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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 22 February 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Bolton at the Lane on Sunday.

Chris Hughton's assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Bolton at the Lane on Sunday.

BOLTON have certainly benefited from not being in the UEFA Cup this season, they've played less games - very similar to us last season - and been able to concentrate on the league.

They are determined to finish as high as possible, they are showing great ambition and they deserve it because they are so consistent.

You know what to expect from Bolton, their style is well documented and they work hard at it.

But they also have quality in there, adding the likes of Anelka, a player who has fitted into that style and the same goes for the likes of Stelios and Diouf. Then you have someone like Nolan, who has improved every year and players who aren't as well known like Meite and Faye, who have flourished.

In terms of formation, it will be a 4-3-3 but the change this season is how they've used Kevin Davies. When Anelka arrived, the question was always going to be where they were going to play Davies because he was always the focal point up front - what they've done is play Anelka up the middle and Davies wider, allowing them to use diagonal balls.

So in a 4-3-3, it's Anelka, Davies and usually one of Diouf or Stelios. The midfield will tend to be Speed, Nolan and Campo with Meite, Faye, Gardner and Hunt at the back and the consistent Jaaskelainen in goal - the defensive unit hasn't changed that much.

They are very consistent in what they do and they are resolute, they always seem to bounce back quickly from any setback, but it's about us and we're looking for back-to-back wins to claw ourselves back up the table.