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FA Cup Fifth Round Replay

Wednesday 24th February 2010

Just a quick preview ahead of the FA Cup replay with Bolton and what can we expect ?

Sat in the relegation zone, Bolton Wanderers need to get out of their current predicament and losing to Blackburn Rovers 3-0 on Sunday left them lacking inspiration and three points.  The first meeting ten days ago at the Reebok saw Bolton play a bit of football in the first half, when they might have been more than one goal ahead at the break, but a second half come-back from Spurs left them on the back foot and only the crossbar and the penalty save from Jaakelainen brought them South for this replay.

Without a few players because of injury, there could be a chance to field fringe players to rest the first picks for league games ahead, but it might also signal a return to a more familiar style that the Trotters have employed.  A direct delivery up to Kevin Davies might just see him rough up our defenders, with a terrier like hassling midfield to try and keep the Spurs creative players in check, with the defenders to use their physical presence to keep the Tottenham strikers under control.  However, the outcome might be determined by who had the most taken out of them in Sunday's games.  Tottenham's trudge through the muddy wastes of the JJB or Bolton's trek through the snowy wastes of Ewood Park ?  Spurs can shuffle their squad with a bit more certainty than Bolton, but the visitors might have some players hungry to show what they are capable of.

I expect Pavlyuchenko to be paired up front with either Defoe or maybe even Gudjohnsen, who Harry would have been loathe to use up at Bolton, but might happily throw him into the action at the Lane.  Spurs have their own league priorities on Sunday coming, with a home match against Everton, so maybe Harry will try to get far enough ahead before taking some key players off to reserve their energy for the Toffees.  With Lennon having a further set back with his injury, Bentley will stay in the right wing position and he has been playing well enough to be a good source of supply to the front two. 

It won't be a spectacle, but Spurs usually play with a better tempo at home and hopefully, they will have enough left in the tank to push Bolton back from the start.  I think Tottenham will be up for it after Sunday's victory and Bolton might be aware that relegation is the bigger battle to fight, so they might give this a go, but have one eye on the league programme that remains to be played ...

PREDICTION : -  Tottenham Hotspur    2      Bolton Wanderers    0

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Ledley King (out - thigh); Benoit Assou-Ekotto (out - hip); Carlo Cudicini (out - hip and wrists); Jermaine Jenas (out - groin); Jonathan Woodgate (out - groin); Aaron Lennon (out - groin); Younes Kaboul (out - cup-tied); Kyle Walker (out - cup-tied); - (-); - (-); 

BOLTON WANDERERS :  - Vladimir Weiss (out - cup-tied); Jack Wilshere (out - cup-tied), Gretar Steinsson (out - calf), Chris Basham (out - knee), Gavin McCann (out - ankle/foot), Sean Davis (out - knee), Joey O'Brien (out - knee), Mark Davies (out - knee) and Gary Cahill (out - arm);  - (-); - (-); 


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Tottenham Hotspur   4    Bolton Wanderers   0      (Half-time score : 2-0)

FA Cup Fifth Round Replay
Venue : White Hart Lane  
Wednesday 24th February 2010
Kick Off :  8.00 p.m.
Crowd :   31,462
Referee :  Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
Bolton Wanderers kicked off and played towards the Park Lane end in the first half.
Weather :  -  Cold, rainy
Teams : - 
Tottenham Hotspur :

  1  Gomes

32  Assou-Ekotto
19  Bassong
20  Dawson  (c)
  3  Bale

14  Modric
  Palacios   (21  Kranjcar  60)
  Bentley (25  Rose  46)

18  Defoe  (17  Gudjohnsen  46)
  9  Pavlyuchenko   

Unused subs: 
27  Alnwick
40  M'poku


Bolton Wanderers :

22  Jaaskelainen    (o.g.)

  3  Samuel
22  Knight (c)
31  A. O'Brien     (o.g.)
18  Ricketts

  7  Taylor  (10  Riga 56)
  6  Muamba
11  Gardner   (27  Lee 79)
21  Cohen
29  Holden

17  Jaskelainen   (  9  Elmander  56)

Unused subs: 
26  Al Habsi
04  Robinson
24  Shittu
14  K. Davies

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Tottenham Hotspur

  Bolton Wanderers
Scorers : -  
Tottenham Hotspur

Pavlyuchenko  23
Jasskelainen (o.g.)  35
A. O'Brien  (o.g.)  47
Pavlyuchenko  87

Bolton Wanderers


Cards : -  
Tottenham Hotspur  



Bolton Wanderers



Match Report : -  
Two own goals and two more from man of the moment - Roman Pavlyuchenko - against a Bolton Wanderers side barely willing to take part in the tie, gave Tottenham a ticket through to the FA Cup quarter-final where they will meet Fulham.

