What a performance from Bale. Everywhere you looked, you could see his absence. Lennon ran up blind alleys all afternoon, Chadli looked like Gareth's double, without the pace, skill, composure, finishing and chimpish features, and Soldado took his penalty well but didn't look like he was worth a quarter of a Bale.
Yes Spurs won, but only courtesy of a lucky penalty. Palace couldn't complain about the award, but it was clearly ball to hand with no intent to commit the offence. Yes the arm was raised, but try lifting your leg above hip height without your arm going up with it. Impossible.
Most worrying of all for Spurs was the way Kevin Phillips, complete with bus pass, terrorised their back line after he came on. The Cockyfools won and enjoyed the bulk of the possession but Lloris had more meaningful saves to make over the course of the 90 minutes.
Is Bale worth £85m? Based on today's struggle to overcome a team that cost twenty five quid to put together, you bet he is!