The £80million-rated Welshman struck twice, including a last-gasp stunner to sink the Hammers.

And Tottenham boss AVB reckons Bale should be footballer of the year.

Villas-Boas said: “It would be truly deserved. It’s not up to me to make that decision but you have to recognise he’s having a really tremendous season.

He was unbelievable in this game, he is a super talent.

“We have seen him at another level this season.

“Players like this assume responsibility at key moments, he is tremendous.”

Hammers boss Allardyce admitted: “We’ve one man to thank for this result and that’s Gareth Bale.

“I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone score so many wonder goals in such a short time.

“He scored a worldie. As soon as he hit it I went, ‘Oh no, it’s in’. We played fantastic but we’ve been beaten by Bale.

“For us it was a disappointing end to what was one of our best displays here.” The three points lifted Spurs above Chelsea into third in the Premier League table.

And with a North London derby coming up on Sunday, Bale added: “We know it’s going to be a massive game against Arsenal. They are a great team but we want to keep our Champions League hopes alive.

“This was a massive victory for us. We have scored a lot of last-minute winners but it is not about me, it’s about the whole team.”

Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan limped off with a foot injury that could rule him out of Saturday’s trip to Stoke.

Allardyce added: “Nolan got stamped on by Mousa Dembele and he should have been sent off.”