Sheffield Wednesday: No pitch worries for lowly Seagulls

Brighton boss Chris Hughton
Brighton boss Chris Hughton

Brighton and Hove Albion have shrugged off any concerns about the state of the pitch they will encounter at Hillsborough tomorrow.

The playing surface has been dreadful since mid-December, with Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray recently describing it as one of the worst in the division.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett hit out at the surface after their goalless draw last month, claiming his players might have been better of wearing flip-flops during the contest while Cardiff City boss Russell Slade described it as “very testing”.

Chris Hughton, the Seagulls boss, said: “You have to be able to adapt. There are going to be some surfaces in this division that are cleaner than others.

“It’s just part of the game and you have to adapt the best way you can.

“Watching some games, there are teams that have gone there and have used the surface well, got the ball down and played efficiently. We have to make sure we do the same.”

Brighton, above the drop zone on goal difference, have won just one of their last six matches and were held to a goalless draw at Cardiff City in midweek.

Hughton said: “It was a hard earned draw for us and we have to be happy. This is a difficult place to come, they are a good side and we knew what we were up against.”

Hughton is considering handing a start to Sam Baldock. The striker turned left-winger has shrugged off a hamstring injury, a problem which has ruled him out of their last two fixtures. Solly March may not be risked due to a calf problem.

Hughton has praised the job Stuart Gray has done at Wednesday, stressing: “They’ve got a fairly consistent team, although they’ve had perhaps a little bit of a dip in more recent times.

“We know we are in for a very tough game. Stuart (Gray) is a good fit for them, he has managed the club very well. He has a lot of good experience and is a very good coach.”

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