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Gareth Bale is like watching Barcelona – Martin Keown

Martin Keown's Premier League bootroom: Bale It's just like watching Barcelona…

By
Martin Keown

PUBLISHED:

22:59 GMT, 22 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:25 GMT, 23 February 2013

Gareth Bale is an incredible talent. I watched Barcelona play this week and I thought how nicely he would fit into that team.

If he were playing for Arsenal there would be a lot of talk about: 'Can they keep him'

But it doesn't apply in the same way at Spurs, where he's on a long-term deal.

The real deal: Gareth Bale has been in world-beating form at Tottenham of late

The real deal: Gareth Bale has been in world-beating form at Tottenham of late

Class act: The Spurs winger fires in a freekick against Lyon in the Europa League

Class act: The Spurs winger fires in a freekick against Lyon in the Europa League

Last season Robin van Persie was the best player in the Premier League, so Manchester City tried to buy him.

But he went to Manchester United instead and now they are benefiting from that switch in power.

Bale is in the same bracket: the sort
of player who makes things happen. It will be Bale who decides if
Tottenham can finish in the top four.

They need to make sure he stays fit
and it will be a delicate balancing act with the Europa League. I think
he is one of the best players in Europe right now.

Running with the ball in full flight,
there are not many better sights in football. He looks like he could
take off. I also like the defiance in his game.

Villa chiller at Arsenal

When his team are losing he is
providing the answers. He's also been working hard at his free kicks,
which means he's thinking hard about his game and trying to improve in
certain areas.

Tottenham have other good players:
Emmanuel Adebayor, Jermain Defoe and Mousa Dembele, who has added power
to the Spurs midfield, but they are all playing cameo roles compared to
Bale.

Their manager, Andre Villas-Boas,
said this week that he has yet to unlock Adebayor's potential and I
agree. Maybe he just needs to understand him a bit better.

You have got to keep Adebayor hungry
without showering him with too much praise. He improved more than any
other player who has worked under Arsene Wenger.

What's the score

When he came to Arsenal he was an
incredible athlete but his finishing was wayward, his touch wasn't clean
and he struggled to get that big frame around the pitch.

When he left he looked like a world beater. I think Adebayor needs to benefit from this period of stability at Tottenham now.

The manager needs to get behind him but the Togolese striker also needs to push himself, just like Bale has done.

ABOUT TIME

FIFA have finally agreed to use
goalline technology at the 2014 World Cup. Isn't it ridiculous it has
taken them this long It won't be the end of the debate, though.

Instead of analysing TV replays, we will argue about the accuracy of the technology.

We also need to educate people that the whole of the ball has to be over the white line for it to count as a goal.

Keep your hair on, Fellaini

Marouane Fellai ni thinks he gets booked so often because of his flamboyant hairstyle.

Sorry Marouane, but it's nothing to do with your hair: it's your reaction that counts against you.

He is seldom the first offender when
the cards come out. I felt sorry for him in his spat with Ryan Shawcross
but he has to learn not to react.

Keep your hair on: Marouane Fellaini

Keep your hair on: Marouane Fellaini

You have to be able to look after yourself but you just can't rise to it – although I was sometimes guilty of that, I admit.

P.S. Arsene Wenger has accused his
critics of 'superficial analysis', but I would love to know his thinking
behind the triple substitution he made against Bayern Munich.

I've never seen him do that before.

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Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe injured for England v Brazil

Triple injury blow for Hodgson with Carrick, Defoe and Sturridge out of Brazil clash

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

19:19 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:19 GMT, 3 February 2013

Roy Hodgson has been hit with three injury problems ahead of England's friendly with Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday.

Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe are all set to withdraw from the squad and miss the game after picking up problems during domestic fixtures this weekend.

Sturridge is suffering from a thigh problem which he sustained just before half-time in Liverpool's clash with Manchester City on Sunday night.

Blow: Daniel Sturridge will miss the prestige friendly against Brazil

Blow: Daniel Sturridge will miss the prestige friendly against Brazil

Withdrawal: Michael Carrick will also be out of Roy Hodgson's squad

Withdrawal: Michael Carrick will also be out of Roy Hodgson's squad

The Reds January signing excelled, scoring with a rifled shot which flashed past his countryman Joe Hart.

