Gareth on 'massive win'
It was written in the stars...
Gareth Bale, on his 200th appearance for us, needing one goal to become the first Spurs player to hit 20 in a Premier League season since Jurgen Klinsmann and up against his former club, picked the ball up on the right touchline with four minutes remaining of a tight, tense, vital encounter against Southampton at White Hart Lane.
Needless to say, goal number 20 was dispatched with venom into the bottom corner as we recorded a 1-0 victory against the Saints.
In the week he also became only the second player in history to scoop all three major individual awards - the PFA double and FWA Footballer of the Year - this perfect finale just had to happen.
Typically modest, Gareth described what turned out to be the moment that mattered on Saturday.
“Southampton made it difficult, there wasn’t a lot of space but I tried my luck on the right in the last 20 minutes and I was able to get some shots off,” he said.
“Luckily enough, one of them went in.”
Southampton refused to allow us to settle into any rhythm and it was a game of few chances.
Hugo Lloris produced the save of the match to deny Ricky Lambert in the first half but we cranked up the pressure in the final 30 minutes before Gareth struck goal-d again.
“It was a tough game,” added Gareth “They played well in the first half especially and made it difficult for us.
“The team worked so hard and as I said, I was lucky enough to get the winner.
“It’s a massive win and keeps our hopes alive.”