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Gareth Bale backs Tottenham Hotspur penalty decisions

Gareth Bale said Tottenham Hotspur deserved all three of their penalties in last night's 4-1 Champions League win over FC Twente.

Rafael van der Vaart missed the first penalty, before scoring and then being sent off, while Roman Pavlyuchenko converted the other two.

"If they're penalties they should be given and I think they all were tonight," Bale said on Sky Sports 2.

Ledley King seemed less certain, saying: "The referee seemed to take a while to give them, I don't know if he was listening to the official behind the goal,"

King was pleased with the win, though, following their opening 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen.

"We got a good draw at Bremen and it was about following that up by getting three points by any means necessary," he said.

The win moved Tottenham level on four points with holders Inter Milan at the top of Group A.

"It's a good start so far but that's all it is," King added.

Van der Vaart admitted the game was one of the more eventful of his career.

"Of course after the red card it was difficult," he said on Sky Sports. "I was worried we wouldn't win the game but in the end the guys played fantastic.

"It was a strange game, also for me. I scored, missed a penalty and was also sent off."

The Dutchman will now miss Tottenham's trip to Inter through suspension, but Van der Vaart has faith in his team-mates.

"They are going to win for me," he added.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp felt his side's first two penalties were deserved, but was less sure of the third.

"The first one was a blatant penalty, he wrestled Peter Crouch to the floor; the second one was a blatant penalty, brought Gareth Bale down; the third one was a soft one," Redknapp said on Sky Sports News.

Redknapp also revealed he was thinking of taking off Van der Vaart as he feared he would get himself sent off.

"He was a bit rash," said the Spurs boss.

"I was thinking about subbing him when he was on a yellow. I had a feeling he might make one more silly challenge."

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