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WALKS IMPRESSED

Posted on 3 May 2006  - 12:00

Former Spurs favourite Ian Walker left the Lane on Sunday impressed with the resilience of our young side.

Former Spurs favourite Ian Walker left the Lane on Sunday impressed with the resilience of our young side.

Goalkeeper 'Walks', currently on the bench as Jussi Jaaskelainen's deputy, received another warm reception on the latest return to his former home on Sunday.

He revealed afterwards that one of Bolton's game plans was to stop us passing the ball - a plan that succeeded as we struggled to get to grips with Bolton's direct approach in the first half.

We regrouped at half-time and despite losing Robbie Keane through injury, produced our best football in the opening quarter of the second half as Aaron Lennon struck what turned out to be the winner after 59 minutes.

Bolton piled on the pressure as expected in the latter stages but the defence - with Michael Dawson, Anthony Gardner and Paul Robinson outstanding - held out for a vital 1-0 win.

"We put Tottenham under a lot of pressure but they handled it really well and that's what you have to do if you want to be in the top three or four of the Premiership," reflected Ian.

"There are a lot of youngsters in the side but you've also got Robbo in goal, I was impressed by Dawson, he's been good this season, attacks the ball well and dominates in the air, Carrick's a great passer of the ball and there is pace up front and the ability to score goals.

"It's nice to see a Tottenham team doing so well and with a lot of youngsters it can only get better."

Capped four times by England, the 34-year-old made over 300 appearances for us between 1989-2001 before departing for Leicester City. He joined Bolton at the start of this season.

Smiling about his reception at the Lane, Walks added: "Some people might have still remembered me but it seems like a long time ago now!

"It was great to be part of the club and when you come back you realise how great it was when you were here - sometimes you don't appreciate it but when you return you realise how lucky you were."