Tottenham Hotspur may have defeated Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 last night in the FA Cup, but that scoreline does not begin to tell the true story of the match.
Spurs actually went 1-0 down in the game away to the Championship side before Gareth Bale scored with his fourth clear chance of the game.
While the Welshman had been getting into some wonderful areas in the centre of the pitch, he had seemingly left his shooting boots at home until the final minutes of the first half.
In the second 45, Bale was beating his markers for fun, showing a turn of pace that has been missing from his game since the return to Tottenham in the summer.
In fact, one journalist pointed out to Jose Mourinho that it was Gareth Bale’s first 90 minutes since coming back to the club, with the head coach revealing that he never felt as if he had to bring the winger off.
On Bale’s performance, Mourinho said (Football London): “It was good, was good.
“Some good movement. Some one and against one, beating people, attacking people, creating chances. Of course, scoring a goal.
“Apart from that, I never felt he couldn’t play the 90 minutes. I never felt that I needed to change him and that is good.
“Of course, the Championship is a good, competitive level and the aggression is high and the intensity is good. So I’m happy.
“We had some good performances from the boys that started the game. Of course Winks man of the match which is very much deserved because I thought he was very, very good in everything he did, apart from the goal.
“The goal is just a very small important detail but happy because I think the attitude of the team was very professional and it’s the kind of game that even if we lose because we don’t take chances and they score in the last minutes, let’s say that, I wouldn’t be sad because very professional performance.”
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