Five key points from Albion's pre-match Derby press conference

Seagulls boss Chris Hughton and utility player Liam Rosenior were in front of the press for Albion's pre-match Derby press conference today. Several questions were asked ahead of the start of the Championship season on Saturday '“ here are five of the key points:

Albion boss Chris Hughton. Picture by Phil Westlake
Albion boss Chris Hughton. Picture by Phil Westlake

1: Starts don’t come any tougher. Seagulls boss Chris Hughton admits his side could not have wished for a tougher start to the new Championship season as he expects Derby to be one of the sides challenging at the top come the end of the season.

2: Oliver Norwood adds to competition for places. Hughton expects the new addition to battle for a place in central midfield with Beram Kayal, Dale Stephens and Steve Sidwell.

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He could make his debut at Derby on Saturday, while Sidwell and Kazenga LuaLua are also in contention to return after missing the Lazio friendly. Defender Connor Goldson will miss out. Long-term injured duo Solly March and Uwe Hunemeier are now back in training.

3: Every team in the hunt for promotion? Liam Rosenior thinks so: “Every team in this league is capable of getting promoted, all 24 teams if they put a run together can get promoted and that’s why we all love the Championship because it is unpredictable.”

4: Two more players wanted. Hughton wants to add two more players to the squad before the transfer window closes on August 31.

5: Disappointment at Pritchard deciding to join Norwich. Hughton said Tottenham were excellent in the transfer and Albion agreed a deal with the Premier League side, Pritchard’s representatives and the player himself. However, Norwich came in late and Pritchard decided to join the Canaries.

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