Date: 3rd March 2015 at 2:54pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has given and injury update, talked about our need to pick up more points on our travels and spoken of Derby’s threats ahead of the game at the Amex later today.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, Hughton opened with a brief injury update following the weekend’s clash against Bolton Wanderers.

‘We’re ok. Craig Mackail-Smith took a knock on Saturday, so we’re still assessing him but he’s certainly not bad and we’ll assess him again. He just felt his hamstring very slightly, but the good thing is it’s certainly not a pull, it’s just stiff.’

The gaffer said in his mind it was probably just a consequence of CMS having played consecutive matches for the first time in a while given the length of time he spent out recovering from injury.

‘In effect it’s not an injury, it’s stiffness. But we’ve got to make sure he’s right and ready to go. Apart from that there are no fresh concerns other than those we know who are out, like Solly March.’

As for getting points on our travels with a one nil loss to Bolton Wanderers at the weekend, Hughton goes on to say that all teams in general do score more at home than away but with the difference in our performance this season and since he came in as manager, it is an obvious concern and something that he and the team are working on in training.

‘It’s a concern and the only way you’re going to win games away from home is of course by scoring goals and we’ve certainly done a lot of work on the training pitch. It can be about confidence, certainly about making sure we get into the right areas and we’re probably lacking that little bit of clinical quality that you perhaps need away from home.’

As for Derby specifically, who are sitting pretty at the top of the table, he admits they are an impressive side with plenty of threats but we’ll have to see if this is a good time to play them given injuries have hit their strikers.

‘Derby must be doing a lot of things right, because it is tougher for them after last season as expectations get higher. The teams that played against them last season know them a little bit better now, so to sustain that is tough, but they’ve recruited well. They play a particular way an haven’t changed their beliefs, but their achievements this season have been excellent on the back of last season.’

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