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Here and now

Posted on 2 April 2010  - 12:00

Gareth Bale can't help but be excited by the prospect of what lies ahead this month - but at the moment, he is not looking any further than the Stadium of Light.

Here and now

Gareth Bale can't help but be excited by the prospect of what lies ahead this month - but at the moment, he is not looking any further than the Stadium of Light.

That is where we travel to meet Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday to kick off what promises to be a make-or-break month.

Our trip to Wearside is followed by our FA Cup Semi-Final with Portsmouth before we take on Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the league.

But we're without a win at Sunderland since 2001. It took a late Robbie Keane equaliser to rescue a point there last season after we suffered an opening day defeat the year before.

This time around we have the added threat of our former striker, Darren Bent, who will be looking to add to the 21 goals he has already hit for the Black Cats this season.

So Gareth knows there is no point in focusing on anything other than this game, saying: "We know we've got a few tough fixtures coming up but we'll take each game as it comes.

"It's important not to get carried away and look too far ahead because we know how tough it will be up at Sunderland.

"Sunderland away is always tough as we've found out during the last two seasons, but we're full of confidence and we'll be looking to go there and get the three points we need.

"‘Benty' showed when he was here that given the chance he would score goals, and he's done exactly the same at Sunderland. Hopefully we can keep him quiet at the weekend."

If all goes well this weekend, Gareth believes anything is possible as we look forward to the rest of April and beyond.

The in-form full-back added: "The confidence is growing through the team and we're all focused on what lies ahead and hopefully we'd have achieved what we want to achieve by the end of the season.

"We look to win every game we go into, no matter who it's against, and we've got a good enough squad to believe we can do that."