Saturday December 3, 2011 Day 14 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

  • Bale 7’
  • Lennon 50’
  • Defoe 60’

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  1. Tottenham cruise past Bolton

    Tottenham cruise past Bolton

    Tottenham assumed second place in the Premier League table after a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Bolton at White Hart Lane. More

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    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at White Hart Lane, and Tottenham beat 10-man Bolton 3-0 courtesy of goals from Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe to go second in the Premier League table with Manchester United playing Aston Villa later! It could have been many, many more. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' Davies makes a very fine tackle to deny Modric a run down the left, and Bolton are desperate for this match to end.
    • 90+1' Defoe drives a low shot on target which Jaaskelainen does very well to block away, and Adebayor cannot convert the rebound! Possibly the last chance.
    • 89' Steinsson goes down clutching his chest after Assou-Ekotto goes in studs up, and that is very dangerous but it goes unpunished!
    • 88' Walker slices a clearance out of play, but it's all Spurs as the hosts regain possession.
    • 87' Prior to that little foray from Bolton, Spurs had 100% of the possession for the five minutes before that!
    • 86' Davies is dispossessed once more, before Eagles wins the ball back but finds Ngog offside. Sloppy.
    • 85' Jake Livermore comes on to replace Parker, who jogs off to a standing ovation from the home fans.
    • 83' Parker stays down temporarily before limping off to the touchline, but he comes back on rather gingerly moments later.
    • 82' Parker races through the Bolton half before being hauled down by Reo-Coker, but the referee does not spot it.
    • 81' STAT: 31% of the goals Tottenham have conceded have come from headers, the highest percentage in the top flight.
    • 79' Eagles makes a sprightly run down the right, but Reo-Coker is unable to fire his shot on target.
    • 77' DEFOE HITS THE POST! The Spurs forward is sent through on goal by Modric, and drives a low shot against the near post with Jaaskelainen beaten!
    • 76' Pratley does well to beat Parker to a 50-50, and Bolton are battling hard despite their plight.
    • 75' Kaboul does well to head behind after challenging with Ngog, and the defender gets a big pat on the back from Gallas.
    • 74' Bolton keep possession in the centre of the field, before Eagles goes down after being brought down by Parker. No yellow card? Hmmm...
    • 73' Rafael van der Vaart comes on for Spurs now as Lennon is given a rest, and the fans love that!
    • 72' David Ngog comes on for Bolton, and he is just the man to turn this around! Well, maybe not. Klasnic makes way.
    • 71' Bale has another shot blocked from the edge of the box, and it's all Tottenham.
    • 70' The home fans are understandably jubilant now as Spurs keep possession in the Bolton half.
    • 69' The Bolton keeper is again to the rescue of his side as Bale blasts a fierce shot from range, only to be denied!
    • 67' Jaaskelainen makes another very fine save to deny Adebayor, and the Finn is in inspired form!
    • 66' Spurs are absolutely thriving at the moment as the hosts continue to pile on the pressure.
    • 65' It's wave after wave of pressure from the hosts right now, and Bolton simply do not know what to do.
    • 64' Klasnic was again at fault for the third goal, and he has twice switched off and failed to mark his man.
    • 63' Darren Pratley replaces Kevin Davies, and Coyle does not know what to do at the moment.
    • 61' This could well be a rout now as Bolton look completely beleaguered and Coyle looks despondent.
    • 60' GOAL!!!!!! DEFOE MAKES IT THREE! Bale provides the assist as he heads the ball to Defoe from a corner, and the forward coolly slots the ball away!
    • 59' Tony Gale: "I'm NOT one to slam referees, but this Stuart Attwell is having an absolute shocker of a match - he's got no consistency!"
    • 57' The hosts are still in disbelief about Attwell's inability to award a penalty there - very strange call.
    • 56' Penalty? No! Assou-Ekotto is clumsily tripped by Kevin Davies as he cuts into the Bolton box from the left, and that's a definite penalty, but Stuart Attwell shakes his head!
    • 54' Lennon continues to cause mayhem in the Bolton half as he hurtles down the right at pace but his cross is too deep.
    • 53' STAT: Bolton have lost 15 and won just two of their last 18 Premier League away games.
    • 52' Bolton are really struggling, and Coyle already has his head in his hands in the visitors' dugout!
    • 51' Steinsson wins a free kick at the expense of the over-zealous Bale, and Bolton can build.
    • 50' GOAL!!!!! LENNON MAKES IT TWO! Finally, the second goal arrives as Walker, Adebayor and Defoe combine to find Lennon, who skips inside from the left and drives a fierce shot into the far corner!
    • 49' Almost a goal! Modric drives a fierce shot towards the far corner, but Defoe cannot get out of the way and blocks the effort in an offside position!
