By Tim Hodges from the Amex Press Conference
Gus Poyet was in an upbeat but cautious mood today ahead of Saturdays live TV game against Newcastle at the Amex on Saturday, Albion’s first on national TV for 29 years.
Poyet said how impressed he was with Newcastle’s strength and movement, albeit in defeat against Everton on Wednesday evening, and he expected the Magpies to make things difficult for the Albion.
The Albion boss suggested that if player’s such as Bruno Saltor and possibly Will Buckley were fit, they may well feature against the Toon.
Jake Forster-Caskey has returned from his loan spell at Oxford and was training with the first team squad (on Thursday) although the club were still trying to negotiate a settlement figure to enable Matt Sparrow to leave the club.
Poyet told Brighton and Hove News that the early kick-off may affect the pre-match preparation a little. Some player’s may prefer to opt for their pre-match meal of chicken and pasta as more of a breakfast type meal, joking some players consider the combination imperative to enable them to play.
But the squad would train on Friday as in preparation for a normal Saturday kick-off time although he went on to quip that he expected the players to get an early night and trusted them to do so and wasn’t expecting to have to go around every house checking they were tucked up in bed.