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Premier League

  • October 30, 2011
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 36147

Tottenham 3-1 QPR: Gareth Bale double and Rafael van der Vaart strike seals derby win as Spurs’ unbeaten run continues

Tottenham 3-1 QPR: Gareth Bale double and Rafael van der Vaart strike seals derby win as Spurs’ unbeaten run continues

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A double from Gareth Bale along with a strike from Rafael Van Der Vaart helps Tottenham claim yet another London derby victory over QPR at White Hart Lane.

A double from Gareth Bale helped Tottenham to defeat Queens Park Rangers in the London derby to go back into fifth place in the Premier League.

Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart also claimed a goal, with substitute Jay Bothroyd having breathed some life into the game with a second half strike, before Bale sealed the win with his second goal.

Harry Redknapp decided to bring back inspirational center back Ledley King into the starting lineup after he returned from a groin injury that he picked up during the draw away to Newcastle, while his opposite number Neil Warnock kept faith with Anton Ferdinand after a controversial week for the defender.

The home side should have gone into the lead after only two minutes as Luka Modric got the ball just outside the box and his strike was pounced on by Van der Vaart inside the area that led to the Dutchman’s shot being tipped round the post by Paddy Kenny.

From the resulting corner kick Spurs had another chance after the ball was half cleared by the QPR defense, a cross came in from the right which Bale managed to get a foot on and divert towards goal, but once again Kenny was up to the task, saving well to keep the sides level.

Warnock’s side suffered a blow within the first 10 minutes as Fitz Hall was forced from the field with an injury and that meant that the Loftus Road side had to replace the center back with Wales international Danny Gabbidon.

Spurs had a golden opportunity to take the lead as Van der Vaart whipped a free kick from the left wing that landed plum on the head of Emmanuel Adebayor, but the on-loan Manchester City frontman could not find the target as his chance went wide of Kenny’s left post.

The visitors’ first chance came after a good passing move ended with Adel Taarabt finding Heidur Helguson just inside the area, but the Iceland international could not direct the ball towards Brad Friedel’s goal.

Redknapp’s side then went in front straight after that chance as the goal kick by Friedel was knocked on by Adebayor to Aaron Lennon, who found the onrushing Bale on the left wing. Bale raced in and slid the ball beyond the outstretched arms of Kenny and into the back of the QPR goal to give his side the advantage.

Just before the half hour mark Spurs should have doubled their lead as Adebayor raced down the right wing, before hitting a powerful cross that found Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who then proceeded to cut the ball back to Bale, but unfortunately for the winger he got under the shot and it went over the bar.

The home side continued to dominate the game and was ultimately rewarded as the ball broke to King inside the QPR half. With the White Hart Lane crowd baying for the defender to shoot, he tried an effort that was going wildly wide before Van der Vaart latched onto it and placed the ball beyond Kenny for his fifth goal in five Premier League games.

Tottenham could have stretched its lead further only a couple of minutes later, as Van der Vaart chipped a corner from the left wing into the path of Modric, whose strike from the edge of the area went just over the bar.

Spurs continued to pile the pressure on the Premier League new boys, with a superb passing move leading to Assou-Ekotto getting the ball free on the left wing and finding Modric just inside the box, but once again the Croatian could not find the target as the ball went out for a goal kick to QPR.

The White Hart Lane side continued to look to go forward, with the visitors seemingly unable to find a way to put Friedel under any pressure at all.

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Warnock decided to shake things about at the start of the second half, taking off Shaun Derry and the ineffective Taarabt for the forward thinking Bothroyd and Jamie Mackie as he looked to find a way back into the game.

But it was Spurs who could have killed the game off minutes into the second period as a throw in from Kyle Walker found Van der Vaart on the edge of the area and his drive looked to be nestling in the corner of the net before Kenny got down and clawed the ball wide for a corner.

QPR then had a glorious chance to get back into the game as Shaun Wright-Phillips showed a superb piece of skill to chip the ball over Walker before cutting it back into the path of Helguson, but his shot went over the bar.

Just after the hour mark the side finally got back into the game as a corner from the right was knocked back into the danger zone by Helguson and Bothroyd was on hand just a couple of yards out to knock the ball home to the delight of the QPR fans in the corner.

Spurs eventually got their third of the game after a superb one-two between Bale and Lennon ended with Welshman curling a shot around the helpless Kenny to double his tally for the game and restore the home side’s two goal cushion.

QPR had a series of chances inside injury time, but they failed to find the target and thus ended up leaving White Hart Lane with nothing at the end of the game.

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