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GARD OF HONOUR!

Posted on 4 May 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton was delighted for Anthony Gardner after the defender's giant display alongside Michael Dawson in combating Bolton's aerial bombardment on Sunday.

Chris Hughton was delighted for Anthony Gardner after the defender's giant display alongside Michael Dawson in combating Bolton's aerial bombardment on Sunday.

The central pair were outstanding with goalkeeper Paul Robinson and the rest of the defence as Bolton had the better of the first half and then poured on the pressure in the latter stages of our 1-0 win at the Lane.

We held firm to keep a clean sheet in what was another must-win game with Robbo only seriously called into action to spectacularly pluck out Jay Jay Okocha's volley from 25 yards in the second half.

Anthony was on the top of his game in a completely different test of style at Arsenal the previous week after recovering from a bit of a battering at Everton on April 15 and injury that kept him out of the Manchester United game two days later.

First assistant coach Chris reflected: "Anthony has done well particularly because he took a bit of a whack in the Everton game that forced him out against United on Easter Monday.

"It was touch and go whether or not he would make the Arsenal game, he'd had problems and to come back and play so well in the last two games shows the desire he has to play and play well.

"We're fortunate that with Ledley being out - and any team would miss a player of Ledley's quality - we have the likes of Dawson, Gardner and Calum Davenport.

"That has been the quality we've showed all season with players coming in and doing so well.

"I was particularly pleased defensively against Bolton because we restricted them to minimal chances even though they put us under a fair amount of pressure.

"We coped very well and I would even look at someone like Young-Pyo Lee who is not the tallest of defenders, Bolton lined up with Davies on the right and would have felt that they would get a little joy from that side but I thought Lee did very well."