Tottenham 3-0 Bolton
Tottenham continued their great run with their sixth successive league win at the expense of 10-man Bolton.
Gareth Bale gave Spurs an early lead with flick from Luka Modric's corner before paying tribute to Gary Speed in his celebrations.
Bolton were then down to 10 men when defender Gary Cahill was sent off for a foul on midfielder Scott Parker.
Aaron Lennon added an overdue second with a strike from 15 yards before Jermain Defoe swept in the third.
It finished 3-0 but Spurs could easily have won 10-0, such was their dominance. Harry Redknapp's side were magnificent in attack although their cause was helped by the harsh red card received by Bolton centre-back Cahill early in the game.
The decision by referee Stuart Attwell bordered on the ridiculous. Cahill brought down Parker with a late challenge about 10 yards from the halfway line and wide on the left, but instead of a deserved yellow the defender was directed to the touchline.
Predictably, Attwell, who sent off Cahill at Arsenal last season, was given a earful by Bolton boss Owen Coyle as the players came off for the break.
The red card made the task for the struggling Trotters all the more difficult, having gone behind to Bale's strike inside the first 10 minutes.
The Wales winger was first to Modric's low corner from the right and his improvised flick beat Jussi Jaaskelainen at the near post.
In his celebrations, Bale paid tribute to his national team manager Speed, who died last Sunday, by taking off his left boot, with 'RIP Gary Speed' stiched on it, and raising it in front of the Bolton fans - a team his fellow Welshman once played for.
The reason Spurs only managed to score three was largely because of the brilliance of Jaaskelainen.
The Finn saved from Bale, Adebayor and Defoe in the first half and made two more exceptional stops from Parker and Bale after the break.
But he could only keep the door shut for so long and soon after the break Spurs improved their goals to chances ratio when Lennon cut in inside the area to smash in the second.
And on the hour mark, Defoe all but sealed the win when he met Bale's flick from another Modric corner.
Tottenham brought on attacking maestro Rafael van der Vaart in the second half, which, if anything, highlighted that unlike in previous seasons, Redknapp's side have a squad strong enough to challenge for the title.
It is now 10 wins and a draw in 11 games and if this proves to be the Spurs manager's last season in charge, with many tipping him for England, then do not be surprised if he signs off in style.
- 24 Friedel
- 03 Bale
- 04 Kaboul
- 13 Gallas
- 28 Walker
- 32 Assou-Ekotto
- 07 Lennon (Van der Vaart - 73' )
- 08 Parker (Livermore - 85' )
- 14 Modric
- 10 Adebayor
- 18 Defoe
- 23 Cudicini
- 19 Bassong
- 22 Corluka
- 11 Van der Vaart
- 29 Livermore
- 40 Pienaar
- 09 Pavlyuchenko
- 22 Jaaskelainen
- 04 Robinson Booked
- 05 Cahill Dismissed
- 12 Knight
- 25 Boyata Booked
- 06 Muamba (Steinsson - 27' )
- 07 Eagles
- 16 M Davies
- 19 Reo-Coker
- 14 K Davies (Pratley - 62' )
- 17 Klasnic (Ngog - 72' )
- 01 Bogdan
- 02 Steinsson
- 10 Petrov
- 21 Pratley
- 09 Tuncay
- 24 Ngog
- 28 Kakuta
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +3:55
Chris Eagles sends in a cross, clearance by William Gallas.90:00 +3:28
David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Younes Kaboul.90:00 +2:57
Unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Jake Livermore results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.90:00 +2:11
Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.90:00 +1:34
A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, clearance made by Dedryck Boyata.90:00 +1:28
Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance made by Nigel Reo-Coker.90:00 +0:22
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.85:40
David Ngog is ruled offside. Free kick taken by William Gallas.84:30 Substitution
Substitution Scott Parker goes off and Jake Livermore comes on.81:08
Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, Zat Knight takes a shot. Luka Modric manages to make a clearance.77:55
Shot from just outside the penalty box by Nigel Reo-Coker misses to the left of the target.76:36
Rafael Van der Vaart takes the inswinging corner, Dedryck Boyata makes a clearance.76:13
Jermain Defoe produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box and hits the post.75:54
Benoit Assou-Ekotto is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.74:56
Chris Eagles decides to take a short corner.73:53
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Scott Parker. The ball is swung over by Chris Eagles, Zat Knight takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker.71:39 Substitution
Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Rafael Van der Vaart coming on for Aaron Lennon.71:39 Substitution
Substitution Ivan Klasnic goes off and David Ngog comes on.71:20
Luka Modric has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Chris Eagles takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Younes Kaboul.68:55
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Paul Robinson gets a block in.68:14
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.66:41
Scott Parker takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.64:48
Outswinging corner taken by Luka Modric, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Luka Modric, clearance by Dedryck Boyata.64:20
Luka Modric takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.62:59
Darren Pratley concedes a free kick for a foul on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.61:12 Substitution
Substitution Darren Pratley on for Kevin Davies.59:58
