Bale, who has been one of the revelations of the season, was again a key figure for the home side and the creativity, vision and trickery of Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric added another dimension to their attack.Welsh winger Bale got the ball rolling for the home side when he produced a well-timed run to meet a Van der Vaart corner and steered in a near-post header.
The Russian international, who can be as infuriating as he is impressive on other occasions, had only keeper Paul Robinson to beat after a poor backpass by Rovers defender Phil Jones, only to shoot high.A foul by ex-Spurs stopper Robinson on Crouch then gave Pavlyuchenko a chance from the spot to extend Tottenham’s lead, but he carelessly sidefooted wide.
However, when Bale sent over a cross to the far post, Pavlyuchenko found himself unmarked and guided a header past the over-worked Robinson.Blackburn’s best chances came when Nikola Kalinic produced a lovely turn and shot, which was beaten away by Heurelho Gomes, before Morten Gamst Pedersen had a strike cleared off the line by centre-back William Gallas.
But, when Givet dallied after a Pavlyucheko shot was parried to him by Robinson, Crouch robbed him of possession and shot into the roof of the net.There was a touch of controversy about Tottenham’s fourth as the ball appeared to strike Van der Vaart’s arm during the move which led to Bale scoring from 12 yards.
Thereafter, Blackburn were playing for pride and Dunn and Givet at least gave the scoreline a margin of respectability.But Blackburn’s efforts came too late and Spurs moved to within three points of fourth-placed Manchester City with the win.