No Looking Back for Gareth Bale?
Tottenham have clawed their way back into the race for a top-four berth after Harry Kane & Gareth Bale each scored twice in a 4-1 rout of Crystal Palace, as Jose Mourinho looked to remind fans that his team are capable of playing good attacking football.
The revitalised Gareth Bale slotted home from close range from Kane’s cross handed it to him on a plate in the 25th minute, before Christian Benteke produced a well directed powerful header into the corner for Palace’s equaliser towards the first half’s end.
Gareth Bale restored Spurs lead in the 49th minute of the second half when the on-loan Real Madrid forward headed home for his sixth goal in his last six games from another Kane assist.
Kane’s brilliant 20-yard first time strike curled home, made it three in the 52nd minute as Don Hutchinson claimed it was his early goal of the season contender, with the Tottenham forward displaying technique that not many strikers in the world are capable of, and it was him netted again from Son Heung-min’s pass in the 77th minute to close out the victory.
The 27-year-old has remarkably scored 16 goals and supplied 13 assists for his teammates this season, that goal being the 14th Kane and Son had been directly involved in this season, beating the previous Premier League previously held by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton in the 94-95 season for Blackburn Rovers.
That result leaves them just two points behind fellow Londeners Chelsea after their third win in a row. Newcastle are just one point above the relegation zone after a 0-0 draw at second-bottom West Brom, whilst Fulham moved up to 26 points after Liverpool slumped further down the table into 8th after their dismal run of form continued.
Gareth Bale paid tribute to Tottenham’s attacking prowess after the Welsh international continued his renaissance, after suffering early struggles this season since his return home, struggling to make an impression under new manager Jose Mourinho.
But with another fine performance this weekend the veteran has highlighted Spurs’ pedigree up front as key to helping him rediscover his best form.
“I think that is why I came here, the attacking players we have are amazing,” he told Sky Sports. Its not just the ones who played tonight but on the bench too.”.
“We are all pushing each other and it’s good to get the three points. There is a lot of fighting for places so you have to stay on your toes and have to keep working hard.
“We are in a good moment now & getting the confidence back so hopefully we can keep it going. I feel good, it takes a bit of time sometimes but I’m experienced enough to be patient.”
Gareth Bale also heaped tons of praise on his fellow teammate Kane, citing his talent. “He’s fantastic, an incredible striker. He showed that again tonight and he has been so consistent. It was a fantastic performance again from him and we are lucky to have him here.”
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