Bale caps memorable week with stunning winner

Spurs take points late on as Welsh maestro finds his range

Tottenham 1 Southampton 0: Gareth Bale rounded off a remarkable week by firing Tottenham to a dramatic last-gasp win against Southampton at White Hart Lane.

The pressure was on Bale to deliver after a brilliant week for the Welshman, but for most of the game he disappointed.

The 23-year-old, who won the PFA Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, and FWA Footballer of the Year awards this week, was marked out of the game for most of what was largely a dull and uninspiring match.

Bale flitted between positions, his touch was often poor, and he offered little to help Spurs on the attack.


That was until the 86th minute. The forward found space 25 yards out, picked the ball off substitute Lewis Holtby and unleashed a peach of a shot which beat the out-stretched Artur Boruc.

The strike brought his tally for the season to 30 — double his previous best — and also meant Bale became the first Tottenham player since Jurgen Klinsmann to register 20 league goals in a season.

The victory piled the pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea, in the battle for top-four spots in the Premier League, ahead of Spurs’ huge clash against the Blues on Wednesday night.

But it was a cruel blow for Southampton, who deserved at least a point from the game.

Hugo Lloris had tipped a brilliant Rickie Lambert free-kick in the first half on to a post, and the Saints dominated most of game, but they remained far from safety following Wigan's win at West Brom.