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CHRIS ON AARON IMPACT

Posted on 30 May 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton was delighted with the way Aaron Lennon showcased his talents on the international stage last week.

Chris Hughton was delighted with the way Aaron Lennon showcased his talents on the international stage last week.

The jet-heeled winger caught the imagination of the public after featuring for the full 90 minutes of England's B game against Belarus on Thursday. His performance was such that he has been very much the focus of attention since his introducion at Reading and Chris believes it was a case of confidence being key for the 19-year-old.

"I thought Aaron had a very good game," reflected the coach. "Apart from the fact he contributed well to the England side, I thought he looked very, very confident - which is particularly important for a young lad going into his first game.

"He certainly didn't look out of place right from the first whistle, he looked very dangerous on the ball and was definitely the biggest threat," he added before offering his take on how Aaron will set about dealing with exposure to a wider audience.

"That comes with the territory and there is possibly the train of thought that it is not always the best because others will see the threat and try and do something about it. It is something he has learned to cope with over the season, it is not just about the end of the season because of he has been producing for most of the campaign.

"He will have to expect tougher defending, but he is a special talent and, from a Club point of view, we were delighted he was able to show it for England.

"I think it is always the case that expectations will grow. When you have a young player who excels either over a period of time or in a particular high profile game, there is always a build up.

"He is a very level-headed lad, he has the possibility of playing depending on results at the World Cup and there are a lot of things he will have to get used to."