Belfast Telegraph

Pav’s brace helps Tottenham bury Bolton

Tottenham 4 Bolton 0

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice as Tottenham eased past Bolton to set up an all-London FA Cup quarter-final clash with Fulham.

The £13.8million Russia international, who was starting after hitting a double as a substitute against Wigan at the weekend, put Spurs ahead after 23 minutes.

Tottenham's passage was sealed with own goals either side of half-time from Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and defender Andy O'Brien. Pavlyuchenko then rounded off the evening with the fourth, after being picked out in the box by substitute Danny Rose.

Pavlyuchenko, who was making his first Tottenham start since October 27, replaced Peter Crouch up front and will have given manager Harry Redknapp plenty of food for thought. He could have a major role to play now as Tottenham bid for a top-four finish and FA Cup glory.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle also has plenty to think about, and the former Burnley manager must be worried for his team's form after another defeat.

Spurs made all the early running but it was Bolton who worked the best chance when Sam Ricketts spotted Gardner unmarked at the far post but his cross was just too high.

And having survived at one end, Spurs marched downfield and immediately took the lead.

Luka Modric slid a pass to the edge of the box where Pavlyuchenko turned Zat Knight and slid the ball past Jaaskelainen and inside the far post.

Tottenham took control of the tie with a bizarre own goal. Defoe launched himself at a low cross from the right but Jaaskelainen got there first and deflected the ball into his own net off the inside of his right leg.

The second half was only two minutes old when Spurs took a 3-0 lead following another defensive howler from Bolton, O'Brien deflecting Bale's left-wing cross past the helpless Jaaskelainen.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, a half-time replacement for Defoe, thought he had extended Spurs' lead further but his strike was ruled offside before Pavlyuchenko wrapped up the victory with his sixth goal of the season.

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