Tottenham 3 Bolton 1: Spurs coolly dispatch Wanderers in Muamba cup replay
21:10 GMT, 27 March 2012
Tottenham are on their way to Wembley, where they will play Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final after battling past Bolton on an emotional night at White Hart Lane.
Bolton had weathered wave after wave of Tottenham attacks, with goalkeeper Adam Bogdan in inspired form, when Ryan Nelsen finally breached the dam with a 74th minute back-post header.
Three minutes later, Jermain Defoe teed up Gareth Bale for the second to effectively settle a quarter-final tie that was rearranged after Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest in the original fixture.
Breakthrough: Ryan Nelson watches as his header sails into the net
Secure: Gareth Bale tucks home the second goal for Tottenham
Cudicini, King, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Nelsen, Bale, Parker (Defoe 71),
Van der Vaart (Rose 80), Modric, Livermore, Adebayor (Saha 79)
Subs not used: Friedel, Kaboul, Kranjcar, Giovani
Goals: Nelsen 74, Bale 77, Saha 90
Bogdan, Alonso, Knight, Ricketts, Boyata (K Davies 76), Eagles, M
Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley (Ream 28), Klasnic, Miyaichi (Tuncay 79)
Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Petrov, Vela, Ngog
Goals: K Davies 90
Referee: Howard Webb
Kevin Davies came off the bench to
score a late consolation goal for Bolton but Louis Saha applied the coup
de grace for Spurs, beating Bogdan from 25 yards with the final kick of
It was tough on Bogdan, whose heroics had kept Bolton in the game for so long. However, Spurs performance was dominant.
Both sets of players had warmed up in
T-shirts which read 'Uniting for Fabrice' on the front and 'thank you
for your support for Fabrice' on the back.
The match was preceded by a warm
minute of applause and chants of 'Fabrice Muamba', which were reprised,
significantly, after 41 minutes, the time he suffered a cardiac arrest
in the original tie.
It took 78 minutes for medics to
resuscitate Muamba and he remains in intensive care but his progress in
the last nine days has been described as 'encouraging'.
The playing shirts from tonight's
game were to be signed by the players and auctioned off, with all
proceeds to be split between the London Chest Hospital and three heart
The match programme featured messages
of thanks to the medical teams from both clubs and the global football
community from Bolton manager Owen Coyle, Muamba's father Marcel and his
fiancee Shauna Magunda.
Crowded: Nelsen nods in the first through a throng of players
Through: Tottenham celebrate their quarter-final date
Dr Andrew Deaner, the Spurs fan and
heart specialist who ran from the stands to assist in Muamba's treatment
and has continued to oversee his recovery, was a guest in the club's
Mark Davies took over from Muamba in
midfield and Chris Eagles replaced Martin Petrov as the only Bolton
changes from the original tie, while Spurs brought in Ledley King,
Emmanuel Adebayor and Jake Livermore.
Unlikely: Ryan Nelsen scored the first for Tottenham
No division: Tottenham supporters with a banner to support Muamba
Tottenham passed with pace and
purpose, creating holes in the Bolton defence and it was only Bogdan's
brilliance under siege that kept the match goalless for so long.
Bogdan was equal to Bale's powerful
early drive before pulling off the first of two top-class double saves,
to deny Livermore and Modric from close range.
Applause: Everybody clapped for Muamba at the start of the match (and below)
Kyle Walker was causing Bolton
problems down the right flank and Adebayor should have done better after
being picked out by a Rafael Van der Vaart corner.
Bolton had nothing going forward and
it was Bogdan who kept them in the game, producing another double save
after Adebayor had been released down the left by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Adebayor cut inside and tried a low
drive but Bogdan pushed it away from goal and then closed down Bale to
block the second shot.
Bale drilled into the side-netting, then Scott Parker saw a strike well saved.
Van der Vaart rattled the bar with a
free-kick early in the second half and then picked out Ledley King but
the Spurs captain headed just over.
Bolton briefly threatened against the
run of play, with Nigel Reo-Coker breaking clear only to be tackled by
Nelsen before Eagles' shot was deflected behind for a corner.
Solidarity: Bolton's Nigel Reo-Coker (left) and Tottenham's Jermain Defoe shake hands
Spurs were soon back on the attack
and Bogdan continued his heroics to first deny Van der Vaart and then
Adebayor when both had been put through on goal.
Jermain Defoe came on and also saw his first effort saved by Bogdan but finally, after 73 minutes, Spurs broke the deadlock.
Bogdan could not reach a corner from
the right and Nelsen rose at the far post to head the ball back across
goal and put Spurs ahead.
Within three minutes Bogdan was
beaten again when Defoe led a Tottenham counter-attack and fed Bale, who
cut inside and slid his shot under Bogdan to effectively seal the win.
Davies slid in a late consolation before Saha wrapped up the Spurs win at the end.