May 23, 2011
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Gardner’s goal – a corner is cleared only as far as the edge of the box and, after Ferguson’s shot is blocked, Gardner slams home.
As Birmingham take a corner, Danny Rose has his eye on Gardner on the edge of the box.
Kaboul heads the corner kick clear…
…but it falls to Barry Ferguson. Rose charges over to stop Ferguson’s progress, as Defoe is not close enough to deal with him.
Rose makes a fine block but has now left Gardner unmarked.
Gardner is one of the best strikers of the ball around – he tees it up on his knee, and rifles a low shot in.
EDIT: Great point made in the comments section that there are at least two Birmingham players offside here, as they are blocking Cudicini’s view of the shot. This image from an article on the FIFA.com website explaining how to interpret the offside laws specifically reference this type of situation.
It comes through a host of players, and Cudicini has no chance as it flies into the corner.
That’s it for the season – I may not be writing again for a while, but you can find an epic ‘Spurs loanee update‘ and my article on potential summer transfer activity, titled ‘The 25-man squad rule and rebuilding for next season‘ on the front page of my blog. Thank you for your comments throughout the season.