Belfast Telegraph

Spurs brought back to earth

Bolton stopped Champions League heroes Tottenham in their tracks after surviving a late scare to win 4-2 at the Reebok Stadium.

The home side raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to two goals from Kevin Davies, one from the penalty spot, and Gretar Steinsson.

But Spurs, conquerors of Inter Milan in the Champions League in midweek, hit back with Alan Hutton and substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko scoring in the last 11 minutes only for Martin Petrov to step off the bench and seal Bolton's victory in stoppage time.

Tottenham have never achieved a league victory at the ground and manager Harry Redknapp will wonder how they failed to build on their famous win in midweek.

Bolton made the breakthrough when Sandro carelessly lost possession to Fabrice Muamba, who played the ball on to Matt Taylor. He then slipped it through to Davies, whose shot was too strong for Heurelho Gomes and found the bottom corner.

Bolton extended their lead in the 56th minute thanks to Steinsson's first goal of the season. The Icelandic full-back, charged with the task of shadowing Gareth Bale, broke clear to get on the end of a cutback from Johan Elmander to fire a shot beyond Gomes and give his side some breathing space.

The hosts made it 3-0 after 75 minutes with Davies' second goal of the game, which came from the penalty spot.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto was punished for tripping Chung-Yong Lee and Davies calmly slotted the ball home.

Tottenham were left reeling but pulled a goal back in the 79th minute thanks to a magnificent solo effort from Hutton.

They were given real hope when Pavlyuchenko grabbed a second with a superb volley nine minutes later - only for substitute Petrov to wrap things up.


From Belfast Telegraph