Gardner inspired by fan speech

Gardner was moved by the words of Steve Teagle who received the

club’s supporter-of- the-year award at the annual awards ceremony

at the NIA on Monday evening. Teagle has not missed a City game for

19 years and Gardner believes his words of inspiration should be

heard again as Birmingham seek the win that should keep them in the

Premier League. Gardner, himself a lifelong City follower, said:

“The speech by the fan was brilliant. He was top class. “When he

came on stage, none of our players could take their eyes off him.

“I just wanted the game to kick off immediately after that speech.

“I’m sure we can get a copy of the tape, speech, and play it before

the game because it was top class. “It shows you what it means to

the fans.” Gardner will be available at White Hart Lane after

missing the previous two games through suspension after his red

card against Wolves. He said: “I’m so glad I’m available for Sunday

because I’ll be reminding every player what we need to do, what it

takes to stay in this league. “I think after the season we’ve had,

we deserve to stay in the league. “The manager shouldn’t have to

say anything anyway on Sunday. “If none of us players can get up

for that game on Sunday then we don’t deserve to be in the league.

“I’m telling you now, I’ll make sure that every single player is up

for it on Sunday.” Gardner, Birmingham’s leading scorer with nine

goals, added: “This game is our career, it’s bigger than the

Carling Cup final success. “We need to go out there and give it

every single ounce for this club.”