Date: 23rd December 2015 at 4:47pm
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The Amex Stadium has been used (obviously) for Brighton games but as well as that U21, women’s football, the Rugby World Cup and England U21 games this season with it taking quite a battering, which is starting to show.

Chris Hughton’s admitted he’s got concerns about this and what (slight) impact it could have on Albion’s season as it continues to unfold, not that he’s blaming anyone for this or a lack of effort from the groundsmen looking after it.

Hughton, speaking to the Argus, isn’t looking to use this as a excuse for the Middlesbrough defeat on Saturday either.

‘It’s fair to say the pitch is not at its best. There are certainly no excuses as regards the performance on Saturday, because it is the same for both teams. We’ve got a groundstaff working very hard to try to get it back to the best they can.

‘It’s certainly not lack of effort from the groundstaff or the amount of time spent on the pitch or the amount of money. It’s been a tough winter as regards the amount of games which have been played on the pitch, at probably vital times which hasn’t helped.’

He went on to say he didn’t see this affecting the promotion bid though with him also certain the pitch will also improve and isn’t going to impact on performances, he’ll certainly not be looking to use that as a reason!

One thing that could impact on the season though are the struggles in the left back area with Gaetan Bong still coming back from injury with his deputy Liam Rosenior also sidelined having been filling in for him leaving only Inigo Calderon.

With that in mind cover, with Adam Chicksen barely featuring under Hughton, is something he’s looking for.

In another interview (about bringing in cover) the boss also told the Argus.

‘It’s still very much a consideration of ours. We are conscious with Gaetan being out for the period of time that he is and Liam as well, which was a bigger blow because it was on top of Gaetan, that it is a problem area.

‘We’ll take into account that we want to try to be in the best place we can be come the end of the window, because other teams will. Everybody will be trying to be as strong as they can and we’ll be no different.’

As things stand Bong could be back in training by the end of next month, the start of February with Rosenior ‘probably looking at the end of February’ so both are still several weeks away.

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