    • 47' Steinsson attempts a through ball to Klasnic, but the forward is caught offside.
    • 46' The second half is underway at White Hart Lane, and Kolyid reckons Spurs are going to emulate their performance against Wigan with eight or nine goals. What do others think?
    • 45+2' Bale flies down the left and whips over another devilish delivery into the six-yard box where both Adebayor and Defoe both dive despairingly short of the ball! That's half-time, and surely it's a matter of how many Spurs will score. The hosts lead 1-0, but Bolton were very unfortunate to have Gary Cahill sent off. What are your revised predictions on the scoreline now? Get in touch with me on Twitter
    • 45+1' Spurs are happy to keep the ball in their half before the break, and Bolton are sitting very deep indeed.
    • 45' Two minutes will be added at the end of this first half, and Coyle implores his side to keep the ball at the back.
    • 44' Modric again picks out Adebayor with a sublime dinked pass, but this time Boyata - who is suddenly absolutely fine - makes a strong challenge.
    • 43' Robinson is yellow carded for persistent moaning to the referee, and Spurs were fully within their rights to play on there.
    • 42' Boyata wins a towering header inside the Spurs box before going down injured, and the hosts break at pace.
    • 41' It really is quite astonishing that it is still only 1-0, and it's wave after wave of pressure from the hosts.
    • 40' STAT: Spurs have won five consecutive games for the fifth time in their Premier League history, they have never won six in a row.
    • 39' Jaaskelainen makes another very fine save to deny Adebayor as the forward shoots from the edge of the Bolton box with far too much space!
    • 38' Modric makes room for himself down the left to get a cross into the box, but the diving Defoe cannot quite lunge to latch on to it.
    • 37' Assou-Ekotto makes ground down the left, before Parker misplaces his pass through to Adebayor.
    • 36' Bale breaks at pace down the left before picking out Adebayor with a raking diagonal ball, but the forward drags his shot wide!
    • 35' Bale again goes close! Jaaskelainen makes a stunning double save to deny Bale and seconds later Defoe as the keeper continues to distinguish himself!
    • 34' Adebayor again makes space for himself, before firing wide, and it's a constant stream of Spurs pressure.
    • 33' Bale blasts a wild shot over the crossbar after being afforded time and space on the edge of the Bolton box - what a chance!
    • 32' Reo-Coker and Davies exchange passes in the Bolton half, but it already seems to be damage limitation.
    • 31' Parker produces another lung-busting run through the Bolton box, but he cannot latch on to the return pass from Adebayor.
    • 30' Kaboul makes good ground down the right, but Robinson ensures that he cannot get a cross away into the box.
    • 29' Adebayor should score! The forward bundles his way into the Bolton box before dallying and eventually getting a tame shot off, but Jaaskelainen saves!
    • 28' STAT: Spurs have won six and lost none of their last seven home games against Bolton in all competitions.
    • 27' Muamba drives a low shot wide from range, and he is the man to make way as Coyle throws on Gretar Steinsson.
    • 25' Friedel makes a fine save! Eagles shoots from the edge of the Spurs box and it takes a vicious deflection off Kaboul and loops towards the top corner, only for Friedel to hastily backtrack and tip the ball wide!
    • 24' What a save from Jaaskelainen! Defoe races into the Bolton box before firing a low snap shot on target from Modric's cross, but Jaaskelainen makes a fine reflex save!
    • 23' It's all Spurs as the hosts break at pace once more, and Bolton look in pieces.
    • 22' Parker rouses the home fans once more with a driving run through the Bolton half and a low drive wide of the far post!
    • 21' Modric nutmegs Kevin Davies now, and that is his second of the first half - what a player he is.
    • 20' STAT: Bolton have been forced into more last man tackles than any other Premier League team this season (six).
    • 19' The crowd cannot quite believe that decision from Stuart Attwell, and Owen Coyle looks livid!
    • 18' RED CARD! It's quite unbelievable! Knight puts Cahill under pressure and the defender loses the ball before carving down Parker, and the referee deems it to be a last-man challenge. It's very harsh as Parker was outwide with no realistic prospect of racing through on goal near the halfway line!
    • 17' Cahill fouls Parker with a late challenge outwide on the Spurs left, and Spurs have a free kick...
    • 16' Kevin Davies has scored six goals in his last six appearances against Tottenham in all competitions.
    • 15' Eagles races down the left and drives a low shot wide of the far post, and that was promising.
    • 14' Defoe absolutely skins Knight with a burst of pace, but he loses conviction and errs inside the Bolton box.
    • 13' Lennon continues to cause havoc down the right, and another jinking run creates space and the Bolton defence is looking very poor.
    • 12' Friedel lumps a long ball up to halfway, and Spurs quickly get the ball down and keep possession.
