Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 24, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's hopes of FA Cup glory are over for another year after they were beaten 4-0 by Tottenham Hotspur in their fifth round replay.

Roman Pavlyuchenko and a Jussi Jaaskelainen own goal had Spurs two-up at the break, before Andy O'Brien put through his own net just after the restart to add a third. Pavlyuchenko sealed the win late on as Harry Redknapp's side earned themselves a trip to Fulham in the last eight.

Spurs started brightly, with Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe both causing problems for the Wanderers backline.

Jlloyd Samuel, on his return to the side, had to be alert to turn a Defoe cross away before Sebastien Bassong was allowed the time to shoot narrowly over the crossbar from 30-yards.

Bassong had another chance soon after, being picked out by the impressive Gareth Bale only to see his fierce effort blocked.

Bolton then began to come into the game. Ivan Klasnic intercepted a misplaced ball from Bale and with no support, decided to unleash a superb strike from fully 45-yards which flew inches wide of Heurelho Gomes' right-hand post.

A good run from Sam Ricketts ended with him crossing for Ricardo Gardner, but the ball was just too high for the Jamaican and went out of play for a goal kick.

The visitors were then hit on the counter attack as Spurs broke the deadlock. Luka Modric's run and pass picked out Pavlyuchenko, who turned Zat Knight before slotting past Jaaskelainen.

Not content with a one-goal lead, Spurs went in search of a second and Jaaskelainen had to be alert to push a Defoe shot behind for a corner just moments later.

But the Finn was beaten just a few minutes later as Harry Redknapp's side began to look comfortable.

A low cross from Wilson Palacios caused problems behind the Bolton defence and despite beating Defoe to the ball, Jaaskelainen deflected the ball into his own net via his right heel.

Bolton almost responded immediately, though it wasn't to be. Fabrice Muamba looked set to open his Wanderers account but instead opted to pass the ball to Klasnic who forced a corner after a good low save from Gomes.

After the interval, Bolton found their own net for the second time. Bale's low cross from the left looked harmless enough but O'Brien slid in and in his attempts to put the ball out for a corner, only succeeded in putting the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Then, Jaaskelainen was almost humiliated again as he spilled a Pavlyuchenko shot, only to recover and collect the loose ball at the second attempt.

Substitute, and former Wanderer, Eidur Gudjohnsen then had a goal chalked off for offside before Bolton substitute Mustapha Riga squandered four chances to pull the visitors back into the game. The best of which, a close range header from a Stuart Holden free-kick.

Tottenham completed the scoring in the dying minutes when Danny Rose's cross picked out Pavlyuchenko. He evaded the challenge of Knight before slotting past Jaaskelainen to seal their passage into round six of the competition.

Bolton's attention must now return to the Premier League relegation battle. Next up for them is the visit of fellow strugglers Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.

Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Bassong, Bale, Bentley (Rose 70), Huddlestone, Palacios (Kranjcar 60), Modric, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe (Gudjohnsen 46)
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Dervite, Kane, M'Poku
Goals: Pavlyuchenko 23,87, Jaaskelainen 35(og), A O'Brien 47(og)

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, A O'Brien, Samuel, Holden, Cohen, Muamba, Gardner (Chung-Yong 79), Taylor (Riga 56), Klasnic (Elmander 56)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Robinson, K Davies, Shittu

Attendance: 31,436
Referee: Peter Walton

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