The Cameroon international, introduced as a second half substitute for Heung-Min Son, saw Hugo pull off a marvellous save low down to his left to turn Eden Hazard’s shot away from the target and ensure his clean sheet remained intact in a game of few chances at White Hart Lane.
Clearly appreciative of our captain’s efforts against the Blues, Clinton underlined just how influential Hugo can be – both on and off the pitch.
“It was a great save from Hugo in the second half,” said the attacker who, like Hugo, joined us from French side Lyon.
“That’s why he’s one of the leaders in the team, because he’s always there to make those saves.
“I think it’s very important to have somebody like him who is a leader, a good captain and a great keeper. He is always there when the team needs him and that’s very important for us.”
As for the overall outcome on Sunday, Clinton echoed the thoughts of many of his team-mates by declaring: “It’s an important point.”
He added: “It was a good match and I think we did a good job. With the travelling in the Europa League on Thursday it was not easy, but it was a good point for us.
“Chelsea had a good match defensively but we showed some character, defended our goal and that’s important.
“We could have done better, but I know that in the coming matches we’re going to try to get all three points.
“We’re now going to prepare for the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday – we’re going to go there and do our best.”