Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • February 14, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton and Tottenham must meet again to decide who will make the last eight of the FA Cup after playing out a 1-1 draw at the Reebok Stadium.

A second half Jermain Defoe strike cancelled out Kevin Davies' first half opener, but Spurs were denied victory when Jussi Jaaskelainen kept out a Tom Huddlestone penalty late on.

The two sides will face off at White Hart Lane on Wednesday week, subject to confirmation, with Harry Redknapp's side the hot favourites to advance.

Bolton had the better of the opening 45 minutes and spent most of the half in Spurs teritory. Lee Chung-Yong, Johan Elmander and Zat Knight all had early opportunities but each time found Heurelho Gomes in the way in goal.

With 15 minutes gone, Elmander had the best chance of the game so far. After being sent through by the impressive Ricardo Gardner, the Swede's first touch was poor and he sent his shot into the stands.

Matt Taylor was next to try his luck, forcing Gomes into conceding a corner after keeping out a goalbound free-kick from fully 30-yards.

Then, ten minutes before the break, Wanderers broke the deadlock. A superb passing move including Gardner and Chung-Yong resulted in Elmander crossing for Kevin Davies to stab home from close range.

Bolton took their lead into the break and almost doubled it moments after the restart. After receiving a ball from Chung-Yong, Elmander laid it off for Kevin Davies whose shot deflected agonisingly wide of Gomes' left-hand post.

Elmander then shot into the side netting, before Fabrice Muamba sliced wide from the edge of the area as Bolton looked comfortable.

Spurs, however, then burst into life. First, Peter Crouch beat Jussi Jaaskelainen in the air only to see his header come back off the crossbar and then the woodwork saved Bolton again as Wilson Palacios' cross deflected off Paul Robinson just a minute later.

But it didn't take long for the visitor's pressure to count as they equalised just after the hour. Gareth Bale's smart run down the left flank allowed him to pick out Defoe who turned and shot past Jaaskelainen.

Spurs were now in the ascendency and substitute Niko Kranjcar brought Jaaskelainen into a fine save midway through the half.

Harry Redknapp's side then had the chance to book their place in the 6th round when Sam Ricketts was adjudged to have handled inside the area under pressure from Crouch.

Huddlestone stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick but Jaaskelainen guessed right and parried the ball away.

Defoe saw a couple of late chances fly just wide and the game ended level, meaning the two sides will need a replay to decide their fate.

Next up for Bolton is a trip to Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium on Wednesday night as the focus returns to the Premier League's relegation battle.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Ricketts, Knight (A O'Brien 63), Robinson, Chung-Yong (M Davies 74), Muamba, Gardner, Taylor (Cohen 88), K Davies, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Riga, Holden
Booked: Knight, Taylor
Goals: K Davies 34

Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric (Kranjcar 63), Crouch, Defoe
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Pavlyuchenko, Gudjohnsen, Bassong, Rose, Dervite
Booked: Huddlestone, Palacios, Defoe
Goals: Defoe 61

Attendance: 13,596
Referee: Phil Dowd

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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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