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END OF TERM REPORTS

Posted on 25 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...

CALUM DAVENPORT
He has had a very interesting time since joining. If there is one player who you want to come out at the end in a really good way and playing regular games it is Calum.

He has gone through experiences and is learning his trade. The fact that he has gone away on loan - and done well - to play the amount of games he has says much about him, although his time at West Ham and Norwich was perhaps better than his spell at Southampton.

He has always been ready for us, he has come back and I have certainly seen an improvement in him from the start of the season. He is still a young player, one who always wants to play games and one nice characteristic he does have is, if he is not in the first team group, he always wants to play in the reserves and has done ever so well for Clive.

He is in the picture now, he was in squads for the last couple of months and started against Manchester United. For somebody who was out of the frame for as long as he was, to come in and play the way he did was a credit to him.

NOUREDDINE NAYBET
Noureddine is another one with great experience, who is a good professional and a good person to have around the place. With the amount of games he has played at international level and during his time in Spain, he is one who is certainly well respected by the players.

He has not had the opportunities that others have had, simply because of the consistency of King and Dawson and the amount of games they have played. With Naybet, Davenport and Gardner, if we hadn't got knocked out of the cup competitions as early as we did, it would have meant more games for them.

It has been good to work with Noureddine, in his first season here the times he wasn't playing he was a little bit more frustrated. What he is appreciative of is how well the lads in front of him have done and he comments on it on a regular basis.

He wanted to give every help he can to the younger players.