Gareth Bale & Andre Villas-Boas named Premier League Player & Manager of the month

The winger starred in each of Spurs' three league wins, netting a total of five goals and two winners throughout, tweeting to congratulate his boss in a "great month" for the club
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has been named the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for February, with manager Andre Villas-Boas also earning the Manager of the Month award.

The north Londoners' successful February saw them triumph 1-0 at the Hawthorns against West Brom, beat Newcastle 2-1 at White Hart Lane and then came out on top of an entertaining 3-2 scoreline away at West Ham.

The Welshman has starred throughout, netting the winner against the Baggies, bagging two against the Magpies and then another double in the win over the Hammers - including a last-gasp winner from all of 30-yards out.

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The 23-year-old, whose fine form has seen him linked heavily with clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, expressed his delight at the award but also praised his team-mates and the boss.

Bale tweeted: "Very honoured to be the Barclays Player of the Month. With the manager getting an award too it's been a great month for Spurs #teamgame"

The Portuguese boss earns the accolade for the second time in as many months, after he also scooped up January's award, with his side winning three from three league matches.

Villas-Boas was delighted to pick up the gong, but called on his side to extend their recent run up until the very end of the season.

He told reporters: "We got three wins in February. It was a good month for the club, we had a good run which we want to extend to at least late-April."

The victories have seen Spurs extend their unbeaten run to 11 league fixtures, losing just once in 15 games since November.

The Lilywhites, who currently sit in third spot, are now in a great position to go on and secure Champions League qualification for next season with 11 matches remaining.

Villas-Boas' men are two points ahead of fourth-placed Chelsea and four points ahead of rivals Arsenal, who occupy fifth and travel the short distance to White Hart Lane on Sunday in what is a crucial clash.

Spurs are also just five points behind second-placed Manchester City and will be hopeful of holding onto a top-four position - something that should also keep star man Bale at the club.