Date: 23rd February 2018 at 3:29pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has spoken of how he’s looking forward to seeing Brighton host Swansea City at the Amex Stadium this weekend.

Welcoming Carlos Carvalhal’s side to our ground for the next Premier League clash, Hughton was quietly confident as he spoke to the Official Site as although he knew it was a ‘massive’ match to be relished, it was only the ‘next massive match’ we face between now and the end of the season.

With record signing Jurgen Locadia making his goalscoring bow in the FA cup victory over Coventry City, he’s obviously in Hughton’s thoughts.

‘In regards to being available and up to speed, it`s always a question of how long it takes someone to get into a rhythm when they`ve been out for a period of time. He`s certainly available and will be better for having played 75 minutes in our last game. He`s there alongside the competition of everybody else.’

Hughton went on to say that Locadia gives us a different dynamic up front.

‘He`s different to the strikers that we have and he`s also a player that`s used to playing in different formations. He`s not only played as a number nine, but also in a 4-3-3 at times for PSV. He`s got good movement and he`s somebody that`s prepared to run in-behind. He complements what we already have.’

As for the game itself, he knew we were getting to the crunch period of the season and it’s all to play for given how tight the bottom to the middle of the table is.

‘It`s certainly a massive game, but only until the next massive game – that`s how it is at the moment. I can understand the thoughts around this game because we`re playing a team in very good form at the moment. But they`re in an area of the division where we are. These are the types of games that you certainly don`t want to lose. We`re in good form as well, and we`ll need to use that good form and home advantage to give ourselves the best-possible chance of getting a result. At this stage of the season, these games become more meaningful and I can understand why people would look at this one.’

With Glenn Murray continuing to contribute and finding the net three times in his last four matches, Hughton went on to say.

‘One thing about Glenn is that whatever level he plays at, he`s always somebody that can score goals. He has this knack of being in the right place, but also a real desire to get into the right place at the right time. What changes over a period of time is your ability to get around – but at Glenn`s age, he still has a huge ability to get around a football pitch.’

Hughton went on to say.

‘He had a foray into this division before and perhaps it didn`t go as well as he would have liked, but he`s somebody that wants to play on as long as possible and they`re the driving factors for him.’

Turning attentions to Swansea more specifically, the gaffer was full of praise for the impact Carlos Carvalhal had had since he arrived at the Liberty Stadium.

‘He`s a very good manager but also a very good individual. He`s one that I`ve seen before and after all of the games that we`ve played, irrespective of what the results have been. He`s somebody that relishes managing here in England – and as you can see by his press conferences, he`s thoroughly enjoying working in the Premier League.’

He added.

‘He`s a football man that very much enjoys being here and is very good company. He`s an experienced manager and at this moment, he`s getting the best out of them. Probably the big change is the formation. Sheffield Wednesday predominantly played a form of 4-4-2, but what he`s done is identify the difficulties Swansea were in and put a structure in place to get results.’

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