Date: 3rd November 2015 at 4:00pm
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Manager Chris Hughton and Jamie Murphy have previewed tonight’s clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

Beginning with Hughton, he told the Official Site that he was expecting a tough match from a resurgent Wednesday, but he was confident that we could keep our own run going.

There was also the regular team news update.

‘We`re very hopeful that Gordon Greer will return on Saturday. We just thought that tonight`s game has come too soon, having only just played on Saturday against Reading. Kazenga LuaLua will probably be back after the international break. It`s a combination of not wanting to risk him and having Jamie Murphy back playing well. If we had the chance to get Kazenga back right now then we would, because it gives us another nice option, but certainly at this moment we need to make sure we are dealing with him the best way we can.’

With returnees not being rushed, Hughton also went on to credit the competition for places we have and the fact that people coming in are doing a good job for him when he calls on them.

‘What you`re always striving for is competition for places and we have been fairly consistent in the teams that we have put out to play. There are players like Andrew Crofts who have returned and been involved in games already, which gives us good options in midfield. Connor Goldson is somebody who is used to playing and training every day; he has been training really well here and we`ve seen him on the bench in the last few matches. We have been reasonably fortunate with injuries this season, Gaetan Bong has been a big blow for us because it`s a long period of time, but we`ve done reasonably well with the lack of injuries so far.’

As for our unbeaten start to Championship life so far this year, and his obvious desire that this continues for as long as we can, he went on to add.

‘I am incredibly pleased and delighted with our start to the season. I have had three different teams in the Championship under three completely different circumstances. To hit the ground running after we have bought nine players in the summer is brilliant and I couldn`t be more delighted for the group. They have deserved it and as each game and week goes past, it gets tougher; but at this moment in time, nobody can take away where we are and what we`ve achieved so far.’

As for the opposition more specifically, he ended by saying.

‘You have to regard them as contenders for finishing at the top end of the table. The Championship is so competitive; if you look at the teams in form and the teams that are capable of being up there near the top, then you will get a rough idea of who will finish where. Sheffield Wednesday`s form at this minute says that they are in contention to finish high in the table come the end of the season. There are a lot of strong teams in this division and they will also be in contention come the end of the season.’

As for Murphy, in his own interview he talked more about the threat that Wednesday would pose, but also his belief in us given how we are playing of late.

‘They`re doing great at the moment, pushing up into a higher position than where they`ve been over the past couple of years, so it`s going to be a tough test. But we know there`s enough ability in that dressing room to win the game. We don`t go into any game looking for a draw or to hold on to a point. It`s going to be a tough game. You play against good players week in, week out in the Championship and Wednesday are no different. They`ve got lots of good players and are a good team as a unit. As soon as the match finished on Saturday, our focus turned to this game. We`ve prepared as well as possible; we had another session yesterday and we`re ready to go.’

With Murphy on a run of back to back goals in recent games, he goes into the match in good spirits as well on a personal level.

‘It`s been about a month in between the two games, but it`s always good to score, especially as we had a great away support at Reading – and to score in front of them was good. The positive thing about the break was that I was able to train every day and was kept in high spirits by all the boys and staff. I`ve got to say thanks to them because I don`t know what I would have done if they didn`t keep me involved in the squad. It feels good to get through it and start playing again.’

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