Date: 14th April 2016 at 6:55pm
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Manager Chris Hughton has spoken of his desire to see Brighton take another three points from Fulham in this weekend’s fixture.

With Brighton sitting in third place and still in with a shout of making the automatic promotion spots if Middlesbrough or Burnley slip up and we maintain the pace, Hughton has now previewed Friday evening’s clash against Fulham and he feels that with home advantage against the free scoring but struggling side, we can take another valuable win.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, the usual topics were covered by the gaffer.

Beginning with team news, he explained.

‘Sam Baldock trained on Wednesday and will be available for Friday but Bobby Zamora remains out due to an ongoing hip problem. Bobby has done great for us all season and we knew how to manage him and I feel we have got the best out of him when he does plays.’

Hosting the side at the Amex Stadium for the game, Hughton went on to say that he felt it was another fantastic opportunity for three points and a win and to put pressure on those two sides ahead of us in the table.

Taking the win Friday evening would of course push us one point ahead of Burnley.

‘Every game is an opportunity to get three points and we now have a great chance to get some early points on the board due to the fixture rearrangements. The home games mean a lot, even though we have done well on the road. For most teams, when playing at home there is more of a pressure to win, the game has changed and away teams tend to get good results.’

Looking to the opposition more specifically, their form in front of goal and their ability to concede goals, Hughton knew we couldn’t underestimate them as it would be a tough game with the threats they carry.

‘Fulham are a team in very good form and we have got used to playing teams like that. It seems that in many of our fixtures, our opponents have been on the back of good form. They are on the back of three wins and they have great quality in the squad with great options on the bench, like ourselves. They arguably have one of the best top two in the league with Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele. McCormack will continue to score goals and Dembele is a really good young talent. You can see why they score goals, but we`re at home and are on a decent run.’

With few games remaining in the 2015/16 Championship campaign, the gaffer also said he expected a few more twists and turns in the battle for the top spots, so it was just important that Brighton gave themselves the best opportunity possible to capitalise on any slip ups.

‘Every week there is a late drama and good teams always find a way of winning and that goes for the Premier League too. The top English teams down the years have always got a late goal in them because that`s the quality they have. It wasn`t a surprise on Tuesday (Middlesbrough beat Reading) but it would have been nice if they didn`t score.’

For us, we proved that admirably against Nottingham Forest with the late winner.

‘I hope Steve Sidwell`s goal proves to be a catalyst for us. At this stage of the season you can see what late goals mean to the teams, like ours against Forest, Middlesbrough`s against Reading, and Burnley`s against us.’

He also discussed competition in the group at this stage of the year.

‘We wanted to have this competition in the squad at this stage of the season. Players returning from long-term injuries have really helped and our signings in January have also given us really good options. Jiri Skalak has been excellent since signing for the club and his delivery on set-pieces has been fantastic recently, and that gives us another dimension to our game. We have a new way of scoring goals because we haven`t scored many from set-pieces this season.’

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