Gards: The first goal was up there with my best

Gary Gardner scoring his fiirst goal against Hull City.
Gary Gardner scoring his fiirst goal against Hull City.

I’ve always been ready to push on but I feel like I’ve found my home and I’m just raring to go.

Gary Gardner.

Gary Gardner says his first goal against Hull City is up there with the best he has scored in his career.

The midfielder bagged a brace against The Tigers on Saturday as Blues came back to claim a point in a 3-3 draw, having looked out of the contest at 2-0 down at half-time.

Gardner helped kick-start his side's fightback with a fine 25-yard strike which flew into the bottom corner less than two minutes into the second-half, before Dan Crowley levelled for the hosts on the hour mark.

But when Blues fell behind again, Gardner rescued a point with a terrific 88th minute header

"We didn’t start the best but showed great character from the lads in the second-half to get a point," said Gardner.

"We were disappointed not to win it but in the second-half we were brilliant.

"We’ve got enough quality to start looking up.

"We are seven points above relegation, and you can never stop looking behind you but I’m pretty confident we have enough class in our squad to start looking the other way and we will do that.

"We want to finish as high as we can and gain some good momentum."

Turning specifically to his goals, Gardner says he has benefited from being allowed to play a more attacking role.

"I’m thankful I can get a bit more forward now," he continued.

"Pep (Clotet) and Craig (his brother and Blues coach) have given me the opportunity to push on a bit more, get in and around the box and have a shot.

"The first goal was up there with my best strikes and hopefully I can get many more.

"Because I’m big, I can also get in there on the end of crosses.

"I feel like I have the energy to get forward and back so if I can be in a team and help the team in that way, I’m a happy lad.

"Goals from midfield are crucial because you need to always help the strikers.

"You can’t just rely on them and it takes the pressure off them a little bit.

Now we’ve had Jukey and Scotty firing in the goals, if I can add some, and Dan (Crowley), maybe Bela, and Jude, then that will be brilliant."

Gardner, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, feels he is approaching his best footballing years.

"Most definitely," he said when asked the question.

"I’m here at the club I love and support and am just ready to push on now.

"I’ve always been ready to push on, but I feel like I’ve found my home and I’m just raring to go.

"I want to get in the box and score goals and I just want the best for this Club, and I’ll keep working hard every day until we get to where we want to be, the Premier League."