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The dream derby double!

Posted on 17 April 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale completed a dream week in the Premier League as we deservedly beat Chelsea on Saturday.

The dream derby double!

Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale completed a dream week in the Premier League as we deservedly beat Chelsea on Saturday.

After putting Arsenal to the sword on Wednesday, few pundits gave the lads a chance of repeating the trick against the leaders and title favourites.

But if anything, this was an even better display.

Bale's raids down the left immediately put Chelsea on the back foot and, just like against the Gunners, we struck the first blow when Defoe converted from the penalty spot after 15 minutes.

And again, just like Wednesday, we followed up with the second goal and it was Bale again, this time a right-foot strike from the edge of the box.

Defensively intact and marshalled superbly by Michael Dawson, Chelsea didn't seriously threaten in the second half and when John Terry was sent off for a second yellow card in the 67th minute, it was all Spurs.

It really could have been a cricket score but a combination of wayward finishing and the brilliance of Petr Cech kept it to 2-0.

Hearts were in mouths for a few moments when Frank Lampard slid home for 2-1 in the second minute of added time but, thankfully, we held on.

And with United beating City in the Manchester derby, it was the perfect day in terms of the fight for fourth place - we completed it in fourth, two points ahead of City.

Harry Redknapp made two changes from the win against Arsenal. Ledley King, hopeful of playing twice in a week, didn't make it so Sebastien Bassong was back to partner Dawson. Danny Rose, hero against the Gunners, was on the bench with David Bentley starting on the right.

Ferreira was soon on the backfoot as Bale took the fight to the leaders - the full-back would be replaced at half-time.

Gomes made the first save of the game to deny Malouda's stinging effort but we then enjoyed a purple patch.

Bale's teasing cross was slid away by Alex, Defoe almost broke through centrally and Bale beat the outrushing Cech to Assou-Ekotto's pass but Alex was there to clear.

We'd built up a head of steam and were rewarded in the 15th minute as referee Phil Dowd pointed to the spot when Bentley's cross appeared to strike Terry's arm.

Defoe had missed his last two spot kicks against Leeds and Everton but didn't shirk the responsibility - this time he went with power and almost took the net off for 1-0, a deserved lead.

Taking the lead lifted us. Cech had to be at his best to turn away Pavlyuchenko's 20-yarder in the 25th minute and then Modric ghosted past three players before pulling back for Bentley, his shot deflected wide by Terry.

Kaboul powered a free header at Cech from Bentley's corner but there was a warning soon after as Malouda slid home Zhirkov's cross, the goal ruled out by the assistant's flag.

The second goal was always going to be vital and Bale was there to deliver. This time, Pavlyuchenko played the perfect pass in behind Ferreira and Bale got onto the ball, cut inside the full-back and drilled home with his right foot.

Chelsea's best chance arrived a minute later as Zhirkov picked out Lampard who connected fully with his volley from 16 yards only for Gomes to produce a now trademark reaction save diving to his right.

Carlo Ancelotti responded with two changes at half-time. Nicolas Anelka and Branislav Ivanovic came on for Joe Cole and Ferreira. Anelka went up front with Drogba, Ivanovic no doubt expected to try and put the brakes on Bale.

It could have been 3-0 within minutes of the restart, however, as Pavlyuchenko sent Defoe clean through on goal. The striker steadied himself and aimed for Cech's right - this time the keeper came out on top.

As Chelsea tried to get a foothold in the game, there was always the threat of a break and the game's next key moment came exactly that way as Bale was upended by Terry. The Chelsea skipper had just been booked and his second yellow meant an early bath, 67 minutes on the clock.

It was all Spurs from there as Cech stood between us and a runaway scoreline.

The keeper acrobatically tipped Kaboul's deflected cross over, backtracked just in time to turn Bentley's clever chip over and then saved one-on-one from Bale.

In-between, Ivanovic's shot skimmed the roof of the net and Dawson produced a goal-saving tackle to deny Drogba, but the 10 men could never build a head of steam - let alone stop the tide of Spurs attacks.

Kaboul sent Bale away one-on-one but his effort went agonsingly wide, Bale then set-up Pavlyuchenko, who missed the target.

Would the misses be costly? Surely not...but then, out of nowhere, Lampard slid in from close range in the second minute of five minutes of injury time.

Still we broke forward.

With four minutes of injury time gone, Gudjohnsen released Bale who had Assou-Ekotto and Pavlyuchenko in support - only for the Russian to miss the target from 12 yards.

Thankfully, it wasn't costly as we made it a derby double to remember.

Spurs: Gomes; Kaboul, Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Bentley, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Defoe (Gudjohnsen, 77), Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Alnwick, K Walker, Livermore, Rose, Townsend, Crouch.

Chelsea: Cech; Ferreira (Ivanovic, 46), Terry, Alex, Zhirkov; Malouda, Deco, Mikel (Ballack, 33), Lampard, J Cole (Anelka, 46); Drogba. Subs: Hilario, A Cole, Kalou, Sturridge.