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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 5 May 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton gives his regular rundown of our forthcoming opponents - next up, West Ham in our vital, final match of the season.

Chris Hughton gives his regular rundown of our forthcoming opponents - next up, West Ham in our vital, final match of the season.

AS OUR London rivals, West Ham will certainly want to beat us on Sunday, that goes without saying.

That's not just the supporters but the club and players and they will want to maintain what has been a good season right to the end.

For most of the season they've had Paul Konchesky at left-back and he's had a marvellous season.

He had a good spell on loan here and I think as regards them getting to the FA Cup Final he’s one player we’re all delighted for. He was great here and he really appreciated the loan spell as well and afterwards spoke very well of us.

The central defenders will be Danny Gabbidon and either Anton Ferdinand or James Collins, the other player they bought from Cardiff, and Ferdinand or Scaloni at right-back.

The midfield four haven't changed too much all season and the main exclusion from that will be Hayden Mullins, who is suspended. Nigel Reo Coker, Yossi Benayoun on the right, Matty Etherington on the left and good choices up front including two of our former players in Teddy Sheringham and Bobby Zamora.

Marlon Harewood has looked dangerous and powerful this season and he was substitute at West Brom so I would expect him to play.

The most impressive thing is that they’ve done it in the traditional West Ham way this season and that’s a very attack-minded style. Gabbidon and Ferdinand have had excellent seasons, Reo Coker in midfield was highly thought of as a young man at Wimbledon and has done well, Etherington has been very consistent and Benayoun - when he first went there after playing in Spain you wouldn’t be sure how quickly he would adapt but he’s had an excellent season as well.