Tottenham 1 Southampton 0: Villas-Boas hails Bale ‘brilliance’
Tottenham 1 Southampton 0: Andre Villas-Boas heaps more praise on Gareth Bale after Welshman wins it for Spurs
Andre Villas-Boas once again found himself heaping praise on Gareth Bale after the Welshman’s late winner against Southampton fired Tottenham into the top four.
It was goalless at White Hart Lane until the 86th minute, when the PFA player of the year cut inside from the right and fired an unstoppable 25-yard shot past Artur Boruc in the Saints goal to rack up his 20th-top flight strike this season.
The win lifted Spurs up above local rivals Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League table with three games left to play.
Villas-Boas was delighted with the 23-year-old’s contribution and also praised the Tottenham faithful for creating a raucous atmosphere in north London.
“The fans were amazing today,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports. “The noise at the Lane was incredible in the last 45 minutes, and the game was decided by a great moment of individual brilliance.
“We kept on pushing after half-time. Gareth played in three different positions today: [as a] striker, on the left and on the right.
“He’s enjoying his football. Southampton dealt with him and were very well-organised but they conceded a little bit more space late on.”
Villas-Boas, whose side travel to Chelsea next week in what could prove to be a vital game in the race for Champions League qualification, praised his side’s attitude for improving on a quiet first-half display after half-time.
“We tried very hard in the second half to get the result,” he added. “In the first half we have to recognise that Southampton had the better chances and could have taken the lead.
“We did well to regroup at half-time and come back to a great second half.”