Spurs seal sixth straight win
Published 03/12/2011 | 17:12
Tottenham claimed a club record-equalling sixth successive Barclays Premier League win as they eased to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Bolton at White Hart Lane.
Gareth Bale tapped home a Luka Modric corner to open the scoring after six minutes and then removed his boot in front of the Bolton fans as a tribute to former Wales manager and Trotters player Gary Speed.
Gary Cahill was given a very harsh red card for a foul on Scott Parker in the 17th minute and Spurs dominated from then on, adding second-half goals from Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon to seal the comfortable win which stretched their unbeaten run to 11 matches.
The result further enhanced Tottenham's chances of claiming a top-four place and kept them within seven points of leaders Manchester City, who have played one more game.
After a minute's applause for former Trotters player Speed, Spurs showed their class from the start and took just six minutes to score.
Zat Knight's sliding block on Lennon deflected the winger's shot behind and Bale sneaked ahead of his marker to tap home at the near post from the resulting corner.
Bolton's afternoon went from bad to worse in the 18th minute when Cahill was sent off for a foul on Parker.
Parker dispossessed Cahill on the halfway line and ran 20 yards down the left flank before the defender clattered into him from behind. Referee Stuart Attwell ruled that Parker was in a goalscoring position, and gave the centre-half a straight red.
Spurs hit Bolton on the counter-attack in the 50th minute to make it 2-0. Lennon cut in from the right flank and jinked past two defenders before firing past Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Defoe made it 3-0 as he scored his eighth of the season. Bale flicked on Modric's corner at the near post and the England striker beat his marker to score from four yards.