With a team much changed from their league line-up, Bolton took to the field and only threatened Tottenham a few times in the whole match, while Spurs had a lot of the bal and a lot of chances, two of which they converted and two of which the away team stuck away for us.  Spurs themselves made changes with Pavlyuchenko coming in for Crouch and Assou-Ekotto playing right-back in place of Corluka, who was hit by a virus, along with several other squad members.

The way Tottenham were playing was always likely to open up the Bolton defence, even though they played something resembling a 4-5-1 formation.  Moving the ball quickly on the flanks, Tottenham looked to get the ball into the area quickly, normally, low in to the near post.  A couple of balls in from Bale and Bentley brought sliding interventions from defenders, as they were panicked into risky clearances.  It was Sebastien Bassong who had the first shot of the night, with a rasping 30 yard drive dipping over the bar just too late.

Bolton had a half-chance in the 13th minute, when Cohen's cross caught Spurs defenders loose marking and Taylor stole in to hit a shot that Gomes had to make a routine save in pushing the ball round the foot of his left hand post. Another new corner routine saw Bentley pull the ball back to the edge of the area, where Huddlestone took the ball and fired in one of Tom's specials, but it hit a defender and spun out right to Palacios, who hit it first time on the volley, but the ball flashed a few yards wide of Jaaskelainen's goal.

However, when Spurs had the ball at the back, they looked too comfortable and tended to over-play, with the ball given away by Bale and Palacios too cheaply.  They lead to Bolton having snap shots from outside the box and Klasnic going closest, when the Croatian thumped a 25 yarder just wide of Gomes' goal in the 20th minute of the tie.  Then a cross from the American midfielder Holden found Gardner winning a header in the box, but he should have done better than get a glancing contact on it that took it wide.

The miss proved costly, as in the 23rd minute, Tottenham opened the scoring.  With Luka Modric having the luxury of playing on a smooth surface, he skipped into the last third of the pitch and slid a pass into Pav on the edge of the area.  Taking the ball and turning past Zat Knight, who had a nightmare evening, it looked as though the ball might get stuck under the Russian striker's feet, but he dug the ball out and knocked it past the advancing Jaaskelainen's dive to hit the back of the net from around the penalty spot.

The goal did not stop Spurs turning the ball over to the Trotters without pressure being applied.  Modric was the next culprit and Gardner took advantage to strike a shot that went across Heurelho Gomes' goal and pissed by a narrow margin.  However, when Tottenham did attack, it was Modric who was doing the prompting and his pass through to Defoe saw him out-manoeuvre Andy O'Brien and hit s shot to the keeper's left that was at a good height for him to make a dive for the cameras and push aside for a corner just before the half hour.   

Michael Dawson and Bassong were winning most things in the air, despite the Bolton forwards failing to jump for the ball and make backs for the Spurs men to come over the top.  Referee Walton was not in the mood to give very much tonight, while the linesman was showing his hair-trigger on off-sides, with some being given when the bal arrived rather than when it was played.  Well ,that was when he was up with play, unlike the one in the second half when Pavlyuchenko must have been at least two yards off, but the linesman on the opposite side of the pitch was 10 yards behind play.  All the defenders were getting their blocks and tackles in, but were still a little loose in their initial marking.

Not that it mattered when the other side were so keen to help Spurs out in the goal-scoring department.  35 minutes on the clock and Bentley pulls another corner back to Huddlestone and instead of shooting, he played the ball back wide to the right, where Wilson Palacios was waiting.  His early low cross into the middle of the goal-mouth was tempting for Jermain Defoe, but he couldn't get to the ball, as Jaaskelainen had managed to stick out a foot and he knocked the ball under himself and into the net for 2-0 to Spurs. 

Bolton got back into the Tottenham half and Muamba bundled his way through the area, but Klasnic's shot was saved by Gomes and then Holden set the striker up for another chance, but it only just made it off the pitch for a goal-kick rather than a throw-in.   

