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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 9 January 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, tonight's trip to West Brom in the Premiership...

Chris Hughton's regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents - next up, tonight's trip to West Brom in the Premiership...

WEST BROM enjoyed a decent run of four games unbeaten in the league including a win against Manchester City before losing their last two against Portsmouth and United. Their home form has been good and they are certainly a better squad on paper than last season, especially in the forward areas where they have a lot of options.

It's a difficult away game for us and the Hawthorns crowd is a very passionate one and that will always make it harder for the visiting team. They are certainly capable of beating anyone at home and did just that against Arsenal earlier in the season.

Having said that, we've done better on our travels this season and we have to go there with confidence with the form we're in.

They can switch systems and at a tough place like Old Trafford they would have looked to protect the team a little and get bodies behind the ball in a 4-5-1 but at home, with the options they've got up front, I'd expect to see a 4-4-2 formation.

They have a couple of doubts but Bryan Robson can make changes from Boxing Day

The question is who will play up front between Diomansy Kamara, who has played on the right in some games, Kevin Campbell, Geoff Horsfield, Kanu and Nathan Ellington, who started against United.

Generally they have stayed quite solid across midfield with the likes of Ronnie Wallwork, Junichi Inamoto, Jonathan Greening has played most of the games and can play left or right and Darren Carter who also played at United.

Defensively they have a couple of doubts including Neil Clement, who we'd expect to play if fit and Paul Robinson, who was injured on Boxing Day.

We can't and won't underestimate them. They are good side capable of scoring goals with the options they have and they had a decent spell before the last two defeats. They were both away games and I'm sure they will be happy to be back at home and have confidence off the back of that.