Bale: Home form is crucial

Spurs have suffered just six defeats at home in 56 Premier League

matches since manager Harry Redknapp took the helm in October 2008.

After a disheartening 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City

at the Lane in August, Spurs have recovered to notch impressive

home victories over Liverpool and Arsenal. Wales winger Bale

believes the north Londoners must continue to thrive on their own

turf if they want to compete for a spot in the top four this term.

“I think the main thing for any team is home form,” Bale told

Tottenham’s official website. “You look at Manchester United and

they haven’t lost (at home) in who knows how many games. “We want

to make White Hart Lane a place that when teams come here, they

fear us. “We’re looking to do that and I think as long as our home

form’s good then we’ll be right up there.” Spurs have secured four

successive wins in the league and Bale says recent victories over

high-profile opponents, particularly fierce local rivals Arsenal,

have provided a huge boost to the club. “It’s massive for us to

beat the bigger teams, especially our local rivals, which is

important, not just for us but for the fans,” he added. “We look to

win every game and hopefully we can keep doing that.” Tottenham

travel to in-form Newcastle when domestic action resumes this

weekend and Bale is hoping they can put a stop to the Toon’s

unbeaten streak. He added: “They’ve made a great start to the

season. “It will be a test for us, but one we’ll be ready for and

hopefully we’ll go up there and make it five on the trot in the

Premier League.”