Gareth Bale is delighted with the way the festive period has gone so far after maximum points from our last two games and is keen for it not to stop there.
Fulham are our visitors to the Lane on New Year’s Day as we look to build on Christmas victories over Aston Villa and Newcastle.
The wins came despite us going down to 10 men in both games and Gareth, who played a key role in the successes, believes coming away with six points in the face of adversity says a great deal.
His goal secured the points against Newcastle at the Lane on Tuesday shortly after Younes Kaboul’s dismissal and now he is relishing the next match.
The flying Welshman said: “It was a great win and it’s been a good Christmas period for us. Now we want to take this into the New Year, keep plugging away and get the maximum points like we know we can.
“It’s been difficult. Playing two games in three days is difficult enough with 11 men, but playing most of the game at Villa with 10 men is much harder work and the last half hour against Newcastle was a lot of hard work.
“But we showed the character we’ve got, the work ethic we’ve got and we came away with maximum points from the two games and hopefully we can take that into the New Year now.”
One of the major factors in both victories was our counter-attacking threat that Gareth played a key role within an at times unstoppable quartet, rendering us likely to score even with our backs to the wall.
He added: “Sometimes when the opposition attacks it gives the opportunity for me, Aaron, Luka and Rafa to get forward and counter attack them like we did against Villa and Newcastle.
“We showed what we can do. Hopefully we can take that into the second half of the season where it counts and push on.”