Rafa salutes Bale & Parker

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Rafael Van der Vaart has heaped praise on teammate Gareth Bale, branding the Welsh international winger 'unstoppable'.

Bale scored his first goal of the Barclays Premier League season on Saturday in a 2-1 win at Wigan, with Latics full-back Steve Gohouri sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a challenge on the player.

His dismissal came a week after Martin Skrtel saw red in Spurs' 4-0 in over Liverpool, with the make-shift full back again resorting to fouls in an effort to stop the former Southampton academy graduate.

Van der Vaart has sympathy for the defenders trying to stop his teammate, but admits his admiration continues to go up-and-up for the player who comes back for more every time.

"Bale is great, so quick and strong. I'm just glad I don't have to mark him. I feel sorry for those that do. There have been a lot of cards for fouls against him, but that's because it's impossible to stop him at times," the Dutch international told The Sun.

"Gareth goes on one of those amazing runs, and all a defender can do is resort to kicking him or pulling him down.


"Sometimes, when he has been floored, you think the challenge has been so bad that he is heading for hospital. But he bounces back up again, and you just look on in admiration."

Scott Parker has also impressed Van der Vaart following his arrival at White Hart Lane in the summer transfer window, with some industrious performances helping Spurs claim a couple of crucial wins.

Whilst the England international doesn't grab the headlines, his involvement has not gone unnoticed by his teammates, with the Dutchman delighted to have the player on-board.

"I thought Scotty was the best player on the pitch (against Wigan). He is unbelievable. He's not that big, but he is a great player and so strong," Van der Vaart continued.

"He is fantastic for me, because he gets the ball and plays it to me and is always available to keep the move going.

"He's not just a holding midfielder. There is more to his game than that, and he proved it."

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