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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 19 January 2007  - 12:00

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

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

I WATCHED Fulham at West Ham and they showed a lot of character that day, something they repeated against Leicester in the FA Cup this week. At Upton Park, they took the lead from a corner reasonably early in the game but West Ham got back into it, went 2-1 up and then 3-2 up but Phillipe Cristanval scored an equaliser in the last minute. It's not the first time Fulham have managed that and it shows a fair amount of character and spirit.

It will be a tough game at Craven Cottage. I'm sure they will line-up 4-4-2, as they've done most of the season. Fulham are a side that can match most teams physically and with Heidar Helguson and Brian McBride up front they have two tough individuals, strong in the air and good finishers. McBride has decent experience in the Premiership now.

Of course, Michael Brown will be there in central midfield and I'm sure he'll look forward to facing us. They've had to chop and change a bit and used MoritzVolz in midfield, left of centre at West Ham. He's a willing worker and did well alongside Browny that day. Out wide they've lost Luis Boa Morte but they still have the pace of Tomasz Radzinski.

They've made changes at the back with Carlos Bocanegra alongside Cristenval with Zat Knight out and Franck Queudrue and Liam Rosenior in the full-back positions. Rosenior is a very good, up and coming full-back who can play right or left, but will start at right-back.