Villas-Boas hails “inspirational” Bale as Tottenham beat West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has hailed the performance of Gareth Bale after the Wales midfielder scored twice against West Ham to send his team third in the Premier League, BBC Sport has reported.

Bale scored the first and last goals of the game as Tottenham beat the Hammers 3-2 at Upton Park, the final effort a spectacular, long-rage strike in the last minute of the game. Bale’s first was a drive from distance in the 13th minute, and the 23-year-old now has eight goals in his last six games.

Villas-Boas said: “He inspires people and he is a direct influence on every single player. Players like this take responsibility at key moments, he is tremendous. The player continues to make the difference and he was tremendous once again. He is enjoying his football, when you see him joyful on the pitch he gives you rewards.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce was equally effusive in his praise for match-winner Bale, describing him as the difference between the sides and adding that he has never seen a player score stunning goals with the frequency of Bale.

Bale’s opening goal was cancelled out by an Andy Carroll penalty, with Joe Cole putting West Ham in front early in the second-half. A scrambled Gylfi Sigurdsson equaliser arrived with a quarter of an hour still to play before Bale intervened again.

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