Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • January 31, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Kevin Davies scored a late winner as Bolton edged out Tottenham Hotspur in a five goal thriller at the Reebok Stadium.

Goals from Sebastien Puygrenier and captain Kevin Davies had given Wanderers a 2-0 lead, but a quickfire double from substitute Darren Bent brought Spurs level at 2-2 with just 15 minutes to go.

But, unlike the game against Blackburn in midweek, Wanderers continued to push and Kevin Davies capped his performance with his second and Bolton's third in the final minutes.

Spurs were the quickest out of the traps and former Blackburn midfielder David Bentley was the first to try his luck for the visitors, forcing Jussi Jaaskelainen into a reaction stop from the edge of the area.

Wanderers hit back almost immediately and Kevin Davies headed over Carlo Cudicini's crossbar.

Roman Pavlyuchenko was next to try his luck for Harry Redknapp's side, but he saw a header flash across the face of goal from a Bentley free-kick.

Loan signing Ariza Makukula should have done better on 17 minutes, as he shot wide of goal following a flick from Kevin Davies.

Mark Davies went close to grabbing his first goal for Bolton midway through the half, but he headed wide after Gretar Steinsson had crossed from the right.

Both sides continued to threaten and Jaaskelainen had to be alert again to push away a Bentley shot, while at the other end, Matt Taylor shot straight at Cudicini.

The hosts opened the scoring just after the half hour, as Mark Davies' corner was headed home by fellow January signing Sebastien Puygrenier, his first goal since joining the club on loan from Zenit St.Petersburg.

Knowing his side were struggling to break through the Bolton defence, Redknapp brought on Jermaine Jenas and Darren Bent at half time as he looked for his Spurs side to be more attack minded.

Just as the first half had started, both sides had chances in the opening stages of the second period. First Aaron Lennon shot wide for the visitors before a Fabrice Muamba ended with the same result at the other end.

Makukula fired a shot over the crossbar with 55 minutes on the clock, before Jaaskelainen made a simple stop from a long-range Pavlyuchenko effort.

The Trotters doubled their advantage in the 64th minute as Kevin Davies got on the end of a Gary Cahill flick and after holding off the challenge of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, shot past Cudicini to make the score 2-0.

However, just as they did against Blackburn on Wednesday, Gary Megson's side threw away their two goal lead as a quickfire double brought Spurs level.

First, Pascal Chimbonda - making his second debut for the club - crossed for Bent to make the score 2-1 before the same man reacted quickest to slam home an equaliser just a minute later after Jaaskelainen had parried.

Mark Davies went close to putting Bolton back in front just moments later but he shot over after a Kevin Davies knock on.

But, with just three minutes remaining, Kevin Davies got on the end of a Taylor corner and bravely headed past Cudicini whilst under pressure from Bentley.

Spurs couldn't force an equaliser during four minutes of stoppage time and Wanderers held on for the three points, which move them up to 12th in the Premier League table.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Puygrenier (A O'Brien 79), Samuel, Taylor, M Davies, Muamba, Gardner, K Davies, Makukula (Smolarek 61)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Riga, Shittu, Basham, Obadeyi
Goals: Puygrenier 31, K Davies 64,87

Tottenham Hotspur: Cudicini, Corluka (Chimbonda 67), Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley, Zokora (Jenas 46), Palacios, Lennon, Modric (Bent 46), Pavlyuchenko
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Bale, Huddlestone, Campbell
Booked: Dawson
Goals: Bent 73,75

Attendance: 21,575
Referee: Phil Dowd

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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