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Hughton's notes

Posted on 21 January 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton dons his scouting hat and gives us his regular rundown of our next opponents - this time it's Palace at Selhurst Park...


I DON'T think Palace will change their system now they are playing us at home.


I've seen them player a number of times both home and away and the approach has been the same. Away from home where they know they have to soak up a bit more pressure they have the bonus of Johnson's pace up front to catch teams on the counter.


Generally they play the same way. The manager insists that they look for a good passing game and with the players they have, especially in midfield, that is best suited for them.


I can't remember which game it was, two or three games ago, when he was critical of his team for just about the first time and that wasn't anything to do with the result, but because they didn't play like they had been for most of the season.


That's something they stress and what's happpened, in what was always going to be a difficult season for them, is that it's brought them some success.


Obviously, Andy Johnson is the key man. There is no doubting his finishing abilities and that's seen him make very good progress over the last couple of seasons.


But the fact they play the system with the one up front means there is a big demand on him in terms of the goals he needs to score and the contribution to the team.


The area that has impressed me most is the workload he's got through up front on his own and the ground he covers for the team. On top of that he's scored his goals and he's certainly impressed me this season.