothing else.’

The gaffer also had praise for the support of the fans so far this season, and he knows the players appreciate it and will need it between now and May.

‘They have been outstanding all season home and away. Being a local Brighton supporter, most of the journeys for away games are very long. They have been excellent wherever we have gone and the estimated turn-out on Saturday reflects our performances and our position in the league.’

Questions also turned to the partnership inkling between Sam Baldock and on loan Manchester United striker James Wilson, following their performance in their first game together.

‘It was the first time that James and Sam have played together. Generally, it`s been Sam and Tomer for most of the season. I was delighted that the two of them played together and on the back of a win too. It gives us great options with Bobby hopefully available as well.’

With tonight’s game being interesting for a few reasons, he went on to end his interviews by saying.

‘Middlesbrough and Hull are playing the day before us and teams in our position can get boosts from the final result. However, in my experience it has no bearing on the match I am involved in. The match can still go either way depending no the situation and everyone still has the same job. If we win on Saturday it will certainly make for a better international break. There are so many ups and downs in this league so you can`t go into a game thinking of other results.’

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