Thursday media watch [27.12.12]: Tottenham match reports
The Sun: Gareth Bale scored his first Premier League hat-trick to inflict more misery on struggling Aston Villa. Paul Lambert's hosts have now conceded twelve goals in two matches and if they lose to Wigan on Saturday, they will slump into the bottom three. After Villa's 8-0 hammering at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday — the heaviest top-flight defeat in the club's history — manager Lambert called for a positive response from his team of promising youngsters. But they once again found themselves outplayed and outclassed, with Bale ripping their fragile defence apart.
Mirror: Of all the old movies Villa fans don't want to see this Christmas, the Dirty Dozen will be right at the top of the list. Paul Lambert's side completed a miserable two matches in four days by taking their total goals conceded in those encounters to 12 as their extraordinary festive generosity showed no sign of slowing. This defeat was not as humiliating as Sunday's 8-0 embarrassment at Chelsea - the ultimate in capital punishment.
Guardian: The most alarming aspect of this thumping defeat for Aston Villa was that they got off lightly. Gareth Bale's first Premier League hat-trick lifted Tottenham Hotspur into the top four and condemned Paul Lambert's side to a second chastening loss in the space of four days, although the scoreline could, and arguably should, have been much more emphatic.
Daily Mail: Gareth Bale's first Premier League hat-trick pushed Paul Lambert towards an unwanted record as a second-half goal glut deepened the gloom at Villa Park. The Wales winger grabbed the match ball following his 23-minute salvo that built on Jermain Defoe's opener to leave Villa's boss with a massive festive hangover. Just three days after the former European champions suffered the heaviest defeat in their history in shipping eight against last season's Champions League winners, they served up another horror show against Tottenham in front of a sizeable holiday crowd.
Daily Express: Gareth Bale bagged a second-half hat-trick as Tottenham returned to the Barclays Premier League top four with a comfortable 4-0 victory at Aston Villa. After dominating the first half without managing to make a breakthrough, Spurs went ahead in the 57th minute when Jermain Defoe nutmegged Brad Guzan to register his 14th goal of the season. Bale - who had already gone close twice - then stole the show, netting in the 61st, 73rd and 84th minutes to take his own tally for the campaign to 10.
Independent: Beaten up by Chelsea - to use Paul Lambert's own words - Aston Villa suffered their second thumping inside four days, with Tottenham dishing it out this time. The Villa manager's January transfer market activity perhaps ought to focus on hiring some bodyguards to stop his young team from being picked on by the Premier League's big boys. After the eight they conceded against Chelsea, at least the scoreline was a little less embarrassing.
Telegraph: Gareth Bale inflicted a second nightmare this Christmas on Aston Villa on Boxing Day evening, scoring his first Premier League hat-trick to lift Tottenham Hotspur back into the Champions League places. The Welshman's devastating 23-minute second-half triple and a Jermaine Defoe strike helped Spurs to an away win as comfortable as an armchair by the fire, and left Villa digesting an unwelcome record. Coming four days after their 8-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge it took the home side's goals conceded to a festive dozen, equalling the record for goals-against in consecutive Premier League matches.
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