Tottenham moved to within 7 points of leaders Manchester City with a comfortable 2-0 win over Norwich.
Two second half goals from Gareth Bale helped Spurs to their 8th win in their last 10 games and moved them four points clear of fourth place Chelsea, and five ahead of rivals Arsenal.
With Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all dropping points, Harry Redknapp’s side knew that a win would consolidate their position in the top three and they went at their hosts from the offset, Bale going close in the opening minutes, blasting the ball over after taking advantage of a Russell Martin mistake.
Emmanuel Adebayor was the next to threaten, the on loan City man’s heavy touch from Rafael van der Vaart’s wonderful pass enabling John Ruddy in the Norwich goal to gather the ball up. The former Everton man doing well minutes later to keep out an effort from Bale.
Norwich to their credit stuck to the passing football that has won them many plaudits so far this season however all too often they were forced to defend in numbers rather than play their way in the opposing half.
When they did make their way forward the poor touch of Steve Morison more often than not handed possession back to Spurs although the former Millwall man did manage a couple of shots from distance, none of which troubled Brad Friedel.
With the game heading for the half time whistle Spurs thought they had won a penalty when Morison looked to have tripped up William Gallas in the build up to a Spurs free kick however the ref, Michael Oliver, didn’t see it and Norwich breathed a sigh of relief.
That was the last real action of an entertaining first half and despite their dominance Spurs headed into half time break level.
The second half continued in a similar vein as the first with Spurs again on top and it wasn’t long before they made the break through.
The opening goal arrived 10 minutes into the half when Van der Vaart threaded a fine pass into Adebayor who managed to lay the ball off to Bale despite the presence of three Norwich defenders. The Welsh winger’s low shot finding its way under the body of Ruddy and into the Norwich net.
Twelve minutes later the crucial second goal arrived, Modric playing in Bale whose blistering pace took him away from the Norwich defence and into the box where he clipped the ball home for his 7th of the season.
It’s a measure of his improvement in front of goal this season that Bale has already equalled his total for the whole of last season with 5 months still to play.
Bale was the standout player on the pitch although the work of Scott Parker and Sandro was pivotal to the freedom afforded to Van der Vaart, Modric and the former Southampton man.
In the end the three points was no more than Redknapp’s men deserved, the away side dominating possession throughout the game, ending the 90 minutes with 60% of the play and creating 15 chances to the home sides 8.
With games against Swansea, West Brom, Everton and Wolves to come Redknapp will be confident that his side can keep their run going ahead of the pivotal top of the table clash away to Manchester City in January and with a game in hand on their rivals the North London side are really starting to look like genuine title contenders.