By | December 22, 2017

Ahead of Saturday’s game against Watford at the Amex Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton spoke to the media about his options in central defence, backed Glenn Murray from the spot, highlighted Richarlison’s quality, and also the relentless challenges of Premier League football.

Centre-back selection

“The two options I’ve got are [Connor] Goldson and [Uwe] Huenemeier, but if we’re making a reference to Connor, he’s trained very well and was unfortunate last season, missing quite a large period of it.

“He’s a good player and we’re all delighted with his progress. He will have opportunities, whether that’s on Saturday or in another game.

“He’s been ready for some time – he played an under-23 game – and that’s why those who are not in the side have to train as well as they can, to make sure they’re prepared.

“The very moment you feel that opportunity isn’t going to come, it then comes and you’ve got to be ready for it.”

Penalty duty

“Last season it was a mixture between Glenn [Murray] and Tomer Hemed, the season before was Tomer – and whoever takes penalties on a regular basis is going to miss some.

“There are a few players who have an incredibly good record, but even the best players in the Premier League have missed penalties.

“I didn’t need to speak to him [after Murray’s miss], there wasn’t anything I needed to say. My faith in Glenn’s penalty taking hasn’t changed one bit.”

Richarlison’s impact

“He’s a very good player – and for somebody that came straight from Brazil into a Watford side, he’s settled in very quickly.

“For any good player, once they settle in and teams realise how good they are, it becomes a little bit tougher for the player.

“But he’s been a very important player for them, a very exciting player, and he’s settled in very well.”

Realising the challenge

“In a first-half performance against Burnley, there were signs that we were heading back to where we were a few games ago.

“We’re only talking a few games ago that we had a wonderful performance at Manchester United, so in regards to the level of performances, they can always be a little bit up and down.

“What I haven’t noticed during any of these weeks, is a despondent changing room, and the reason why is because it’s our first season in the Premier League.

“There wasn’t one player in that changing room that felt we were going to get an easy ride. So every game is still a big challenge and that’s why the morale has still been very good.”