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END OF TERM REPORTS

Posted on 24 May 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...

Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...

PAUL ROBINSON
He had an excellent season. Robbo has very much established himself as England's No.1 goalkeeper - you do have periods where it could be one or two but, at this time, everybody fully recognises him as the top keeper.

It is because of his performances for us. Certainly what he has given to the team, apart from his quality in goal and his shot-stopping, is his influence in the squad. He is a big character and in this day and age where players are generally quieter as individuals on and off the park compared to a few years ago, Paul compensates for that and is very, very vocal.

It has given us something we needed in the squad.

RADEK CERNY
Any opportunity that he has had to play - although there haven't been many - he has shown his ability. It is a bit of an odd one really, in that you don't want him to get a game because it would mean something was wrong with your No.1 goalkeeper. On the other hand, you do want him to play because he is one of the best professionals I have come across.

He is somebody who appreciates he has got a top class goalkeeper in front of him, he never has a bad day at training and puts in maximum effort every single day. He is almost like a young keeper with his enthusiasm.

I wouldn't say he is happy to be No.2 because he has got great quality, but he knows the position and wants to everything to help the team do well. The fact that he has signed to stay on is for one reason only, that we have great belief in him and if Robbo was injured or out of form we would have great confidence in him stepping in.

He is an experienced goalkeeper who certainly wouldn't let anybody down.