Bale 'devastated' after Spurs loss


Gareth Bale struggled to come to terms with the dramatic manner of Tottenham's defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

City had taken a two-goal lead thanks to Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott, but Spurs fought back valiantly and levelled proceedings.

Jermain Defoe made the most of a mistake from Stevan Savic before Bale then curled a strike from 20-yards to restore parity but City snatched three points in the dying stages.

Ledley King was adjudged to have fouled Mario Balotelli in the area, and the Italian then stepped up to convert with virtually the last kick of a thrilling contest.

And Bale has physically and emotionally drained after Spurs were defeated at the death.

"Everyone’s devastated," the Welsh winger told the official Tottenham website.

"We can take heart from the performance, but we all feel sick that we’ve lost the game that way.

"I don’t think we deserved to lose the game.

"We showed our character to come from 2-0 down and I thought we should have won the game. We can't quite believe it."

Having clawed back to 2-2, Spurs even had a chance to take the lead but Defoe was unable to divert Bale's cross despite being only a yard from goal.

And Bale admits he could not quite believe his teammate was unable to net for the second time in the game.

"I was waiting for the ball to hit the back of the net," Bale added.

"For them to then go up the other end, get a penalty and win the game was a massive blow.

"That’s football. It bites back when you think you are on top. I thought we were fantastic and we'll pick ourselves up."

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