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Glad to be back

Posted on 5 January 2010  - 12:00

Gareth Bale made an impressive return to the fold against Peterborough United and admitted: "That felt good."

Glad to be back

Gareth Bale made an impressive return to the fold against Peterborough United and admitted: "That felt good."

The young Welsh full-back, still just 20, made his first start in a month and only his fourth of the season as we beat the Championship side 4-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Comfortable defensively in one-sided encounter, Gareth caught the eye going forward and set-up two of the four goals - the second and third for Niko Kranjcar and Jermain Defoe respectively - and forced Joe Lewis to make one of the best of his many top-class saves on the day.

Injury to in-form Benoit Assou-Ekotto has opened the door for Gareth. "We've all been working hard in training to keep our fitness levels up so when we do come into the team, we're able to cope," he said. "I enjoyed it out there.

"It's nice to get back into the team and I just want to play as well as I can and stay in there. It's a big month, every game will be difficult but hopefully we'll stay in this form and keep winning."

Gareth insisted that the team's attitude was spot-on in what was really a no-win tie against struggling Posh. "It was an FA Cup tie against a team with nothing to lose and we just wanted to make sure that there would be no upset," he added.

"Every game in the FA Cup is difficult and we certainly weren't going to underestimate them in any way.

"We all put a shift in, played the football we're capable of and got the win."