Chris Hughton takes his regular look at our forthcoming opponents - next up, Norwich City in the Barclays Premiership on Boxing Day...
BOXING DAY TEAM NEWS
WHAT NORWICH HAVE been able to do throughout the season, I've no doubts about it, is maintain a very good spirit in the camp. An awful lot of that comes from the manager.
If I look at his philosophy, he is not too critical of his team as he believes that over the season, when they have lost, it is not down to a lack of workrate or spirit. Of course, they are going to lose games and it was always going to be difficult for them.
I've seen them play a few times this season and they have generally given a good account of themselves. Certainly playing at home on Boxing Day will lift their crowd and, as normal, we can expect a very difficult game.
Norwich have played a 4-4-2 for most of the season, but have used a 4-5-1 system in recent games - a few teams have adopted that this season. It makes you harder to beat and they have the quality in Huckerby who breaks forward from left to centre.
Bentley we know from his time at Arsenal and he is a creative player, while I know they have an injury problem up from with Svensson, so it is a case of whether he plays or McKenzie.
We can always talk about the opposition, but there aren't any easy games. We spoke in the same way about the Southampton game and, if it was an easier game for us, it was because we happened to make it that way on the day.
Gary Doherty initially found it difficult following his transfer to Norwich. As we're all aware he has had this problem over his best position. He would be the first to admit he prefers playing at centre-half.
This was the thinking when he went there but, because they had a problem, he ended up playing up front then found himself out of the team. He is now back playing in central defence.
If I look at his period of time here, he was someone who was thought very highly of by the players. He was signed from Luton and I feel he was successful during spell here. It was difficult for him to establish himself, but he played in a lot of important games and it was a good part of his footballing career.