Bolton returned to the ground where Fabrice Muamba went down in hopes of getting another emotional win and allowing the travelling support to belt out "que sera, sera" but it was not to be. The scoreline does not do Bolton Wanderers any form of justice. It took 73 minutes for Tottenham to break through the Bolton defense as our resident Ginger Hero, Adam Bogdan, did everything in his red-headed power to keep Tottenham out.
The Bolton offense, which featured Ivan Klasnic as the lone striker, did a whole lot of nothing to trouble Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini in the first half. It was all about Adam Bogdan who pulled off save after spectacular save (including a couple of doubles) to keep Spurs at bay. In all, Bogdan saved eight shots before the half. The Tottenham onslaught continued in the second half as they tested Adam Bogdan a further 8 times and putting three past the big, red-headed Hungarian.
The breakthrough came on one of the many Tottenham corners as Ryan Nelsen rose above everyone in the 73rd minute. Adam Bogdan came out to gather the cross but was held back by Spurs and was not able to jump for it. Tottenham doubled their advantage a couple of minutes later as Gareth Bale found acres of space and took Bogdan one on one, curling his effort to the side netting at the far post.
Kevin Davies, a late substitute for Dedryck Boyata in order to give the Bolton attack a jump start, gave the Trotters a chance after Ryan Nelsen failed to get a touch on Ivan Klasnic's cross from the right wing. SKD got his foot on the cross and turned it back to the far post, putting it past Cudicini in the 90th minute. Tottenham would take control of the rest of stoppage time with Louis Saha finishing it off in the 94th minute with a brilliant goal that carried curve and pace, leaving Bogdan with no chance.
Bolton may have suffered another injury blow, having had Darren Pratley leave the pitch on a stretcher in the middle of the first half. There are no indications of how serious the injury is but it looked a big gash on his leg after a poor tackle on his part. If it is serious, the injury comes at a particularly poor time as it seemed that Pratley was finally finding his feet in the Premier League.
Most Bolton fans won't be too gutted about the result as it allows Bolton to firmly concentrate on the Premier League and staying up for the rest of the year. COYWM