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Chris Hughton gives pre-Newcastle United press conference – Calls out for ‘motivated players’

4 months ago
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Chris Hughton has met the media on Thursday afternoon.

The Brighton boss speaking to journalists ahead of playing Newcastle United on Saturday.

With Arsenal away and Man City at home to round off the season, this weekend looks crucial for their survival chances, especially if Cardiff go level on points with a win against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Hughton says ‘it would do us a really big favour if we win it’ but acknowledges that his old club are in good form.

Newcastle have a record of five wins and a draw in their last nine Premier League games and the Brighton boss states: ‘I think Newcastle are a good side and they have played a system for a good period of the season that suits the players they’ve got.’

As for Brighton, Chris Hughton says he needs ‘motivated players’ to deal with their current situation, a draw and six defeats in their last seven games as well as not a single goal scored in over ten and a half hours of football, suggests that motivated players have been very much missing.

Chris Hughton pre-Newcastle United press conference:

“You need motivated players and over the last two games away from home, we have had a response from the players, the feel and mood around the changing room is one of determination.

“When the preparation time is as little as this…we had a recovery day yesterday and training was minimal today for those ones who played (against Spurs on Tuesday).

“We have to do what we have to do to get a result, the players appreciate it’s a big game for us, it’s at home and it would do us a really big favour if we win it.

“I think Newcastle are a good side and they have played a system for a good period of the season that suits the players they’ve got.

“They are in very good form.

“It will be no different to any team coming here, who we have to do our homework on, try to look at our strengths and see any areas we can be positive in.

“Considering we haven’t had the best of times, particularly at home, we have got a support that has been excellent and we need to have more of that.

“They have got behind us all season.

“We now have two home games and an opportunity to win and get points.

“We want them to be as they have been all season – very supportive.

“It is a final push for the team and the supporters.

“We haven’t created enough chances or scored enough goals.

“That is the challenge now and…our first opportunity for that to happen is against Newcastle.

“I have to ask more of the team and a lack of scoring goals is not always just down to individuals.

“It is about providing opportunities, playing in a way and a tempo which gives us the opportunities to create chances and score.”

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