Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1: Bale was the difference, admits Pardew
Tottenham 2 Newcastle 1: Alan Pardew says Gareth Bale was the difference after Spurs edge to victory over the Magpies on Saturday
Alan Pardew admitted Gareth Bale was the difference between Tottenham and Newcastle United after the Welshman scored twice in a Spurs victory at White Hart Lane.
The 24-year-old put the home side ahead inside five minutes when the Wales international placed a free-kick past the Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Newcastle were on a two-game winning streak following five new French arrivals in the January transfer window, and it was Yoan Gouffran who levelled midway through the first half.
Bale scored for his country in a midweek victory over Austria, and the former Southampton winger made it four Premier League goals in three outings with a close-range finish after good work from Kyle Walker.
“Last year we were well beaten, but today we almost nicked an equaliser. Gouffran getting injured was a disappointment, as was the result,” Pardew told BBC Sport.
“On this occasion, Bale was the difference. All the big moments came through him. He’s in a rich vein of form.
“It was a good game of football. We tried to play and Sissoko produced another great performance.”
Andre Villas-Boas was particularly pleased with Tottenham’s second-half performance after a tight opening period against an improving Newcastle side.
“It was a good win for the team. Newcastle were on a good run of form, so it was always going to be a hard game,” said Villas-Boas.
“We stepped it up in the second half and showed team spirit to get three points.
“Both sides had chances. We showed more determination in the second half and took control.”