Date: 15th March 2016 at 12:22pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has held his weekly pre game press conference ahead of the game against Reading tonight, and here’s what he had to say.

Hosting Brian McDermott’s side at the Amex Stadium for tonight’s kick off, Hughton said we were well aware of the threat they pose, but the aim is to get back to winning ways after successive draws against Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, Hughton opened with team news for the game.

‘We`re okay at the moment. Uwe Huenemeier is probably a week-and-a-half to two weeks away from training, and we already know that Solly March is out for the season. Apart from that, we`re in good shape.’

With Jamie Murphy getting his first Scotland senior call up, Hughton was obviously delighted for him.

‘It`s massive, because any player playing in the game very much wants to represent their country, as that`s the highest level you want to achieve, so we`re really delighted for him. It`s probably no surprise, because his form has been very good and if I look at the group they`ve got together in the Scotland team, it`s very much a club-like feel and they fared fairly well in the last campaign and had a lot of good performances. It`s a strong squad to get into, but he`s been in really good form and for him more than anybody, I`m delighted for, because it`s his first time in the squad.’

Of course after two points from the last available six, it’s about victory tonight first and foremost for the promotion push.

‘It`s important to get back to winning ways, because as each game goes by, we`re getting closer towards the end of the season. Ultimately, we want to finish the season with as many points as we can and challenge as hard as we can. It`s no surprise though, because it`s the Championship and every week you are looking at results and there will be some you don`t see coming. We know that in this division, anybody can beat anybody. We took a dip with regards to the scorelines, but the level of performance has been okay. It`s about having faith in the squad you`ve got. We`ve got competition at the moment and it`s about getting that balance of having a bit of continuity and also testing the team and using that competition we have in the squad to our advantage.’

And the promotion race full stop – he knows the battle is still on.

‘Positions up at the top can easily change and that is what we`ve experienced in this division. What I would say in Burnley`s defence, is that they`re hitting really good form at the right time and they can win any game. They`re not a side that has to play at their best to win football matches and I think they`re showing that at the moment. They`ve got some big games coming up, the same as everybody. They are looking very strong at the moment, but you can never predict anything in this division until you get to the latter stages of the competition.’

With an international break soon to follow the fixture, he also spoke of the importance of going into that with a win.

‘You want to go into an international break on the back of good results. As regards to the magnitude of games, there is no doubt that in the latter part of the season, the games get bigger and bigger.’

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