LONDON (Sporting Alert) – Gareth Bale scored twice, including the game winner late to give Tottenham a 2-1 win over West Ham and moved to third in the Barclays Premier League on Monday.
Bale, the go to man in recent weeks, stepped up again to give Tottenham the lead when he fired home a powerful strike in the 13th minute.
However, West Ham grabbed the equaliser through forward Andy Carrol, who won, took and scored a penalty kick in the 25th minute of play.
The Hammers then grabbed the lead when Joe Cole scored from a low shot 13-minutes into the second half, but substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson poked home past Jussi Jaaskelainen to score the equaliser and setup a thrilling last 15 minutes.
West Ham battled hard in an attempt to win a point, but Bale’s long range effort broke their hearts, as Tottenham sealed the win and moved past Chelsea up to third in the EPL standings.
The first thing he did was raced over to his manager Andre Villas-Boas to celebrate.
It was Bale’s eighth goal in six games.
“We made a terrific go of it. It was at a crucial stage when Matt Taylor got through one on one and their keeper made good save, we want to be scoring that,” said West Ham manager Sam Allardyce.
“At 3-1 there is no way back for them.
“But I thought the lads caused them a lot of problems.”
Video Gareth Bale Goal Against West Ham
West Ham v Tottenham Teams
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O’Brien, O’Neil, Diame, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll, Joe Cole
Subs: Spiegel, Carlton Cole, Collison, Vaz Te, Taylor, Pogatetz, Chamakh
Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Parker, Dembele, Lennon, Bale, Holtby, Adebayor
Subs: Friedel, Gallas, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll
Referee: Howard Webb