Slick Spurs too hot for Trotters

Date published: Wednesday 2nd May 2012 10:09

In the week their manager Harry Redknapp learned he would not succeed Fabio Capello as England manager, Spurs played more like the side they were before the speculation he would become national boss began.

Bolton’s Nigel Reo-Coker cancelled out a stunning strike from Luka Modric at the Reebok Stadium but three goals in nine minutes from Spurs, one from Rafael van der Vaart and Adebayor’s double, ended the contest.

The victory took them within a point of third-placed Arsenal but left Bolton in deep relegation trouble.

It was an emotional night for the hosts with Fabrice Muamba returning to the ground for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup tie between the same two teams in March.

The Trotters midfielder accepted a standing ovation from all sides of the ground as he was introduced on the pitch before kick-off but attention then shifted to Bolton’s battle against the drop.

The hosts’ failure to make the most of a dominant spell after Reo-Coker’s equaliser proved costly as they slipped to a defeat that leaves them in the bottom three.

They showed determination and composure early on in what was their game in hand but it was Spurs who had the first serious opportunities when Adam Bogdan was forced into a double save.

Bogdan, outstanding in the rearranged cup game against Spurs, parried a long-range drive from Gareth Bale and then reacted quickly to deny Van der Vaart.

Bale made a cutting charge into the area and pulled the ball back from the byline but there was no-one on hand to turn in.

Bolton pieced together a nice move to release Dedryck Boyata in the box but the right-back could only pick out Brad Friedel while David Ngog was unmarked in front of goal.

Bolton made another swift counter-attack as Martin Petrov broke clear down the left and whipped in a low cross which just evaded Kevin Davies.

Chris Eagles picked up possession and found Ngog but the Frenchman’s shot was smothered by Friedel.

Spurs took the lead with Modric’s spectacular strike after 37 minutes.

The visitors won a corner after Bogdan saved from Van der Vaart and the ball was put behind despite suspicion of handball from Sandro.

Bolton fans were incensed but Van der Vaart was allowed to chip to Modric outside the area and the Croatian chested down before blasting a swerving shot into the top corner.

Bolton should have been level before the break.

Eagles first shot wide with a long-range effort before Boyata put a golden opportunity over the bar from a stoppage-time corner.

Bolton had a scare early in the second half as David Wheater gifted possession to Van der Vaart but Tim Ream snuffed out the counter-attack.

The Trotters pulled themselves back level with a well-worked equaliser in the 51st minute.

Kevin Davies headed on Boyata’s throw-in to Ngog and his backheel rolled perfectly for Reo-Coker, who fired a low shot past Friedel.

The goal lifted the crowd and Bolton upped the tempo.

Petrov found himself in a good position but scuffed a shot wide and three corners in quick succession caused some anxiety in the Spurs box.

Eagles was the next to take aim after another throw was hurled into the area but his effort went narrowly over.

Bolton paid for their failure to make the most of that spell as Spurs launched two quick counter-raids to score twice in as many minutes.

Bale first stretched the defence and Van der Vaart finished brilliantly as the Welshman slid an inviting ball into his path.

Barely seconds later, Lennon got behind the defence as he raced on to a long ball from Modric and squared for Adebayor to tap home.

Bolton briefly rallied but the game was put beyond their reach as Bale sent Adebayor clear and the on-loan Manchester City striker casually rounded Bogdan to score.

Tensions were evident as Bolton substitute Josh Vela crudely brought down Aaron Lennon, sparking a row on the touchlines between Spurs assistant boss Joe Jordan and Bolton manager Owen Coyle.

Redknapp appeared to step in as peacemaker and Vela was booked.

Bolton endured more frustration as Petrov crossed and both Kevin Davies and Eagles failed to trouble Friedel.

Adebayor tried his luck from distance in search of a hat-trick but chipped over.

Spurs played out time to record their first win at the Reebok Stadium and the travelling fans chanted their support of Redknapp.

