Norwich 0 Tottenham 2: Bale in a league of his own as Spurs keep up the pace

Norwich 0 Tottenham 2: Bale in a league of his own as Spurs keep up the pace

A Gareth Bale-inspired Tottenham managed what Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool couldn’t this Christmas, overcoming an awkward game against inferior opposition to move four points clear in third place.

The Wales winger had to listen to taunts of “he looks like a chimp” from the Norwich fans as he missed a series of chances but fired home from close range after 55 minutes to silence the crowd and once again show why, on his day, few compare with him in the Premier League.

What followed was even better, Bale running almost half the length of the pitch before dinking a sublime finish over John Ruddy in the Norwich for the second. It was a stunning goal and one that means that Arsenal and Liverpool are five and seven points behind them respectively. And that”s not even mentioning Tottenham”s game in hand.

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Double delight: Gareth Bale (left) celebrates with Kyle Walker and Rafael van der Vaart after his brace against Norwich

Double delight: Gareth Bale (left) celebrates with Kyle Walker and Rafael van der Vaart after his brace against Norwich

Quick off the mark: Bale fires home his first goal after excellent work from Adebayor

Quick off the mark: Bale fires home his first goal after excellent work from Adebayor

Simply brilliant: Bale races through the Norwich defence to convert a stunning second goal

Simply brilliant: Bale races through the Norwich defence to convert a stunning second goal

Star men: Scott Parker (left) and Luka Modric were superb in the heart of the Spurs midfield Star men: Scott Parker (left) and Luka Modric were superb in the heart of the Spurs midfield

Star men: Scott Parker (left) and Luka Modric were superb in the heart of the Spurs midfield

Danger: Emmanuel Adebayor bears down on the Norwich goal

Danger: Emmanuel Adebayor bears down on the Norwich goal

Painful: Norwich City manager Paul Lambert shows his frustration as the Canaries slip to defeat

Painful: Norwich City manager Paul Lambert shows his frustration as the Canaries slip to defeat

Losing battle: Norwich

Losing battle: Norwich”s Steve Morison attempts to get the better of Parker