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Tottenham 4 Bolton 0: Pavlyuchenko at the double to fire Spurs through

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24 Feb 2010 22:38:48

Tottenham 4 Bolton 0: Pavlyuchenko at the double to fire Spurs through

Tottenham moved into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with more than a helping hand from Premier League strugglers Bolton. Manchester United have had their fair share of own goals this season, but Tottenham were gifted two on Wednesday. The first came from Jussi Jaaskelainen after 34 minutes, when he bundled Wilson Palacios's cross into the net off his heels. And the second came courtesy of Andy O'Brien, who diverted the ball into his own net two minutes into the second half after substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen had set Gareth Bale free down the left wing. Goal machine: Pavlyuchenko now has five goals in his last three appearances But, perhaps predictably, it was Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko who opened and finished the scoring. Apparently disillusioned with life at White Hart Lane and hankeringafter a move abroad, the Russian justified his manager's decision togive him a rare start by breaking the deadlock. 'Super Pav' chanted the fans at the player Redknapp famously told to'run around a bit' and he did, keeping centre halves O'Brien and ZatKnight busy and leaving space for Jermain Defoe to exploit behind. The Russian left Knight for dead and slotted the ball pastJaaskelainen on 23 minutes. Defoe almost made it two six minutes later,darting down the left and cutting inside to  shoot with his favouredright foot. Only a fine save from Jaaskelainen kept him out. Super Pav: Russian (right) wheels away after breaking the deadlock But Defoe was at the heart of Tottenham's second after 34 minutes.Tom Huddlestone feigned a shot at the edge of the box but farmed theball out to Wilson Palacios on the right, whose cross was deflectedinto his own net by Jaaskelainen, who was under pressure from Defoe. The England striker and Palacios both tried to claim it, but it will go down as an own goal. Bolton had chances in the first half, Matt Taylor forcing a savefrom Heurelho Gomes with a rightfoot shot and Ricardo Gardner justfailing to connect with a Sam Ricketts cross at the far post, but Spursalways looked more comfortable. Helping hand: The ball deflects of Jaaskelainen and into the net Owen Coyle had hinted he would play a weakened team as PremierLeague safety remains Bolton's priority, and duly made five changesfrom the side who lost 3-0 at Blackburn last weekend. United States international Stuart Holden, 24, a January purchasefrom Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamos, made his firstteam debutand Kevin Davies started on the bench. TODAY'S TEAMSTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (4-4-2): Gomes 6; Assou-Ekotto 6, Dawson 6, Bassong 6, Bale 7; Bentley 6 (Rose 70min, 6), Palacios 6 (Kranjcar 60min, 6), Huddlestone 6, Modric 5; Pavlyuchenko 8, Defoe 7 (Gudjohnsen 46, 6). BOLTON WANDERERS (4-5-1): Jaaskelainen 6; Ricketts 6, O'Brien 5, Knight 5, Samuel 6; Taylor 6 (Riga 56, 6), Holden 6, Muamba 6, Cohen 5, Gardner 5 (Lee 79); Klasnic 5 (Elmander 56, 5). Man of the match: Roman Pavlyuchenko. Referee: Peter Walton. But with three of the 'big four' already out of the competition, theFA Cup represents a credible chance for Redknapp to get his hands onhis first piece of silverware at White Hart Lane, though he admitted onTuesday that he would prefer fourth spot in the Premier League. He made three changes from the team who won 3-0 at Wigan at theweekend, bringing in Sebastien Bassong for Ledley King, who has injuredhis thigh. Luka Modric was favoured in place of Croatia teammate Niko Kranjcarand Benoit Assou-Ekotto started his first match since December 28 afterrecovering from a hip injury, but was not able to depose in-form GarethBale at left back. Vedran Corluka, Tottenham's regular right back, has struggled with a virus over the past week. Inevitably, Pavlyuchenko capped his performance with Spurs' fourth,scoring with a right-foot shot on 88 minutes from a through-ball fromsubstitute Danny Rose.  Kranjcar: Spurs can win FA Cup and repeat greatest day of my lifeRedknapp bids to end penalty curse as Tottenham stars stay after trainingLEO'S LONDON: It's hard to show sympathy for sensitive WoodgateTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC


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