Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers
White Hart Lane, London N17 - The World Famous Home of the Spurs
Wednesday 24th February 2010, Kick Off 20:00
FA Cup Fifth Round Replay
Tottenham Hotspur: 4th in Premier League, 46 points from 81
Bolton Wanderers: 18th in Premier League, 23 points from 78
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
Assistant referees: Nigel Bannister & Ron Ganfield
Fourth official: Grant Hegley
Tottenham Hotspur host Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on Wednesday 24th February in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay with the winners facing Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Quarter Finals. The replay will be decided on the night with extra time and a penalty shoot-out being used, if neccesary. The earlier match at the Reebok Stadium finished in a 1-1 draw after Bolton were the dominant team in the first half and took the lead through Kevin Davies. Spurs were fortunate to go into the break just the one goal down but the second 45 minutes saw Spurs the far superior team and Jermain Defoe got the equaliser just over the hour mark. Despite almost constant Spurs pressure in the latter stages of the match, including a Tom Huddlestone penalty saved by Bolton goalkeeper Jaaskelainen, the winning goal never came.
Spurs have already beaten Peterborough United 4-0 at home and Leeds United 3-1 away (after a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane) in this season's FA Cup while Bolton have accounted for Lincoln City 4-0 at home and Sheffield United 2-0 at home.
Tottenham Hotspur have won the FA Cup on eight occasions - 1901 v Sheffield United, 1921 v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 1961 v Leicester City, 1962 v Burnley, 1967 v Chelsea, 1981 v Manchester City, 1982 v Queens Park Rangers and 1991 v Nottingham Forest. Bolton Wanderers' four FA Cup wins have been 1923 v West Ham United (the first Wembley Final), 1926 v Manchester City, 1929 v Portsmouth and 1958 v Manchester United.
Spurs have been losing FA Cup Finalists once in 1987 against Coventry City. Bolton have lost three finals - to Notts County in 1894, Manchester City in 1904 and to Blackpool in 1953, a match still remembered as the Stanley Matthews Final.
Last time out, Tottenham won 3-0 away at Wigan Athletic with goals from Jermain Defoe (his 22nd of the season) and a brace from Roman Pavlyuchenko within 17 minutes which lifted Spurs three places in the table back to fourth, while Bolton's visit to local rivals Blackburn Rovers resulted in a 3-0 defeat, leaving Wanderers deep in relegation trouble and without a Premier League goal in five straight matches.
The two teams have met this season in the Premier League at the Reebok in October 2009 which resulted in a 2-2 draw. Croatians Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka scored for Spurs with Ricardo Gardner and Kevin Davies scoring for Bolton. The return fixture at White Hart Lane is due to be played on 1st May 2010.
Harry Redknapp will have a few players missing for Wednesday night's FA Cup replay against Bolton. Ledley King (thigh), Aaron Lennon (groin) and Jermaine Jenas (groin) will sit it out alongside cup-tied pair Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker. Harry reported that winger Aaron had suffered a 'bit of a setback' on his road to recovery following fresh scans on his injured groin. "He's worked hard on the training ground every day, so it's the last thing he wanted," said Harry. "But he'll get on with it and I'm sure he'll come back as good as ever." Further specialist advice is being sought on how best to rehabilitate Aaron's injury.
Better news sees Benoit Assou-Ekotto back in full training after suffering a hip injury in December. Longer-term injuries Carlo Cudicini (pelvis, wrist) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) remain out but again, there is good news as goalkeeper Carlo has started ball work this week.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle could be tempted to rotate his squad with his side in the midst of a relegation battle. Vladimir Weiss and Jack Wilshere are cup-tied, while Gretar Steinsson, Chris Basham and Mark Davies are injured. And that could mean the likes of Stuart Holden, Jlloyd Samuel, Tamir Cohen, Andy O'Brien, Ali Al Habsi and Mustapha Riga all feature, with Coyle saying: "The priority is to stay in the Premier League. "If somebody was to say me 'would you give up the FA Cup to stay in the Premier League?' the answer to that is yes - it remains our number-one aim.
• This is one of two replays that will see one of the nine remaining Premier League clubs eliminated.
• Third-bottom Bolton are 14 places lower than Spurs.
• Prize for the winners will be an away tie to fellow top-flight Fulham in the quarter-finals on Saturday, 6 March.
• Both this season's Premier League and FA Cup meetings at the Reebok were drawn.
• Tottenham have not lost to the Trotters at White Hart Lane since an odd goal in seven League Cup reverse in October 2004.
• This is the sixth season these clubs have met each other in the history of the FA Cup; only twice has the issue been resolved at the first time of asking.
