Date: 18th September 2015 at 6:06pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has given his thoughts ahead of this weekend’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Audio – Hughton & Stockdale Ahead Of Wolves

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, the gaffer said he was expecting a tough clash but he knew we could take all three points if our consistency was right and we didn’t let complacency creep in given the fantastic start to the year we’d had.

‘At the moment, we`ve been quite fortunate with the injuries. Kazenga LuaLua has got that suspension out the way now, so he`s back in contention. At this moment we have a fully-fit squad to pick from, which is great news.’

As for Wolves, he knows all about their threats in the shape of Benik Afobe and Adam Le Fondre.

‘Benik Afobe and Adam Le Fondre are two very good strikers. In one they have a young, exciting and powerful striker that did very well last season with the number of goals he scored, and with Le Fondre, there`s always goals. I remember watching some of the games which Le Fondre played before we faced Bolton last season and I looked at the type of goals that he scored. Generally they have played with two players up front, which they did for most of last season and they were prolific. What they have is a nice mix of having some experience and also some young players that have come through. They have a manager that knows the division very well; a club similar to others that have played in the Premier League and then had to adjust to get the right balance. I thought they had a good developing season last year and they`ll be looking to do that again.’

Moving back to us and the start to the year we’d had, Hughton said it was now about maintaining that but not getting carried away and allowing complacency to creep in, but he still wants further improvement.

‘We have enough experience in the team and there is no doubt that at this moment there is a lot of confidence in the squad, as it should be. To have had start we`ve had, which most people perhaps wouldn`t have expected, then by rights the players should feel good about themselves. But we have a lot of experience in the squad, especially with players like Liam Rosenior and Gaetan Bong, who have been in the game for a while. Most of them would know this division well enough by now and I don`t think anyone will get carried away. There`s too long to go and too many games to go for them to put themselves in that position.’

With fixtures coming thick and fast again, Hughton said it was a fine balance between keeping a winning side consistently on the pitch for momentum, but then bring in new players to give them the game time they need and resting others, but that’s a challenge you have to deal with in the game.

‘It`s very difficult because what we have at the moment is a competitive squad and lots of things go through your mind before every game. You question whether you keep the same team, look at individuals and determine whether or not you try to change things to freshen things up a little bit. That is one of the difficult aspects of the job, to try and get that balance right. The team has been fairly consistent so far, so it is always a tough balance.’

Hughton ended by saying that with a calmer fixture list following this game as we head into the next international break of the season that should certainly help us on that score.

But ultimately and regardless of what changes he makes.

‘It`s always about results and if you`ve got good results, then generally you`ve got more things right than wrong.’

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