Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Newcastle United
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Gareth Bale scored a brace as he dragged Spurs to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a rejuvenated Newcastle side at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham's brilliant Welsh wing wizard has been in scintillating form in recent weeks, with his spectacular winner against West Brom a real highlight and he continued that form today with a devastating display.
Spurs started quickly and Bale had already tested Tim Krul before the opening goal arrived inside five minutes. Clint Dempsey was fouled just outside the box and Bale stepped up to hit a Cristiano Ronaldo-style dipping free-kick inside Krul's near post.
Krul was being worked on a pretty regular basis as Spurs looked to put the game beyond doubt in the early stages, but Newcastle started to threaten on the break.
So it came as no real surprise when Moussa Sissoko produced another powerful run before cutting back for Yoann Gouffran to drill into the top corner from the edge of the box on 24 minutes.
From then on it was nip and tuck with both defences looking well organised and the respective attacks struggling to break them down.
However, Spurs have Bale and the Welshman capitalised on the slightest hesitancy from Fabricio Coloccini to race through and slip the ball through the legs of Krul with just over 10 minutes to go.
There were seven minutes of injury time after a nasty-looking injury to Gouffran saw him stretchered off with his leg in a protective splint and Bale should really have secured his hat-trick but fired over from six yards with his right foot.