Andre Villas-Boas hails Gareth Bale as a "game-decider"

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring against Southampton on May 4, 2013
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre-Villas praises Gareth Bale following his winning goal in their 1-0 win over Southampton this afternoon.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has hailed Gareth Bale as a "game-decider" after the Welshman scored the winning goal in their 1-0 victory over Southampton this afternoon.

Bale's swerving effort was his 20th goal of the campaign and his Portuguese boss spoke glowingly of his contribution to the victory after the game.

"[Bale's goal] was a game-decider, a great moment of individual brilliance to decide the game," Villas-Boas told Sky Sports News.

"We kept pushing. Gareth played three different positions - striker, left, right - to try and get the best out of him.

"Southampton dealt with him well, they were well organised. But, last-gasp, there was a bit more space, perhaps because we were pushing for the winner."

Bale was crowned PFA Player of the Year earlier this week.

Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale scores against Southampton on May 4, 2013
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