Bale warns Arsenal: Spurs are back and gunning for third
Published 18:28 01/04/12 By MirrorFootball
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale believes his team are firmly back on track after helping the north London club overcome Swansea 3-1 at White Hart Lane this afternoon.
The 22-year-old Wales international produced a man-of-the-match display as fourth-placed Spurs moved level on points with third-spotted Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League standings.
"We've been playing well," he said on Sky Sports 1. "We've had quite a bit of bad luck but we showed what we can do on the pitch today against a great footballing side like Swansea and got a vital three points to put pressure on the others.
"We've moved back level with Arsenal and can hopefully go above them."
Spurs had failed to win their last five league games but got their reward for dominating the first half when Rafael van der Vaart sidefooted home from 18 yards.
Gylfi Sigurdsson's looping volley beat Brad Friedel to give the Swans a second-half equaliser but Emmanuel Adebayor headed Spurs in front 14 minutes later before sealing the win four minutes from time with another headed goal.
Bale admitted the hosts had far from had it all their own way against Brendan Rodgers' side.
"(It was) very hard," he said.
"The way they play the ball is just unbelievable. Full credit to them - they've been fantastic this season, but we showed our true class today. We showed what attacking prowess we've got and punished them when we could."
He added: "We were just saying, me and Younes (Kaboul) - we're back now. We feel like we're playing well the last couple of games. I think against Stoke was the turning point when we got the last-minute equaliser. The confidence is building and we're ready for a run."
Swansea boss Rodgers said on Sky Sports News: "In the second half I thought we were fantastic.
"Some of our play was outstanding and I thought we deserved our equaliser, so we're obviously disappointed with the two goals after that.
"We conceded at a corner we didn't think was a corner - of course the 6ft 5in giant made the header and put them 2-1 up.
"We're disappointed with the scoreline but the performance level, against a team who have been challenging for the title, was fantastic today.
"I can only give credit to the players. Coming here for the first time they put in a good performance. Unfortunately it didn't show on the scoreline."