LAST MATCH LINE-UPS:
Tottenham Hotspur (W 3-0 Wigan Athletic A)
Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King (Bassong 52), Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Kranjcar (Modric 69), Crouch, Defoe (Pavlyuchenko 73)
Substitutes: Alnwick, Kaboul, Rose, Gudjohnsen
Yellow Cards: Dawson, Bentley, Huddlestone, Defoe
Goals: Defoe 27, Pavlyuchenko 84 & 90+3
Bolton Wanderers (L 0-3 Blackburn Rovers A)
Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Knight, Steinsson, Ricketts, Muamba (Davies 59), Taylor (Weiss 59), Gardner, Lee, Elmander (Klasnic 69)
Substitutes: Al Habsi, O'Brien, Cohen, Wilshere,
Yellow Card: Steinsson
Wednesday night's match will be the 99th meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers.
Here are the results of the previous 98 matches with Spurs' score shown first:
18-Nov-1899 Friendly - H W 4 - 0Rule, Pratt, Cameron (2) 19-Sep-1908Division 2 25,000H W 2 - 1Minter, Middlemiss 23-Jan-09Division 2 24,000A W 1 - 0Steel R 11-Dec-09Division 1 20,000H D 1 - 1Minter 23-Apr-10Division 1 3,000A W 2 - 0Humphreys (2) 16-Dec-11Division 1 20,000A L 0 - 1 20-Apr-12Division 1 18,000H W 1 - 0Minter 09-Nov-12Division 1 23,000H L 0 - 1 15-Mar-13Division 1 25,000A L 0 - 2 01-Jan-14Division 1 30,000A L 0 - 3 10-Apr-14Division 1 39,020H W 3 - 0Joyce, Cantrell, Bliss 28-Nov-14Division 1 8,000A L 2 - 4Clay (pen), Cantrell 03-Apr-15Division 1 11,000H W 4 - 2Cantrell, Bliss (3) 18-Dec-20Division 1 33,000H W 5 - 2Seed, Cantrell, Bliss (2), Dimmock 01-Jan-21Division 1 45,000A L 0 - 1 29-Aug-21Division 1 31,771H L 1 - 2Thompson 05-Sep-21Division 1 40,000A L 0 - 1 17-Feb-23Division 1 30,000H L 0 - 1 11-Apr-23Division 1 15,000A W 2 - 0Cantrell, Dimmock 22-Sep-23Division 1 35,012H D 0 - 0 29-Sep-23Division 1 25,000A L 1 - 3Lindsay 30-Aug-24Division 1 42,000H W 3 - 0Clay (pen), Lindsay, Hargreaves 27-Dec-24Division 1 18,000A L 0 - 3 31-Jan-25F.A. Cup 2 52,635H D 1 - 1Seed 04-Feb-25F.A. Cup 2 Replay 51,774A W 1 - 0Seed 21-Nov-25Division 1 26,792H L 2 - 3Osborne, Elkes 03-Apr-26Division 1 31,364A D 1 - 1Osborne 30-Oct-26Division 1 29,999H W 1 - 0Handley 19-Mar-27Division 1 17,762A D 2 - 2Sanders, Dimmock 26-Dec-27Division 1 25,229A L 1 - 4Elkes 06-Feb-28Division 1 18,183H L 1 - 2Armstrong 16-Feb-35F.A. Cup 5 70,347H D 1 - 1Evans W 20-Feb-35F.A. Cup 5 Replay 47,453A D 1 - 1Hunt GS 25-Feb-35F.A. Cup 5 2nd Replay26,692VP L 0 - 2 10-Jan-48F.A. Cup 3 37,075A W 2 - 0(a.e.t) Duquemin (2) 23-Aug-50Division 1 21,745A W 4 - 1Walters, Murphy, Duquemin, Medley 28-Aug-50Division 1 44,246H W 4 - 2og, Duquemin (2), Baily 08-Sep-51Division 1 61,838H W 2 - 1Bennett, Edwards og 05-Jan-52Division 1 46,354A D 1 - 1Harmer 15-Nov-52Division 1 31,442H D 1 - 1Bennett 04-Apr-53Division 1 40,185A W 3 - 2McClellan, Stokes, Duquemin 03-Oct-53Division 1 39,842A L 0 - 2 03-Mar-54Division 1 16,720H W 3 - 2Walters, Stokes, Dunmore 25-Dec-54Division 1 25,978A W 2 - 1Dunmore, Robb 27-Dec-54Division 1 41,063H W 2 - 0Baily, Brooks 08-Oct-55Division 1 35,237H L 0 - 3 21-Mar-56Division 1 10,942A L 2 - 3Smith R, Robb 01-Sep-56Division 1 30,889A