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Slick Spurs too hot for Trotters

Date published: Wednesday 2nd May 2012 10:09

In the week their manager Harry Redknapp learned he would not succeed Fabio Capello as England manager, Spurs played more like the side they were before the speculation he would become national boss began.

Bolton’s Nigel Reo-Coker cancelled out a stunning strike from Luka Modric at the Reebok Stadium but three goals in nine minutes from Spurs, one from Rafael van der Vaart and Adebayor’s double, ended the contest.

The victory took them within a point of third-placed Arsenal but left Bolton in deep relegation trouble.

It was an emotional night for the hosts with Fabrice Muamba returning to the ground for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup tie between the same two teams in March.

The Trotters midfielder accepted a standing ovation from all sides of the ground as he was introduced on the pitch before kick-off but attention then shifted to Bolton’s battle against the drop.

The hosts’ failure to make the most of a dominant spell after Reo-Coker’s equaliser proved costly as they slipped to a defeat that leaves them in the bottom three.

They showed determination and composure early on in what was their game in hand but it was Spurs who had the first serious opportunities when Adam Bogdan was forced into a double save.

Bogdan, outstanding in the rearranged cup game against Spurs, parried a long-range drive from Gareth Bale and then reacted quickly to deny Van der Vaart.

Bale made a cutting charge into the area and pulled the ball back from the byline but there was no-one on hand to turn in.

Bolton pieced together a nice move to release Dedryck Boyata in the box but the right-back could only pick out Brad Friedel while David Ngog was unmarked in front of goal.

Bolton made another swift counter-attack as Martin Petrov broke clear down the left and whipped in a low cross which just evaded Kevin Davies.

Chris Eagles picked up possession and found Ngog but the Frenchman’s shot was smothered by Friedel.

Spurs took the lead with Modric’s spectacular strike after 37 minutes.

The visitors won a corner after Bogdan saved from Van der Vaart and the ball was put behind despite suspicion of handball from Sandro.

Bolton fans were incensed but Van der Vaart was allowed to chip to Modric outside the area and the Croatian chested down before blasting a swerving shot into the top corner.

Bolton should have been level before the break.

Eagles first shot wide with a long-range effort before Boyata put a golden opportunity over the bar from a stoppage-time corner.

Bolton had a scare early in the second half as David Wheater gifted possession to Van der Vaart but Tim Ream snuffed out the counter-attack.

The Trotters pulled themselves back level with a well-worked equaliser in the 51st minute.

Kevin Davies headed on Boyata’s throw-in to Ngog and his backheel rolled perfectly for Reo-Coker, who fired a low shot past Friedel.

The goal lifted the crowd and Bolton upped the tempo.

Petrov found himself in a good position but scuffed a shot wide and three corners in quick succession caused some anxiety in the Spurs box.

Eagles was the next to take aim after another throw was hurled into the area but his effort went narrowly over.

Bolton paid for their failure to make the most of that spell as Spurs launched two quick counter-raids to score twice in as many minutes.

Bale first stretched the defence and Van der Vaart finished brilliantly as the Welshman slid an inviting ball into his path.

Barely seconds later, Lennon got behind the defence as he raced on to a long ball from Modric and squared for Adebayor to tap home.

Bolton briefly rallied but the game was put beyond their reach as Bale sent Adebayor clear and the on-loan Manchester City striker casually rounded Bogdan to score.

Tensions were evident as Bolton substitute Josh Vela crudely brought down Aaron Lennon, sparking a row on the touchlines between Spurs assistant boss Joe Jordan and Bolton manager Owen Coyle.

Redknapp appeared to step in as peacemaker and Vela was booked.

Bolton endured more frustration as Petrov crossed and both Kevin Davies and Eagles failed to trouble Friedel.

Adebayor tried his luck from distance in search of a hat-trick but chipped over.

Spurs played out time to record their first win at the Reebok Stadium and the travelling fans chanted their support of Redknapp.

