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MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Posted on 17 September 2007  - 12:00

Gareth Bale said the team paid the price for not taking its chances in the North London Derby on Saturday.

Gareth Bale said the team paid the price for not taking its chances in the North London Derby on Saturday.Gareth's superb free-kick opener was not added to despite the creation of a number of further opportunities and the visitors hit back on 65 minutes and went on to record victory with a further two strikes.

"We got off to a good start, we got a free-kick outside the box and we managed to get a goal, so it was obviously the perfect start," reflected the 18-year-old. "It wasn't to be after that.

"It is hard to see any game slip away, we had a lot of chances, but didn't take them and paid the price. We have got to learn from that. The fact that we didn't take our chances and they did was the difference, but we've got to turn negatives into positives and improve in our next game.

"We are creating the chances, which is a good sign for our team, but we've got to take them and that will produce the wins.

"Obviously everyone was very upset, it was a big game and a derby and we are disappointed not to get anything out of it.

"We are bonding well, there are a few new faces in there, plus me as well and our training is good. We just need that little bit of luck to get our season started," added the Welsh international, who insisted that togetherness is a strength of the squad.

"All the talk has bought us all closer together and the team can kick on when we get that one result. We've got the team spirit, the character and we've obviously got the potential. We know we can do it, we've just got to get out there and prove it."