L 0 - 1 29-Dec-56Division 1 42,030H W 4 - 0Dyson, Harmer (pen), Smith R, Robb 19-Oct-57Division 1 20,381A L 2 - 3Smith R, Robb 12-Mar-58Division 1 22,978H W 4 - 1Brooks, Smith R (3) 08-Nov-58Division 1 39,820H D 1 - 1Smith R 28-Mar-59Division 1 21,384A L 1 - 4Clayton 07-Nov-59Division 1 41,909H L 0 - 2 26-Mar-60Division 1 31,106A L 1 - 2Mackay 07-Sep-60Division 1 41,565A W 2 - 1 White, Allen 14-Sep-60Division 1 43,559H W 3 - 1 Blanchflower (pen), Smith R (2) 09-Oct-61Division 1 24,726A W 2 - 1 Allen, Clayton 24-Feb-62Division 1 36,470H D 2 - 2 Smith R, Greaves 08-Dec-62Division 1 20,737A L 0 - 1 27-Apr-63Division 1 40,965H W 4 - 1 Marchi, Greaves, White, Smith R 07-Dec-63Division 1 18,394A W 3 - 1 Greaves, Dyson, Farrimond og 18-Apr-64Division 1 32,507H W 1 - 0 Greaves 26-Nov-77Division 2 34,260A L 0 - 1 07-Jan-78F.A. Cup 3 43,731H D 2 - 2 Hoddle, Duncan 10-Jan-78F.A. Cup 3 Replay31,314A L 1 - 2 (a.e.t) Taylor (pen) 08-Apr-78Division 2 50,097H W 1 - 0 McAllister 28-Oct-78Division 1 37,337H W 2 - 0 Pratt, Lee 08-May-79Division 1 17,879A W 3 - 1 Holmes, Falco, Villa 10-Nov-79Division 1 33,155H W 2 - 0 Yorath, Hoddle (pen) 22-Mar-80Division 1 14,474A L 1 - 2 Jones 23-Dec-95FA Prem 30,702H D 2 - 2 Sheringham, Armstrong 20-Mar-96FA Prem 17,829A W 3 - 2 Howells, Fox, Armstrong 27-Nov-96League Cup 4 18,621A L 1 - 6 Sheringham 23-Sep-97FA Prem 23,433A D 1 - 1 Armstrong 01-Mar-98FA Prem 29,032H W 1 - 0 Neilsen 03-Dec-2001FA Prem 32,971H W 3 - 2 Poyet, Ferdinand, Sheringham 11-Dec-01League Cup 5 28,340H W 6 - 0 Davies, Ferdinand (3), Barness og, Iversen 05-Feb-02F.A. Cup 4 27,093H W 4 - 0 Anderton (pen), Iversen, Etherington, Barness og 20-Apr-02FA Prem 25,817A D 1 - 1 Iversen 20-Oct-02FA Prem 35,909H W 3 - 1 Keane (2), Davies 24-Mar-03FA Prem 23,084A L 0 - 1 01-Nov-03FA Prem 35,191H L 0 - 1 17-Apr-04FA Prem 26,440A L 0 - 2 23-Oct-04FA Prem 36,025H L 1 - 2 Keane 27-Oct-04League Cup 3 18,037A W 4 - 3 (a.e.t, 2-2) Defoe (2), Bunjevcevic, Brown 01-Feb-05FA Prem 24,780A L 1 - 3 Defoe 05-Nov-05FA Prem 26,634A L 0 - 1 29-Apr-06FA Prem 36,179H W 1 - 0 Lennon 19-Aug-06FA Prem 22,899A L 0 - 2 24-Feb-07FA Prem 35,747H W 4 - 1 Keane (2), Jenas, Lennon 23-Sep-07FA Prem 20,308A D 1 - 1 Keane 26-Apr-08FA Prem 36,176H D 1 - 1 Malbranque 26-Oct-08FA Prem 35,507H W 2 - 0 Pavlyuchenko, Bent (pen) 31-Jan-09FA Prem 21,575 A L 2 - 3 Bent (2) 03-Oct-09FA Prem 21,303A D 2 - 2 Kranjcar, Corluka 14-Feb-10F.A. Cup 5 13,596A D 1 - 1 Defoe 24-Feb-10F.A. Cup 5 Replay H
LAST TIME WE MET...
BOLTON WANDERERS 1-1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Reebok Stadium, FA Cup Fifth Round, 14th February 2010
Tottenham fought back to earn an FA Cup fifth-round replay after an entertaining draw against Bolton. The hosts were much the better side in the first half and went ahead when Kevin Davies completed an impressive passing move by firing in on the turn. But Spurs responded and equalised when Jermain Defoe fired home on 61 minutes. And Tom Huddlestone wasted the chance to send Spurs through as Jussi Jaaskelainen saved his penalty after a Sam Ricketts handball.
