Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 26, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Tottenham have picked up their first win of the season after goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and a Darren Bent penalty gave them a 2-0 win over 10-man Bolton at White Hart Lane.

Gavin McCann was dismissed early in the second half for a second bookable offence as Spurs ran out deserved winners.

The game started on a quiet note but the whole mood changed with 17 minutes on the clock as the hosts broke the deadlock.

Wanderers failed to close down David Bentley who crossed for Pavlyuchenko who got between Gary Cahill and Andy O'Brien to head past Jussi Jaaskelainen via the inside of the post.

Bolton responded well and were almost level within minutes. Matt Taylor capitalised on an error by Heurelho Gomes and Kevin Davies' cross-cum-shot sailed just wide of the post.

Taylor then tried his luck but dragged a shot wide of goal with his weaker right foot as the visitors looked to be in with a chance of a reply.

Moments later, another Gomes howler allowed Johan Elmander to have a shot at goal but his strike was cleared off the line as Spurs struggled to hold on to their lead.

Tom Huddlestone should have doubled Tottenham's lead just before the break but he hit his effort over the top following a mistake from Jaaskelainen.

With just over ten minutes of the second half played, Bolton were reduced to ten men as McCann was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Huddlestone.

Due to the way Bolton were set up, this didn't have too much influence on the game, but the hosts did find it easier to break Wanderers down as the players started to tire.

Luka Modric forced Jaaskelainen into a smart save, before playing in Huddlestone moments later who could only find the side netting.

Wanderers had two great chances to pull level inside the final 20 minutes. First Nolan shot over the bar, then Muamba also found the stands, both following errors from Gomes.

Substitute Aaron Lennon could have wrapped up the points for Spurs, but he curled an effort over the bar with Bolton appealing for an offisde.

But the game was over as a contest soon after. After parrying a shot from Modric, Jaaskelainen was beaten to the rebound by Bent and brought the England forward down to concede a penalty.

Bent stepped up to convert from the resulting spot kick, placing his effort into the corner beyond the dive of Jaaskelainen to make the points safe.

The Finn later denied Modric and Jermaine Jenas but Bolton never really looked like scoring and crashed to defeat, handing Harry Redknapp his first victory as Spurs boss.

Bolton will be hoping to bounce back on Wednesday night, when fellow strugglers Everton travel to the Reebok Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes, Hutton, Corluka, King, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Jenas, Huddlestone, Modric, O'Hara (Lennon 70), Pavlyuchenko (Bent 67)
Subs Not Used: Cesar, Zokora, Gunter, Giovani, Campbell
Goals: Pavlyuchenko 17, Bent 76(pen)

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel, Davies, Nolan, Muamba (Gardner 85), McCann, Taylor, Elmander (Riga 85)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Smolarek, Helguson, Shittu
Booked: Jaaskelainen, McCann, Nolan
Sent Off: McCann

Attendance: 35,507
Referee: Andre Marriner

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