Gareth Bale continued his extraordinary scoring run to hand Champions League-chasing Tottenham victory at the expense of Newcastle yesterday.
Bale gave Spurs a great start when he fizzed in a free-kick from 25 metres which beat goalkeeper Tim Krul. Yoan Gouffran equalised midway through the half when his firm shot went in off a slight deflection.
But Bale made it four goals in three league matches when he ran onto Kyle Walker’s ball before slotting in. In fact, he is the only player to have scored for the north London side in those games, underlining his importance and value, to both the team and in monetary terms. The 23-year-old international, who also scored for Wales against Austria on Wednesday – could have added three more to his tally late in the second half, only to be twice denied by the excellent reflexes of Krul, before showing he is fallible by missing from three metres.