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HUGHTON'S NOTES

Posted on 1 November 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughtons regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents. Next up, back into European action and Club Brugge in the UEFA Cup at the Lane on Thursday night.

Chris Hughtons regular assessment of our forthcoming opponents. Next up, back into European action and Club Brugge in the UEFA Cup at the Lane on Thursday night.

CLUB BRUGGE are a very good outfit. They drew against Bayer Leverkusen in their first game and that was a result that could have gone either way, a free, fast-flowing game.

They've played most games in some guise of a 4-4-2 formation, something we're used to playing against, but they will be a good side at our place and will look forward to the challenge.

They will try and play, they are not direct side and even in defensive areas will look to play out.

The front two are Ishiaku, who has a lot of pace, scores a lot of goals and is a real threat with Balaban, who I'm sure fans will remember from his spell at Aston Villa. The two of them in the games I've watched work very hard off each other, link well with one-twos, chase - they are obviously a pair who play up front a lot together and have formed a good partnership.

Most of the other players won't be household names. Clement at the back has been around for a little while, a good player who plays left of the central defensive two, Daerden is a strong 'up and downer' on the left flank, Vermant can play in midfield with Blondel, who we all know well, or a player called Leko.

We had a wonderful result against Besiktas and now we have to capitalise on it.

As soon as the group was announced we said if we could win our two home games and look to get something out of the away games, then we'd qualify. We can make a big step on Thursday and that's what we'll try to achieve.