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06 Apr 2009 17:04:12

Gardner looking forward

Bolton midfielder Ricardo Gardner believes that Saturday's comprehensive victory over Middlesbrough has offered 'breathing space' in the battle against relegation. The Trotters dispatched flailing Boro 4-1 at the Reebok Stadium to all but assure Premier League status for another season, while at the same time pushing their visitors further towards the Championship. Bolton sit 12th in the table, eight points clear of the drop zone, and Gardner feels the club can begin to enjoy the seven concluding games of the campaign. "It was a massive result. Getting points against a team in and around us was a great result," he said. "I wouldn't say the pressure is off because each week is going to be difficult but it gives us a bit of breathing space and we can start looking forward rather than behind us. "We just want to continue that way and get more and more confident as each game goes by. "I'm happy with my game and I just want to keep on improving." Meanwhile, Bolton boss Gary Megson has praised winger Matt Taylor, who signed from Portsmouth in January 2008, after the winger scored his ninth goal with a wide 35-yard free-kick against Boro. He said: "I don't want to sound like I'm blowing smoke up my own backside but he has been a terrific signing for this club. "Nine goals from the left wing is excellent, his work-rate is the same. He epitomises what this football club is about. "You might look at the third goal and think it is a fluke. But, for me, that is what he is expected to do."


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