Manchester United midfielder Carrick is also unavailable, for an as yet unspecified injury.

Defoe picked up an ankle injury in the clash between West Brom and Tottenham at the Hawthorns on Sunday lunchtime in a challenge with Shane Long.

The striker hobbled off in obvious distress and will undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury.

Agony: Defoe injured his ankle and could be out for up to three weeks

Agony: Defoe injured his ankle and could be out for up to three weeks

Another injury problem has afflicted Brazil legend Pele, who was set to watch the match but will not make the trip to England because of a hip injury.

'I'd like to send my sincere apologies,' Pele said.

'I will come visit England soon, and I also look forward to seeing all of you next summer here in Brazil [for the World Cup].

'I would like to wish The FA a very happy 150th anniversary.'

Problems: Roy Hodgson (right) will consider some new options for his squad following the injuries

Problems: Roy Hodgson (right) will consider some new options for his squad following the injuries

Jermain Defoe injury leaves Tottenham in striking crisis

Defoe ankle injury leaves Spurs facing firepower crisis with Adebayor away

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

16:20 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

19:26 GMT, 3 February 2013

Jermain Defoe has picked up an ankle injury which could keep him out for up to three weeks.

The Tottenham forward sustained it in a 50-50 challenge with West Brom's Shane Long on Sunday afternoon.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said Defoe will be sent for a scan to determine the extent of the damage and said he will be withdrawn from Roy Hodgson's England squad for the Brazil friendly.

Blow: Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three weeks after suffering an ankle injury

Blow: Jermain Defoe could be out for up to three weeks after suffering an ankle injury

Villas Boas said: 'I am extremely happy with the win – apart from the injury to Jermain Defoe.
'He rolled his ankle. He will have to have a scan to reveal the extent of the injury.

'Hopefully there is not a lot of ligament damage. If there is, he could be out for two to three weeks.

'Has he been withdrawn from the England squad Yes he has.'

The Tottenham manager tried to secure a new striker on deadline day but failed to negotiate a deal with Internacional for Brazil forward Leandro Damiao.

With Defoe out and Emmanuel Adebayor in Togo on Africa Cup of Nations duty, there are no strikers left at the club, bar youngster Harry Kane.

Clint Dempsey can play as a striker if necessary, although he prefers to feature in a supporting role.

Cut short: Defoe was subbed

Cut short: Defoe is helped off

Cut short: Defoe's afternoon was ended by the injury and he was helped off the pitch in great pain

Watching on: Roy Hodgson was at The Hawthorns to see the incident

Watching on: Roy Hodgson was at The Hawthorns to see the incident

Forward push: Clint Dempsey will likely have to fill in up front for Defoe

Forward push: Clint Dempsey will likely have to fill in up front for Defoe

Defoe's team-mate Gareth Bale secured a
precious away victory that boosts Spurs in the hunt for a Champions
League place – Andre Villas-Boas' side are now fourth.

The dismissal of Goran Popov in the 47th minute changed the game in
Tottenham's favour, though, and Bale duly secured all three points with a
spectacular solo goal.

Bale told Sky Sports 1: 'It's massive. We spoke before the game because
other results went our way yesterday and that gave us a big chance to
capitalise. Thankfully we did.

'I think all the lads worked very hard and they deserved the victory.'

No reinforcement: With Emmanuel Adebayor away, Andre Villas-Boas will regret not signing a striker

No reinforcement: With Emmanuel Adebayor away, Andre Villas-Boas will regret not signing a striker

Meanwhile, Germany international Lewis Holtby made his second Spurs appearance from the bench and revealed he is settling in well.

He said: 'The lads are all making it easy for me to play. It's a fantastic club and I enjoy coming in every day.

'It's a massive boost to get the three points away (from home). It's unbelievable.

'If we have games like today and get the three points then it's a massive relief. I'm just happy to be at the club.'

