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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 24 August 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton takes a look back at Sheffield United and ahead to Everton on Saturday in his latest notes...

Chris Hughton takes a look back at Sheffield United and ahead to Everton on Saturday in his latest notes...

IT WAS AN entertaining evening on Tuesday and, clearly, the most important thing for us after Bolton was to bounce back. We set the tempo right from the start and, if you score a goal early in the game, it gives you a lift and it is a case of whether you can take it on from there.

That is exactly what we did do and managed to sustain the tempo certainly through the first half. Being 2-0 up going into the second half, at times you are able to keep that tempo, but the opposition will adapt and try their hardest to get back into the game.

Dimitar got his first goal for us in his opening home game and it certainly matters to strikers getting off the mark at a new club. Speak to any striker, what they want to do is score goals while also doing their bit as a team member. There are numerous occasions where forwards have moved and not scored for five, six, seven games or more. That brings a bit of pressure.

It won't happen to Dimitar and we fully expected him to score early on in his Tottenham career. It doesn't matter whether it is a spectacular strike or a tap in - he has the ability to do both.

It is Everton next at the Lane and they are a very good side. I think they will do well this season, they certainly never lack energy or determination, but they are also a team of quality.

They have Tim Cahill breaking from midfield, Beattie is performing and there is now the addition of Andy Johnson with the pace he can provide up front. Beattie and Johnson definitely look to have the potential of becoming a formidable partnership in attack. They also have the option of James McFadden who started a lot of games off the front last season and did very well.

Everton have at least two options when it comes to midfield and some of it revolves around whether Kevin Kilbane plays. Mikel Arteta could move in-field if Kilbane plays and the Spaniard has got a wonderful passing range and good vision. For most of his career at Goodison he has been employed in a wider position though and has been able to display his qualities from there.

In the middle it is usually Lee Carsley along with Cahill, with the natural right-sided ones being Simon Davies and Leon Osman.

There has been no major changes at the back so far, Gary Naysmith operates from the left, with Joseph Yobo and Alan Stubbs the regular centre-half combination. Joleon Lescott was bought in from Wolves and came on as sub in midweek.

Philip Neville has started this season at right-back, having featured in midfield last season. He is a player who will do himself justice in most positions.