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  • Date:2010-05-01
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:White Hart Lane
  • Attendance:35852
  • Referee:Foy, C

Live Commentary

90mins

The final whistle goes and Spurs celebrate a vital three points.

90mins

Aaron Lennon squares the ball towards Eidur Gudjohnsen who tries to be too precise and produces a horrendous miss.

90mins

Jack Wilshere is booked for a foul on Younes Kaboul.

90mins

Heurelho Gomes seems to have a groin injury and is receiving treatment.

89mins

Peter Crouch sees his effort saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen as the clock ticks down.

87mins

Heurelho Gomes makes a fantastic save to deny Matt Taylor whose volley seemed destined for the back of the net.

87mins

Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Roman Pavlyuchenko.

85mins

Gareth Bale takes another corner which is cleared by Gary Cahill.

84mins

The corner reaches Peter Crouch whose shot is blocked by Zat Knight.

84mins

Zat Knight concedes another corner under pressure from Peter Crouch.

83mins

End-to-end stuff as Spurs win a corner.

83mins

Chung-Yong Lee sends in the corner but it's cleared by Gareth Bale.

82mins

Nervous times for Spurs as Bolton win a corner.

81mins

Gareth Bale's corner is cleared by Zat Knight.

80mins

Aaron Lennon motors forward and wins a corner off Paul Robinson.

79mins

Gareth Bale delivers a ball towards Roman Pavlyuchenko at the far post who stretches but can't quite make contact.

78mins

Fabrice Muamba makes way for Ricardo Gardner.

77mins

Spurs can't make the most of the corner and Bolton have a throw.

77mins

Luka Modric charges forward and plays in Roman Pavlyuchenko whose shot is blocked by Gretar Steinsson for a corner.

76mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko goes for goal left-footed but his effort goes wide.

74mins

Aaron Lennon is on for David Bentley.

73mins

Jack Wilshere has a shot which is blocked well by Michael Dawson.

72mins

Jermain Defoe is replaced by Peter Crouch.

71mins

Chung-Yong Lee has done well for Bolton since he came on and they are pushing for an equaliser.

70mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko is flagged offside.

68mins

Bolton come forward and Matt Taylor has a shot blocked by Younes Kaboul.

67mins

Gareth Bale has a wicked shot which is tipped wide by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

66mins

Younes Kaboul sends a cross towards the near post and Roman Pavlyuchenko glances a header wide.

65mins

The crowd aren't happy with Roman Pavlyuchenko's efforts today and he may not last much longer in this game.

64mins

Jermain Defoe sees a right-foot effort go wide.

62mins

Matt Taylor has a snap-shot parried wide by Heurelho Gomes.

60mins

Chung-Yong Lee is on for Vladimir Weiss.

60mins

Johan Elmander replaces Ivan Klasnic.

59mins

David Bentley has an effort from the edge of the area that goes wide of the left-hand post.

57mins

Good goalkeeping from Heurelho Gomes as he commands his area and deals with a Bolton cross.

56mins

Matt Taylor is booked for pulling back Jermain Defoe as Spurs try to break forward.

56mins

Vladimir Weiss whips in the corner and it's punched clear by Heurelho Gomes.

55mins

Matt Taylor sends in the corner and the ball pings around the area and eventually goes out for another corner.

54mins

Matt Taylor takes another free-kick which is cleared for a Bolton corner.

53mins

Now Bolton try to put a move together but Kevin Davies is offside - neither set of strikers have stood out today.

52mins

Spurs break but Jermain Defoe is flagged offside.

51mins

Matt Taylor whips the free-kick into the area but it's cleared by Michael Dawson.

50mins

Jack Wilshere is tripped and wins Bolton a free-kick 20 yards outside the area.

49mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko runs at pace towards the area and has a strike which is off target.

47mins

The crowd are urging Tom Huddlestone to shoot whenever he gets the ball.