Bedding in nicely: Lewis Holtby is pleased with how things have gone so far for him at Tottenham

Bedding in nicely: Lewis Holtby is pleased with how things have gone so far for him at Tottenham

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 4 match report: xxx

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 4: Bale's triple salvo crushes Villains' resistance

PUBLISHED:

19:22 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:22 GMT, 26 December 2012

Gareth Bale scored a second-half hat-trick as Tottenham moved up to fourth place in the Premier League after a dominant display at Villa Park.

The visitors had an amazing 16 efforts on target but they had to wait until the 57th minute to make the breakthrough when Jermain Defoe fired his shot past Guzman

Bale added a second four minutes later with a neat finish and the Welsh wizard added his second with a 73rd minute strike.

Bale completed his hat-trick from close range in the 84th minute.

Gareth Bale celebrates his goal against Villa

Handy: Gareth Bale celebrates his goal against Villa

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Jermain Defoe makes the breakthrough

Jermain Defoe makes the breakthrough

Happy days: Defoe celebrates his strike

Happy days: Defoe celebrates his strike

Andre Villas-Boas left to rue dropped Tottenham"s draw against Stoke

Villas-Boas left to rue dropped points as Spurs start festive season with a whimper

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19:15 GMT, 22 December 2012

Andre Villas-Boas was disappointed to see Tottenham drop below Arsenal after his team were held to a goalless draw by stubborn Stoke at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham would have moved ahead of Chelsea into third had they won, but they ended the afternoon in fifth after their north London neighbours and Everton both recorded victories against Wigan and West Ham respectively.

Villas-Boas' men threw everything at the Potters, but they could not find their way through a defence the Tottenham boss had described as one of the best in Europe during the week.

Frustration: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side held at White Hart Lane

Frustration: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side held at White Hart Lane

The Staffordshire side showed exactly why they have the best defensive record in the league as Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross and Asmir Begovic all put in towering performances to keep the likes of Jermain Defoe, Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor at bay.

Villas-Boas, whose side face Aston Villa on Boxing Day, was not happy at seeing his team slip below Arsenal on goal difference.

'No one enjoys being level on points with Arsenal at this club,' Villas-Boas said. 'I have experienced this rivalry for the first time this year and I have spoken very highly about it before.

'It is an extremely healthy competition between both teams, but we have to continue now. Today was a difficult game. Stoke are an extremely competitive and physical team who are difficult to break down.

'I want to be extremely positive as the players really tried hard.'

Adebayor and Defoe both had half-chances either side of the break, but Begovic was not really tested until injury time when he saved Gylfi Sigurdsson's header from close range. Stoke have built their eight-match unbeaten run around their solid defence, who have kept nine clean sheets this term.

Getting shirty: Gareth Bale has his shirt pulled by Stoke's Andy Wilkinson

Getting shirty: Gareth Bale has his shirt pulled by Stoke's Andy Wilkinson

Spurs had to resort to long shots for most of the match and Pulis was very happy with his team's shut out against one of the quickest attacks in the league.

'We are delighted. That's nine clean sheets now,' Pulis said. 'We look solid defensively. They had a few shots from outside box and that one great save from Asmir so we are very pleased with how we played.

'We talk about the two centre-halves and the goalkeeper, but I think all the players work so hard on organisation and discipline. It's a great point at a great football club.'

Referee Lee Mason had a busy afternoon, dishing out seven yellow cards – five of which came for the away side. The game threatened to boil over at times, particularly in the second half when Adebayor appeared to square up to Shawcross as they grappled in the box.

The issue of grappling in the box is a hot topic in football, and Villas-Boas thinks referees need to be more consistent.

Clash: Ryan Shawcross and Emmanuel Adebayor may be not be swapping Christmas cards this year

Clash: Ryan Shawcross and Emmanuel Adebayor may be not be swapping Christmas cards this year

He said: 'You have to take out the law (that punishes grappling) as if you pretend to be blind you have to take out the situation and move on.

'We had some given for us when Stoke were attacking but none in their box that could have given us a penalty. Those decisions are very hard to take, and maybe those ones are the stepping stone for people to start learning.'

