MATCH PREVIEW: ‘We won’t always play with just one up front,’ says Chris Hutchings

Watford v Ipswich: IPSWICH Town assistant manager Chris Hutchings has assured supporters that the Blues won’t just play one up front all season.

Just three days’ after an encouraging 1-1 home draw against Blackburn Rovers on the opening day of the new Championship season, the Blues travel to Watford tonight to face a side they have failed to beat in 15 attempts.

Manager Paul Jewell has to decide whether to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation which created little in the opening half hour against the defence-minded Blackburn, or start with Jason Scotland alongside Michael Chopra up front.

Speaking of Scotland, who impressed from the start against Bristol Rovers in the Capital One Cup and provided Town with impetuous off the bench at the weekend, Hutchings said: “When he has started a game, he has done very well. When he has come off the bench, he has certainly made an impact. He is something to think about – he is straining at the leash. Andy Drury is also in our thoughts in the midfield.

“However, over the last three or four games, the rest of the boys have done very well. We have had a litte bit of a settled side – the nucleus is there.


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“We can play 4-3-3, 4-4-2, 4-4-1-1; we always want to adapt our formation without making substitutions. We are not just going to play this one way. We will pick whatever formation we think is right to win the game.”

Despite losing just three of their final 19 matches of last season to finish 11th place in the table, it’s been all change at Watford after Giampaolo Pozzo’s takeover.

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The wealthy Italian businessman controversially moved quickly to replace highly-rated manager Sean Dyche with the ‘big name’ of fellow countryman Gianfranco Zola.

Bringing in all his own backroom staff, the former West Ham boss has also signed eight players.

Six of them are on loan from Italian club Udinese or Spanish outfit Granada – both clubs owned by Pozzo or his family. And there looks like there will be more to follow.

The Hornets opened their campaign with a dramatic 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Saturday, with two of their goals coming in the dying moments of the match.

“At the beginning of the season, it is very hectic – what with the cup games as well,” said Hutchings. “Watford are coming into the match off the back of a good win at Crystal Palace but we are looking forward to the game.

“I felt for Sean Dyche when he got the sack, but new owners come in and managers come and go – that is the way football is. I think Sean did a fantastic job on the budget he had. He got the best out of his boys and finished in the highest position Watford have in numerous years.

“But Zola has come in, he has had an influx of loan players with the Italian lads coming in and it will be interesting to see if they can play the Italian way. You don’t know what to expect to be honest.

“We have gone through the DVDs to try and learn as much we possibly can. But it is about what we do. We have to go about our game, get on the front-foot and go out their in a very positive frame of mind.”

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