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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 7 November 2005  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Bolton in the Premiership on Monday night...

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Bolton in the Premiership on Monday night...

BOLTON will be a very different game to Arsenal. They are a side with a certain style of play and they do it well. What they also have is good footballers within that system.

They can be a very good passing team in midfield with the quality they have in there but we all know a particular strength of theirs is playing off the front man and since they acquired Kevin Davies he’s played very well for them.

Other players like Diouf, who didn’t have the best of times at Liverpool, he’s gone there and done well. Stelios has as well and Gary Speed just keeps going.

They are at the stage now where the squad is that good that even Okocha doesn’t always play.

They have far more strength in depth than they’ve ever had

They will line-up 4-3-3 without a doubt, as they’ve played for the last few seasons. They can rotate the midfielders, Faye has been playing centrally, Nolan breaking and scoring goals and I’d expect Speed to play after missing a couple of games recently. He played on Thursday night as they beat St Petersberg in the UEFA Cup.

Davies seems to have played in league games and not in the European campaign, although he played on Thursday as well, Diouf, Stelios  the team won’t be far off that.

The aerial threat is one you are aware of but they try to wear opponents down. It’s all about being strong enough to cope. But I wouldn’t call them a long ball side. They are certainly more direct than most but they have a lot of football ability in the side and talented players.