Gareth Bale was again brilliant for Tottenham as his brace ensured a vital 3-2 away defeat of West Ham. The Welsh winger and Real Madrid target drew first blood in the 13th minute before goals from Andy Caroll and Joe Cole put the Hammers ahead for the first time. Sigurdsson restored parity for the Lilywhites 14minutes from normal time.
And when it seemed the match was destined for a draw, Bale conjured something out of nothing in the very last minute of the game. He collected the ball 35meters from goal and unleashed a left-footed shot that left an impressive Jaaskelainen on the night hapless. That strike made it 8 goals in his last 6 PL games for Tottenham. Impressive.
The celebration by the team and Andre Villa-Boas says a lot about what the victory meant to the objectives of the club this season, which is qualification for UEFA elite competition – the UEFA Champions League.
The Lilywhites currently sit on third spot with 51points having leap-frogged Chelsea who lost 2-0 to Manchester City at the Etihads.
With mouth-watering fixtures against Arsenal, Liverpool, Fulham, Swansea City, Everton, Chelsea, Manchester City, Wigan Athletic, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland still to come, Tottenham will be keen to continue their impressive run of 11 unbeaten PL matches.
As the race for Champions League qualification heats up, Tottenham will definitely count on their new talisman to BALE them out of last season’s top four disaster.