Wednesday May 2, 2012 Day 34 Finished Reebok Stadium

Bolton Wanderers 1 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Reo-Coker 51’
  • Modric 37’
  • van der Vaart 60’
  • Adebayor 62’, 69’

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  1. Spurs hit four past Bolton

    Spurs hit four past Bolton

    Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as Tottenham won 4-1 at struggling Bolton to stay on track for a top-four Premier League finish. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • 90' FULL TIME. Tottenham win 4-1 to boost their chances of a top-four finish, while Bolton continue to struggle at the other end.
    • 87' Tottenham sub: Nelsen ON, Gallas OFF.
    • 85' Bale goes for goal from 20 yards but his effort is blocked.
    • 83' Bale drives down the left and finds Adebayor, who goes for goal but skies his effort. He had Saha and Modric in support there. Should have been 5 and a hat-trick for Adebayor.
    • 81' Tottenham sub: Saha ON, Lennon OFF.
    • 79' Bolton sub: Ryo ON, Eagles OFF.
    • 77' The atmosphere is all rather dead and resignatory at the Reebok. The home team really thought they had Spurs where they wanted them at 1-1.
    • 75' Van der Vaart threads the ball through to Adebayor, who is now on a hat-trick, but Ream gets back to see off the danger.
    • 73' Spurs are toying with Bolton now. The Trotters look demoralised.
    • 71' Petrov bursts forward down the left wing and goes for goal from the angle. The ball is palmed out to Kevin Davies, but he can't keep his shot on target on the turn.
    • 69' Vela is booked for a reckless lunge on Lennon.
    • 68' Spurs cruising now.
    • 67' GOAL! Adebayor scores for Spurs! Bolton are caught out as Bale picks out the striker, who rounds Bogdan and strokes into the empty net. 4-1.
    • 65' Bolton sub: Vela ON, Reo-Coker OFF.
    • 64' Bolton sub: Klasnic ON, N'gog OFF.
    • 63' And, in the blink of an eye, Spurs lead 3-1.
    • 61' GOAL! Adebayor makes it 3-1! Modric picks out Lennon with an absolutely sublime through ball. Lennon rolls the ball across the face of goal and Adebayor taps in.
    • 60' GOAL! Van der Vaart scores for Spurs! Spurs hit Bolton on the counter-attack with a fantastic goal. Bale tears down the left wing and cuts it back to van der Vaart, who strokes it into the bottom corner with first-time finish.
    • 59' A ball is played into the box from the right for Bolton and is only half cleared to Eagles - whose dipping volley drops just over the bar. Great effort..
    • 58' Bolton win three corners in succession - but this time Kevin Davies heads just over.
    • 57' A hopeful ball forward almost finds N'gog, who outmuscles Gallas but can't bring the ball under control. But he wins a corner.
    • 56' The corner misses everyone but it reaches Wheater on the far side. His cross finds Petrov, but the Bulgarian miscues his volley. Let off for Spurs.
    • 55' Modric concedes a corner as Bolton look to put their noses in front.
    • 54' Bolton bossing things now and Spurs are camped inside their own half.
    • 53' Kyle Walker is booked for a foul on Petrov.
    • 52' Lots of finger-pointing among the Spurs players - and I think it's mainly aimed at Modric, who failed to pick up Reo-Coker.
    • 51' GOAL! Reo-Coker scores for Bolton! That was out of nothing. Boyata's throw-in is flicked on by Kevin Davies to N'gog, whose back heel finds Reo-Coker - and he fires a low effort beyond Friedel.
    • 49' Rose fouls Eagles and still nothing is given. That looked like a foul to me.
    • 47' Petrov finds Kevin Davies on the edge of the box but the striker takes a tumble under a challenge from Sandro - but the ref is right there and tells Davies to get to his feet.
    • 46' SECOND HALF. Bolton get the second half started.
    • - Will Spurs hold on? Or do Bolton have more in the tank? Who will get fourth place? Who will get relegated? Let me know on Twitter
    • 45' HALF TIME. It's Bolton 0-1 Tottenham at the break.
    • 45' Kevin Davies nods down a free-kick into the path of Boyata - but the defender snatches at his shot and the ball flies over the bar. Huge chance for Bolton right at the end of the first half.
    • 45' Gallas's headed clearance drops straight to Eagles, whose superb left-footed volley drops just wide of the far post. Friedel was scrambling there.
    • 44' Replays suggest Gallas had a handful of N'gog's shirt - maybe that would have swayed Mike Dean into awarding a penalty.
    • 43' N'gog goes down in the box under pressure from Gallas but nothing is given and Spurs break through Bale - but Boyata gets back and wins the ball off the Welshman.
    • 41' But this time Sandro can't direct his header on target from van der Vaart's ball in.
    • 40' Bolton clear, but Bale forces another corner. Spurs keeping up the pressure here.