Assist by Gareth Bale.59:58 Goal scored
Goal! - Jermain Defoe - Tottenham 3 - 0 Bolton Jermain Defoe finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 3-0 Bolton.59:30
Luka Modric takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.58:57
Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Nigel Reo-Coker gets a block in.58:14
Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.58:14 Booking
Booking Dedryck Boyata is booked.58:03
Luka Modric fouled by Dedryck Boyata, the ref awards a free kick.56:28
Luka Modric takes a shot. Blocked by Jermain Defoe.56:11
Kyle Walker has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.55:42
Luka Modric takes a short corner.54:11
Unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by William Gallas results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.51:47
Aaron Lennon challenges Gretar Rafn Steinsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.49:52
Assist by Jermain Defoe.49:52 Goal scored
Goal! - Aaron Lennon - Tottenham 2 - 0 Bolton Aaron Lennon finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-0 Bolton.49:10
Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, clearance by Kyle Walker.48:29
Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Free kick crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.48:10
Jermain Defoe is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.45:32
The official flags Ivan Klasnic offside. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.45:01
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.45:00 +2:07 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.44:39
Mark Davies takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.44:01
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Walker.43:10 Booking
Booking The referee shows Paul Robinson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.42:49
Scott Parker produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.41:50
Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Centre by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Dedryck Boyata takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.41:03
Gareth Bale delivers the ball, clearance made by Zat Knight.39:43
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.35:47
Luka Modric concedes a free kick for a foul on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Direct free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Effort from the edge of the box by Emmanuel Adebayor goes wide of the right-hand upright.35:28
Benoit Assou-Ekotto has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.34:48
Corner taken by Luka Modric, clearance by Zat Knight. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.33:51
Gareth Bale takes a shot. Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.32:03
Shot from just outside the area by Gareth Bale goes over the bar.31:11
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.29:10
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Adebayor by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Adebayor.28:25
The offside flag is raised against Luka Modric. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.28:01
Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.27:06
Kyle Walker sends in a cross, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.26:04 Substitution
Substitution Gretar Rafn Steinsson is brought on as a substitute for Fabrice Muamba.25:50
Fabrice Muamba takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.25:49
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Eagles, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.25:10
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.23:55
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.21:49
Shot by Scott Parker from just outside the area goes over the net.21:34
Kyle Walker crosses the ball, clearance by Nigel Reo-Coker.20:36
The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance made by Dedryck Boyata.19:16
Chris Eagles fouled by Aaron Lennon, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.17:09
The free kick is swung in left-footed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.17:09 Dismissal
Dismissal Gary Cahill is sent off.16:53
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Scott Parker.14:54
Jermain Defoe crosses the ball, clearance made by Gary Cahill.12:36
Gareth Bale delivers the ball, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.10:35
Chris Eagles produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.9:26
Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.8:36
Corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles.8:22
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Scott Parker gets a block in.7:53
Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles. Chris Eagles restarts play with the free kick.6:07
Luka Modric provided the assist for the goal.6:07 Goal scored
Goal! - Gareth Bale - Tottenham 1 - 0 Bolton A goal is scored by Gareth Bale from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Tottenham 1-0 Bolton.6:05
Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line to the near post,3:44
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Scott Parker. A cross is delivered by Paul Robinson, Header from close in by Gary Cahill misses to the right of the goal.3:17
The referee blows for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. Free kick taken by Gary Cahill.2:29
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Robinson on Aaron Lennon. Luka Modric takes the free kick.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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