Belfast Telegraph

Brace from Bale earns Jordan praise

Tottenham assistant coach Joe Jordan joined in the praise for Gareth Bale after the midfielder destroyed Blackburn with two goals.

Bale also made Tottenham's second for Roman Pavlyuchenko in another superb solo performance from the Wales international in the 4-2 victory.

"Some of the football we played in the first half, the openings and opportunities we created, were terrific, especially against a team who did well against Newcastle in midweek," said Jordan.

Striker Peter Crouch also got on the scoresheet for the first time in the Barclays Premier League this season as Tottenham recorded their first victory in five domestic games.

Blackburn threatened to make a game of it late on when David Dunn's goalbound shot was deflected home by Ryan Nelson and Gael Givet added a second in the final minute.

But overall Jordan, standing in for an under-the-weather Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, said: "I thought we played exceptionally well and should have been further ahead in the first half.

"Harry is a very positive guy. He wants to play on the front foot. We picked the team to win the game.

"We are disappointed we conceded two goals. But if you do drop your concentration level that is what will happen. At 4-0 up I thought we failed to pick-up the second balls.

"I don't think it should take anything away from the result and the football we played. The way we played the game was fantastic. We played some great football."


From Belfast Telegraph