Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • May 01, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's final away game of the season ended in defeat as Tottenham Hotspur kept up their push for fourth place with a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.

Spurs had the better of the game as a whole, but the only difference between the two sides was a wonderstrike from Tom Huddlestone just before the break.

Wanderers manager Owen Coyle opted to field the same side that drew with Portsmouth last weekend and they struggled to get into the game in the early exchanges.

Luka Modric had the first chance of the game when he dragged a shot wide on 5 minutes and Roman Pavlyuchenko was also guilty of missing the goal moments later after he was set up by the impressive Younes Kaboul.

A roar then went around the Lane as news of Aston Villa taking the lead at Manchester City filtered through.

That seemed to push the Spurs players into another gear and they came close to breaking the deadlock when Gareth Bale's shot brought a fine save out of Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Then, seven minutes before the break, that deadlock was broken. From a short corner, Benoit Assou-Ekotto squared the ball to Huddlestone whose first time shot from distance found the top corner.

Kevin Davies tried his luck from 25-yards just before the break but Spurs took their lead into half-time.

After the restart, Matt Taylor pushed forward and would have been through on goal had it not been for the interception of Michael Dawson.

Bouyed by his first goal, Huddlestone tried his luck again on the hour, but this time the ball flew wide of goal with Jaaskelainen confident of its destination.

After seeing his side overpowered, Owen Coyle reacted by making a double substitution as Lee Chung-Yong and Johan Elmander came on to replace Vladimir Weiss and Ivan Klasnic.

It seemed to have a short-term effect on Bolton as Taylor brought Heurelho Gomes into a fine save, before Spurs reacted as Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe both saw shots go wide.

Jaaskelainen kept Bolton in contention when he denied Bale soon after and it almost proved to be a vital save as Taylor saw a goalbound effort cleared to safety by Kaboul, with Gomes beaten.

Pavlyuchenko was inches away from securing the points, moments before a Peter Crouch header was cleared off the line by Chung-Yong as Spurs pressed forward.

Taylor thought he had pulled Bolton level with just four minutes remaining, but Gomes pulled off a superb save to prevent an equaliser.

Crouch and former Wanderers striker Eidur Gudjohnsen both wasted chances at the death but Spurs held on for the win which puts Champions League football well within their sights.

Bolton remain 14th in the Premier League and finish the season at home to Birmingham City next Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes, Kaboul, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Bentley (Lennon 73), Huddlestone, Modric, Bale, Pavlyuchenko (Gudjohnsen 87), Defoe (Crouch 72)
Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Jenas, Palacios, Bassong
Goals: Huddlestone 38

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Weiss (Chung-Yong 61), Muamba (Gardner 78), Wilshere, Taylor, K Davies, Klasnic (Elmander 60)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, M Davies, Ricketts
Booked: Robinson, Taylor, Wilshere

Attendance: Chris Foy
Referee: 35,852

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