AVB: Bale is on another level

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas heaped praise on Gareth Bale after his 'tremendous' goal secured a 3-2 win over West Ham in the Premier League on Monday night.

Bale had opened the scoring at Upton Park after 13 minutes before Andy Carroll equalised from the penalty spot less than 10 minutes later.

Joe Cole then put the Hammers into the lead with 58 minutes played, however, Spurs substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson levelled the game in the 76th minute before Bale rifled home in stoppage time.

The result saw Spurs move above Chelsea into third position in the standings, with the Blues having lost to Manchester City over the weekend.

And after the match an ecstatic Villas-Boas admitted he felt Bale was world-class.

He told Sky Sports: "Such a special talent and I think we've been able to see him this season in another level. He's just making the difference in every single game.

"I think the team did very, very well. Jussi Jaaskelainen to be the man-of-the-match in a game which finishes 3-2 also explains why we had to leave it late with Gareth to win this game."

He added: "Players like this are able to assume the responsibility in these moments and I think from the clips you're seeing, receiving the ball in midfield, taking it forward, being fouled, getting up and then just lining up the shot to score the winning goal. Tremendous, for sure."

Ahead of the North London derby this weekend, the Spurs boss added that his sole focus was to keep accumulating points.

He said: "We just have to keep getting points. We want to get the most we can get. Obviously the distance isn't big to second.

"We face Arsenal on Sunday and it is a big opportunity to build the distance to them and that is first on our minds. Our priority is to establish our position and hopefully get more comfortable distance to Chelsea and Arsenal.

"It's going to be a game full of passion. To put Arsenal seven points away is a better margin, but it is not finished. Seven points is not enough."