The officials were at the centre of another controversy in the second half when Bale, who has been booked four times this year for diving, went down easily looking for a foul just outside the box.

Pulis launched an angry tirade at Bale from the sidelines when he went down, but the Stoke boss refused to be drawn on the matter afterwards.

'I will leave that. It's Christmas,' Pulis said.

Fernando Llorente wanted by Tottenham

Spurs line up 7m January swoop for Spain striker Llorente as contract rebel eyes Bilbao exit

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08:11 GMT, 9 December 2012

Wantaway: Llorente (right) chats with Cesc Fabregas as Bilbao faced Barcelona last weekend

Wantaway: Llorente (right) chats with Cesc Fabregas as Bilbao faced Barcelona last weekend

Tottenham are considering a January move for Spain and Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente.

The 27-year-old has not featured regularly for the Basque side this season after refusing to sign a new contract last summer.

Llorente last week stated his intention to leave Bilbao when his contract expires in the summer and the club will look to offload him January rather than lose him for free at the end of the season.

And with the World Cup and Euro 2012 winner thought to be available for around 7million next month Tottenham are mulling over a swoop, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor are the only natural front men in Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas' squad and he is thought to be keen on adding to his striking options, especially given the recent success enjoyed when playing with two up top.

Frozen out: Llorente refused to sign a new contract last summer

Frozen out: Llorente refused to sign a new contract last summer

The 6ft 5in striker has no shortage suitors and should Spurs press ahead with their interest they are likely to face competition from Juventus.

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe is a deadly finisher like Robbie Fowler, says Brad Friedel

Spurs striker Defoe is a deadly finisher like Fowler, says Friedel

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22:41 GMT, 7 December 2012

Jermain Defoe rivals Robbie Fowler for finishing ability, according to the man who faces him every day in training.

Brad Friedel believes the Spurs
striker is as good as his former Liverpool team-mate when it comes to
putting the ball in the net.

Deadly: Jermain Defoe scores past Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis

Deadly: Jermain Defoe scores past Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis

Defoe was not a consistent starter last year but has scored 15 goals in 26 games for club and country this season and the American thinks his talents deserve recognition.

'He reminds me a lot of Robbie Fowler in his finishing,' said Friedel. 'He has a really short back lift. When you have that sometimes keepers can't get their feet set. On top of that he's got some power behind his shot.

'But then he can also disguise it and do what he did against Panathinaikos and dink it over the keeper. He's an exceptional finisher and he really comes on fire when he gets in the box.'

Asked how he compares to Premier League greats including Alan Shearer the 41-year-old replied: 'He's got a finish just as good as all them.

Goalkeepers have an immense amount of respect for his finishing capabilities. I've never heard a player not mention his name when they talk about great goalscorers.

'Last year we played a little bit different system. When we have played with two up front recently I think Jermain really thrives on that and then he can save his energy for inside the box, where it really matters for us.

'He always plays on the shoulder so if the defence wants to push high up the pitch he's going to keep them honest. The goal he scored on Thursday – he was on side but just, he was on the edge all the time.

Defenders always have to keep an eye on him.'

Tottenham travel to Everton on Sunday for a key game as each side battles for a Champions League place and Friedel would not bet against Defoe netting again.

'I think all strikers when they're getting goals on a run their confidence builds and builds, they feel like they're going to score no matter where they are on the pitch. He's definitely in that vein of form at the moment.'

Gareth Bale welcome to move to Europe as he seeks Champions League football

Bale bombshell! Welsh winger admits he fancies move abroad as he seeks Champions League

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22:46 GMT, 2 December 2012

Gareth Bale would like to play abroad in the future.

His former Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric has called for the 23-year-old winger to follow in his footsteps and move to Real Madrid to play in the Champions League.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas told Modric to focus on his own club but Bale, who will be out for one to two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in a 3-0 win at Fulham, would one day welcome a new challenge.

