Date: 2nd October 2015 at 6:50pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has given his thoughts ahead of this weekend’s game against Cardiff City.

Audio – Greer Talks Form

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference the gaffer said that he was looking forward to a solid run of Amex based games – three out of the next four – and he was hoping to see the side continue their current form and really give the home faithful something to shout about after two long away trips in recent times.

‘We are pleased for the supporters because they have had two long away days, and as we know most games, unless they`re London ones, are usually going to be long trips. The support has been tremendous at both the recent away games. They have been terrific at home games too. I think they have liked what they have seen this season and we have a responsibility to try and keep that going and its one that always has to work both ways.’

With it known that Jamie Murphy’s red card appeal was rejected, Hughton was still amazed and disappointed by the decision, and having been asked about his thoughts now he had time to sleep on it – not a lot had changed.

‘I find it very hard to understand, we were confident that our appeal would be successful and we would get the decision that we feel, still now, would be the right decision. It seems incredibly harsh for a lad who has never been sent off before, in a challenge that you can see there`s no intent and nothing malicious in the challenge. He slipped as did many players on the day, with no obvious intent, no strong contact apart from sweeping the player away, no studs up, no legs raised. I found it very hard to understand why it hasn`t been overturned and to miss three games for that is incredibly harsh.’

With Murphy missing the game as he serves the first of a three match ban, Kazenga LuaLua is also out and whilst Hughton knows it leaves our left hand side weaker, these are the things you have to deal with and it’s why you have a squad and now whoever he picks to be the replacement has an opportunity to impress and stake a claim now.

‘Our two natural left-sided players are out, but these are the situations that you have to be able to deal with. We have a strong and competitive squad at the moment, we have been fortunate over the season so far with injuries, we have picked up a few knocks of late but at the moment, apart from Kazenga and Jamie being suspended, we have everyone available. These are the challenges we have to get around; we have to make sure we get on with it.’

We can of course welcome Andrew Croft’s back to the squad now though as he continues to build his fitness following injury and Hughton knows that it’s a big boost for the player himself, but also our options although obviously we have to give him time to really get back up to speed given the trouble he’s had.

‘It’s hugely important for us and everyone is delighted for him. He’s had a tough time with a couple of bad injuries and testament to him that there isn’t anybody that works harder than he has to get back to where he is now. The relationship with him and the medical department has been very good, the fact that it’s the second injury he has had, the process has been very good, we have taken our time and worked it correctly.’

Hughton adds that at the moment he’s in a ‘good place’ and in his mind from a ‘fitness’ point of view he’s ready to be called upon if needed, but he does lack real match minutes at the moment, but again he couldn’t fault his work ethic in getting into shape to return.

You wouldn’t expect to see him this weekend I wouldn’t have thought but after the international break and maybe a behind closed doors friendly on top of additional sessions and a few game situations, he shouldn’t be far off a return.

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