    • 39' Lennon keeps up the pressure and wins another corner for Spurs.
    • 38' Bolton are complaining about the award of the corner. They are claiming that when van der Vaart's shot came back out to Sandro, it struck the arm of the Brazilian before Bolton conceded the corner. And they have a case.
    • 37' GOAL! Modric scores for Spurs! Van der Vaart pulls his corner back to the Croatian, who takes a touch an rifles a sensational volley into the top corner. Absolutely stunning goal.
    • 35' Chance for Bolton as Kevin Davies is played in, but he can't quite make contact. Moments later N'gog's effort is blocked by Friedel.
    • 34' N'gog loses the ball and Modric drives forward and finds Adebayor - but he overruns the ball and the chance is gone for Spurs.
    • 33' N'gog drives forward down the right, but his low cross is straight into Friedel's arms.
    • 32' Replays show there was very little in that challenge on Sandro, but van der Vaart can only find Bogdan with his ball into the box anyway.
    • 31' Mark Davies is up to no good again. This time guilty of a trip on Sandro - and Spurs will whip this one in.
    • 30' Van der Vaart goes very close with the free-kick! He bends it around the wall but he can't quite bend it inside the post. Very good effort though.
    • 28' Mark Davies clatters into Modric, and Spurs have a free-kick 25 yards out. Maybe Walker fancies this...
    • 26' Gallas sells Friedel a little short with a back pass and Kevin Davies almost nips in.
    • 25' Modric feeds the ball to Adebayor but Wheater slides in with a well-timed interception.
    • 24' Spurs have dominated much of the contest so far though. Bale, van der Vaart and Lennon have been particularly bright.
    • 23' Superb run by Bale. He shrugs off Boyata, skins Wheater and then flashes a wonderful ball across the face of the Bolton goal. He'll be disappointed there was no one there to tap in for Spurs.
    • 21' Mark Davies gets into a great position 25 yards out but he is ambushed by five Spurs shirts and the chance goes.
    • 19' Bale hooks a ball into the path of Rose, but it's just a little high for the full-back and the chance has gone. But Spurs keeping Bolton quiet at the moment.
    • 17' Lennon cuts infield, exchanges a one-two with Adebayor, and sees his left-footed shot deflected over the bar.
    • 16' But Friedel comes out and claims the ball cleanly.
    • 15' At the other end Sandro needlessly trips Eagles and Bolton have another free-kick in a dangerous area on the right.
    • 14' Bale is the architect of another great Spurs move. This time he finds van der Vaart, who slips it through to Adebayor but the ball just runs away from him and into Bogdan's arms.
    • 13' Big chance for Spurs, that.
    • 12' Bale tests Bogdan from distance and the keeper spills it to Van der Vaart, but the Dutchman is denied from close-range - and he should really have done better.
    • 10' Lennon cuts inside Ricketts but plays a poor ball into the box. That was wasteful from Lennon.
    • 9' Bolton definitely on top at the moment, Spurs just struggling to find their feet.
    • 8' Rose is almost dispossessed on the edge of his own box but recovers just in time to poke the ball away from Eagles.
    • 6' Eagles spanks it from distance but it strikes the one-man wall.
    • 5' Gallas is penalised for a push in the back N'gog and Bolton have a free-kick 25 yards out now.
    • 4' Bolton are beginning to settle now as Mark Davies finds Petrov on the left - but his cross is cut out easily by Kaboul.
    • 3' Van der Vaart's ball in flashes across the face of goal.
    • 2' Spurs win a corner early on after Lennon's run was spotted by Walker.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Spurs, in all black tonight, get us underway.
    • 19.58 The players are on the pitch now, and we are just a couple of minutes away from kick-off.
    • 19.55 An emotional Muamba has just received a wonderful reception at the Reebok. "Fabrice Muamba" was being chanted from the stands, which included his girlfriend and Bolton chairman Phil Gartside. A great moment.
    • 19.45 Fabrice Muamba, struck down with a cardiac arrest in March in a match against Spurs, is at the Reebok stadium tonight. He has received a magnificent reception and describes the level of support he received as "truly overwhelming".
    • 19.40 Bolton need to win tonight to edge closer to Premier League survival, but the stats don't stack up well for the Trotters: Bolton have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League games against Tottenham.
    • 19.35 Harry Redknapp: "You just can't predict results, you never know. You just have to keep going, that's all we can do. Bolton away is always tough. We've been there enough times over the years and it's always a difficult place to go."
