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30 October 2011
• White Hart Lane, London
Referee: H. Webb
• Attendance: 36147
Queens Park Rangers
Goal.com's Josh Clarke: " Pretty comprehensive stuff in the end from Spurs then. Some great stuff being played by Harry Redknapp's men, who could have dished out an absolute drubbing if it wasn't for a combo of some wasteful Adebayor finishing and Kenny heroics. Either way, another three points on the board for Tottenham."
The full time whistle has gone and Spurs continue their good run of form. The full time score of 3-1 doesn't hugely tell the tale as the home side absolutely ran riot in the first half. A second half renaissance from QPR made it closer but Bale's late goal ensured it would be an easy win. Great entertainment.
90' + 3'
QPR very nearly making it 3-2 twice in the space of thirty minutes but excellent defending from Bale and Lennon gets the ball away.
90' + 1'
Three minutes of added time here at White Hart Lane.
QPR still working extremely hard to try and get another goal but it looks to be to no avail. Spurs' unbeaten run looks to be continuing, they now haven't been beaten since the end of August.
Superb run from Mackie who drives towards the Spurs area before finding Wright-Phillips free on the left but his attempted bent effort goes wide of the goal.
The pace of the game has dropped dramatically since that third goal as Spurs look to keep the ball for the final ten minutes or so. Although this will be of little consolation to Neil Warnock, he can be rightly proud of his player's efforts in this second half.
Faurlin has a free kick from 20 yards out and that's not a million miles away but as it stands Spurs are heading for fifth in the league with this result.
QPR have really had the stuffing knocked out of them with that third goal and there appears to be no way back for them. Cue the commentator's curse...
Very nearly 4-1. Lennon, who is absolutely brimming with confidence, neatly gets the ball towards Adebayor just outside the six-yard box. The striker controls really well before hitting the ball just wide of the left hand post.
Assist Aaron Lennon
GOOOAAALLLLLL!!!!! That should be it. Van der Vaart plays it neatly to Lennon on the edge of the area before he and Bale play a superb one-two that ends with Bale firing the ball into the top corner. What an excellent goal that has typified everything that has been good for Spurs this afternoon.
Goal Gareth Bale
This has turned into a really excellent game of football. Both sides looking to go forward and chances are being created at either end. Mackie has made a big impression since coming on with his work rate.
Josh Clarke at ground: "The tide has turned here at White Hart Lsne and Spurs need to be careful. Warnock’s changes have given QPR the impetus and Spurs look shaky in comparison to their majestic first half. The visitors need to thank Paddy Kenny for keeping them in it though, he’s made some top draw saves to deny van der Vaart, Bale and Adebayor."
Faurlin is the next man to go close but Friedel makes a good save. If Spurs come away with less than three points today then they will only have themselves to blame.
Kenny has just shown the two sides of him. Van der Vaart's free kick is straight at him but he spills it straight to Adebayor and the loose ball goes to Bale just inside the area. He strikes it with power and the keeper makes a superb save.
Assist Heidar Helgusson
Goal Jay Bothroyd
GOOOAAALLLL!!! And there is that goal. The ball is headed across goal towards Bothroyd who leaps highest to head home from two yards. Now we have an interesting 30 minutes. Funny old game this eh?
Much more of a contest in this second half, although it looks as though Spurs haven't been playing with same intensity as the first half. If they can get a goal in the next ten minutes, QPR could cause a few nervy moments in north London.
QPR are a different side in this second half. They are buzzing around with a great deal of enthusiasm in this half and Spurs will have to guard against complacency. The next goal will be absolutely key.
There has been a marked improvement from QPR since the changes have been made. Not in the number of chances created but they have seen more of the ball than they did in the whole of the first half just about.
Goal.com's Josh Clarke from the ground: "Adel Taarabt has just re-emerged from the tunnel, making it abundantly clear that he's injured with suitable grimacing and hobbling. Very surprised he hasn't jumped on the tube home."
Super stop from Kenny once again. Van der Vaart receives the ball just outside the area from Walker's throw in and he lashes it towards the top corner but the Irishman gets across to tip it wide.
It will be interesting to see if QPR can get hold of the ball more in the second half here. If they can then they might be able to cause some problems for Spurs with their three-pronged forward line.
Neil Warnock has played his hand already then. Derry and a desperately disappointing Taarabt go off with Mackie and Bothroyd coming on in their place. Spurs get the game back under way.
45' + 4'
Goal.com's Josh Clarke from the ground: " Half-time and this one is over as a contest. Adel Taarabt has looked woefully uninterested and I would have to take off my shoes and socks in order to tally the amount of misplaced passes from the Moroccan and I’m in no mood for that. Spurs have looked top notch and it would take a drastic turn of events to stop this one becoming a rout."
45' + 3'
I don't imagine Neil Warnock will be too enamoured with his team's first half performance. They have been bystanders for much of the half as a superb Spurs team have cut right through them time and again. There probably isn't much he can do with his team to improve things if the home side continue to play as well as this.
45' + 1'
There are due to be just two minutes of added time at the end of the half.
Everyone is trying to get in on the act for Spurs here as they sense QPR are there for a drubbing. Adebayor goes close from the left but could have been better served crossing. Can't blame him though can you?
