West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: Match-winner Bale hails ‘massive’ victory

West Ham 2 Tottenham 3: Gareth Bale reflects on a "massive" win after firing Spurs to victory and third place at Upton Park

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Gareth Bale reflected on a “massive” win for Tottenham after the Welsh winger’s stunning stoppage-time strike fired Spurs to victory at West Ham and into third place in the table.

The Wales international continued his superb recent form when he slotted home in the 13th minute to give Andre Villas-Boas’s men the lead at Upton Park.

But Andy Carroll levelled from the penalty spot one day after the 20th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death, before Joe Cole’s neat finish put Sam Allardyce’s side 2-1 up.

However, Spurs fought back through Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bale netted a brilliant 25-yard strike in the 90th minute to give the north Londoners victory.

“It was a massive victory for us,” Bale told Sky Sports. “We saw the [Chelsea] result yesterday [and] we knew we had a massive chance to get into third spot which obviously gives us a little bit more of a cushion.

“It was a hard performance out there but I thought we deserved the victory. We had a lot of chances, especially on corners. The most important thing is that we got the three points again.

“We know what we’re capable of. We’ve scored a lot of last-minute winners in the last month so we’re confident we can keep battling to the end.”

Bale, who has now scored eight goals in his last six games for Spurs, opted to deflect praise onto his team-mates despite his incredible form.

He said: “I’m just enjoying my football, that’s the most important thing. The team’s playing well which obviously makes it easier. It’s not about me, it’s about the team and we played really well tonight.”

And looking ahead to next Sunday’s north London derby against top-four rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane, Bale added: “We know it’s going to be a massive game.

“They’re a great team and we obviously want to get the three points to keep our Champions League hopes alive.”

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