Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has praised the impact of Gareth Bale after the winger helped Spurs beat QPR.

Bale's second-half shot cannoned off the crossbar and back into the path of Jermain Defoe, who slotted home to put Tottenham 2-1 up, and turn around a 1-0 half time deficit.

The Wales international had started the match at left-back, but moved further forward at half-time.

Villas-Boas brought on Steven Caulker, switched Jan Vertonghen to left-back and moved Bale to his preferred left-wing position.

And the Spurs boss was delighted with the switch.

"We had to make changes at half-time," said Villas-Boas. "Gareth Bale played better as a left winger than a left-back and made a difference.

"The players wanted to win for the fans and their will took us through."

An Alejandro Faurlin own goal and a Defoe tap-in overturned Bobby Zamora's opening strike for QPR, and handed Villas-Boas a much-needed first win at White Hart Lane.

Spurs fans booed their players off the pitch at the interval, as Tottenham struggled to retain possession and barely mustered a shot on goal, but the Portuguese boss has now taken eight points from his first five Premier League games.

Spurs sit eighth in the Premier League table but face Manchester United at Old Trafford in the next league fixture.

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