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Don't expect a repeat - 19/10/2004

Don't expect a repeat
   Aaron Hughes
   Ronnie Johnsen
   Titus Bramble
   Charlton Athletic

Prior to the UEFA draw not a lot of people had heard about Panionios, and to be honest it was the same for me! Expectations may be high - rightly so - but don't expect another 6-1 away because it simply isn't going to happen. We're expecting a tough game in a small compact stadium which will generate a good and passionate atmosphere. I've been told by a Greek friend that although he'd have expected it to be comfortable at St.James, we wont have it easy over in Athens. Reports coming back to us suggest that the pitch isn't in the best of conditions, but we can't confirm that until we have a run out tomorrow night. However if we're expecting to progress in this competition we have to look to pick up wins against teams such as Panionios.

The starting eleven haven't been announced yet but I'd imagine is wont be far different to that which faced Charlton. If that's the case then the back four has a settled look about it. It wasn't too long ago that it was me looking in from the outside and I'm delighted that things have changed. I do look at Aaron Hughes and feel for him, he's a good lad and is itching to get back in the team. But I'm not about to give up the shirt without a fight and now I'm over the stomach bug that caused me to miss the Sachnin game, I'm looking to build on recent performances and give the management a selection headache. Both Titus and Ronny Johnsen are knocking on the door so the pressure is on. I spent a lot of times out of the picture and playing reserve team football, let's just say I'm in no rush to play at Kingston Park.

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