46mins

The second half is underway with no changes for either side.

45mins

Half Time: TOTTENHAM 1-0 BOLTON.

45mins

There is one minute of added time.

44mins

Matt Taylor has an optimistic shot that goes wide of Heurelho Gomes's left-hand post.

42mins

David Bentley takes another Spurs corner and Gareth Bale has an effort that flies over the bar.

40mins

There is a sense of relief around the ground thanks to that goal.

38mins

TOTTENHAM 1-0 BOLTON. HUDDLESTONE puts Spurs ahead with a stunning strike from 30 yards out.

37mins

Gareth Bale takes the free-kick and forces a save from Jussi Jaaskelainen for a Spurs corner.

36mins

Paul Robinson is booked for a foul on David Bentley.

34mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto fouls Fabrice Muamba and concedes a free-kick to the frustration of the home fans.

32mins

David Bentley takes the corner right-footed and Tom Huddlestone has a shot saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen but the whistle goes for a handball from the Spurs man.

31mins

Younes Kaboul wins a corner.

29mins

Gareth Bale drives Spurs forward and forces a good save from Jussi Jaaskelainen with a stinging drive.

28mins

The corner comes to nothing but Bolton are growing in confidence.

27mins

Play resumes and Bolton win a corner.

26mins

A break in play as Matt Taylor is down receiving treatment.

25mins

Bolton are having a lot of possession at the moment but not showing much of a cutting edge.

23mins

Bolton are doubling up on Gareth Bale and not allowing him to play, he's been quiet so far.

22mins

Michael Dawson appears to foul Kevin Davies as the two battle for the ball but the free-kick goes against the Bolton man.

20mins

Matt Taylor take a corner as Bolton come back into the game but Heurelho Gomes makes the save.

19mins

Kevin Davies is caught offside.

18mins

The corner is cleared but only as far as Gareth Bale whose shot is saved.

17mins

Spurs win a corner and the noise levels increase.

15mins

Fabrice Muamba has a long range effort that flies over the bar.

13mins

Younes Kaboul gets to the byline and pulls the ball back for Roman Pavlyuchenko who can't make any decent contact.

12mins

Spurs are beginning to build up some pressure but can't break the Bolton defence down.

10mins

Roman Pavlyuchenko goes down in the area under pressure from Zat Knight but the referee isn't interested.

9mins

The game is a little scrappy at the moment with both sides giving the ball away.

7mins

Ivan Klasnic has an effort which lacks pace and is easy for Heurelho Gomes to deal with.

5mins

Luka Modric tries a left-foot shot but it doesn't have the power and goes out for a goal-kick.

4mins

There's an air of expectancy around the ground as the Spurs fans try to cheer their players on to the Champions League.

3mins

Bolton win a corner which is launched by Matt Taylor into the arms of Heurelho Gomes.

1mins

The game gets underway in bright sunshine at White Hart Lane.

0mins

Owen Coyle hasn't made any changes to the side that drew with Portsmouth last weekend.

0mins

Ledley King starts again in defence for Spurs while Younes Kaboul replaces Wilson Palacios in the only change to the side that lost against Manchester United.

Match Preview

Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur face a critical meeting with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday and a win is a must for Harry Redknapp's White Hart Lane outfit.

They currently sit in the lucrative fourth position that would see them qualify for Europe's elite club competition next season but, with a clash at fierce rivals Manchester City on Wednesday evening, the battle is set to go to the wire.

Bolton sit comfortably in 14th position and it will be interesting to see if they put up much of a fight in the capital as they have nothing left to play for this term.

Spurs will be keen to get back to winning ways after they suffered a 3-1 reversal at Manchester United last Saturday.

The defeat came after fantastic back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Chelsea and they will fancy their chances of turning Owen Coyle's men over on home soil.

The Trotters were held to a 2-2 draw against rock-bottom Portsmouth last time out and the week before grabbed a fine 2-1 win at Stoke City.

