Villas-Boas praises 'influential' Bale

Andre Villas-Boas is full of admiration for the "influential" Gareth Bale after his hat-trick helps Tottenham to a 4-0 win at Aston Villa.

Jermain Defoe opened the scoring before the Welshman's hat-trick topped off a dominant second-half display and lift Spurs up to fourth in the Premier League.

Villas-Boas says the "deserved victory" was important for Spurs as they bid for a place in the Champions League next season.

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