Hughton ready for tough Reading trip

Albion players celebrate. Picture: Phil Westlake
Albion players celebrate. Picture: Phil Westlake

Brighton boss Chris Hughton believes his side will be in for a tough Championship test at Reading on Saturday.

Relegated Newcastle recorded their first win of the season with an emphatic 4-1 success over Jaap Stam’s side at St James’ Park on Wednesday.

Following that loss, Hughton knows the Royals will be out to avenge their defeat in front of home support.

He said: “It doesn’t make it any easier facing a team after a defeat.

“They will be very keen to get another game as quickly as possible and that’s always the case on the back of a defeat.

“When you’ve won a game you are quite comfortable to have that time, so they’ll want this game to come around.”

Albion have made a flying start this season and are at the top the table after three games.

An opening-day draw at Derby was followed by comfortable 3-0 home victories over Nottingham Forest and Rotherham.

With Albion yet to concede a goal in three league matches this season, Hughton reserved special praise for his defence.

He added: “It’s not just down to a back four and a goalkeeper but I have been especially pleased for them. I’ve been particularly pleased for Bruno, who did so well for us at right-back last season, slotting in at centre-half.”

Saturday’s trip to the Madjeski Stadium is followed by an EFL Cup second-round clash at League One Oxford United, then a trip to Newcastle in the league before an international break.

Goalkeeper David Stock-dale returns to the squad for Saturday’s game but Connor Goldson is still ruled out. Solly March and Uwe Hunemeier are set to play an under-23 game on Monday.

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