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Aaron Hughes promises Chelsea problems

last updated Monday 28th December 2009, 12:32 PM
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes
Fulham defender
Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes
Aaron Hughes last night promised the Fulham fans Roy Hodgson's side would give everything to extend Chelsea's bleak midwinter in today's West London derby showdown.

While the Cottagers are flying, after a six-game unbeaten streak, they head down the Fulham Road to Stamford Bridge intent on really piling the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti.

And Hughes vowed: "We've got a bit of confidence, are unbeaten in a few games, and will go there to try to play our football, try to defend well and create chances as we have been doing.

"Any team going to Stamford Bridge has a difficult task, but we'll try and play our football and see what happens.

"We'll attack within reason. If you go there and try to defend for 90 minutes, you can't do it. They'll overrun you in the end.

"You've got to go and try to play your own football, always cautious that they've got a lot of threats in the side, a lot of ability to break you down. You try to take your chances when they come along."

Irish international Hughes may have to shoulder extra responsibility with knee victim Brede Hangeland a doubt and young Chris Smalling on standby to make his Premier League bow against a Chelsea side bolstered by the news that Didier Drogba is available after all.

Hughes added: "We know they've got threats from all over. Their full-backs go further upfield than their wingers sometimes and pop up with goals.

"But if we can get the ball down and play our football, we're confident we can cause them problems.

"We're playing good football. Our shape's good, our discipline's good. We're solid, and Bobby Zamora's been fantastic for us in the last few games.

"If you give him decent delivery and service, we know he'll be a handful. He's bringing guys into play, holding it up for us and the runs off him have been good. But you have to keep working hard to keep that happening."

Source Martin Lipton at The Mirror
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