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Good start for Gardner

Posted on 17 August 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Anthony Gardner has made a positive start to what he accepts is a vital season for him.


The big defender featured in 24 of our 48 matches last term as niggling injuries again took their toll.


The most frustrating was a foot problem that restricted him to just one game in the final two months of the season.


The 24-year-old has put those problems behind him to return strongly in pre-season and, after performing well in the Peace Cup and against FC Porto, Anthony was handed his chance in the absence of skipper Ledley King in our Premiership opener at Portsmouth.


He responded with another fine display alongside Michael Dawson as we kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at Fratton Park.


"I’ve come back this summer, knuckled down, tried to get myself fit and now I want to stay fit," said Anthony. "It’s nice to have the confidence from the manager and that allows you to relax, to play your game and in my case, hopefully go out and play well for Spurs.


"I need to get out there and play football, basically. That is what keeps you happy, when you are playing regularly and playing well. You have no worries then.


"I know I need to take my opportunities when I get them and hopefully I’ll play a big part this season. I’m not saying that I’ll be playing every game but enough to feel a part of a successful squad."