Gareth Bale has been in excellent form over the last few games, and he carried that into yesterday’s game against Newcastle, and unfortunately for the Magpies, they couldn’t stop him scoring two goals, one after 5 minutes and one just 12 minutes from the end of the 90 minutes, and that was enough to give Tottenham the points.
James Perch – cannot prevent Bale scoring from free kick
After the goal after only five minutes yesterday, Newcastle did well to contain Bale, but then he beat three Newcastle players to a ball just inside Newcastle’s half, and raced away and easily beat Tim Krul as the Newcastle goalkeeper came out, to put Spurs ahead and that goal was eventually the game winner for Spurs yesterday afternoon.
This is what James perch said on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“I think the difference between us and them was probably Gareth Bale.” “He scored two fantastic goals and it’s a credit to him for how far he’s come in the last couple of years to make himself a real household name – and a credit to Tottenham.”
“He’s definitely one of the best players I’ve played against. Would I put him up there with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo? Not yet, but he’s a fantastic player in this Premier League.” “And he’s still a young lad, so he’s got plenty of years to play – unfortunately! He’s a fantastic player and scored two great goals today so deserves all the credit.”
“Last year was a nightmare for us and we came here knowing that we couldn’t do that again.” Perch admitted. “When they scored after five minutes I thought ‘here we go again’ but I think we more than matched them for most of the game.”
“We’re disappointed that we didn’t come away with any points but we can take positives out of the game and we don’t lose any confidence that we’ve built in the last three games.” “We’ll keep that high standard that we’ve shown and take it into Thursday against Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League.
“We’re playing with a lot of confidence and even though we were playing a top team today, we came here expecting to win.” “The gaffer said ‘don’t get down about it – keep that feeling of confidence, don’t lose it and take that into the games that we’ve got coming up.”
And after he scored his second goal Gareth had three chances to score when Newcastle were chasing the game and were caught short at the back, but it was two great saves from Tim Krul that denied the Welshman.
The third chance was when he had an open goal from just six yards out, but he put the ball over the bar with his right foot – that’s the one he usually stands on, while he uses his famous left foot to weave some magic.
It was a tough loss yesterday and Newcastle deserved to take at least a point from their good performance.
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