Date: 13th December 2016 at 2:46pm
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Brighton are now only a matter of hours away from the game at Blackburn.

When this arrives it could bring a reunion with former Albion captain Gordon Greer – it will also enable us the chance to move above Newcastle to the top of the Championship table again, albeit for 24 hours.

Ahead of the game at Ewood Park it was confirmed by Brighton boss Chris Hughton he’ll be looking at some squad rotation with so many games coming up.

He’s quoted from his pre-match press conference on the Official Website as saying.

‘There is always that balance of having consistent players in the team, but also utilising the entire squad. They`re the sort of challenges that you want; you want players to push you and give you tough decisions to make.’

However, the balance of how many changes are made has to be right.

‘We have a lot of games coming up over this Christmas period, and I have to utilise the squad in the best way possible. The tough part is always getting those balances, and you just hope that you can maintain the same playing levels, and so far we`ve been able to do that.’

Blackburn are just above the relegation zone but Hughton said he wasn’t fooled by the position of Owen Coyle’s side. He highlighted the recent success they had at St James’ Park against Newcastle.

‘As a manager, you just want that consistency of players being available and he`s got that at the moment. He`s playing two upfront, and they`re both affecting the game. They were excellent at Newcastle, so we`re expecting a very tough game.’

Brighton could well come up against Greer as the Scottish international is expected to be in the Blackburn line up.

Reflecting on his decision to part with the veteran in the summer Hughton added.

‘It was the end of his contract, he`d served the club very well, not only as a player but as a captain, and my thinking was to freshen things up in that area. He`d missed a chunk of last season through injury, but certainly in regards to his level of performance, and I can only speak about my time here, it was very high.’

However, as Greer is motivated enough as it is the boss went on to say he wouldn’t expect the defender to want a win against Brighton any more than he would any other game.

‘I don`t think there`ll be any difference if he plays against us, because he`s a very motivated player that can play well in any game.’

Midfielder Dale Stephens has echoed his boss in saying he’s expecting a difficult game from Blackburn this evening.

Stephens is aware they suffered a defeat in a local derby with Preston on Saturday so they’ll be looking for a reaction to that.

Also quoted by the Official Website he said.

‘They`ll want a reaction from the disappointing result they had. They`ll probably start the game quickly and come out of the blocks fast, so we`ll have to ride that. But it`s down to us, we`re up near the top of the league for a reason, and we need to keep producing good performances and carry on the good run of results.’

The 27-year-old admitted he’d like Brighton to play with style week-in-week out but conceded at this stage of the year with so many games coming up points are the priority. Therefore he’ll take the results over performances.

‘It`s difficult but it`s a good opportunity for us. There`s a lot of games coming over December and it`s an opportunity for us to get a lot of points on the board. It`s important that we hang in there, stay with the pack and hopefully we can prolong the results that we`ve been getting.

Stephen finished by saying there is more to come from the team though.

‘We had a decent result at the weekend [v Leeds], but I don`t think the performances have been as good as the results, although the results are more important. We need to improve the performances and keep it at that level throughout the season. There`s more to come from the team and we need to push through this busy Christmas period now.’

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