    • 11' Modric nutmegs Muamba with a delightful little flick, before losing the ball and leaving Parker to execute a crunching challenge on Davies!
    • 10' Eagles drags a rather tame shot wide of the near post, and Friedel does not have to even move.
    • 9' Klasnic has a rasping low drive blocked by Gallas, before Parker fouls Davies as the play is fragmented.
    • 8' Bale immediately whips off his red boot and holds it aloft in a tribute to his former Wales captain Gary Speed.
    • 7' GOAL!!!! BALE SCORES FOR SPURS! Bale steals in at the near post to stab home from Modric's corner, and that's his sixth of the season and fifth in four league games!
    • 6' Gallas ensures that Spurs distribute the ball out from the back quickly, and Lennon almost makes space for a shot in the Bolton box before a corner is conceded by Cahill.
    • 5' Banton has Tweeted to say he thinks Spurs will win 2-0 with Defoe and Parker to score the goals. What do others think? Cahill wins a header in the Spurs box, but it drifts wide rather tamely.
    • 4' Cahill launches a long ball up to Eagles out on the left, but Walker wins his header impressively as Spurs again hold possession.
    • 3' Robinson lunges in rather recklessly on Lennon, and the defender gets a stern ticking off from the referee.
    • 2' Spurs build patiently from the back as Adebayor drops off the front line and links up the play superbly.
    • 1' After a minute's applause for former Bolton midfielder Gary Speed, the match gets underway...
    • 14:55 Tottenham have lost just one of their last 22 Premier League home games (W13 D8 L1).
    • 14:50 Right, it's time for you all to make your pre-match predictions! What do you think the scoreline will be at White Hart Lane today? Who do you think will get on the scoresheet? Get in touch with me on Twitter!
    • 14:45 Bolton manager Owen Coyle has called on his players to stamp out the ill-discipline that has blighted their campaign. "Sometimes there are uncontrollables that, as a manager, you can't do anything about," Coyle said. "It is important we keep 11 on the park. You can train all week and prepare players but when it comes to an individual decision they have to have that self-discipline to make sure we have everyone available." Coyle's quotes in full...
    • 14:40 Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Van der Vaart, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Pienaar /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Mark Davies, Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Robinson, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Sanli, Petrov, Pratley, Ngog, Kakuta
    • 14:35 Tottenham's Harry Redknapp and Scott Parker were named as the Premier League's manager and player of the month respectively, yesterday. Tottenham played three games in November, winning all three, and have won nine and drawn one of their 10 games since losing their opening two games of the season. In November they won at Fulham and West Brom, while they also beat Aston Villa at home. Read more
    • 14:30 Bolton make one change to the team that lost 2-0 to Everton, with Dedryck Boyata coming in for the suspended David Wheater in defence.
    • 14:25 An injury to Ledley King means William Gallas is handed his first Premier League start of the season and Jermain Defoe is again preferred to Rafael van der Vaart as Tottenham looked to stretch their unbeaten run to 11 matches.
    • 14:20 Harry Redknapp: "It was a different team (against PAOK) and it is hard when you make a lot of changes. Look at what happened to Manchester United (who lost to Crystal Palace last night with a weakened team). They lost. It happens all the time. We have been lucky so far and the important thing is that we have the players fresh for the Premier League at the weekend."
    • 14:15 Owen Coyle: "We are going to have to perform to our maximum at White Hart Lane, that's for sure. Tottenham are the form team in the league and Harry (Redknapp) has done a magnificent job there. The addition of Adebayor has given them an extra dimension. They have the luxury of not just a quality team but unbelievable strength in depth, and that's why I believe they will challenge on all fronts."
    • 14:10 TEAM NEWS: Rafael van der Vaart has recovered from a hamstring injury and is available. Sandro is struggling with a groin problem but Roman Pavlyuchenko and Giovani Dos Santos are fit after overcoming their respective knee and groin injuries. Long-term absentees Michael Dawson (Achilles), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Niko Kranjcar (thigh) remain out.
    • 14:05 Defender Dedryck Boyata and striker David Ngog return to Bolton's squad. Boyata has been out since October with an ankle injury while a knee problem has restricted Ngog's involvement recently but both trained this week. Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is a major doubt after injuring a hamstring last weekend while centre-back David Wheater is suspended after his sending-off against Everton.
    • 14:00 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League clash against Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane.
  • Summary

