Gareth Bale is the latest player to pay tribute to Spurs playmaker Rafael Van der Vaart after his match-winning performance against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

The Dutchman struck twice at Ewood Park in a 2-1 win against the Barclays Premier League's basement side, taking his own personal tally to five goals in four league matches in the process.

It was his second strike, a long-range effort that beat former Spurs stopper Paul Robinson, which drew particular praise from the Welsh winger.

"It was a great strike. It was important we scored first and the second goal was worthy of winning any match," Bale told the official Spurs website.

"After that we all knew we had to defend for our lives, and we did that."

Harry Redknapp was quick to pay tribute to his defenders, most notably centre backs Sebastian Bassong and Younes Kaboul, at full-time after a huge effort to keep the hosts at bay.

And Bale joined his manager in heaping praise on the back line, adding that the whole team worked well together to keep the opposition's aerial threat at bay.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult game. It’s always a tough place to go and we were prepared for the battle," he continued.

"We put in a good performance and came away with the three points."

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