Hughton: We will not look too far ahead

Albion winger Jiri Skalak featured twice for Czech Republic during the international break. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

Albion winger Jiri Skalak featured twice for Czech Republic during the international break. Picture by Angela Brinkhurst

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Chris Hughton admits his side will not look too far ahead with their Championship season set for a thrilling conclusion.

Chris Hughton admits his side will not look too far ahead with their Championship season set for a thrilling conclusion.

Second-placed Seagulls entertain leaders Burnley tomorrow lunchtime and Hughton said: “If you start thinking too far ahead, then you’re not concentrating enough on what is by far the most important thing and that’s this game.

“The players have been like that all season. There was certainly no panic when we had our difficult period and that should be exactly same in whatever the circumstances.

“We had a very good start to the season and everybody was very level-headed about it and just looking forward to the next game. You can’t afford to be any different.

“There’s no doubt this is a big game but we’ve had so many games that we’ve gone into that have been big games this season.

“They come around thick and fast and I’m quite sure that Birmingham on Tuesday will be just as big a game.”

The match is Albion’s first for two weeks because of the international break and Hughton was pleased to see captain Gordon Greer get game time with Scotland, while other players enjoyed a well-earned rest.

He said: “It’s always a better time when you win the game before because you go into the international break on at a good feel.

“It was nice Gordon Greer got 90 minutes for Scotland, which was great for us as he hasn’t featured much of late, and Jiri Skalak was involved in both games with the Czech Republic.

“For most of the players, the ones that went away, it’s not been too demanding and we were able to give others a nice break.”

Bobby Zamora is a doubt for tomorrow as he has not trained much this week but, apart from long-term injured duo Solly March and Uwe Hunemeier, Albion have a full squad to select from.

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