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Posted on 22 September 2007  - 12:00

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

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

IT'S ALWAYS a difficult game at Bolton. I can remember going there on the first day of last season and coming away with nothing, although we did feel we were hard done by in terms of the first goal.

They haven't had the start they would have liked but I'm in no doubt that they will quickly turn it around and get back into good form.

From our point of view, we have to make sure it's not against us on Sunday.

For all the talk of Sam Allardyce going and Sammy Lee taking over, the personnel hasn't changed that much. They still have good players, they are still a big, physical side and Nicolas Anelka is still there scoring his goals.

Kevin Nolan is a player they rate very highly and remains on the fringes of the England squad. He's a big threat from set-pieces and will score his quota of goals during the season. El-Hadji Diouf is another quality player, although you're never quite sure what you will get from him. He can produce something out of nothing and can play in a few positions, up front or on the left.

Gary Speed keeps going and that's about the wonderful athlete and player he is. The addition of Gavin McCann will make them stronger in midfield and we've not seen too much of Mikel Alonso, although he'll give that quality in the centre of midfield.

J-Lloyd Samuel has been out through injury, Abdoulaye Meite had a strong partnership with Faye last season, but Faye is no longer at the club. Nicky Hunt is a regular at the back and Gerald Cid is a new player brought in from Bordeaux, he'll still be feeling his way in the English game.

Kevin Davies has been a wonderful player for them over the years and has scored wonderful goals and provided assists. He's been the focal point with players around all benefiting from his touches.

So when you look at the names, the squad hasn't changed that much and for them, it's a case of getting back to winning ways. For us, it's all about momentum after Anorthosis Famagusta.