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HAPPY RETURNS

Posted on 28 November 2005  - 12:00

Clive Allen was happy to report that both Wayne Routledge and Anthony Gardner made successful returns as the reserves toppled Palace 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Clive Allen was happy to report that both Wayne Routledge and Anthony Gardner made successful returns as the reserves toppled Palace 5-0 on Wednesday night.

Wayne completed his first 45-minute stint since breaking a bone in his foot on the opening day of the season at Portsmouth. His influence grew and grew as we took a grip of the game in the first half at Stevenage Borough.

Anthony wasn't over-stretched but had some defending to do in an hour's action on his return from rupturing his thigh muscle at Aston Villa on September 17.

With Anthony it was a case of taking him as far as we could without getting fatigued

Coach Clive said: "The good thing is that we planned for Wayne to play the first half and he came through fine, was very happy and had no problems from the foot injury he had.

"He felt good after the hour and that was the right time to rest him and protect him. He'll get stronger for that and will go forward from here.

"We've got a number of longer-term injuries coming back to fitness, we're managing them and they are making good progress."