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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...

A great professional who is not the youngest and coming towards the end of his career. He has been a very good servant and what you want from your experienced ones is to be a good influence on the young players.

We have been grateful for him being here and Clive Allen is even more grateful. He played a lot of reserve team games and hasn't had too many bad ones in that time. He never has a game where you could say he didn't put in full effort or didn't want to help the lads out.

He is a very, very good person to have around the place. His opportunities have been limited but that is because of the players in front of him being in such good form.

He had a couple of injuries across the season which limited the amount of games he has able to play. One was a particularly bad one - a ruptured thigh at Aston Villa - where we knew at the time he would be out for a long period.

He is a quality player in his position and he is probably the only natural left-footed central defender we have in the first team group, although Calum Davenport prefers to play on the left as a right-footed player.

Whenever he has had the opportunity to play he has always been a good replacement for one of the regular pair of Ledley and Michael Dawson. I think when you're talking about a squad, you don't really want to say replacements because they are all fighting for positions and Anthony is a player who has played a lot of games for us over the last few seasons.

Stephen, I think, has found it difficult with Paul Stalteri playing so many games. Paul is one that doesn't miss many games and is a very fit and experienced lad, so unfortunately for Steo it has limited the amount of chances he has had.

Whenever he has come in he has done a solid job and it wouldn't be one where there is a dramatic difference between the two. In many ways they are similar, although Steo has got more pace than Paul, both are very steady players.