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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 8 February 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

IF I look at Sheffield United's league position, at the start of the season they might have been happy just to avoid the bottom three but now, possibly they feel they could be a bit higher.

It's a tough league and they have that little gap between themselves and the bottom three and every time I've seen them, their games have been very close. Even last week, they looked like they were going to get a draw at Blackburn, and that would have been a good point, only to be undone by a bit of quality from Pedersen.

They've given a very good account of themselves and won a few supporters along the way.

Defensively, Chris Lucketti has been around for a while and is back in the frame alongside Phil Jagielka, who can play at the back or in midfield, a big part of their squad.

Derek Geary is a right full-back who has done well not just this season, but last season as well and Chris Armstrong is the other side, he played left midfield against us at the Lane in August.

Nick Montgomery is in the centre of the park with Michael Tonge, who has played wide left for the baulk of his career but has moved inside, Alan Quinn is also in there and Colin Kazim-Richards is out wide, he has pace and scored a great goal against Bolton earlier in the season.

One change is Jon Stead up front, he's come in from Derby and scored a couple of goals already alongside Rob Hulse, who is a real handful. With the way they play, they rely a lot on the front two, demand a lot of movement up front and work off that. Perhaps that's why they've used a lot of forwards in recent seasons. These are two good players, Stead has had a little dip over the last couple of seasons but he's aiming to get back to where he was and has certainly started well.

If you look at their position, it's very close - a couple of wins and they could quickly creep up to eighth, ninth place and away from home, this is a tough test.