Date: 22nd September 2017 at 1:34pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has now held his pre Newcastle United press conference ahead of our hosting of them at the Amex Stadium this weekend.

Covering his normal topics as he spoke to the Official Site when meeting the wider press ahead of the game, Hughton acknowledged his former clubs impressive form in recent times but he maintained Brighton’s own return could’ve been a lot better if we’d had a bit more composure and luck in the opportunities we’ve created.

Beginning with team news for the match, he explained.

‘Izzy Brown is back in the frame. He`s been training this week and we`ll make a decision on his conclusion come the end of the week. Glenn Murray, who we chose to leave out of the cup game at Bournemouth, is available, as well as Gaetan Bong who came through that game. As regards to the injuries, there`s probably no changes. Sam Baldock, Steve Sidwell and Beram Kayal are all still out.’

As for Newcastle’s form coming into the game.

‘They`re in good form at the moment with three straight wins, and it just goes to show you the margins. They have a very good centre-half in Jamaal Lascelles that scored two goals from set-plays, and that can change them margins. As a side and a way that they play, they`re reasonably similar to ourselves and perhaps that`s why they were close games last season. We were very close going right the way through the season. We`re at home and we have to try and capitalise on our home form. But we know that we`re up against a very good Newcastle side that are in good form.’

With a double defeat to Bourmemouth in the last week, Hughton is hopeful of a positive reaction as he’s seeing the signs of improvement he wants to, it all just needs to click now.

‘The key is going to be responding to them (losses), putting them in the past and very much focusing on the following games. You have to be as happy as you can be with the majority of what you`re seeing, whether that`s in games or in training. I think that can always be encouraging, and certainly in amongst a group of lads who had recognised that this is going to be a tough season. Their mindsets have been very good and the training has been excellent. What we need to do is put as much of that into practise in the main arena, and the next opportunity to do that is against Newcastle.’

As ever, a first year in the Premier League some games can be viewed by newly promoted sides as ‘bonus’ matches if you get anything from them, the bread and butter of survival comes from winning the mini league of teams in and around you.

‘It`s not being detrimental to anybody, but there are a group of six or seven teams that are going to be more difficult to get results against. I know it can be about your form, fortune and luck on the day, but for whatever points we get, you`d think that on the law of averages they`ll be against the teams outside that top seven. That becomes quite a big group of teams, but you can only get results against any of those teams by earning them.’

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