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Slick Spurs too hot for Trotters

Date published: Saturday 3rd December 2011 5:21

Gareth Bale tapped home a Luka Modric corner to open the scoring after six minutes and then removed his boot in front of the Bolton fans as a tribute to former Wales manager and Trotters player Gary Speed.

Gary Cahill was given a very harsh red card for a foul on Scott Parker in the 17th minute and Spurs dominated from then on, adding second-half goals from Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon to seal the comfortable win which stretched their unbeaten run to 11 matches.

The result further enhanced Tottenham’s chances of claiming a top-four place and kept them within seven points of leaders Manchester City, who have played one more game.

Bolton had Jussi Jaaskelainen to thank for preventing the home side from running riot, and the likes of Bale, Modric and Parker excelled.

On paper, the match seemed a home banker, with Tottenham having dropped just two points in their previous 10 matches.

Bolton, on the other hand, had won only one match in their last five and were languishing deep inside the relegation zone.

After a minute’s applause for former Trotters player Speed, Spurs showed their class from the start and took just six minutes to score.

Zat Knight’s sliding block on Aaron Lennon deflected the winger’s shot behind and Bale sneaked ahead of his marker to tap home at the near post from the resulting corner.

The winger took his left boot, which had a tribute to his former national manager stitched into it, aloft in front of the away fans.

Bolton’s afternoon went from bad to worse in the 18th minute when Cahill was sent off for a foul on Parker.

Parker dispossessed Cahill on the halfway line and ran 20 yards down the left flank before the defender clattered into him from behind.

Referee Stuart Attwell ruled that Parker was in a goalscoring position, and gave the centre-half a straight red despite Bolton having plenty of cover in the box.

Owen Coyle was furious at the decision, and his side looked even more vulnerable with 10 men.

Jaaskelainen pulled off a brilliant save to deny Defoe from eight yards before a rare Bolton attack saw Brad Friedel tip over Chris Eagles’ deflected effort.

Spurs were dominating the game and would have gone further ahead, but they were wasteful in front of goal, and Jaaskelainen was playing brilliantly.

The stopper blocked Emmanuel Adebayor’s drive before Bale blazed over.

Jaaskelainen then pulled off a brilliant double save to deny Bale and Defoe in quick succession before Adebayor fired wide after getting on the end of a 50-yard inch-perfect pass from the Welshman.

Harry Redknapp threw his hands in the air in frustration five minutes before half-time when Lennon squared to Adebayor, but Jaaskelainen once again pulled off a good save to keep the score 1-0.

Bale flashed a ball across the box in injury time, but Defoe missed the tap-in by a matter of centimetres.

Trotters boss Coyle made his anger at Cahill’s dismissal clear when he marched across the pitch to remonstrate with the referee after he had blown the whistle for half-time.

Modric would have made it 2-0 three minutes after the break had Defoe not got in the way of the Croatian’s goalbound shot when Jaaskelainen was stranded.

Spurs hit Bolton on the counter-attack in the 50th minute to make it 2-0. Lennon cut in from the right flank and jinked past two defenders before firing past Jaaskelainen.

Tottenham should have had a penalty five minutes later when Kevin Davies pushed over Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the Bolton box, but Attwell waved play on.

Moments later it was 3-0 thanks to Defoe’s eighth of the season. Bale flicked on Modric’s corner at the near post and the England striker beat his marker to score from four yards.

Modric then went close with a blistering 20-yard shot which Jaaskelainen tipped over.

The Finn was on hand soon after to save from Parker and Bale as Spurs continued to lay siege to the away goal in search of a fourth.

Modric curled a shot just wide before Coyle grimaced at the sight of Rafael van der Vaart coming on for Lennon with 17 minutes left.

The Dutchman made an instant impact, playing in Defoe, whose shot smacked against the post before bouncing out to safety.

Parker, on Friday named Premier League Player of the Month, received a huge standing ovation when he came off for Jake Livermore with five minutes left as Spurs took their foot off the accelerator knowing the game was already well won.

Modric blocked Zat Knight’s effort with 10 minutes left, but Bolton’s push for a consolation petered out without success.

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