Date: 15th September 2015 at 2:05pm
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Assistant manager Nathan Jones has previewed the game against Rotherham, and summer signing Uwe Hunemeier has spoken about how he’s settling into life at the club since his arrival.

Starting with Jones, in his interview with the Official Site he gave a team news update and also spoke about the progress of Bobby Zamora.

‘We`ve done well on injuries. Kazenga LuaLua is obviously suspended for the game but that presents an opportunity for someone else. We`re fit, ready and all the players are motivated and looking forward to the game. We`ve got a squad that`s competing really well in training, when they (substitutes) come on in games they`ve had an impact. People like Jake Forster-Caskey and Rohan Ince have really made an impact when they’ve come on, so it`s a good squad at the minute.’

With Brighton sitting pretty at the top of the Championship table at the moment, Jones went on to talk about the rising expectations at the club again, especially in light of the last few years we’ve had.

‘We set our own expectations. What we`re looking for is to continue the form we`re in and we`ll prepare for the game in exactly the same manner, so there`s no extra expectation. Outside expectations won`t affect us. They (Rotherham) may look at the game and think that as they`ve done well against Brighton last season, the expectation could be on them. The only expectation we`re concerned about is what we`re creating here and the pressure we put on ourselves is to deliver results to keep the run going.’

As for Rotherham themselves and the threat that they can pose to us or will try to, Jones goes on to say that obviously we’ve done our homework on them and we are aware of what they can do, but it comes down to what we do.

‘They are a decent side that play in a positive way and they`re a dangerous team. Our record against them since I`ve been here has not been magnificent, so we know the dangers they pose and it would be unfair for me to single out any individual because they have a number of good players; they`ve brought in new players and brought in a few on loan, so they will provide a stern test. We`ve prepared in exactly the same way as we did against Ipswich, Hull, Fulham or any side we`ll come up against because it will be a very difficult team to play. You know that any team marshalled by Steve Evans will want to be positive and on the front foot, so we will expect nothing less.’

Finally, with the return of Zamora to the club, Jones went on to talk about the progress he was making when it came to his fitness levels.

‘He just needs a little bit more training and a little bit more game time. He`s picked up certain injuries throughout his career, so we have to make sure we manage to get the best out of him. It`s just about getting that balance at the minute, but he`s had a fantastic influence in and around the place and I couldn`t say he`s either two weeks away or a week away. We have to get a little bit more time into him in terms of the volume of training and he`ll be fine.’

As for Hunemeier, the German centre back has started each of the last five league games and having settled into the squad well, he explained that he felt he was forming a good partnership with skipper Gordon Greer, and of course the game time he’s been getting has helped him settle into the group further.

‘We had a good game as a team, together. The most important thing is that myself and the back four do our jobs. We kept a clean sheet and it’s good to see that we can just score one goal and still get the win. That is very important and creates a good mentality. It’s a good sign for us. Gordon Greer is an important player for us as the skipper and he has helped me a lot. I am adapting more and more to the way we want to play. He speaks a lot to me, but I try to take my responsibility for the team and it is getting better and better.’

The 29 year old goes on to say that the main difference between the English and German games is the ‘physicality’ in the game and he’s learned that you certainly have to go right to the end of the game as you can’t switch off just ahead of the full time whistle or you will definitely be punished in this league.

With Rotherham up next, he went on to explain that we wouldn’t be underestimating them and although we’ve done well up to now, everyone in the camp knows there are still things we can improve on and he’s hoping we can show some of that additional improvement in the game itself.

‘We won’t underestimate them and know it’s going to be a tough game. It’s very important for us to play like we did in the other games. We know we are favourites, but it will be hard work for us. All six games were tight and this will be a tight match as well. Hopefully there will be matches where we can kill the opponents off much earlier in the game. We have a lot of chances in the game to score more goals and we can work on that. But if we score just one goal and work as a team to keep a clean sheet, then that is different to a lot of teams right now in the league and it could be a big plus for us.’

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