Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 05, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton suffered late heartbreak on their travels as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring from the penalty spot inside six minutes and had the chance to double the lead with another spot kick just a couple of minutes later after Aaron Lennon went down inside the box under a challenge from Sam Ricketts.

The Dutchman converted the second penalty, only for referee Mark Clattenburg to order a retake which, as a result, was fired wide.

Daniel Sturridge, on loan from Chelsea, equalised after the break after slotting the ball underneath the body of Heurelho Gomes, following a good run from Mark Davies.

From that point on, both sides looked likely to take a point, only for Kranjcar to strike deep into stoppage time to send Wanderers home empty-handed and consign them to their sixth successive away defeat.

The game started on a lively note and Spurs created the first chance with five minutes on the clock, resulting in their first spot kick of the afternoon.

After Peter Crouch's header was parried by Jussi Jaaskelainen, Vedran Corluka scrambled the ball goalwards, only for it to hit Kevin Davies on the hand. Referee, Clattenburg, awarded a penalty and van der Vaart placed it into the top corner to open the scoring.

Then, less than 60 seconds later, Lennon cut inside from the left flank and went down under a challenge from Ricketts. Clattenburg once again pointed to the spot, despite television replays showing Ricketts got a toe on the ball.

van der Vaart stepped up and placed his spot kick in the exact same place as the first, only for Clattenburg to pull play back and order a retake after Wilson Palacios had encroached into the area.

The Dutchman stepped up for a third time, but this time directed his effort well wide of Jaaskelainen's right hand post and the score remained at 1-0, much to the displeasure of the home support and Spurs' manager Harry Redknapp.

Wanderers took time to settle and they registered their first major attempt on goal on 21 minutes when Daniel Sturridge turned Michael Dawson, only for his shot to be deflected behind for a corner.

Matt Taylor's delivery from the resulting corner found Johan Elmander and his header cannoned back off the crossbar with Heurelho Gomes beaten.

Moments later, Sturridge once again broke past Dawson in the Spurs box, but this time his effort struck the side netting.

Jermain Defoe thought he had doubled the host's lead on 29 minutes when he headed past Jaaskelainen from close range, but he was correctly flagged offside and the goal was ruled out.

Then, in stoppage time at the end of the first half, Clattenburg awarded Spurs their third penalty of the game after Mark Davies had handled inside the area.

However, the decision was reversed and Wanderers were awarded a free-kick after protests from Owen Coyle's team alerted the official to an offside flag raised by his assistant.

Clattenburg came under fire from both sets of supporters at the break, with Redknapp's side taking their 1-0 advantage into the interval.

Despite being on the back foot for most of the opening 45 minutes, Wanderers found themselves level ten minutes after the restart as a result of a huge blunder from Gomes.

After picking up possession in his own half, Mark Davies broke at the Spurs backline before playing the ball wide to Sturridge. The on-loan Chelsea hitman took his shot first time from the edge of the area and the ball squirmed under the body of the goalkeeper, levelling the scores.

The Trotters maintained the pressure on their opponents and should have been awarded a penalty two minutes later when Gary Cahill went down inside the area under a challenge from substitute Steven Pienaar.

However, despite his controversial penalty decisions in the first half, the referee deemed the Wanderers defender to have dived and subsequently booked Cahill. Television replays proved the call to be incorrect and Spurs had got off the hook.

At the other end, Jermaine Jenas hit the post from a free-kick just three minutes later, before Jaaskelainen was alert to prevent Pienaar from point blank range just moments later.

Jenas was at the centre of controversy on 69 minutes when he flattened Bolton substitute Lee Chung-Yong, just moments after he had come on to the field. Jenas was shown a yellow card, when it could quite easily have been red.

Upon hearing news of Arsenal's demise at Newcastle United, the morale amongst the home support was boosted as the game entered stoppage time and it seemed to have an effect on the pitch as their team won it in the final minute.

After Cahill had failed to play the ball back to his goalkeeper, his clearance fell to Roman Pavlyuchenko. The Russian picked out the run of Kranjcar and after cutting inside Zat Knight on the edge of the box, he sent a left footed strike into the top corner, which Jaaskelainen failed to keep out, despite getting strong hands to the ball.

The late defeat leaves Coyle's side in eight position in the Premier League, ahead of next Sunday's visit of Everton to the Reebok Stadium.

Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes, Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios (Kranjcar 78), Jenas, van der Vaart (Pienaar 46), Crouch (Pavlyuchenko 73), Defoe
Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Hutton, Bassong, Sandro
Booked: Jenas
Goals: van der Vaart 6(pen), Kranjcar 90

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Elmander (Chung-Yong 68), M Davies, Holden (Muamba 87), Taylor (Petrov 77), K Davies, Sturridge
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Klasnic, Rodrigo, Wheater
Booked: Ricketts, Cahill, M Davies
Goals: Sturridge 55

Attendance: 36,197
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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