West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admitted the difference between his side and Tottenham Hotspur last night was Gareth Bale.

The Hammers briefly led 2-1 before Bale netted a stunning 90th minute winner, for his second of the night, to clinch a 3-2 victory for Spurs.

Allardyce said: "Bale's winner was more than a bit of quality, it was a bit of genius. As difficult as it is to take, you've got to admire the player.

"He's an unbelievable player and one that Tottenham must keep hold of. He's the reason why Tottenham are winning games and not losing or drawing them."

The Irons boss added: "The difference, without any question is one man. I'm not suggesting they're a one-man team but they are in terms of the victories.

"I think he has scored eight out of ten goals in the last few weeks, which has got them so many wins. I don't think any of them are from inside the box, other than a header. So it's an unbelievable record he has."