Feb 25, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​London Stadium
West HamWest Ham United
2-3
SpursTottenham Hotspur
Carroll (25' pen.), Cole (58')
Cole (59'), Diame (62'), O'Neil (71'), Collins (82')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Bale (13', 90'), Sigurdsson (76')
Dembele (8')

Sam Allardyce: 'Gareth Bale was the difference'

Allardyce: 'Bale was the difference'
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West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce praises Gareth Bale after the winger inspired Tottenham Hotspur to a 3-2 win over the Hammers this evening.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has heaped praise upon Gareth Bale after the Tottenham Hotspur winger scored twice to help his side to a 3-2 win over the Hammers tonight.

Bale opened the scoring in the first half and struck a long-range winner in the 90th minute to hand Spurs all three points.

Allardyce praised the Welshman's recent form but admitted that he was disappointed at his side not taking their chances to win the match.

"We've one man to thank for tonight's result and that's Gareth Bale. He's the difference and his wonder goals are continuing," said Allardyce.

"I can't say I've ever seen anyone score so many in such a short time. He's done it twice tonight.

"The first was a good goal but the second in injury time is a a wonder goal. It's a hugely disappointing result after getting back in the game and taking the lead. You have to take your chances when they come and Matt Taylor had the chance but he didn't take it."

The result lifts Tottenham up to third in the Premier League table, two points clear of fourth-placed Chelsea.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce prior to kick-off against Aston Villa on February 10, 2013
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