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PRAISE FOR TG

Posted on 9 May 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton was full of praise for Anthony Gardner after the defender's return after two months out at Charlton on Monday.

Chris Hughton was full of praise for Anthony Gardner after the defender's return after two months out at Charlton on Monday.

Emergency left-back Ricardo Rocha sprained his ankle in the first half at the Valley so Anthony stepped into the gap, his first action since suffering a hairline fracture of the fibula at Chelsea on March 11.

It was only his 11th appearance of another injury-hit campaign but 'TG' looked like he'd never been away, helping the back four combat a late aerial bombardment from the home side to claim a clean sheet in the 2-0 victory that took us up to sixth in the Premiership.

"Anthony's been through a lot but that's the value of working hard every day throughout your rehabilitation," said Chris.

"At the time when you think you might not be involved that's when something happens, either an injury or a suspension and Anthony might have felt his season was over, that he wouldn't play again, but with three games to go he got that opportunity.

"It underlined the work he's done in the last couple of months and credit to the medical staff and the lad himself that he was in a position to be able to perform if called upon."

It was mentioned that Chris - one of the best full-backs to pull on a Spurs shirt - might have to come out of retirement as we were without three full-backs in Lee Young-Pyo, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Paul Stalteri and a potential replacement in Rocha.

"That would be nice!" he smiled. "But these things happen. We're not the first club it's happened to and the unfortunate thing for us is that it's all in one position.

"The positive thing is that Benoit Assou-Ekotto was back in the squad, so we now have options again in that position with Pascal Chimbonda also able to play there and Phil Ifil, who played at Wigan."




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