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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 30 September 2005  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Charlton at the Valley on Saturday...

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Charlton at the Valley on Saturday...

We're well aware that Charlton deserve to be where they are in the table. To get to this stage of the season and to have won four away games out of four is some going They deserve the plaudits at the moment.

Everyone will have different opinions about Darren Bent. Some will be surprised that he's started so well and there will be a lot of people saying "I told you so". He has been one of the better players in the Championship but when you take a player from the Championship you are never sure 100 per cent how he will settle, how the team will do and of course he's relying on the team giving him good service. With the system they play, a 4-3-3, 4-5-1 system, he's done very well to score the goals he has so far. He looks a quality player.

We all know Luke Young from his days here and another player we know is Chris Perry, he just keeps playing game after game after game and is so reliable and consistent. He was very well liked here by the players and coaching staff.

Charlton set up 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 with Bent up front and he's scoring a lot of goals.

Jerome Thomas wide left and Dennis Rommedahl wide right. They have a lot of pace in wide areas and a bit of everything in midfield if you look at Alexei Smertin, who did well at Portsmouth, Radostin Kishishev who can play midfield or full-back and arguably their best player at the moment in Danny Murphy. He makes them tick in that midfield area but he's also capable of scoring goals as well.

They will work the system differently home and away and it's a system that can switch from 4-5-1 away from home when you need to be solid and break from midfield to 4-3-3 at home with the two wide players higher up the pitch.

We're going to Charlton to get something out of the game and I think our performances away from home have been pretty good this season. Blackburn was a little disappointing but we came away with a point. We'll look to get points from wherever we go now and apart from Chelsea, who don't look like getting beaten, that's how the league is at the moment - everyone can take points off each other.