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Rosy for Gardner

Posted on 9 September 2002  - 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 states that the opening period of the season is as good as it's been for him at Spurs since joining the club.

The elegant defender started our first three games of the campaign before suffering a slight strain that kept him out of the clash with Southampton.

Anthony joined the first team pool soon after Glenn arrived back at the Lane, but his progress was halted by an injury sustained in the final game of that season against Manchester United.

He agrees that the opportunity to start a season and press his claims for a regular spot is a high point for him.

"Yes I think so," he pondered. "I played in the majority of the games towards the end of last season, but to start the season playing is the big bonus really.

"Not to have an injury right at the start is the main thing I didn't want to happen, like I had last year and was not able to play until October time."

Anthony made quite an impression in our opening three games and he is seeking to ensure that only the picking up of unfortunate injuries will keep him out of the side.

"That's my aim, to stay in and play well really. I want to keep my place and make sure it can only be injury that takes me out of the team," he added before saying he expects to be fit for the trip to Loftus Road to face Fulham on Wednesday.

"It was just a slight strain but there is no rush with the game not being until Wednesday."

Anthony had a fragmented pre-season programme, but is happy with the way the season is developing, both on a personal and team level.

"I'm quite pleased. I didn't train much in pre-season because of a slight groin injury and then an illness.

"I didn't get much fitness work behind me but still got the nod to play in the team from the start and it went quite well.

"We've had some solid performances and, at times, we've been under pressure and defended well.

"My partnership with Deano was going well and it's a shame for me that I had to miss the Southampton game as we were getting a bit of an understanding."

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