The old adage of "a game of two halves" can rarely have been more apt, with Bolton utterly dominant before the break and Spurs by far the better side after. The sparse Valentine's Day crowd suggests the romance of the FA Cup is not what it was but the Bolton fans who did make it to the Reebok Stadium found plenty to appreciate in their side's revitalised style of play, particularly in the first 45 minutes.
The hosts, for so long derided as a long-ball side, were slick on the ball throughout and put Tottenham's more fashionable players to shame for long periods. Chung-Yong Lee's early driven cross was mis-controlled by Matt Taylor and Johan Elmander's follow-up only just deflected over the bar off Vedran Corluka.
The Swede, who has struggled to convince during his time at the Reebok, was then set free by Ricardo Gardner but could only manage an abysmal left-footed effort that was more akin to a rugby conversion. Spurs were totally unable to get a foothold in the game in the opening period, as Taylor peppered the visiting defence with a series of free-kicks and corners. One effort tested goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to the limit, while Davies once again bullied the Tottenham defenders at every opportunity. Spurs' best chance of the opening half-hour was a long-range drive from the recalled Peter Crouch that ended up closer to the corner flag.
Bolton thoroughly deserved to be in front and their fine football finally reaped its rewards with after a 16-pass move. Elmander broke free down the right and after a one-two with Lee, crossed with pace for Davies to control and fire home on the turn. Any hopes of an immediate improvement from the visitors after the break were wiped away when a shot from Davies deflected just past the post and Elmander fired into the side-netting after another sweeping move. Another fluent move, including a sumptuous pass from Davies, ended with Muamba dragging a horrible shot wide before Spurs finally drove forward and hit the crossbar on two occasions.
Firstly Crouch beat Jaaskelainen to a high ball but saw his header come back off the woodwork before a shot from Wilson Palacios caught Paul Robinson's foot and looped onto the bar. Redknapp's side suddenly had their appetite back and did not have to wait long for a leveller. Bale burst forward down the left flank and passed to Defoe who slammed the ball high into the net - although a slight deflection off Ricketts did not help Jaaskelainen. The defender did more damage shortly after when a flick from Crouch in the box cannoned into his raised arm, prompting referee Phil Dowd to award a penalty.
With Defoe having missed from the spot against Leeds in the previous round, Huddlestone stepped up but saw Jaaskelainen pull off a fine save. The Finnish keeper then pulled off an even better stop to keep out a fizzing long-range drive from Defoe. Tottenham ended the game much the stronger and really should have won it when Crouch glanced a header wide after more good work from the terrific Bale.
Ultimately Bolton will be the side most relieved to still be in the competition, but neither manager will be happy at the prospect of a replay with a string of crucial league games in the offing.
Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle:
"Harry (Redknapp) said to me at full-time he thought it was a game of two halves but I think it was a game of an hour for us with the last half-hour going to Tottenham. There is a lot to be pleased about. For large periods of the game we were in the ascendancy. If we had come in at half-time with a bigger lead no-one would have thought it was unjust. Probably none of us wanted a replay but we are in the draw for the next round and who is to say we can't go there and win the replay. It is easy to look back in slow motion and see Sam's arms were already up because of the nature of Crouch's movement but the referee called it and you have to get on with it."
Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Joe Jordan:
"We lived dangerously in the first half as we didn't play particularly well and the performance was not good enough. But in the second half we got ourselves sorted out and we should be going away with the victory, no question of that. We certainly didn't play in the first half and in the first 30 minutes Bolton's style of play caused us problems and it could have resulted in a second goal and we couldn't have had any complaints. It wasn't until the second half we dominated the game. We have not been too lucky with penalties. Normally when you see Tom take them in training he does it with power - today he tried to place it. But I think when a penalty is saved you have to give credit to the goalkeeper."
Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Knight (O'Brien 63), Steinsson, Ricketts, Muamba, Taylor (Cohen 88), Gardner, Lee (Davies 74), Elmander
Substitutes: Al Habsi, Samuel, Holden, Riga
Yellow Cards: Knight, Taylor
Goal: Davies 34
Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Modric (Kranjcar 63), Crouch, Defoe
Substitutes: Alnwick, Bassong, Dervite, Rose, Pavlyuchenko, Gudjohnsen
Yellow Cards: Huddlestone, Palacios, Defoe
Goal: Defoe 61
Referee: Dowd, Attendance: 13,596