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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 10 January 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton gives his regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Leicester City in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Chris Hughton gives his regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, Leicester City in the FA Cup on Sunday.

I WAS fortunate enough to see Leicester play recently. They started in a 4-4-2 formation with two very mobile players up front in Iain Hume and Elvis Hammond, who came from Fulham.

The more recognisable names include Dion Dublin at centre-half. A lot of people talked earlier in his career about the possibility of him doing a good job at centre-half in the latter part of his career and he’s doing just that now.

Joey Gudjohnsson is one we know, a tigerish midfielder, not the biggest but with a good passing range and decent strike

Patrick McCarthy at centre-half is a player I’ve seen before with Ireland Under-21s and Stephen Kelly and Andy Reid will know him well, Alan Maybury is another Irish lad who can play left-back or right-back and will probably start at left-back.

They have two wide players in Danny Tiatto and Ryan Smith, who is a young winger on loan from Arsenal, and a lad called Stephen Hughes on the right side who is very mobile and gets into the box.

They haven’t had the best of seasons so far but as you get in most teams they have enough if they are playing well to put you under pressure on the day. We have to be aware of that.