Bale stars as Tottenham’s run goes on

Tottenham’s good run of form continued on Sunday, as they beat London rivals QPR 3-1 at White Hart Lane.

Welsh winger Gareth Bale scored a goal in each half either side of a Rafael van der Vaart strike to make it six wins in seven games for Harry Redknapp’s men.

Jay Bothroyd netted after the interval for the visitors to make it more tricky for the hosts, but Redknapp was delighted with the performance and the result.

It was a fantastic performance,” the 63-year-old said to Sky Sports after the game.

“In the first half we played some great football and moved the ball quickly. The movement and passing was incredible.

“They changed how they played, got it forward and played with more intensity in the second half but Gareth finished them off with a great goal.

“Suddenly they got a lifeline at 2-1 and it changes games so that third goal was important. I said at half-time we shouldn’t relax in the second half but, to be fair to them, they came out and raised their game.

“Overall we were outstanding today,” he stated.

Despite the goalscoring heroics of Bale, the coach picked out midfield general Scott Parker for particular praise after the win.

“Scott is a fantastic player. He was top of my list and he’s just what we need.

“He tackles, doesn’t give the ball away and he’s a great boy and fantastic person. He’s what you build great football clubs around,” Redknapp concluded.

The victory lifts Spurs up to fifth place, equal on 19 points with Newcastle and Chelsea. The North London side face another city rival in the form of Fulham next Sunday.

By Gareth McKnight