    • 77' DEFOE HITS THE POST! The Spurs forward is sent through on goal by Modric, and drives a low shot against the near post with Jaaskelainen beaten!
    • 69' The Bolton keeper is again to the rescue of his side as Bale blasts a fierce shot from range, only to be denied!
    • 60' GOAL!!!!!! DEFOE MAKES IT THREE! Bale provides the assist as he heads the ball to Defoe from a corner, and the forward coolly slots the ball away!
    • 56' Penalty? No! Assou-Ekotto is clumsily tripped by Kevin Davies as he cuts into the Bolton box from the left, and that's a definite penalty, but Stuart Attwell shakes his head!
    • 50' GOAL!!!!! LENNON MAKES IT TWO! Finally, the second goal arrives as Walker, Adebayor and Defoe combine to find Lennon, who skips inside from the left and drives a fierce shot into the far corner!
    • 49' Almost a goal! Modric drives a fierce shot towards the far corner, but Defoe cannot get out of the way and blocks the effort in an offside position!
    • 39' Jaaskelainen makes another very fine save to deny Adebayor as the forward shoots from the edge of the Bolton box with far too much space!
    • 36' Bale breaks at pace down the left before picking out Adebayor with a raking diagonal ball, but the forward drags his shot wide!
    • 35' Bale again goes close! Jaaskelainen makes a stunning double save to deny Bale and seconds later Defoe as the keeper continues to distinguish himself!
    • 33' Bale blasts a wild shot over the crossbar after being afforded time and space on the edge of the Bolton box - what a chance!
    • 25' Friedel makes a fine save! Eagles shoots from the edge of the Spurs box and it takes a vicious deflection off Kaboul and loops towards the top corner, only for Friedel to hastily backtrack and tip the ball wide!
    • 24' What a save from Jaaskelainen! Defoe races into the Bolton box before firing a low snap shot on target from Modric's cross, but Jaaskelainen makes a fine reflex save!
    • 22' Parker rouses the home fans once more with a driving run through the Bolton half and a low drive wide of the far post!
    • 18' RED CARD! It's quite unbelievable! Knight puts Cahill under pressure and the defender loses the ball before carving down Parker, and the referee deems it to be a last-man challenge. It's very harsh as Parker was outwide with no realistic prospect of racing through on goal near the halfway line!
    • 7' GOAL!!!! BALE SCORES FOR SPURS! Bale steals in at the near post to stab home from Modric's corner, and that's his sixth of the season and fifth in four league games!
    • 14:40 Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Gallas, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Modric, Parker, Bale, Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Van der Vaart, Bassong, Corluka, Livermore, Pienaar /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Mark Davies, Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Robinson, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Sanli, Petrov, Pratley, Ngog, Kakuta

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