Bolton Wanderers 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • November 06, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton moved up to fifth place in the Premier League after a 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Reebok Stadium.

Kevin Davies gave Wanderers the lead just after the half hour following a mistake in the Spurs defence, an advantage which the home side took into the break.

Gretar Steinsson doubled the lead on 56 minutes and Davies made it three 14 minutes from time, converting from the penalty spot after Lee Chung-Yong had been fouled inside the area.

Alan Hutton pulled one back for Harry Redknapp's side just three minutes later and when Roman Pavlyuchenko volleyed beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen on 87 minutes, a tense finale looked to be on the cards.

However, Wanderers counter attacked in stoppage time and after running on to a flick from Davies, Martin Petrov ran through on goal and stroked the ball beyond Heurelho Gomes to complete the scoring.

Owen Coyle named an unchanged side from the defeat to Liverpool last weekend and they should have been one up inside the first minute as Matt Taylor fired high over the crossbar following a mix-up in the Spurs defence.

The hosts maintained the pressure and when Stuart Holden tackled Luka Modric deep inside his own half, Johan Elmander dragged a tame effort well wide of the target.

Gomes had to be alert to prevent an Elmander cross from reaching Davies midway through the first half, before Taylor saw a shot from distance fly straight down the throat of the goalkeeper.

The Brazilian was on hand to prevent a Steinsson cross from landing in the back of his net on the half hour, but Wanderers did take the lead just a minute later.

After capitalising on a poor ball from Sandro, Taylor picked out Davies, who appeared to be standing in an offside position, and the Wanderers skipper took the shot early, beating Gomes and giving the hosts a deserved advantage.

That setback sparked Spurs into life and Modric scuffed a shot wide, before a low cross from Gareth Bale caused havoc in the Bolton defence, with Peter Crouch inches away from getting the equaliser.

William Gallas also came close with an effort, with Jussi Jaaskelainen crambling across his goal to parry away an awkward bouncing strike.

With Wanderers in the ascendency, Spurs reacted by bringing Pavlyuchenko on for Wilson Palacios at the break, but it was the hosts who were quickest out of the blocks at the start of the second period as Taylor flicked the ball into the hands of Gomes after a Steinsson throw-in.

At the other end, Paul Robinson was booked for a late challenge on Sandro and Bale struck the outside of the post from the resulting free-kick as Spurs looked for a way back into the game.

Back on the Bolton attack, Gomes came flying out to prevent Elmander from doubling the lead, before Gary Cahill turned and volleyed narrowly wide of the far post on 55 minutes.

Just a minute later, though, Bolton did double their lead. After being played in by Taylor, Elmander pulled the ball back for Steinsson and he fired low and hard into the bottom corner to give Wanderers a bit of breathing space.

Sandro wasted a great chance to pull one back for the visitors on the hour when he failed to connect with a close-range header. He was replaced just seconds later, with Tom Huddlestone coming on to replace the Brazilian.

On 63 minutes, Fabrice Muamba's tackle on Pavlyuchenko led to him sending Elmander in the clear, but the Sweden international was denied a shot on goal as a double tackle from Gallas and Younes Kaboul got the visitors out of trouble.

Redknapp's side were looking comfortable in possession, but vulnerable on the break as Bolton came close on three occasions in as many minutes.

First, Elmander struck the side netting from a tight angle and after Taylor struck the post with a controlled volley from the edge of the box, Muamba also hit the side netting as he looked for just his second ever goal in Bolton colours.

However, in the 76th minute, the hosts did make it three. After Chung-Yong was bundled over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto inside the box, Davies stepped up to put the ball in the corner, making it six goals in four games against Spurs at the Reebok for England's newest international.

Just a couple of minutes later, the lead was cut back to two as Hutton cut inside Robinson and curled a glorious strike into the top corner of Jaaskelainen's goal.

The deficit was then down to one on 87 minutes as Bolton failed to clear a Bale free-kick and Pavlyuchenko struck a world class volley across goal and into the top corner.

Spurs almost completed the unlikeliest of comebacks in stoppage time, but when Gallas' shot was blocked by Holden, he played it long for Davies and he knocked the ball down for Petrov who kept his composure to slot past Gomes and complete an amazing second half of football.

The Bulgarian had earlier hit the side netting with a volley but he had made his impact as Bolton moved up to fifth place in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday's afternoon games.

Wanderers return to action on Wednesday night when they face Everton at Goodison Park, before making the trip to Molineux where they will face Wolverhampton Wanderers next weekend.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Cahill, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba, Holden, Taylor (Petrov 82), K Davies (Blake 90), Elmander (M Davies 90)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Ricketts, Klasnic, Rodrigo
Booked: Robinson
Goals: K Davies 31,76(pen), Steinsson 56, Petrov 90

Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes, Hutton, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Palacios (Pavlyuchenko 46), Sandro (Huddlestone 62), Kranjcar (Bentley 78), Bale, Modric, Crouch
Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Jenas, Bassong, Corluka
Goals: Hutton 79, Pavlyuchenko 87

Referee: Chris Foy
Attendance: 20,255

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