Bale makes 'special' Speed tribute

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Gareth Bale was happy to be able to pay his own special tribute to Gary Speed after scoring in Tottenham's 3-0 win over Bolton on Saturday.

The winger flicked home a Luka Modric corner on seven minutes, beating the defence to the ball on seven minutes to set Spurs on their way to a comfortable victory at White Hart Lane.

Less than a week after the death of his former Welsh manager, Bale had RIP Gary Speed stitched into his boots in memory of his compatriot, and raised it aloft in-front of the traveling Bolton fans after knocking home.

Speed had spent four successful seasons with the Trotters under Sam Allardyce, and had become a fans' favourite during his time at the Reebok Stadium.

"I had my boots done a couple of days ago and I thought if I managed to score, I’d take it off to pay tribute to Gary and his family," Bale explained to the official Spurs website.

"It was a special moment and nice to be able to honour him in that way."

On the pitch, Bale was one of a number of Spurs players to find Finnish goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen in top form for Owen Coyle's side.

Reduced to ten-men following Gary Cahill's controversial red card, Tottenham were banging on the door throughout the match, only to find the Bolton stopper at his very best as the scoreline was kept to 3-0.

"It was important we got off to a good start and we spoke about that before the game. It was a bit of a harsh sending off for them in the first half, but we created so many chances in the first half it was frightening," added Bale.

"It could have been five or six at half-time but their goalkeeper played a blinder. We knew we had to keep plugging away and the second and third goals would follow.

"Thankfully we got the second goal early in the second half, that made it easier and we saw the game out."

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