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GOOD TO BE BACK

Posted on 29 November 2007  - 12:00

A smile was back on the features of Gareth Bale this week in the wake of his First Team return after injury.

A smile was back on the features of Gareth Bale this week in the wake of his First Team return after injury.The Wales international missed six games after sustaining a heavy blow to his right foot in the fixture up at Newcastle, but was back on the familiar territory of the left flank at Upton Park on Sunday for the 1-1 draw against West Ham.

While he did not feel his own performance was completely up to scratch, he believes the performances of the team offer encouragement and we should be optimistic over our prospects for the remainder of the season.

"It has been a bit frustrating sitting on the sidelines, I did my foot in the Newcastle game and it took longer than I expected to recover," reflected the 18-year-old. "It was badly bruised on the bone and that takes a long time to heal - I am just happy to be back now.

"I think personally I could have done a bit better. It was a my first game back and I felt it a bit. It could take a little while for me to get back in the flow, but hopefully will be operating fully soon.

"It was unlucky not to win, but that is football and it didn't go our way. We are looking brighter now as a team though and we can look forward to the rest of the season," he reasoned in the knowledge the team is now unbeaten in five games.

"It gives everyone confidence as not losing is obviously a good thing. We now just need to turn draws into wins and push right up the table where we should be."