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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 12 May 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's views on the last game of the season against Manchester City at the Lane on Sunday.

Chris Hughton's views on the last game of the season against Manchester City at the Lane on Sunday.

CITY have chopped and changed in terms of formation. In the last game they went with a 4-3-3 system. It's well documented they've had problems scoring at home but they've got some good footballers in the team.

The regulars in central defence are Dunne and Distin, I know Dunne well from Ireland and he's just picked up their Player of the Season award again. Onuoha will possibly start at right-back and Jordan might come into left-back with Ball suspended.

In midfield, it looks like Barton will remain suspended as well, but they have Hamann in there, Stephen Ireland has done very well for them, a good footballer. The young lad Johnson and Beasley are also likely to be involved.

The question is what they do up front. I expect Mpenza to play, he's done well for them and given them a bit of a lift, Vassell might play up top or in a more left-sided role and Samaras could start, he's had a tough season but I've no doubt he's a talent.

I saw City play a couple of weeks ago at Arsenal, when they more than held their own and they were only a penalty miss from drawing against United last weekend.

It's there for us, we're at home, but no-one comes to White Hart Lane just to give us a good game. I would expect them to want to finish on a high and their manager and supporters will demand nothing less. They will want to finish on a high, as do we.

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