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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 16 March 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton looks at the challenge posed by Watford ahead of Saturday's clash in the Barclays Premiership at White Hart Lane.

Chris Hughton looks at the challenge posed by Watford ahead of Saturday's clash in the Barclays Premiership at White Hart Lane.

WATFORD have had to cope without two of their best players - Ashley Young, who moved to Villa in January and Marlon King, who has been injured for a lot of the season - but there aren't that many performances where they've been outclassed.

That's why Adrian Boothroyd continues to beat the drum that they've got a chance of survival and they will keep fighting until the final day.

I'd expect them to go with a 4-4-2 system. Arguably the biggest plus for them has been the form of goalkeeper Ben Foster, he's had a fine season on loan and looks a real prospect.

Defensively, Danny Shittu continues to do well alongside Jay DeMerit, who has been a bit of a surprise package for them having been signed from non-league football. He's done well. The full-backs are Adrian Mariappa and although Chris Powell played at Plymouth, it's usually been Jordan Stewart down the left.

Across midfield you've got Hameur Bouazza, who arguably looks their best player. Tommy Smith, normally a striker, has played wide, Gavin Mahon and Damien Francis centrally. Francis will look to push forward more while Mahon sits. You've also Gareth Williams and Lloyd Doyley who could feature.

They have options up front with Tamas Priskin playing well of late, Steve Kabba in from Sheffield United and Darius Henderson, who has played most of the season.

There are no real surprises in the style of play - they will look to play off the front men and take advantage of all set-pieces, including long throws - but there is no shortage of quality in there either.

I'm sure they will relish coming to White Hart Lane and their crowd will be vocal and that's where our excellent crowd can play their part as well because there will be times when we need lifting as well.




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