Date: 3rd May 2016 at 6:23pm
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With a one all draw on Monday against Derby County, manager Chris Hughton has now turned his attentions to the promotion decider against Middlesbrough.

With on loan Manchester United striker James Wilson salvaging a point from the Derby game to take the automatic promotion race to the final day for that second spot, Hughton challenged the side to cause an upset in our trip to the Riverside and finish off the 2015/16 campaign in style.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Hughton was obviously disappointed that we didn’t win the game, but he was confident going into the Riverside trip.

‘If somebody had told us at the beginning of the season that we had to go and win at Middlesbrough to get promotion, then we would have bitten their hands off. Most challenges we have faced, we have risen to this season and this is going to be a very big challenge, but one that we will look forward to. They are at home, and that means they will rightly be the favourites, but favourites don’t always win football matches. They are a good side and we have got no doubts that it will be very tough task, but a wonderful challenge for this group of players. We will have a good week and make sure that we do everything right and look forward to a very tough game on Saturday.’

As for thoughts on the Derby game itself, he was pleased to see us continue the unbeaten run but he knew the game really should’ve gone differently given how we started the game.

‘It was a very important equalising goal from a momentum perspective and from our point of view it shows that even down to ten men how desperately we can work to get back into this game. It was one of those games – a close game – where I thought that perhaps the team who maybe had that little bit of fortune or that little bit of guile to create something that would prosper. We got into some really good areas in that first half, but we were up against a very good championship team today and it was a game that could have gone either way.’

He did however have praise for the opposition.

‘Derby did very well. They got into a good shape and made it very difficult for us. When that is the case, you have got to be able to prise them open and you have to get into positions and have that bit of creativity. Sometimes it might be a set play that changes the balance and then the game opens up a little bit, but I thought that certainly in the first half we were the team more likely to score, but they had some good moments as well.’

With Lewis Dunk’s sending off, Hughton ended by saying that in reality he could have no complaints about that but the unfortunate thing was he would be a loss for the next match as he serves his suspension.

‘There doesn’t seem to have been too many complaints, but I cannot speak categorically about it though because I have not seen it again. He will be a massive miss; he has been very good all season and even when he went through a difficult period earlier in the season, he showed great character to come through that and he has been excellent for us.’

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