Tottenham 3, Q.P.R. 1

Last week’s boisterous victory against Chelsea may have been a sign, but it is most likely one of an early season stagnation for the Blues and not an arrival by Rangers. Tottenham, behind two goals by Gareth Bale, muted any lingering good feelings in a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane.

The A.P. was gracious, though, saying that Q.P.R. “pressed hard for an equalizer” after Jay Bothroyd scored in the second half, and that “Rangers could easily have forced at least a draw.”

Tottenham is on something of a hot streak, without a loss in 11 games, so the result was not exactly a surprise. Disappointing, maybe. But Rangers have 12 points from 10 games, which is ahead of schedule by anyone’s reckoning.

WHAT OTHERS SAID
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 QPR | Premier League match report | Football | The Guardian: “After the week that they have had, it might have felt like a relief for Queens Park Rangers to have 90 minutes of Premier League football to divert them. The saga of Anton Ferdinand’s race row confrontation with Chelsea’s John Terry has been testing and frustrating. Solace, though, came only during the 20-minute period after the interval, when Neil Warnock’s team suddenly threatened to take something out of this derby. If Tottenham Hotspur had been lulled into a sense of security, it was understandable as they had dominated. Rangers’ last away fixture had brought the 6-0 thumping at Fulham and at half-time, they looked to be headed for a re-run.”
Bale’s double helps Spurs see off QPR: “With QPR struggling to have any impact, boss Neil Warnock opted for two changes at half-time, sending on Jamie Mackie and Bothroyd in place of Shaun Derry and the disappointing Adel Taarabt. And those changes had the desired impact on 61 minutes when Heidar Helguson’s header from a corner was turned in by Bothroyd for his first Rangers goal. With Rangers now in the ascendancy, Bale took matters into his own hands on 71 minutes with a stunning strike to give Spurs back their two-goal cushion.”
Match Report | Tottenham v QPR – 30th October 2011 | Sky Sports | Football News: “Tottenham produced a stylish performance to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at White Hart Lane and extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven games. Gareth Bale broke the deadlock on 20 minutes with a powerful strike past Paddy Kenny from Aaron Lennon’s pass, before Rafael van der Vaart’s cool finish doubled the lead 13 minutes later. While the first half was one-way traffic, QPR responded admirably after the interval and pulled a goal back when substitute Jay Bothroyd nodded home from close range on 62 minutes.”
BBC Sport – Tottenham 3-1 QPR: “Gareth Bale scored twice to extend Tottenham’s unbeaten run to seven games with victory over Queens Park Rangers. In a first half dominated by Spurs, the Welshman swept in from 18 yards after Aaron Lennon’s clever run and pass. Rafael van der Vaart then stayed onside to slot past Paddy Kenny when he collected Ledley King’s mis-hit shot.”
Two-goal Bale leads Spurs to 3-1 victory over QPR | Football | Reuters: “Spurs, who have won six of their last seven league matches, led 2-0 at halftime with goals from Bale and Van der Vaart, who scored for the fifth league game in a row to equal a club record shared by Teddy Sheringham and Robbie Keane in the Premier League era. QPR, totally outclassed in the first half, came back strongly after the break and cut the arrears when Jay Bothroyd headed in from close range after 62 minutes, but Bale made the game safe with a stunning strike from the edge of the box after 72 minutes.”
Brilliant Bale sparks Spurs victory – mirror.co.uk: “Tottenham stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches and moved level on points with fourth-place Newcastle thanks to a routine 3-1 win over QPR at White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale opened the scoring with a sweet drive past Paddy Kenny in the 20th minute before Rafael van der Vaart added a second soon after to equal the club’s record of scoring in five successive Barclays Premier League games. Substitute Jay Bothroyd pulled one back for QPR in the second half, but Bale calmed the home fans’ nerves 20 minutes from time with a wonderful curling shot after a neat exchange with Aaron Lennon on the edge of the box.”

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