Gareth Bale grabbed the headlines as his eighth career hat-trick helped Spurs to a comfortable 4-0 win over Sheffield United.
Having been mediocre in last week’s Carabao Cup final defeat, Tottenham would unsurprisingly dominate the early stages of the game against the already relegated side, although often missing the necessary end product in the final third.
Spurs would, however, produce some quality when they went forward in the 35th minute. Serge Aurier lifted the ball over the Sheffield United defense to spot Gareth Bale’s meteoric run, the Welshman keeping his cool before passing it past Aaron Ramsdale with his left boot stretched out.
The hosts would be denied a second five-minute period after the start of the second half, with Heung Min Son rushing behind Sheffield United’s high line before shooting a gritty finish past Ramsdale, only to be considered offside.
They would however double their total on the hour, with Spurs winning the ball deep in their half and launching a quick counterattack, Son playing in the path of Bale who fled, placed himself before breaking through the keeper of the Blades. .
The loaned Real Madrid man would complete his hat trick nine minutes later, giving his side a boost further with a fine effort for the first time from the edge of the box after a perfectly weighted layoff from Aurier.
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After seeing one out, Son finally got his goal in the 77th minute, with the South Korean receiving the ball from substitute Steven Bergwijn, taking a throw-in to position himself before looping it at the far post to make four.
The win brings the north London side to fifth place, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and speaking afterward, the treble hero Bale said he ‘felt good’ after achieving his first hat-trick in the Premier League since 2012.
“It seems like a while ago, so it’s good to get a hat-trick, but it’s more important to get the three points,” he said. Sky Sports.
“It was an excellent performance from everyone, especially Serge [Aurier]. I said if it was three assists he could have the match ball.
“You have to take a chance when they come to make me feel good. I just needed to play games and have a series of games and I’m doing it now. I’m happy and when I’m happy I play well.
“Winning always makes everyone happy and gives the locker room a winning mentality. It won’t happen overnight, but I feel like we are taking a step in the right direction.
The next step for Spurs is a trip to face Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
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