He said: “It’s going to be a very tough game and Dougie [Freedman] has done very well in his short period of time there. They have good pace in the wide areas in [Jamie] Ward and [Michail] Antonio and are very well organised.”
Forest travel to the South Coast to take on the Seagulls on Friday night, as the 2015/16 Championship season gets underway.
After both teams suffered stuttering campaigns last term, they will be looking to get this season off to a good start. Both Hughton and Dougie Freedman are taking charge of their first games of what should be a full season in charge, having been appointed midway through last term.
Both players are exceptional at Championship level, with Antonio especially impressing last season. The 25-year-old enjoyed the most productive season of his career, scoring 15 goals and registering 14 assists in 49 games following his move from Sheffield Wednesday.
Ward only moved to the City Ground this summer, joining from local rivals Derby County, and he will be looking to impress his new manager and fans as soon as the season starts.
It promises to be a tough game for Brighton, but if Hughton can set up his team to shackle Ward and Antonio, he will give his side a great boost in the search for victory - and the first three points of the season.