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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 31 August 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

I SAW saw Fulham play against Bolton a few weeks ago, a game they won and played well.

It was horrendous weather, it poured down and that affected the game it was but they showed enough that day to warrant the win.

Since then they’ve had a couple of serious injuries to Brian McBride and Hameur Bouazza, a player who did well at Watford last season and Fulham had brought in.

They have changed the team around quite dramatically since last season. David Healy has come in and has a wonderful record so far of scoring goals and the manager will know all about him from Northern Ireland.

Defensively they'll change it around with Zat Knight moving to Villa, Stefanovic may play, Carlos Bocanegra and Paul Konchesky at left-back, a player we know well from his time on loan here, a very good, consistent, attacking full-back.

The right-back is Chris Baird, who got sent off in the last game so will be suspended for Saturday.

In midfield it’s Simon Davies, another player we all know well, down the right while on the left they might go with Diomansy Kamara, a forward who can play on the left and did so last time out.

Centrally it’s Steven Davis, who we’ve always thought is a good player and had some good games against us for Villa, he has bundles of energy in there with Alexey Smertin. Then it’s Healy and Clint Dempsey up front.

So there have been a lot of changes and I see a lot of enthusiasm in the side. When you’ve brought in a number of players, they all want to do well. Lawrie Sanchez has stamped his mark on Fulham and that’s what he set out to do.