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Glad to be back

Posted on 11 May 2009  - 12:00

Gareth Bale loved stepping back into first team action at Everton.

Glad to be back

Gareth Bale loved stepping back into first team action at Everton.

It was his first start since the UEFA Cup tie against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Lane on February 26 and his first start in the Premier League since Portsmouth at home on January 18.

The Welsh international was right at home employed as a wing-back as Harry Redknapp switched to a 5-3-2 formation in the goalless draw at Goodison Park.

Gareth bombed forward to join in attacks as we had the better of it in the first half before concentrating more on defensive duties as Everton pushed on in the second half.

He also came close to breaking the deadlock when he curled a free-kick just over in the first half.

"It was great to be back out there and playing again," said Gareth after training on Monday. "You get that lift from the noise of the fans and I really enjoyed it.

"The system suited me as I was able to get forward.

"We controlled the first half, created a few chances and could have scored.

"The second half was difficult and they started to pin us back a bit. Overall, a draw was a fair result."