Date: 11th December 2015 at 7:05pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has held his pre Derby press conference, and as well as the usual team news update, he also spoke about the hectic festive schedule the club now faced.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game this weekend, Hughton explained on the selection front firstly.

‘We’ll assess Inigo Calderon. He trained for most of the session this morning, but we’ll have another look at him today. Unfortunately for us, the two players that can play in the left-back position are ruled out (Gaetan Bong and Liam Rosenior). But we do have Adam Chicksen and Calderon who can play there. Andrew Crofts is still out at the moment but he will train tomorrow in view to being part of a squad possibly on Tuesday against QPR or next Saturday against Middlesbrough.’

As for Solly March, he went on to praise him again for his performances for us so far this season.

‘I think Solly March has been excellent so far this season. The nice part for him was the England under-21 game at the Amex against Switzerland, which was a real confidence booster. Over this past month he has been able to take his performances to another level and we have wanted him to get assists and score more. That’s an area where we still feel he can develop further. When you are a wide player, the expectation is to beat players and that is very difficult to maintain week-in week-out. The more games he plays, the stronger he`ll get, and that`s being proved at this moment in time.’

Moving on to the opposition more specifically and their form so far this year, Hughton went on to say that with their threats up front, clearly we have a tough test on our hands.

‘Saturday sees two good teams come together and I don’t think we are where we are by coincidence. We have played well enough over the season to warrant the place we are currently in. Derby fall into that bracket as well, they are on a good run and have a very strong team. They recruited big and well in the summer and they are a club with expectations to achieve promotion. You only have to look at their recruitment over the summer to see that.’

Looking back to the last game, the fightback against Charlton, he went on to say.

‘Certainly for a long period on Saturday it didn’t look like we were going to get anything out of it, but we did and I’m hopeful we can learn from that. The fightback, character and resilience shown in the squad was outstanding and that is something we will need coming into these few matches. The unfortunate thing after Saturday is that you are only on a high for a couple of days, before focusing on the next game. That`s what we need to do if we want to win the next match, we can`t keep looking back at previous results.’

And finally the Christmas schedule of fixtures.

‘There are a lot of games over the Christmas period and going into January. It’s certainly important we don’t pick up anymore injuries. You need to remember every club has a lot of fixtures, it`s just who can handle it best. We have two very tough away games to start with but your approach has to be exactly the same; recovery becomes extremely important.’

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