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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 28 November 2005  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our next opponents - attention now turns to Wigan before Saturday's big clash at the JJB...

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our next opponents - attention now turns to Wigan before Saturday's big clash at the JJB...

THE WAY Wigan are playing at the moment is probably the perfect formula. They are a rigid 4-4-2 when they want to be hard to break down but at the same time they have the ability to score goals. They are a very well organised side, they work hard and have a good work ethic.

Their confidence should be sky high with the start they've had in the Premiership. I've no doubts they went into the last game against Arsenal feeling they could win it and if you look at the two toughest games they've had at the JJB - Chelsea and Arsenal - they lost both but could have got something out of both. They certainly deserved to against Chelsea. If they can compete with those teams, confidence should be very high.

They have two very exciting players up front in Camara and Roberts, who we know very well from West Brom, a very powerful, skilful forward. It's a nice balance because Camara also has a lot of pace. They are a threat, particularly on the break.

Most would see Francis as very much an attacking midfielder

Across midfield, a flat four and Kavanagh - who I know well from Ireland - is very good on the ball and will possibly play a little deeper than Francis, who likes to get into the box.

Bullard will be on the right and he's caught the eye this season, a great work ethic with ability on the ball. He's slowly been making a name for himself over the last couple of seasons and is one we have to be aware of. McCulloch is a right-footed player starting on the left who was their Player of the Year last season and has ability and can get in at the far post.

They are solid across the back and haven't given a lot away. Henchoz and De Zeeuw have plenty of experience there and the two full-backs have done well - Chimbonda has come up with a couple of goals and the left-back Baines scored a wonder goal last season and has played for England Under-21s.

There is a nice mix of experience, strength and ability and on their day, when they put it all together, they are a very exciting side. That's what they've done for most of the season so far.