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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 1 October 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton gives us the rundown on Aston Villa ahead of tonight's 125 anniversary game at the Lane.

Chris Hughton gives us the rundown on Aston Villa ahead of tonight's 125 anniversary game at the Lane.VILLA represents a tough fixture for our 125 anniversary match. I watched them beat Chelsea and although Chelsea put them under a lot of pressure, as you would expect, Villa defended well when they needed to.

What Villa have at the moment is an abundance of pace in the forward areas with Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young both impressing.

They’ve brought in young English players in Young, Nigel Reo-Coker, Curtis Davies and Zat Knight and already had Agbonlahor and Luke Moore at the club.

Wilfred Bouma, who has been in and out of the side, is back in and playing regularly and that’s the same with Martin Laursen, who was out for a while but is playing well. Olof Mellberg has been there a while and can play centre-back or right-back.

The exciting players are Young, Agbonlahor and Gareth Barry, who played particularly well for England last time out. John Carew was injured against Everton so that might bring Marlon Harewood into the frame.

Whatever system they play I’m sure they’ll come to White Hart Lane determined to get a result but we are always confident in our home form. It’s a special day for the club and let’s hope we make it all the more special with a win.