Date: 16th February 2016 at 10:40am
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Manager Chris Hughton has previewed the game against Hull City latest tonight at the KC Stadium.

Having lost one nil to them in the FA Cup just over a month ago at their ground, we again travel to Steve Bruce’s table toppers but since then Brighton’s own form as been good and we’ve won the last four.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference ahead of tonight’s kick off, Hughton gave the usual team and injury updates.

‘James Wilson trained again this morning. It was a very minimal injury that meant we didn`t put him in the squad for the last game, but we`re hoping he`ll be available. Liam Rosenior is back in the squad, which is a big plus for us as he`s been out for quite some time. The only ones that are not involved are Gordon Greer, who`s very close, Gaetan Bong, but he trained with us yesterday and will train with us today, and Uwe Huenemeier.’

As for Hull more specifically as a threat, he went on to say.

‘They are a team that`s in really good form at the moment. The best team performance against us this season was Middlesbrough at the Amex, where they had everything. We`re seeing that in Hull at the moment. They look very efficient in everything they do, they are a very strong team with strong individuals. I hope it`s a tight game and hopefully we can push that in our favour.’

Looking briefly back to the weekend’s victory over Bolton Wanderers, Hughton was again pleased with what he saw and now he wants greater consistency from the side.

‘After a very good run earlier in the season, we then had a poor run of results at home. What was key was that we got back to winning ways at home. We`ve managed to do that and we`ve got three away games, starting with probably the toughest of them all against Hull who are in outstanding form. We needed to go into these games on a bit of a high, certainly points wise, but it`s good to see us scoring goals. At periods this season, we`ve found it difficult to get the goals we`ve wanted to or win games by the margins we would`ve liked to.’

As for competition and strength in depth at the club, Anthony Knockaert featured for a namecheck.

‘There`s a better feel around the place; we have got some injured players back, which is good. There`s real competition and we recruited well in the window. We were able to bring in Anthony Knockaert, who`s had the desired effect and we brought on Jiri Skalak Saturday to give him his debut, so we`ve certainly got more competition in the squad and we hope that can push us on to where we want to be.’

In a secondary piece more focused in on the opposition, he went on to say that in many ways he expected the toughest away game of the season tonight.

‘They are at a stage where they are not changing their team too often. They didn’t invest big in the summer but they managed to keep the large majority of their best players, and at the moment they have a settled team. They know what their best team is and their results and performances show that. But we deserve to be where we are in the table and I think we’ve shown great character to come through a difficult period to get back to winning ways again. I hope it’s a game that matches both our respective forms of late. We have been good away from home and despite not getting the number of wins we would`ve liked, we have just lost once.’

A vicory tonight for Brighton would of course see them draw level on points with our hosts, and that’s exactly what Hughton is hoping to see.

‘We certainly won’t be going there with a negative frame of mind. We are very conscious that they are a good side and scoring lots of goals at the minute. Defensively we are going to have to be good, but if you go there with a negative attitude then you are setting yourself up to get beaten. It’s a game where we need do the best we can to try and win it.’

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