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West Ham boss: Gareth Bale beat us, not Spurs

22:41 25 February 2013

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce felt that Gareth Bale beat his side, not Tottenham.

The Welsh wing wizard scored twice with the stoppage-time winner being a world-class strike.

“One of the worldies he continues to produce,” Allardyce said. “That’s probably the best of the lot. The way he hit it there’s not a lot you can do about it.

“There wasn’t enough time for us to come back. We did well tonight. After Jussi played so well for us, it was at a crucial stage when Matt Taylor got through one-on-one and the keeper made a crucial save.

“We’ve really been beaten by Gareth Bale. If you go too tight he skips past you.

“If you keep him in front of you 30 yards out and he scored. As soon as I hit it I thought ‘oh no’.

“It’s a disappointing end to one of our best performances. We came back from Bale’s opener. We had the chance to go 3-1 up. you can’t blame the lads.”

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