Tottenham ace Gareth Bale is backing former club Southampton to beat the drop.

Bale returned to Saints for the first time since his departure and headed home the opener to put Andre Villas-Boas' side on course for three points.

"It was amazing to see them back in the Premier League," Bale said. "I was fully chuffed for them when they got promoted last season and I am sure if they keep playing football like they did in the second half that they will survive in the league and kick on from there."