However, Coyle will know that prior to the two recent games they fell to four consecutive defeats without scoring and he will want his team to end the campaign in respectable fashion.

He is without a number of first-team players for the remainder of the season with Gavin McCann (ankle), Sean Davis (cruciate ligament) and Joey O'Brien (knee) all missing.

Andy O'Brien (thigh), Stuart Holden (broken leg) and Chris Basham (knee) are all rated as big doubts for the trip to the capital.

Harry Redknapp's men are without Niko Kranjcar (ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Carlo Cudicini (wrist) while defender Vedran Corluka is closing in on a return to the action as he battles back from a sprained ankle.

Earlier this season, Corluka's effort ensured the spoils were shared in a 2-2 draw at the Reebok Stadium. Ricardo Gardner had put Wanderers ahead in the opening exchanges before Kranjcar equalised.

Bolton captain Kevin Davies restored the home side's lead but Corluka's intervention secured a point for his side.

More recently, the sides met in an FA Cup fifth round encounter in February.

The tie went to a White Hart Lane replay after Davies' opener was cancelled out by England striker Jermain Defoe in a 1-1 draw before Spurs ran riot in the replay.

Russia star Roman Pavlyuchenko opened the scoring before unfortunate own goals by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and Andy O'Brien put the Londoners in firm control.


Match Report

Tom Huddlestone's spectacular goal helped Tottenham set up a Champions League decider against Manchester City on Wednesday night as Harry Redknapp's side beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

Huddlestone netted the only goal of the game with a stunning 25-yard strike which helped Spurs stay in fourth place with just two games left to play.

Tottenham are just a point above Manchester City, but can guarantee a Champions League place for the first time in the club's history with victory at Eastlands on May 5.

Tottenham could have opened the scoring on 17 minutes when the ever impressive Gareth Bale fired a low shot from the edge of the box which produced a fine save from Jussi Jaaskelainen diving low to his right.

You could sense the nerves among the home supporters with so much at stake and Bolton almost capitalised on 26 minutes when Gretar Steinsson saw his shot take a wicked deflection off Michael Dawson as the ball flew inches past the post.

But Huddlestone gave the home fans something to shout about when he broke the deadlock in superb fashion on 38 minutes.

Tottenham fans have been spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning goals at the Lane this season - none more so than Danny Rose's spectacular volley against Arsenal in last month's north London derby.

But Huddlestone came close to equalling that when he latched onto a ball from Benoit Assou-Ekotto and fired an unstoppable 25-yard right-foot shot which sailed past Jaaskelainen into the roof of the net.

Tottenham started the second half in anxious mood and Bolton were certainly making the home crowd sweat as they forced three corners in succession and were determined to take something from the game and not just make up the numbers.

Huddlestone almost eased the tension with another spectacular strike on the hour mark, but this time his 25-yard fizzing shot went just wide of the post.

Heurelho Gomes came to Tottenham's rescue on 62 minutes when he made a fine one-handed save diving low to his left to palm away a shot from Matt Taylor.

Tottenham should have put the game beyond Bolton on 66 minutes when Bale broke free inside the box and saw his shot superbly saved by Jaaskelainen. The Finnish keeper just about did enough to push the ball past the post.

Bolton refused to lie down and it could have been a different story for the north London club had Taylor not seen his shot cleared off the line by Younes Kaboul on 67 minutes.


Redknapp knew he needed to change things around and brought on Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon, who was making his first appearance at White Hart Lane since December after being forced to miss the last five months with a groin injury.

But it was Gomes who came to Tottenham's rescue once again on 87 minutes when he made a stunning save to deny Taylor's dipping volley from the edge of the box.

Tottenham held on and are now bracing themselves for one of the games of the season in Manchester on Wednesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur

Bolton Wanderers

Corners

117

Fouls

1312

Goal attempts

Shots off target

115

Offsides

53

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