Gareth Bale believes Tottenham must continue to thrive on their own turf if they want to compete for a spot in the top four this term, and says that recent victories over high-profile opponents has provided a huge boost to the club.

With only six defeats in their last 56 Barclays Premier League home matches since Harry Redknapp joined the club in October 2008, Spurs have already gone some way to making White Hart Lane a fortress, and the Welsh winger wants to take that to the next level.

"I think the main thing for any team is home form," Bale told Tottenham's official website. "You look at Manchester United and they haven't lost [at home] in who knows how many games.

"We want to make White Hart Lane a place that when teams come here, they fear us. We're looking to do that and I think as long as our home form's good then we'll be right up there."


After a slow start to the 2011-12 campaign with defeats at the hands of Manchester United and neighbours City, Spurs have gone on to record four successive victories, with the most recent coming in the tightly-contested north London derby with Arsenal.

And Bale is hoping that the squad can take that momentum into their next game when they travel to St James' Park to face an unbeaten Newcastle side this weekend.

"It's massive for us to beat the bigger teams, especially our local rivals, which is important, not just for us but for the fans," he added. "We look to win every game and hopefully we can keep doing that.

"They've [Newcastle] made a great start to the season.It will be a test for us, but one we'll be ready for and hopefully we'll go up there and make it five on the trot in the Premier League."

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