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Gareth's goal

Gareth Bale reflected on his winner against Fulham and said with a smile: "Of course I meant it!"

Gareth Bale reflected on his winner against Fulham and said with a smile: “Of course I meant it!”

The flying winger took his tally to 11 goals in all competitions when he glanced home Rafa van der Vaart’s well-struck free-kick just before half-time on New Year’s Day.

That was enough for maximum points after the Cottagers pushed us all the way at the Lane.

Pundits questioned at the time whether or not Gareth meant it – so we asked the man himself!

“Yes, I did mean it!” he said. “Just before Rafa was going to take the free-kick, he said to run towards the near post, I did that and reacted to the free-kick.

“The ball was right in front of me and I had to direct it as best I could towards goal and thankfully it went in.

“It’s great to get on the scoresheet as often as possible and I just hope to keep doing that to help out the team.”

Gareth’s goal made it three wins out of three over the festive period and we now aim to make it four out of four at Everton tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 5.

The Toffees currently sit in 13th place and have yet to hit the consistent form they are capable of, but nevertheless showed what they are all about in a 1-1 draw at the Lane back in October.

“It’s always tough at Everton and even though they might not be in the position they’d like to be, we all know it will be a difficult game,” added Gareth.

“Everton showed that form at White Hart Lane and this will be just as tough, but we’ll be prepared and hopefully we’ll get another three points.”