At the interval, some of the Spurs Ladies players made an appearance on the sidelines, as they had a Cup semi-final with Arsenal the next day and Pat Jennings made a draw for someone to play on the pitch as part of a charity game at the end of the season.  On the pitch, Eidur Gudjohnsen was warming up with the fitness coach and it seemed likely that he would come on and he did to replace Jermain Defoe.  During the second half, he looked a little more involved than in his previous games and 'scored' a goal that was chalked off for a dodgy off-side decision.

But within a couple of minutes of the start of the second half, he had taken part in the build-up for the third Tottenham goal.  Coming deep to get the ball, Eidur played a good pass to free Gareth Bale on the left and his heavy, low cross to the near post saw Andy O'Brien slide in to try and cut it out, but he only managed to slide it into the net with the goalie stranded. 

Five minutes later, David Bentley had a chance to put the game completely out of reach with Luka Modric's cross dropped when going through Jaaskelainen's greasy gloves ns dropping kindly for the Spurs winger at the far post.  However, he totally missed the volley and the chance was gone.  Ten minutes in, Pav had a shot that the keeper couldn't grasp, but he was fortunate that no Spurs player was around to benefit.

A double change by Owen Coyle sparked a revival for the away team, even though there was some confusion over who was going off in the first place.  However, it would have helped if the players had been anyone other than Johan Elmander and Mustafa Riga, as they produced less of a cutting edge than the manager might have been hoping for.  Around the hour mark, Riga had a couple of shots, with one going wide across Gomes and the other straight at the Tottenham goalie. A third effort should have been lucky, but after good work from Elmander and Holden, the Dutchman put the ball over from about 10 yards out.  In the 67th minute, Riga came the closest to a Bolton goal, with a header from Holden's free-kick forcing Gomes into a sharp reflex save down to his right to keep the ball out. 

Straight away the game moved to the other end, with Bale powering away up the left wing and his low ball in to the near post saw Gudjohnsen get on the end of it to nudge a shot at goal that Jaaskeleainen blocked with his feet at the expense of a corner..

Spurs brought on Danny Rose for Bentley, who had done well, but his positioning on the right wing made it hard for him, as he tried to cut in and shoot with his left, with two efforts finding a defender in the way.  Bolton created an effort for Holden to shoot, but once more Dawson lead by example by chucking himself in the way to stop the ball reaching the goal.  With time running out, Rose went running down the right wing.  As it looked like he might cut in to have another shot, this time he played a low pass into the box, which might have been meant for Huddlestone, who was breaking forward, but it found Pavlyuchenko around 12 yards out.  He took a touch and as he shaped to shoot, Zat Knight flashed across his sight-line, as he slid in, but Roman had calmly got the bal onto his good foot and slapped the ball home with the keeper exposed.  It was a cool piece of finishing and his joy was uncontained.  Obviously, he wants to play and is now showing Harry why he should be part of the starting eleven.

It was coming to the end of the match and even into added time both sides had chances.  Elmander fired wildly over, as he tended to do in the first match, while at the other end, Kranjcar pulled out a more measured effort that curled only just wide, but the final whistle brought a 4-0 win for Spurs and a passage through to the Sixth Round.

A reasonably straightforward win brought back memories of when we beat Bolton in this cup in 2002, when there was an own goal too, but only one that time.  The visitors have more pressing things to worry about and so do Spurs with a visit from Everton on Sunday.  Hopefully, they will be able to play with as much imagination, but they will need to sharpen up their passing and will be aware that the Toffees will put up a fair bit more resistance than the Trotters.

the heathrow spur


Fan Reaction : -



I for one can't see how Bolton are going to survive.  Dodgy at the back and lacking a finisher up front, their problems are not confined to one end of the pitch.

Spurs have the other problem of being too complacent not to concentrate on what they are doing on occasions, leaving themselves vulnerable at the back.  What we do have is some forwards who know how to score and with Defoe still picking up goals and Pavlyuchenko now back among the goals, it might be an interesting partnership in the coming weeks.

A game against Fulham will not be a push-over and it might go to another replay, but having beaten them once recently, it might be a psychological advantage for the FA Cup quarter final.  Let's hope so anyway.

steve garrison




Other replay scores this weekend :
Crystal Palace - - - -day
Aston Villa - - - -day
Manchester City - - - -day
Stoke City - - - -day
West Bromwich Albion - - - -day
Reading - - - -day
Other league scores this mid-week :
Manchester United 3 West Ham United 0 Tuesday


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