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Villas-Boas tips Bale for season honours

26 February 2013 00:59

Andre Villas-Boas has backed Gareth Bale to be voted Player of the Year after a stunning late winner in Tottenham's 3-2 victory at West Ham.

Bale's 30-yard strike in the 90th minute at Upton Park took his tally for the season to 15 Premier League goals and moved the north London club up to third on the table, as they challenge for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

Villas-Boas hailed Bale's recent displays - he has scored eight goals in his past six appearances for Spurs - and backed the Welshman to be named the league's best player at the end-of-season awards.

"I think he is," Villas-Boas said when asked if Bale was the leading candidate for the accolade.

"He's such a super talent, this season we've seen him in another level, he's made a difference every game."

"He is a tremendous talent and has been at a tremendous level this season, with outstanding quality and motivation.

"When you see him keep on trying the way he did tonight in the last minute, it exemplifies the talent that he is."

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce agreed that Bale, who was PFA Player of the Year in 2011, is the in-form player in the country after the 23-year-old's sensational performance on Monday.

Allardyce said: "At the moment, there's nobody doing more for a football club than Gareth Bale is for Tottenham.

"It's not just the number of goals he's scoring but the quality as well. If you get too tight he skips past you and if you stand off him he does what he did tonight.

"No matter who you are, you've got to admire a goal like that from a player who is the big difference for Tottenham."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
25 February 2013
Game week
27
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
2 - 3
Venue
Boleyn Ground (London)
Attendance
35005

Goals

0 - 1
13' G. Bale
A. Carroll (PG) 25'  
1 - 1
J. Cole 58'
(assist by J. O'Brien) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
76' G. Sigurðsson
 (assist by S. Caulker)
2 - 3
90' G. Bale
 (assist by T. Carroll)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
22
20
17
19 82'
2
26 58' 59'
4
32 71'
7
21 62'
8 25'
Coach: S. Allardyce

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
14
18
10
9
12
29
30
# Player Bookings
22 76'
46
29
13
16
24
32

Sunday 20 April

23:19
22:53
22:35
21:55
21:36
21:24
21:01
20:58
20:50
20:46
20:12
19:56
19:56
19:46
19:04
19:02
18:57
18:34
18:21
18:12
18:05
17:57
17:56
17:35
17:17
17:03
16:26
16:25
16:22
16:11
15:48
15:46
15:27
15:02
14:56
14:37
13:33
13:21
12:51
12:43
12:24
11:56
11:42
10:23
10:04
09:47
09:43
09:30
09:20
07:45
06:11
06:08
06:02
05:35
05:06
05:04
04:18
03:58
03:49
03:43
03:17
03:12
02:24
02:15

Saturday 19 April

23:51
23:33
23:04
23:03
22:50
22:48
22:38
22:24
22:19
22:11
21:53
21:43
21:29
21:15
21:12
20:33
20:27
20:22
20:15
20:10
20:02
19:55
19:46
19:37
19:28
19:27
19:16
19:14
18:55
18:53
18:41
18:06
18:02
17:56
17:55
17:49
17:29
17:28
17:17
17:10
16:56
16:55
16:29
16:17
15:46
15:36
15:12
14:21
13:56
13:10
12:55
12:08
11:58
11:27
10:53
10:53
10:35
09:59
09:35
08:56
06:39
06:19
06:16
05:39
04:37
04:35
02:59
02:17
01:44
01:42

Friday 18 April

23:51
23:41
23:10
22:55
22:29
21:14
20:42
19:33
19:32
19:10
18:54
18:29
18:21
18:14
17:51
17:14
16:46
16:40
16:30
16:25
16:18
16:08
15:53
15:42
15:29
15:07
14:49
14:17
14:06
13:58
13:32
13:28
12:36
12:25
12:04
11:52
11:13
10:41
10:15
09:50
09:48
09:39
09:19
07:43
07:24
06:31
06:17
05:33
04:34
04:33
04:31
04:05
02:41
02:39
00:05

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
10 35 -10 44
11 35 -13 43
12 35 -10 37
13 35 -4 36
14 34 -9 36

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