Premier League - Watch all the weekend's goals
Miss any of this weekend's 35 goals in the Barclays Premier League? Watch them all here.
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QPR manager Neil Warnock responded by making two changes at the break including Jay Bothroyd, whose first goal for the club briefly gave the visitors hope of claiming a point, but Bale's second of the game ensured Spurs registered a sixth win in seven league games.
The derby defeat was a second consecutive one on the road for QPR, who were thrashed 6-0 by Fulham in their last away match. The Rs remain 12th in the table.
On Saturday Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League after a 3-1 victory over Wolves at Eastlands.
After the Manchester City second string had blasted to a 5-2 win at Molineux in the Carling Cup in midweek, the league leaders were held in the first-half.
That made for a nervy final quarter of an hour, but Adam Johnson's placed finish from distance in injury time settled the game.
Manchester United had briefly returned to the top of the table after an unconvincing 1-0 win at Everton in the noon kick-off, holding on to the early lead provided by Javier Hernandez's reflex finish in the 19th minute.
The Dutchman scored two late goals - with his strike on 85 minutes putting Arsenal ahead courtesy of a howling error from John Terry - as the visitors came from behind twice to earn their first away win since April and their eighth victory in nine matches in all competitions.
Stiliyan Petrov opened the scoring with an unstoppable effort from the edge of the penalty area before Connor Wickham grabbed his first Premier League goal with a well-taken finish.
Villa got back in front with just five minutes to go as Richard Dunne converted Petrov's set-piece but the hosts snatched a late equaliser as Stephane Sessegnon nodded home in the dying moments.
It was Fulham's first away win of the season, and only their second in total this campaign, moving them up one place to 16th in the table.
Grant Holt scored deep into injury time as Norwich salvaged a 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers after trailing 3-1 with eight minutes left in a pulsating contest at Carrow Road.
Steve Kean's side move off the bottom of the table with a point, but they were probably worthy off all three having played the better football for most of the afternoon.
They were only denied by an outrageous decision by referee Anthony Taylor three minutes into added time on when the cannoned in off Steve Nzonzi's arm.