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SUNDAY SPECIAL FOR BARNEY

Posted on 2 May 2006  - 12:00

Being told to have a good warm up during the break pretty much confirmed Lee Barnard's suspicion that his services would be required in the second half against Bolton on Sunday.

Being told to have a good warm up during the break pretty much confirmed Lee Barnard's suspicion that his services would be required in the second half against Bolton on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, with just 15-odd minutes of Premiership action under his belt, was the substitute awarded the duty of taking the place of Robbie Keane with the game poised at 0-0.

The striker took his prolonged stint on the White Hart Lane turf in his stride and pressed the Bolton defence back with his tireless closing down.

"At the end of the first half someone said Robbie was struggling and, although I didn't know I was coming on, I prepared myself," reflected the scorer of 19 reserve league goals this season, making him the top goalscorer in the southern section. "At half-time Clive said to have a good warm-up and I was geeing myself up - without really needing to.

"I came in, was told I was coming on and it was great news for me. I was buzzing.

"I wasn't expecting it, but I was prepared to come on at any time and I obviously want to play as much as I can.

"It was good for me, but it was a shame Robbie got injured and hopefully he will be alright for the next game," added Lee, whose efforts this term have clearly not gone unnoticed by Martin.

"That's right and I appreciate the gaffer giving me a chance. He has put a bit of faith in me by putting me on."