It’s hardly a surprise to see that Chris Hughton today says he could play a 4-5-1 formation at home today against Aston Villa.
Chris Hughton will play 4-5-1 at home today
In fact that’s the formation we expected him to start with and leave Peter Lovenkrands on the bench, at least until he sees just how good Aston Villa are.
This is what he told The Sunday Sun today when asked if he would start that formation at home:
“Yes, I would most definitely be prepared to play 4-5-1.” “The thing you have to be in the division is adaptable because of the quality of the teams you are up against.”
“I would have no problem playing that system at home. I don’t see us always playing two high out and out strikers at home,” “You know when you play the top teams you can’t afford to be as open as 4-4-2 will sometimes leave you.”
“Consequently, teams will adapt their formation to cope.” “And some of the top teams don’t play 4-4-2. Manchester United don’t, haven’t for a while.” “4-4-2 is certainly a tougher system to play at this level if you have not got the best players.”
Hughton seems to think that 44-2 is not all that different from 4-5-1 depending on where Kevin Nolan plays of course, or even where Peter Lovenkrands plays when he’s on the field.
The amin difference in when Peter is on the filed you have two out and out goal scorers up front in Andy and Peter.
“If Peter Lovenkrands had been fit and played exactly the same role as Kevin Nolan on Monday, people would have perceived that to be 4-4-2,”
“No, the game will be dictated by chances and philosophy of trying to win a game.” “You can try to win a game with 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 or 4-5-1.”
“There have been no complaints when Chelsea were playing 4-3-3 week-in, week-out and winning every week.” “It’s not really about a system, it’s about a philosophy of play.”
We don’t care too much about what formation Chris plays, because we know the manager will be trying to get the full 3 points today.
With West Ham and Wigan both looking absolutely hopeless in their first two games, and Sunderland not faring too much better we would hope we can pick up a win today.
If we can do that and maybe announce the signing of Cheick Tiote from FC Twente, we’ll be in good shape.