Goal.com's Josh Clarke from White Hart Lane: "What a half of football from Spurs. Movement and sharpness of passing top draw, with Parker catching my eye at the minute. Could this front six be up there with the best in the league?"
That would have been contender for goal of the season. Van der Vaart plays the ball short to Modric from the corner and the diminutive midfielder beautifully chests the ball down and volleys first time from outside the area but it drifts just wide.
With that goal Van der Vaart has equalled a club record having scored in five Premier League games on the trot. The two others to do so were Robbie Keane and Teddy Sheringham.
Goal Rafael van der Vaart
GOOOAAALLLL!!! Finally Spurs have doubled their lead. King drives forward and - egged on by the crowd - decides to shoot but its poorly hit and gets into the path of Van der Vaart. The Dutchman swiveled in the area and played it neatly into the bottom corner. All too easy for the men in white thus far.
The pace slows slightly in the last couple of minutes which will be a welcome bonus for the QPR players that have been chasing shadows for the first 30 minutes here.
Very nearly 2-0. Adebayor does excellently on the right hand side before spraying an inviting ball into the area which evades everyone. Assou-Ekotto cuts it back into the area only for Bale, leaning back, to hit the ball over from seven yards.
Spurs have has 60 per cent possession so far and they really haven't allowed QPR any time on the ball. At the moment it doesn't look like anything other than a Spurs win and to say that this early says something about how easy they have found proceedings thus far.
QPR have paid for a pretty poor start really. They haven't got to grips with the pace of the game and Spurs have too much space to play with right now.
Assist Aaron Lennon
Goal Gareth Bale
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! That is a very well worked from the team. A long ball is pumped forward by Friedel and once again it is won by Adebayor. His flick is met by Lennon who drives inside and plays it towards Bale who has far too much space to himself. The Welshman then rifled his shot into the bottom corner from just inside the area. Fully deserved.
Finally a bit of possession for QPR who have a free kick from the right hand side. Barton plays it in wonderfully but Kaboul manages to get his head to the ball before the waiting Helguson.
Superb defending from Gabbidon. Adebayor plays the ball beautifully to his left into the flying Bale's path who runs into space. The Welshman looks up and crosses into the path of the big striker but the substitute centre half gets across to prevent the shot. Super start from Spurs here.
It should really be 1-0 to Spurs. A wonderful ball is played in from the left hand side by Bale and Adebayor has a free header from five yards but all he can do is head wide. Poor miss from the Togolese striker who hasn't scored for four games.
Goal.com's Josh Clarke from the ground: " It’s ying and yang just in front of me in the dugouts. Harry Redknapp, cool as you like. Neil Warnock, having kittens. Spurs have started this one on the front foot and I can’t see that stance being shifted any time soon."
The game has become a little disjointed since the injury and QPR are struggling to keep the ball at the moment. At a ground where they are not likely to see much of the ball they cannot afford to be so wasteful.
Fitz Hall looks like he'll have to come off. He's injured his hamstring and will be replaced by Danny Gabbidon.
Tottenham have got into the game pretty quickly here and have already taken control of possession. QPR looking to catch their opponents on the break with Taarabt and Helguson on their own forward.
What a save that is! It doesn't take long for Spurs to create a chance. Modric takes a shot from just outside the area and Van der Vaart gets hold of it from ten yards before shooting for the bottom corner but Kenny gets across to save it brilliantly.
QPR, sporting a questionable orange away kit, get the game underway.
Each team makes one change with Bassong replaced by captain Ledley King and Armand Traore comes in after serving his suspension in the place of Clint Hill.
Goal.com's correspondent at White Hart Lane Josh Clarke: "The juicy pre-match news comes in the shape of Ledley King’s inclusion in the Spurs back four, as Harry Redknapp’s strong-looking side lines up as was largely to be expected. With the John Terry racism saga showing little sign of dying down anytime soon, Anton Ferdinand also features. Quite what the centre-half can do to halt a rampant looking Spurs side really does remain to be seen though. Got the feeling it could be a bloodbath here."
Neil Warnock's men come into this game off the back of an extraordinary west London derby against Chelsea last Sunday which saw them win 1-0 and their opponents finish the game with nine men. The club's form has been patchy since returning to the top flight and if they avoid defeat today it will be their longest unbeaten run of the season - three matches.
Spurs come into the game in sparkling form having not lost in any competition since the 5-1 home drubbing against Manchester City on August 28th. The run has included wins against both Liverpool and Arsenal, both of whom are rivals for the fourth Champions League spot. If the home side get a win today they will go level on points with both Newcastle and Chelsea.
QPR: Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Hall, Traore,Wright-Phillips, Derry, Barton, Faurlin, Taarabt, Helguson. Subs: Murphy, Hill, Gabbidon, Bothroyd, Mackie, Buzsaky, Smith.
Tottenham line-up: Friedel; Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale; Van der vaart; Adebayor. Subs: Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Gallas, Livermore, Sandro, Defoe, Pavlyuchenko.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of QPR's visit to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in the day's only Premier League game. After the highest scoring day in the Premier League ever yesterday - 31 goals - would it be greedy of us to expect another goal-fest today?
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