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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 13 April 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton offers his regular assessment of forthcoming opponents, the next being Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday...

Chris Hughton offers his regular assessment of forthcoming opponents, the next being Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday...

WE NEED AN away win on Saturday and we are certainly in better shape than in other periods to get another away win. We were bitterly disappointed with parts of the performance up at Newcastle and, in the same way we wanted to put it right at home to Manchester City, we want to put it right on the road against Everton.

I think it has been a difficult season for Everton, with the expectations of what they achieved last year, it is never easy. If you are outside of the top three with the quality they have got, you are reliant on a lot of factors and one of them is the approach opposing teams have had towards them this season.

It has been a little bit more difficult and, as a consequence, they have had a bit of an up and down season - although they have been much more consistent over the last few months.

Everton are strong and robust, with real quality in the side. They have changed their system from last season - not in every game - but for periods they have gone to a 4-4-2. Last season it was a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 on most occasions.

They are always a whole-hearted side with a good physical content to their game, they are competitive and will mix it up. What they've got up front, with Duncan Ferguson sometimes and James Beattie they present a big threat, along with the option of having a player playing off the main attack.

Arteta is a very good player, one I have seen live on a number of occasions, the last time being against West Ham. Along with Phil Neville, he was their best player and he has really adapted to the English game - I think there is much more to come from him.

Neville was a very good signing, I think where he is playing at the moment suits him. He is a good footballer with a lot of qualities to his game and they know he can certainly compete in the middle.

The fact he has played his football at such a high level, they know he will always accept responsibility for the ball.