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Bale happy to apply pressure

Match-winner Gareth Bale believes Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Newcastle sends out an important signal to their Premier League rivals for a top-four place.

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The Welsh winger scored twice, either side of Yoan Gouffran's equaliser for the Magpies, to move Tottenham above Chelsea into third place, for a few hours at least.

"It was a massive game today. It was just important to come back and put pressure on the teams above us," Bale told Sky Sports.

"I am enjoying my football at the moment and that's the most important thing. I'm just going to keep my head down and be focused."

Bale opened the scoring with a perfectly-executed free-kick, which dipped just over the wall, before his cool finish late on sealed the points.

He added: "It's just hard work in training. For the other goal I work on my finishing in training. I was just happy to see it go in."

Bale could even have had a hat-trick, lashing a right-footed effort over an unguarded net, while Tim Krul made some smart saves late on to deny him.

"He is definitely a great keeper. I was disappointed with the goal I missed on my right foot. I'll have to work on that," he said.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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