Date: 15th October 2007 at 3:54pm
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Ashley Young says, for Craig Gardner, practice makes perfect.

In an interview in the Mail, the nippy winger says that Craig Gardner practices free kicks for hours.

‘He’s always practising his free-kicks after training, but the players are always telling him that he’s not going to take them! He wanted to take it and he knows how to handle pressure. He can really drive a ball, which he did and he scored again. Hopefully he can get a few more like that this season.’

Gardner has been told to go for it if in sight of goal. He said on the official site:

‘I used to take all the free-kicks for my Sunday league team and for my schools and I used to score most of them. Now I’ve brought that into the first-team and scored two goals in two games. The gaffer knows I’ve got a hard shot and he tells me to get as many shots off as I can. In training I’m always shooting. I think the players get a bit fed up with it sometimes, but if I see the goal I try and have a shot. Obviously if there’s a pass on I’ll pass it, but if I’m in shooting range I’ll have a go. That’s the way I like to play.’

The midfielder had an injury scare having to pull out of the England U21 squad but is hoping to be fit to face Manchester United on Saturday.


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