Wing wizard: Gareth Bale says he has no fear about playing football abroad

Wing wizard: Gareth Bale says he has no fear about playing football abroad

The 23-year-old said: 'It would be nice to experience other leagues and other cultures. I've always said I’m not afraid to go abroad. If the times comes and a team that’s right comes and in for me, then I’ll look at it seriously. I’ll see what happens.

'Everybody wants to be playing in the Champions League. Obviously we were unfortunate not to get in there last season but the UEFA Europa League is the next best thing.

'We’ve all put 100 per cent in every game we have played, we’ve taken the competition seriously and hopefully we can win this one.'

Tottenham's win at Fulham was their third in a row in the Premier League, and moved them up into the top four.

The visitors took their time to get going, but were lethal once they did, scoring three times in the second half.

Mark Schwarzer will know he should have done better with Sandro's speculative 35-yard strike on 55 minutes, but he could do little to prevent Jermain Defoe adding two in five minutes.

Taking a tumble: Bale was booked for a second successive match for diving

Taking a tumble: Bale was booked for a second successive match for diving

Double tops: Jermain Defoe struck twice in five minutes to wrap up the win

Double tops: Jermain Defoe struck twice in five minutes to wrap up the win

Spurs joy, though, was tempered by another Bale yellow card for diving – his second in two games.

The Welshman was furious with referee Chris Foy and afterwards boss Villas-Boas defended his star man.

The 35-year-old said: 'You can’t do anything. If he has a reputation it is a little bit unfair. These last two have been unfairly given.

'It's very difficult to judge players at this pace. They are so quick that it’s not easy for them. I think he uses it as a precaution.

'There are different type of challenges. I'm not saying that all the players who challenge with Gareth are malicious. Sometimes it’s just that the action is so quick sometimes it might look like it’s not a foul when it is so it’s difficult to judge.'

Fulham 0 Tottenham 3: match report:

Fulham 0 Tottenham 4: Deadly Defoe doubles up for rampant Spurs

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16:54 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 1 December 2012

Jermain Defoe upstaged Dimitar Berbatov by scoring twice to sink Fulham and move Tottenham in to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.

The London derby had been billed as a chance for Berbatov to shine against his former club after such a wonderful start to his career in west London, but it was the man who so often lived in the Bulgarian's shadow at White Hart Lane who stole the show today by bagging his 11th and 12th goals of the current campaign.

Make mine a double: Jermain Defoe fired a brace for Tottenham

Make mine a double: Jermain Defoe fired a brace for Tottenham

Match facts

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether (Kelly 28), Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Frei (Duff 61), Diarra, Sidwell, Dejagah, Berbatov, Petric (Rodallega 78). Subs not used: Etheridge, Baird, Karagounis, Richardson.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson (Gallas 16), Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dembele (Carroll 83), Sandro, Bale (Sigurdsson 61), Defoe, Dempsey. Subs not used: Friedel, Falque, Walker, Livermore.

Goals: Sandro 55, Defoe 72, 77

Booked: Bale, Gallas

Referee: Chris Foy

Att: 25,426

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The England striker this week spoke
about how working under Andre Villas-Boas had breathed life into his
flagging career, and the 30-year-old delivered once again for his
manager by killing off the game with Tottenham's final two goals.

Berbatov showed flashes of brilliance
in a good first half for Martin Jol's men, but Sandro put Spurs ahead
after the break with a 35-yard drive – his second goal for the club.

Defoe then stepped up to the plate
to seal the match, converting Gylfi Sigurdsson's pass to make it 2-0
before adding a second five minutes later from Clint Dempsey's pass.

The win – Tottenham's third on the
bounce, now means Villas-Boas' team are level with third-place Chelsea
in the table, and given current form, it seems only a matter of time
before the Portuguese moves ahead of the club who sacked him in March.

The only worry for Villas-Boas is
that Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson both hobbled off with injuries.
Berbatov looked determined to make an impression from the start and it
took little time for him to turn on the class.

