Bale: Defence desrve credit too

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Gareth Bale believes Tottenham’s recent success in the Barclays Premier League has been largely down to a newly found defensive solidarity that has given Harry Redknapp’s side a solid foundation from which to go forward.

Spurs have now gone 11 games unbeaten going into their weekend fixture against Stoke, a run which has prompted claims from within the Tottenham camp that a title tilt is possible this season.

Bale has also been in spectacular form, bagging five goals and four assists in 13 games so far, and the Welshman believes it is the hard work behind him that allows him and the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael Van Der Vaart to steal the headlines with their goal scoring exploits.

"I just think we've got the balance right," Bale told Spurs' official website.

"We've Scott Parker in the team now and he covers every blade of grass, closes everyone down and gives us that security in midfield.

"Younes (Kaboul) and Ledley (King) have been great, (goalkeeper) Brad (Friedel) and the full-backs have been playing well and that gives us front five the licence to attack as much as we can and that has got us the goals."

Spurs have conceded only eight goals during their winning spell, while the attacking unit have bagged 29 goals, and Bale believes the fact that all aspects of the Tottenham team are firing at the moment has contributing to their record-equalling run of form.

"We're all playing with so much confidence at the moment," he added.

"Even if we're on the back foot or teams are attacking us, we've got the pace to hit them on the counter-attack," added Bale. "It's good to have that in our armoury."

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