Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • October 03, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton twice threw away a lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham Hotspur.

Ricardo Gardner had given Wanderers an early lead at the Reebok, but Niko Kranjcar pulled the visitors level before the break.

Kevin Davies put Gary Megson's side back infront with 20 minutes to go, but Bolton once again squandered their advantage as Vedran Corluka equalised with a header from a corner just four minutes later.

The hosts started brightly and had the lead inside four minutes. Gardner mistimed his header, but the ball fell kindly for Lee Chung-Yong, who's volley was parried by Carlo Cudicini straight into the path of Gardner who slammed the ball home.

Wanderers were enjoying the game and almost doubled their lead on 13 minutes. Gardner picked out the run of Tamir Cohen, but his run was matched by Cudicini who made the stop.

From then on, neither side created any serious shooting opportunities until Spurs pulled level in the 34th minute.

Wilson Palacios' diagonal ball picked out Peter Crouch who nodded down for Niko Kranjcar to fire emphatically past Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the bottom corner.

Bolton pressed for another goal before the break, but Zat Knight, Cohen and Matt Taylor all failed to make their efforts count.

Ten minutes after the break, Spurs should have gone infront for the first time. Aaron Lennon worked his way in from the right flank, but after his shot was parried by Jaaskelainen, Palacios sliced his shot horribly wide.

Midway through the second period, Harry Redknapp brought Jermain Defoe into the game, replacing the ineffective Robbie Keane as Spurs went in search of a winner.

However, much to the surprise of most inside the ground, it was Bolton who took hold of the game, going infront for a second time on 69 minutes.

A smart passing move involving Gardner, Lee and Cohen resulted in the latter chipping the ball to the back post where Davies headed home from close range to cap a fine move.

The visitors were almost level within two minutes though. Jaaskelainen spilled a shot from Defoe, but made amends for his mistake by denying Crouch, somehow deflecting his close range effort onto the crossbar.

But just a minute later, Redknapp's side were level, courtesy of some soft defending from the Trotters.

After Lennon forced Taylor into conceding a corner, Kranjcar's cross to the back post was met by the unmarked Corluka who headed past Jaaskelainen for his first Tottenham goal.

Crouch came close to a winner for Spurs late on, but a comination of Ricketts and Jaaskelainen denied him as both sides had to settle for a point in a highly entertaining affair at the Reebok.

With no game next weekend due to the international fixtures, Bolton return to action in a fortnight when they make the short trip to Old Trafford to face champions Manchester United.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Samuel, Gardner, Muamba (McCann 74), Cohen, Chung-Yong (Klasnic 87), K Davies, Taylor (M Davies 81)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Robinson, Steinsson, Shittu
Booked: Cohen, Muamba
Goals: Gardner 4, K Davies 69

Tottenham Hotspur: Cudicini, Corluka, Huddlestone, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Jenas, Palacios, Kranjcar, Keane (Defoe 67), Crouch
Subs Not Used: Gomes, Hutton, Bale, Bentley, Naughton, Dawson
Booked: Jenas, Corluka
Goals: Kranjcar 34, Corluka 73

Attendance: 21,305
Referee: Mike Jones

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7 Derby County 3 6
8 Bolton Wanderers 3 5
9 Portsmouth 3 5
10 Accrington Stanley 3 5
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