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NO SURPRISES

Posted on 19 April 2006  - 12:00

Chris Hughton admitted no-one was surprised that Calum Davenport performed so well up against Rooney and Van Nistelrooy in his first start for Spurs.

Chris Hughton admitted no-one was surprised that Calum Davenport performed so well up against Rooney and Van Nistelrooy in his first start for Spurs.

The defender was handed his Premiership chance ahainst Manchester United on Monday following injuries to Ledley King and Anthony Gardner and he didn't disappoint - showing the aerial ability everyone knew about and a calmness in possession as we built attacks from the back.

Calum was also a threat in United's penalty area alongside Michael Dawson late on as we tried everything to claw back a 2-1 deficit at the Lane but it wasn't to be.

First assistant coach Chris said: "Calum always trains well but wants to play games. If he’s not figuring in the first team squad, he’ll want to play for the reserves and that stood him in good stead for the physical test but the emotional part is completely different.

"To come in for a first start at this stage of the season, at home against one of the best teams in the country, he coped really well.

"We weren’t surprised by his performance and thought he did really well. That’s down to the hard work he puts in and his willingness to want to play.

"Sometimes you feel sorry for lads when they don’t get an opportunity but there are only 11 places available. We said to all the lads that at the time you don’t feel something will happen, it happens. You have to make sure you are prepared and Calum certainly was."