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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 20 September 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton gives us an idea of what to expect when Cyprus side Anorthosis Famagusta arrive at the Lane for a UEFA Cup first round, first leg tie tonight.

Chris Hughton gives us an idea of what to expect when Cyprus side Anorthosis Famagusta arrive at the Lane for a UEFA Cup first round, first leg tie tonight.

I HAD an oppportunity to watch Anorthosis Famagusta a couple of weeks ago and we've had reports since then and they are a big side that don't concede many goals. They have enough ability in the side to cause teams problems and the only question is what side they will put out as they have a big squad to choose from and they've chopped and changed regularly.

In most games they've gone with a 4-3-3 with the three in midfield George Panagi, a holding midfielder and a couple of decent players, Zlogar, who breaks forward and Deynov, a Bulgarian who is good on the ball.

The consistent players have been Sosin, a target man and they've changed in the wider areas. One players most English fans will know is Marian Pahars, who did well at Southampton. He's been in and out of the side. Belic can also play either side and they have two Brazilians who they can call on in Boaventura and Pereira.

They are strong cross the back with centrally Lamprou, Katsavakis alongside him and in the full-back positions Poursaitidis and Ndikumana, who can play left or right and has decent pace.

What tends to happen when you line-up against the likes of Anorthosis Famagusta, who are playing a team with European experience. It's the same with a team like Rosenborg, who got a result at Chelsea, they might not be as strong but they are in Europe year in, year out and have that experience.

Anorthosis Famagusta might not have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League, but they've had years in the qualifying rounds and that's what we're up against.

However, we're at home, we're strong at home and ideally we'd like to be able to travel to Cyprus in a couple of weeks time in a favourable position after this home leg.

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