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Bale in the programme

Posted on 30 April 2010  - 12:00

Gareth Bale talks about his rollercoaster campaign in the final official matchday programme of 2009-10 against Bolton on Saturday.

Bale in the programme

Gareth Bale talks about his rollercoaster campaign in the final official matchday programme of 2009-10 against Bolton on Saturday.

The Welsh full-back hardly featured in the first half of the season but grabbed his opportunity with both hands following injury to Benoit Assou-Ekotto in January.

Gareth set-up two goals on his return against Peterborough United in the FA Cup on January 2 and hasn't looked back - he has started every one of our 23 matches since and turned in outstanding performance after outstanding performance both at left-back and in left midfield.

"Obviously it was a slow start to the season for me," explained Gareth. "I had my knee injury in the summer and I didn't really get going until after Christmas.

"I played a few Carling Cup games before then, but at the turn of the year I was given my opportunity and had a run in the team.

"I have had to bide my time, work hard in training and wait for my chance. I've enjoyed every minute of it since and I think I've grown in confidence as a result.

"There was a certain amount of pressure on me when I first came into the side in January because I wanted to show what I could do," he added. "But at the end of the day, you have to believe in yourself, believe in your own ability that you can play well on a consistent basis. Hopefully I have done that and will continue to do so."

You can read Gareth's interview in full in Saturday's official matchday programme.

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