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TG LOOKING AHEAD

Posted on 17 May 2007  - 12:00

Anthony Gardner was delighted to nail down fifth place in the Premiership for the second-successive season - he's looking for further progress on both personal and team fronts next term.

Anthony Gardner was delighted to nail down fifth place in the Premiership for the second-successive season - he's looking for further progress on both personal and team fronts next term.

The defender played his part in an emergency left-back role in the final week of the season, featuring against Charlton, Blackburn and Manchester City on Sunday, when early goals from Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane took us to a 2-1 victory, secured fifth and our place in the UEFA Cup again.

"Fifth place twice on the trot is real achievement," reflected Anthony. "We would have liked a trophy, but with the amount of games we've played, it's progression and shows consistency. Hopefully we can go one step further next season and bring some silverware back here."

For 'TG', it was another season of frustration as first a knee injury sustained in training and then a hairline fracture of the fibula at Chelsea ruled him out for four months of the season.

"I don't really know what to say about the injuries," he sighed. "I get myself fit, feel good, play and then something out of the blue sets me back again.

"I've often thought to myself 'what can I do about it?' because most of the time they are injuries I can't avoid.

"You just have to deal with it and next season hopefully I'll go through the season without any problems."

Anthony agreed that going 2-0 up in the first half helped calm any last-day nerves at the Lane on Sunday - even if City came back in the second half.

"City didn't have anything to play for and that can be dangerous," he added. "But we created plenty of chances and got ourselves 2-0 up and it was comfortable enough after that.

"They had plenty of possession in the second half but didn't cause us any major problems. I thought we were pretty much in control and if anyone was going to score, I thought it was going to be us."

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