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TEEMU'S TARGET

Posted on 21 November 2006  - 12:00

Teemu Tainio hopes to step straight back into first team contention after his two-goal return in our reserves' 3-2 win against Villa on Monday night.

Teemu Tainio hopes to step straight back into first team contention after his two-goal return in our reserves' 3-2 win against Villa on Monday night.

The midfielder - who found himself up against tenacious Steve Davis in the central areas at Stevenage Borough -connected with two set-pieces from Reto Ziegler in his 45-minute stint to leave us 3-1 up at half-time.

It was the Teemu's first action after recovering from the hernia surgery that kept him sidelined for almost two months - his last game was against Liverpool in the Premiership at Anfield on September 23.

"It was a great feeling to be back out there, I had no problems from the injury and that gives me a lot of confidence, I know I'm fit now," beamed Teemu at Broadhall Way.

The Finnish international is now targeting a place in the squad for the UEFA Cup trip to Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday.

"It's up to the manager, it's his choice, but from my part I feel I'm ready to go again," he added. "Everyone wants to play and I'm no exception.

"We have a lot of quality players who have been doing well but if I'm selected I will try to do my best to help the team."

Meanwhile, Teemu was delighted to contribute as our reserves maintained their unbeaten record in the defence of their Southern section title against a Villa side including Davis, Milan Baros, Didier Agathe and J-Lloyd Samuel.

"It was nice to score two goals, something new for me!" he added. "Both were great deliveries from Reto Ziegler and they was easy to score. It was a good game and I enjoyed it. As I said, it was great to be back after two months."

Calum Davenport also made a successful return after a month's absence with a groin injury, playing 82 minutes.