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Tuesday, 4 December, 2001, 02:15 GMT
Spurs complete comeback
Teddy Sheringham celebrates his winning goal with Gus Poyet
Sheringham won the game as time ticked away
Tottenham 3-2 Bolton
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Tottenham deservedly won an entertaining Premiership encounter at White Hart Lane after producing a spirited second-half performance.

The win takes Glenn Hoddle's upwardly-mobile team to fifth place in the Premiership.

A late headed goal by the irrepressible Teddy Sheringham ensured Spurs completed a superb comeback after trailing at half time.

Bolton took the lead after just eight minutes through the prolific Michael Ricketts and did not seem overly threatened during a lacklustre opening 45 minutes.

But Spurs bounced back with two goals in a minute through Gustavo Poyet and Les Ferdinand shortly after the start of the second half.

  Key moments
8 mins: Ricketts scores for Bolton
12 mins: Jaaskelainen saves to deny Ziege
47 mins: Poyet equalises for Spurs
48 mins: Ferdinand gives Spurs the lead
56 mins: Wallace equalises for Bolton
86 mins: Sheringham heads Spurs winner
Bolton equalised through Rod Wallace but Sheringham ensured the home crowd went home happy with his goal.

Bolton skipper Gudni Bergsson nearly gifted Spurs a goal after only three minutes.

The former Spurs defender - completely unmarked - almost stroked the ball into his own net with a sloppy back pass that evaded his goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and went out for a corner.

Minutes later Bolton broke with pace and opened the scoring through Michael Ricketts.

The Bolton striker scored his seventh goal in seven games after wrong-footing Ledley King and drilling the ball past Neil Sullivan from 18 yards.

To score two goals away from home and go home with nothing is sickening
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce
Christian Ziege almost equalised for Spurs after 12 minutes with a curling left-footed free-kick, but Jaaskelainen dived to his right and made a brilliant save.

Poyet went close for Spurs before Bolton once again broke with power and speed - but this time Rod Wallace's shot lacked pace and Sullivan easily saved.

Spurs manager Hoddle introduced Ferdinand and Goran Bunjevcevic for the start of the second half - and the substitutions made all the difference.

Two minutes later Ferdinand headed a Darren Anderton cross against the crossbar.

Mike Whitlow tried to clear the danger but he too headed against the woodwork before Poyet headed Spurs' equaliser from short range.

Ledley King (left) is unable to stop Rod Wallace scoring Bolton's second
Wallace breaks through to score Bolton's second
Moments later Bunjevcevic was involved in a superb passing move that culminated in Ferdinand stroking the ball past Jaaskelainen for Spurs' second.

But Bolton quickly drew level.

Sullivan - making his 50th appearance for Spurs - was beaten by Rod Wallace from an acute angle.

The Spurs goalkeeper dived to his left but - despite taking most of the pace off Wallace's shot - could not prevent the ball squirming over the line.

Undeterred, Spurs poured forward in search of a winner and did so through Sheringham with four minutes remaining.

A free-kick whipped into the Bolton penalty area was met early by Sheringham, who left Jaaskelainen with little chance of saving his powerful header.

Moments before Spurs' winner the away team had almost scored but Dean Richards made a brilliant last-ditch tackle to deny Dean Holdsworth, who had been played through on goal.

Tottenham: Sullivan, Davies, Richards, Perry, King, Ziege, Poyet, Anderton, Freund, Rebrov, Sheringham. Subs: Beasant, Ferdinand, Leonhardsen, Thatcher, Bunjevcevic.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, N'Gotty, Whitlow, Bergsson, Charlton, Gardner, Nolan, Farrelly, Frandsen, Wallace, Ricketts. Subs: Poole, Hansen, Holdsworth, Southall, Johnson.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset).

BBC Sport's Steve Wilson
"You couldn't begrudge Spurs their win"
Tottenham's Goran Bunjevcevic
"It was a very hard game for us"
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03 Dec 01 |  Eng Prem
Clockwatch: Spurs 3-2 Bolton
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