Belfast Telegraph

Spurs edge closer to fourth

Emmanuel Adebayor struck twice as Tottenham recovered some of their sparkle to beat Bolton 4-1 and maintain their hold on fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League.

The comfortable victory took them within two points of third-placed Arsenal but left Bolton in deep relegation trouble.

It was an emotional night for the hosts with Fabrice Muamba returning to the ground for the first time since suffering a cardiac arrest during the FA Cup tie between the same two teams in March.

Spurs took the lead with a spectacular strike from Luka Modric after 37 minutes.

The visitors won a corner after Adam Bogdan saved from Rafael van der Vaart. Bolton fans were incensed as they felt Sandro had handled but Van der Vaart was allowed to chip to Modric outside the area and the Croatian chested down before blasting a swerving shot into the top corner.

The Trotters pulled themselves back level with a well-worked equaliser.

Kevin Davies headed on Boyata's throw-in to David Ngog and his backheel rolled perfectly for Nigel Reo-Coker, who fired a low shot past Brad Friedel.

But Spurs launched two quick counter-raids to score twice in as many minutes. Gareth Bale first stretched the defence and Van der Vaart finished brilliantly as the Welshman slid an inviting ball into his path.

Barely seconds later, Aaron Lennon got behind the defence as he raced on to a long ball from Modric and squared for Adebayor to tap home.

Bolton briefly rallied but the game was put beyond their reach as Bale sent Adebayor clear and the on-loan Manchester City striker casually rounded Bogdan to score.

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