Going nowhere: Gareth Bale (right) is held back by Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah

Going nowhere: Gareth Bale (right) is held back by Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah

The Bulgarian, who enjoyed two
prolific seasons at Spurs before leaving for Manchester United, produced
a deft touch to skip past Dawson and carve open the Spurs defence, but
Hugo Lloris charged off his lane to collect the ball before Steve
Sidwell had a chance to shoot.

Up the other end Dempsey showed a
moment of brilliance to turn Aaron Hughes and glide past Philippe
Senderos but he shot well wide.

Dempsey, mocked by the home support
throughout the match, was then clattered by Mahamadou Diarra, who was
lucky to escape without a booking.

Sliding in: Tottenham's Kyle Naughton (right) challenges Fulham's Kerim Frei

Sliding in: Tottenham's Kyle Naughton (right) challenges Fulham's Kerim Frei

Stunner: Sandro celebrates his long-range opener

Stunner: Sandro celebrates his long-range opener

Berbatov's class then shone through
once again as he released Ashkan Dejagah with a sublime back heel but
Kerim Frei could only put the winger's deflected cross over the bar.

Villas-Boas was forced into an early change when Dawson suffered an injury while clearing a cross in the 15th minute.

William Gallas came on in his place.
Bale was booked for diving eight minutes later, although replays showed
Sidwell caught the Welshman's trailing leg.

Heading up: Clint Dempsey (right) beats Mahamadou Diarra in the air

Heading up: Clint Dempsey (right) beats Mahamadou Diarra in the air

Rolling Bale: Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah looks for the ball after colliding with Gareth Bale

Rolling Bale: Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah looks for the ball after colliding with Gareth Bale

Berbatov's class then shone through
once again as he released Ashkan Dejagah with a sublime back heel but
Kerim Frei could only put the winger's deflected cross over the bar.

Villas-Boas was forced into an early change when Dawson suffered an injury while clearing a cross in the 15th minute.

William Gallas came on in his place.
Bale was booked for diving eight minutes later, although replays showed
Sidwell caught the Welshman's trailing leg.

Losing out: Bale is tackled by Fulham's Dejagah

Losing out: Bale is tackled by Fulham's Dejagah

The winger, who was booked for the
same offence on Wednesday, was lucky not to see red after sarcastically
applauding Chris Foy's decision.

The game slowed down from its
frenetic opening. Dempsey and Malden Petric both had half chances and
Mark Schwarzer sprinted off his line to deny Defoe.

Berbatov nutmegged Aaron Lennon with
an exquisite piece of skill, but the England winger soon collected the
ball and found Bale, but he skied his finish.

Petric muscled Sandro off the ball
and found Sidwell as Fulham pushed for an opener just after the break,
but he dragged his shot wide.

Bald truth: Martin Jol (left) saw his side second best to everything

Heads we win: Steven Sidwell (left) is beaten by Sandro

Bald truth: Martin Jol's (left) side were second best, as Steven Sidwell (above, left) is beaten by Sandro

On the rise: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side record their third victory in seven days

On the rise: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side record their third victory in seven days

Berbatov prowled on the edge of the box, probing at the Spurs defence, but he could not find a way through.

The away side then took the lead out
of nowhere. Sandro capitalised picked up Mousa Dembele's pass five yards
inside the Fulham half and carried the ball forward before unleashing a
powerful drive that flew in off a post past Schwarzer.

Spurs looked to kill the game off
moments later through Bale, who galloped down the left after picking up
Defoe's pass, but Schwarzer saved well.

That proved to be Bale's last contribution to the game as he hobbled off with what looked like a hamstring problem.

Huddle up: Sandro (not seen) is mobbed after his goal out of nothing

Huddle up: Sandro (not seen) is mobbed after his goal out of nothing

Fulham struggled to get back on the
ball and Defoe took full advantage of Spurs' dominance. The striker
broke down the middle to meet the pass of Sigurdsson, who had turned
Senderos inside out, and he made no mistake from close range.

Five minutes later and it was game
over. Dempsey threaded a perfect through ball past Senderos, Defoe
galloped through and slotted beyond Schwarzer.

Spurs took their foot off the accelerator and eased to a morale-boosting victory.

