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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 27 March 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton gives his regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, West Brom at the Lane tonight.

Chris Hughton gives his regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, West Brom at the Lane tonight.

WEST BROM have lined-up in a 4-4-2 system for most of the season. They had a draw at Birmingham recently but that was a game they should have won comfortably, both managers said as much afterwards.

I'm sure they will go with that 4-4-2, perhaps they'll drop one of the strikers deeper - Camara has done that by drifting out to the right.

They have good options up front with Campbell, very strong, physical and experienced. They purchased Ellington at the end of last season and he's a quality finisher and then there's Kanu as well. They have good quality up front and as many options as anyone.

They have good footballers in the middle of the park and the one to pick out there is Jonathan Greening, who has been a very consistent player for them. He can play on either side but generally prefers to play on the left where he can cut back onto his right foot. He will also get crosses in.

They are a side capable of getting back behind the ball but they can also break with good pace. Inamoto is also very gifted and Wallwork has played a lot of games now and is another very consistent performer.

They have caused us problems before and that shows the quality of this league. If we need reminding, we just have to look at the results against them in the last couple of seasons - the 2-0 defeat at the Hawthorns was very disappointing. We responded well after that, as we've done all season.

It's another tough game and it will be a tough run in, but it will be exciting for everyone involved.