    • 19.30 Owen Coyle: "I think Spurs are a different proposition away from home than at home. I've had two encounters with Spurs at the Reebok - a fifth-round FA Cup tie which we drew and should have won, and then when we beat them last season in the Premier League. So we go into this believing we can take points from the game."
    • 19.25 What do you think of the line-ups? Let me know on Twitter
    • 19.20 BOLTON: Bogdan, Boyata, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, K Davies, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Klasnic, Sordell, Ryo, Vela /// TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Rose, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, King, Nelsen, Livermore, Giovani, Defoe, Saha.
    • 19.15 Tottenham continue to battle injury problems as they prepare for their trip to the Reebok. Aaron Lennon is a doubt after taking a knock late in the 2-0 win over Blackburn while Scott Parker and Louis Saha are struggling for full fitness. Niko Kranjcar (knee), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Michael Dawson (ankle), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (shoulder) all remain on the sidelines and Ledley King has familiar knee concerns.
    • 19.10 Fellow midfield man Darren Pratley has still not recovered from the virus which has sidelined him for three matches, while Wanderers are still awaiting FIFA clearance to play winger Gregg Wylde following his move from Rangers.
    • 19.05 Bolton boss Owen Coyle will check on the condition of a number of his players ahead of kick-off. Defender Gretar Steinsson remains a doubt after being ruled out of the 2-2 draw at Sunderland on Saturday due to illness, and Coyle says there were "one or two knocks" picked up in that game, including an injury that forced midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker to come off.
    • 19.00 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of tonight's Premier League clash between Bolton and Tottenham at the Reebok Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 83' Bale drives down the left and finds Adebayor, who goes for goal but skies his effort. He had Saha and Modric in support there. Should have been 5 and a hat-trick for Adebayor.
    • 67' GOAL! Adebayor scores for Spurs! Bolton are caught out as Bale picks out the striker, who rounds Bogdan and strokes into the empty net. 4-1.
    • 61' GOAL! Adebayor makes it 3-1! Modric picks out Lennon with an absolutely sublime through ball. Lennon rolls the ball across the face of goal and Adebayor taps in.
    • 60' GOAL! Van der Vaart scores for Spurs! Spurs hit Bolton on the counter-attack with a fantastic goal. Bale tears down the left wing and cuts it back to van der Vaart, who strokes it into the bottom corner with first-time finish.
    • 59' A ball is played into the box from the right for Bolton and is only half cleared to Eagles - whose dipping volley drops just over the bar. Great effort..
    • 51' GOAL! Reo-Coker scores for Bolton! That was out of nothing. Boyata's throw-in is flicked on by Kevin Davies to N'gog, whose back heel finds Reo-Coker - and he fires a low effort beyond Friedel.
    • 45' Kevin Davies nods down a free-kick into the path of Boyata - but the defender snatches at his shot and the ball flies over the bar. Huge chance for Bolton right at the end of the first half.
    • 37' GOAL! Modric scores for Spurs! Van der Vaart pulls his corner back to the Croatian, who takes a touch an rifles a sensational volley into the top corner. Absolutely stunning goal.
    • 35' Chance for Bolton as Kevin Davies is played in, but he can't quite make contact. Moments later N'gog's effort is blocked by Friedel.
    • 30' Van der Vaart goes very close with the free-kick! He bends it around the wall but he can't quite bend it inside the post. Very good effort though.
    • 23' Superb run by Bale. He shrugs off Boyata, skins Wheater and then flashes a wonderful ball across the face of the Bolton goal. He'll be disappointed there was no one there to tap in for Spurs.
    • 17' Lennon cuts infield, exchanges a one-two with Adebayor, and sees his left-footed shot deflected over the bar.
    • 12' Bale tests Bogdan from distance and the keeper spills it to Van der Vaart, but the Dutchman is denied from close-range - and he should really have done better.
    • 19.20 BOLTON: Bogdan, Boyata, Wheater, Ream, Ricketts, Eagles, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Petrov, K Davies, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Klasnic, Sordell, Ryo, Vela /// TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Rose, Lennon, Sandro, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Cudicini, King, Nelsen, Livermore, Giovani, Defoe, Saha.

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