Gareth Bale Was The Difference Between The Sides

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.

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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.

What do you think?

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12 comments so far

  • Dai

    Feb 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #1

    We looked good yesterday

  • Tsunki

    Feb 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost for continuity because I am sure hotdog and geordiemark will carry this on ha ha –

    Sorry I must have missed something – have we been taking on board comments about Referees from someone who actually stuck a nut on one? How adorable.

    Bale’s class paid off in his opportunism. If we had concentrated a bit more we could have contained him reasonably easily. Anita would have been better than perch yesterday as well btw.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    It isn’t hindsight because I said this before the game and it isn’t a go at Pardew either as I thought we did ok yesterday.

    My only problem is that if you are playing a team with one outstanding player you surely designate someone to man-mark him throughout the 90 mins+.

    There didn’t seem to be anyone obvious doing that and if it was Perch, then that was a very unfair match up.

    Perch is a good lad but starting him in front of a 7M French international and a 6M Dutch international and to a lesser degree Tiote, seemed a bit bizarre.

    I just think MYM’s pace could have done a better job than Perch.

    343 with a sweeper to combat a lack of pace in the middle can easily morph to a 433 and back.

    Similarly Jonas, like Shola seems to have had his one good game in 10 but still starts over Anita.

    I was disappointed with Marveaux yesterday. Just didn’t get in to the game at all and Pardew should have given Sissoko a break after an hour, he just looked shattered.

    This team in a 343 or 433 would be awesome and still has Anita, Marv, Haidara, Obertan on the bench

    M’Biwa, Colo, Saylor
    Debuchy, Cabaye, Sissoko, Santon
    Benny Cisse Gouffran

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 10, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #4


    Looking forward to Thursday and seeing Mbiwa and Haidara play.

  • donkeypunch

    Feb 10, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    even a man marker on bale yesterday wouldent of stoped his two goals i dont think one of them world class pefomances you cant do much about

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6


    Possibly not, just think MYM’s pace could have been handy. Bale was always going to have perch on toast.

  • blew

    Feb 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Bale had the freedom of the park, which was expected.
    A top manager would have man marked him with Anita or the talented and pacy Mbiwa, however, this would have meant replacing Jonas or Perch. Impossible with a manager who has his favourites, despite being out of their depth.

  • Preqwal

    Feb 10, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    The problem was Bale kept switching flanks and then played thought the middle. Guti was on him first half then AVB caught on and moved Bale. We played well stopping the ball getting to him, but Spurs kept on hoofing the ball root one to Bale up the park after we had committed to attacking. Anita would not have stopped the second goal, you Saw the Pace and strength of Bale when he’s running, Anita would’ve been shrugged off. Colo should’ve done better in my opinion, but Bale is a different class. We played well, you can’t deny that and I thought it was a class game to watch. The next 4 league games are defo winnable!

  • ArtyH

    Feb 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9

    For me the second Bale goal was a mix up between Taylor & Colo. You could see Taylor stop and hold his hands out gesturing to Colo to come and get it. Taylor should have ran behind Colo to cover and put himself in the way of Bale but he stopped and waited. Neither Taylor or Colo are very fast, maybe a time to try the new lad as he is regarded as being very quick. Don’t forget Bale running at full tilt just needs a nudge to the left prevent him getting onto his left foot and having a scoring chance.

  • Johann

    Feb 10, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Get over yourself. Both his goals came from Coloccini´s mistakes. Why that is not highlighted is probably because Bale is british and they love to compare him to Ronaldo and Messi. Players he´s not even near at this moment in time.

  • Ericles

    Feb 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11

    Bale should have been man marked. At the expense of Perch? How come he played when we had better on the bench? Understandable as he is one of Pardon Me’s favourites. It was known what to expect from Bale and a tactical plan should have been in place to negate his impact. Not in the manager’s notebook it seems.

  • lordjoesnow

    Feb 11, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #12

    I completely disagree with the assessment that ‘Bale was the difference’. He was alot more than the difference! Tottenham without Bale is a very week side. We are miles ahead in terms of quality.


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