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Hughton looks forward

Posted on 10 October 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Chris Hughton aims to start again at Stevenage Borough on Tuesday night.

The friendly represents the first reserve team outing since last week’s disastrous 5-0 defeat in the FA Premier Reserve League at Charlton.

That hammering hurt boss Hughton but after some soul searching from his players in the last week he is hoping for a response against the Nationwide Conference outfit.

Hughton said: “First and foremost after such a disappointing result at Charlton last week it just gives us an opportunity to get back into a game situation and put some things right.

“The performance said it all at Charlton. We were very, very poor. On other occasions we might have played as poorly and perhaps got away with a decent scoreline. We conceded five poor goals and that was equally disappointing.

“Everything seemed right — it was a good pitch, a good environment to play in and we had a good side on paper. You expect the application to be good enough to get something out of the game.

“But we’ve had a good reaction from the players since on and off the pitch and it’s the earliest opportunity to put things right. The only thing you can do is look forward.”

Hughton will field a strong side again.

He revealed: “Ledley King is with us which is good, his recovery has been very good, Stephen Clemence is back with us again, Anthony Gardner, his first game for a while, Chris Armstrong, Jose Dominguez, Willem Korsten and Matthew Etherington.

“It’s a good side on paper again and this is a ideal opportunity for a run out.

“Stevenage are a strong outfit. They haven’t had the best of seasons by their standards but the facilities are good and I’m expecting a tough game.”