The Czech was left stranded by George Boateng's deflected 11th minute strike but was assured and confident in all his other periods of activity.
Chris reported the management team had absolutely no concerns over handing him a full debut in such a vital encounter following the injury sustained by Paul Robinson against Aston Villa.
"We had no qualms or worries about putting him in - he is an experienced goalkeeper," explained Chris on Tuesday. "In a game like that, if you were putting a young keeper in you would probably be a bit concerned, but Radek has the experience.
"The lads felt good for him, he is a wonderful character to have around and his English is improving every day. The lads see how hard he works here at the training ground and have very much taken to him.
"It is not easy to come into a new team and he has been on the bench since joining. The fact he is an experienced keeper meant he was able to take it in his stride."
Chris Hughton praised the performance of Radek Cerny at Middlesbrough, insisting experience was the key to the goalkeeper's sound display.