At his pre-match press conference, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton assessed the option of making changes ahead of their trip to Barnsley, touched upon the experience within the squad, spoke about reaching a century of league games with the Seagulls, and praised the Tykes for dealing with the loss of key players.Making changes:
“They’re always big decisions, particularly when you have a lot of games in short periods.
“At this moment, we’ve probably got a couple of injuries in the defence, but we’re in good shape in other areas.
“They’re always tough decisions that you have to make going into every game. I’m certainly assessing that one at the moment.”
“Overall, we’ve had a good season so far and that would be because of the contribution of everybody in the squad, but of course you draw upon your experienced players.
“You look at our captain [Bruno] who’s still playing every game in his tender years, and got players that have played a lot of games at this level.
"Shane Duffy and your Lewis Dunk are both only 25 years of age, but have played a lot of Championship football.
“But yes, you look for that experience, with the likes of Steve Sidwell, you can use all of them, and we have done all season.”
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100th league game in charge:
“That’s news to me. Lets hope that come Saturday evening, that’s good news.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the period of time I’ve been here. Right from day one, we’ve been building towards something.
“It’s a very nice milestone, because it’s a wonderful place to have that. But a win on Saturday would be a better milestone.”
“When we played them earlier in the season [won 2-0], we were aware of the good side they are. I was very impressed with them on that day.
“When you look at the players they’ve lost this season, you have to give them credit for improving those players to the level that they managed to get moves away.
“But when you look at the quality of player that they’ve lost, they’re still going well on the back of a really good victory at Aston Villa at the weekend, they are a very good side.
“Credit to the manager [Paul Heckingbottom] and the club for the way they’ve gone about it.”