Going over: Clint Dempsey is fouled by Mahamadou Diarra

Going over: Clint Dempsey is fouled by Mahamadou Diarra

On a run: Fulham's Frei beats Kyle Naughton to the ball

On a run: Fulham's Frei beats Kyle Naughton to the ball

Luis Suarez poses with 10-goal Golden Boot award in front of Bill Shankly"s famous message

Suarez collects goal trophy in front of a famous Shankly message: 'Hold your head up high and share the glory'

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15:14 GMT, 30 November 2012

PREMIER LEAGUE'S TOP SCORERS

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) Goals: 10
Robin van Persie (Man United) Goals: 9
Demba Ba (Newcastle) Goals: 8
Michu (Swansea) Goals: 8
Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) Goals: 7
Marouane Fellaini (Everton) Goals: 7

It was a famous quote from Bill Shankly that sits on the wall at the Liverpool training ground.

It displays his love for 'the Liverpool family' and the success he created.

Another man who has taken to life at Anfield like a duck to water is Luis Suarez.

Striker Suarez has won the Barclays Race for the Golden Boot ‘10-goal’ award after being the first player this season to reach 10 goals in the Premier League.

Proud: Luis Suarez holds up his award for the Race For The Golden Boot

Proud: Luis Suarez holds up his award for the Race For The Golden Boot

Leading the way: Suarez (right) was in training this afternoon

Leading the way: Suarez (right) was in training this afternoon

FROM SHANKLY TO SUAREZ…

Luis Suarez stood, proudly holding his trophy, in front of a renowned Bill Shankly quote emblazoned on the wall.

The quote from the legendary former manager of the club references a desire to be remembered as a man of the people of Liverpool.

It reads: 'Above all, I would like to be remembered as a man who was selfless, who strove and worried so that others could share the glory, and who built up a family of people who could hold their heads up high and say “We’re Liverpool”.'

On receiving the award Suarez was
quick to praise Brendan Rodgers for the award — believing the ‘free
number nine’ role the new manager has given him has made him so
effective.

‘The manager has been a huge
influence, not just on me but on every single player at the club this
season. The position I am playing now is really the one I like the most —
a free number nine.

‘The manager tells me I can score goals and fills me with confidence to do well for the team.’

Without Luis Suarez, who tops the scoring charts with 10 goals and also has two assists, Liverpool would be second bottom.

They would only have one win to their credit instead of three and 10 fewer points. More worryingly, they would have lost 10 matches and be in real trouble.

Suarez has earned Liverpool at least a
point on six occasions in the league this season. Without the
Uruguayan, Brendan Rodgers would be in serious peril.

Opta
statistics show United are just as reliant on Robin van Persie. Without
the Dutchman's nine goals, United would have just three wins instead of ten, and
seven draws instead of none.

Their
goal difference would be just +2 instead of a healthy +14 and they’d
have half the points of bitter rivals Manchester City.

Suarez will be hoping to stay ahead of the chasing pack this weekend as Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield. Newcastle's Demba Ba and Swansea's Michu trail Suarez and Van Persie with eight goals each.

All smiles: Suarez was sharing a joke as he prepared with his team-mates for the visit of Southampton

All smiles: Suarez was sharing a joke as he prepared with his team-mates for the visit of Southampton

SUPER SUAREZ IN NUMBERS THIS SEASON

Proud: Luis Suarez

Team: Liverpool
Appearances: 14
Minutes On Pitch: 1,257

Goals: 10
Minutes per goal: 126
Shots On Target: 25
Shots Off Target: 41
Shooting Accuracy: 38%
Chance Conversion: 15%

Blocked Shots: 18
Assists: 2
Chances created (inc. Assists): 36
Mins per chance created: 35
Total Passes: 494
Pass Completion: 76%

Dribbles & Runs: 135
Dribble Completion: 36%

Liverpool’s record with Suarez’s goals and assists:
Pld 14 W 3 D 7 A 4 F 18 A 18 (0) Pts 16

Record without Suarez:
Pld 14 W 1 D 3 L 10 F 6 A 18 (-12) Pts 6