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It's looking rosy for Gardner

Posted on 19 April 2001  - 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 is learning in the fast lane about the quality of strikers in the Premiership.<P class=MsoNormal>Having faced Quinn and Phillips at Sunderland on Saturday and Chelsea&rsquo&#59;s Hasselbaink and Zola on Tuesday he is now in line to meet two of Liverpool&rsquo&#59;s international trio of Owen, Fowler and Heskey on Sunday.<P class=MsoNormal>Big Anthony came on as an early substitute for both Ledley King at Sunderland and Chris Perry at the Lane on Tuesday and with both out of the frame for Sunday he could now face England&rsquo&#59;s finest alongside Alton Thelwell.<P class=MsoNormal>Anthony, just 20, is taking it in his stride. &ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;ve been on early recently and it&rsquo&#59;s nice to be able to show what you can do," he explained.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It&rsquo&#59;s great experience playing the likes of Hasselbaink and Zola. They are so sharp, international players and they have a good understanding.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;All the experience helps. The other day it was Quinn, Phillips, this time Zola, Hasselbaink and that can only help in the long run.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;I hope Chris Perry gets better and there are a lot of injuries but at least the young lads will get a chance and it might be an opportunity to get in there, try to do well and show the manager what you can do.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>As for Tuesday's defeat against Chelsea, he added: &ldquo&#59;It was always going to be difficult once Willem was sent off. I think I came on in the 35<SUP>th</SUP> minute and Willem was sent off about a minute after that, so it was backs against the wall and keep it as tight as we could.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It would have been a difficult match with 11 men. We just had to do our best.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>