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Bale double secures fine win

Posted on 30 October 2011  - 12:00

Gareth Bale struck twice as we beat QPR 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Gareth Bale struck twice as we beat QPR 3-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Rafa van der Vaart joined Bale on the scoresheet as we overcame a mini-revival from the visitors in the second half to run out deserved winners at White Hart Lane.

We threatened to run riot in the first half and created chance after chance but needed Bale's second goal to make it 3-1 as Rangers did their best to get back into the game.

The destiny of the points was never really in doubt, however, and this made it six wins and a draw in our last seven matches in the Premier League.

Harry Redknapp made just one change to last Sunday's win at Blackburn and a notable one as Ledley King returned from injury to captain the side. Seb Bassong was back on the bench where he was joined by William Gallas, back in the squad for the first time this season.

We were straight on the front foot as Paddy Kenny was forced to parry away efforts from van der Vaart - a fine save, one-on-one - and Bale inside five minutes.

Emmanuel Adebayor might have done better with a close-range header and was inches away from Bale's cross to the near post on 16 minutes.

Ironically enough, the opener came seconds after QPR's only real sight at goal in the first half as Heidar Helguson diverted ex-Spur Adel Taarabt's shot over from 20 yards.

Brad Friedel knocked the goal-kick downfield, Adebayor rose to flick on for van der Vaart and he cleverly turned the ball into Aaron Lennon's path, darting in from the right. Lennon drew Anton Ferdinand before slipping to Bale and he made no mistake, drilling across Kenny into the far corner.

From there, it was one-way traffic.

Van der Vaart tested Kenny to his right, Bale fired over from Benoit Assou-Ekotto's cross and the lead lead was soon doubled thanks to a somewhat fortunate assist from King.

The skipper found himself on the ball 30 yards from goal, went for the shot and sliced it badly but into the path of van der Vaart, who beat the offside trap and was clear, 16 yards out. It was no surprise to see him control and despatch the ball into the bottom corner, effortless.

Luka Modric went close twice in as many minutes as we shifted into another gear. The first was a wonderful volley just wide after van der Vaart chipped a corner to him on the edge of the box, he then poked a yard wide after a slick one-touch move.

Kyle Walker, typically adventurous from right-back, then released Adebayor and the striker went for the top corner, the ball drifting a yard wide.

It's safe to assume QPR were grateful for the half-time whistle, and they came out a different side after the break.

Neil Warnock made a couple of changes, Jay Bothroyd and Jamie Mackie for Taarabt and Shaun Derry and after Van der Vaart drew another fine save from Kenny, Rangers hit back.

First, Helguson's shot deflected just over via Modric, then, in the 63rd minute, they were back in the game. Joey Barton floated in a high corner, Helguson headed into the danger zone and Bothroyd provided the finish from close range.

The keepers then came to fore again. Kenny somehow kept Bale out from close range after initially spilling van der Vaart's free-kick, Friedel got down well to his left to deny Alejandro Faurlin and then Kenny reached high to turn away Assou-Ekotto's 20-yarder, destined for the top corner.

A third goal was needed just to settle us and it arrived after 71 minutes.

Scott Parker started it by cutting in from the right, van der Vaart worked a yard of space and played into Bale and he exchanged passes with Lennon before firing into the top corner from 20 yards.

Adebayor lashed just wide from 10 yards - it wasn't his day - and a number of breaks came to nothing before QPR were denied in added time, first Bale and then Younes Kaboul clearing off the line.

Spurs (4-4-1-1): Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Parker (Sandro, 86), Bale; Van der Vaart; Adebayor. Unused subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Gallas, Livermore, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko.

QPR: Kenny; Young, Hall (Gabbidon, 9), Ferdinand, Traore; Barton, Derry (Mackie, 46), Faurlin, Wright-Phillps; Taarabt (Bothroyd, 46); Helguson. Unused subs: Murphy, Hill, Buszaky, Smith.

Goals: Spurs - Bale (20, 72), van der Vaart (33). QPR - Bothroyd (62).

Attendance: 36,147.

Referee: Mr H Webb.