Date: 8th March 2016 at 8:02am
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Manager Chris Hughton’s pre Sheffield Wednesday press conference was held yesterday ahead of tonight’s hosting of the team at the Amex Stadium.

Speaking to the assembled media the usual questions figured in terms of team news, what he hoped from the game, but also how different he felt the sides were as well as Brighton’s reaction to the unexpected Cardiff City loss the other week.

The Official Site have him opening with team news, and he here’s what he said after the weekend’s action.

‘The good news is there are no fresh injuries. Gaetan Bong is in the squad tomorrow for the first time since returning from injury, and the ones that had been close before are involved in the squad, so at the moment we`re quite healthy.’

Asked next about the reaction of the players since Cardiff, Hughton explained that as you’d expect everyone always holds a mini ‘inquest’ after a game that goes like that, but for him it wasn’t strictly a poor performance although there was no denying it was a ‘poor result’.

‘We had a similar one a good few weeks before at Rotherham and got a similar response. I think that`s normal in any good team and we have been a good team this season.’

With an eye more on Sheffield Wednesday, the gaffer went on to say that he didn’t feel the Preston point was too damaging to us again, repeating his belief it was fair even though we want to improve, and with a nine point gap over tonight’s opposition – he also didn’t think that would imply it would be an easy game for us.

‘I wouldn`t say it was a bad result at the weekend, because I thought it was a fair one at Preston, but we want to bounce back from that and get back to winning ways. We are at home, we`re up against a team that are very close to us in the division and it would be a major plus for us to win this game. We`ve been good at home of late and a win would ensure we take points away from Sheffield Wednesday.’

Adding in the battle for promotion.

‘The three teams above us are all very strong. I think with Burnley and Hull, you`ve got two teams that have kept the majority of their players from the Premier League. They certainly have the know-how and the type of players to do well and it`s no surprise to see them there. Middlesbrough recruited very well and so have Derby, so I think those four teams would have been the favourites at the start of the season and are probably still the favourites.’

That led to inevitable questions about a points target for the remaining matches, and he ended by saying that given how close things are a points target is irrelevant – it’s about each game as it comes and simply trying to take three points in each one.

‘You go through periods when you look at Hull and Middlesbrough and you don`t think they will lose another game, but then they do. That`s how the division is and I think there will certainly be more twists and turns this season. But with regards to a points tally, no I couldn`t say.’

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