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Gardner ready to hit the goal trail

Albion man keen to hit double figures

CRAIG Gardner is aiming for 10 goals between now and the end of the season - as he looks to open his Albion account in tonight's game against Manchester United.

The Baggies midfielder has yet to score since his summer Bosman move.

But Gardner set a target of double figures before the campaign kicked off and is sticking by that challenge.

It means the 27-year-old will need to average one goal in every three games.

But the Solihull-born man is confident of reaching his haul.

"I set myself a target of 10 goals each season and I should have at least two or three already," said Gardner.

"I could have scored against Sunderland and Spurs so don’t write me off just yet. It’s always been part of my game and I hope to continue that at West Brom. 

"I've always tried to get into positions and be a threat. I'm confident I won't have too long to wait."

Gardner is looking forward to Albion's return to Barclays Premier League action following a 16-day break.

He is confident Albion will ask questions of their opponents - a fixture which has had produced goals in recent years.

There has not been a goalless draw between the two sides since 1982/83, 25 games ago.

"Manchester United are trying to build a new team with new players just as we are trying to," added Gardner. 

"But we will be fired up for this. We need to try and make The Hawthorns as tough as possible for them. 

"If we can do that then I’m confident we can catch them with a good result."