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GARDNER BACK IN GROOVE

Posted on 18 January 2007  - 12:00

Anthony Gardner was a contented man after completing his first 90 minutes at the Lane since April as we toppled Cardiff on Wednesday night.

Anthony Gardner was a contented man after completing his first 90 minutes at the Lane since April as we toppled Cardiff on Wednesday night.The big defender’s last home outing was a crucial win at the Lane against Bolton on April 30 with his three appearances this term before the third round replay all away games at MK Dons, Portsmouth and Cardiff.

‘TG’ didn’t put a foot wrong in contributing to a clean sheet and comfortable 4-0 replay win against the Bluebirds and now hopes he’s back on track after all-too familiar injury problems.

“It was my first start since MK Dons in October and great just to be back out there,” said Anthony. “It has been frustrating. I played against MK, felt good and was ready to play against Port Vale but had a knee problem in training and that was me out for five or six weeks.


“I’ve been back in training for the best part of a month but not had the opportunity to play. That opportunity came here and you have to take them when they come.

“It was an important win after Sunday, the manager said before the game we’d lost our last two at home and we needed to put it right. That’s certainly the case in the cup because there is no coming back if you lose. We played well and it’s great to be in the next round.”

That next round is a fourth round clash against Southend United at the Lane on Saturday January 27, kick-off 3pm.