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BITTER SWEET FOR BALE

Posted on 6 September 2007  - 12:00

Gareth Bale admitted having mixed feelings after his first goal for us in the 3-3 draw at Fulham.

Gareth Bale admitted having mixed feelings after his first goal for us in the 3-3 draw at Fulham.The Welsh youngster was naturally delighted to open his account in Spurs colours in only his second start for us following injury problems in pre-season.

That goal – a cool finish after running onto Robbie Keane’s pass – put us in command again at Craven Cottage having earlier led 2-0 but the home side hit back from 3-1 via a deflected goal and Diomansi Kamara’s spectacular overhead kick in injury time to leave us with a share of the spoils in a game we had dominated.

"It was disappointing,” reflected Gareth before joining the Welsh squad for European Championship qualifiers against Germany and Slovakia. “We had a lot of chances to win the game but didn't take them so we paid the price. Hopefully we can work on that in training and get it right for the next game.

"For me there were mixed feelings but the main thing is the team and not individuals. We've got to learn from our mistakes and kick on from here again.

"They got a lucky goal which put us on the back foot but we've got to be stronger, more resilient and hopefully we can learn from it and kick on.

"Everyone was gutted and considering we were two goals up felt like a loss. We've just got to show our character, push ourselves forward and hopefully kick on from here."