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Bolton   2 - 2   Tottenham

Niko Kranjcar
Kranjcar celebrates his first goal for Tottenham in a topsy-turvy match at Bolton

By Sam Lyon

Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka scored their first goals for Tottenham as they twice came from behind to ensure Bolton are still without a home league win.

Just three minutes were on the clock when Ricardo Gardner put Bolton ahead from close range, but Kranjcar slammed in Peter Crouch's knockdown to level.

Kevin Davies deservedly restored the hosts' lead following a flowing move.

However, Corluka headed in a corner to make it 2-2 and though both teams had chances, neither were able to win it.

A point apiece was probably just about the right result from a topsy-turvy game, though Bolton will feel their first-half dominance alone should have brought them all three.

We should have beaten Spurs - Megson

Gary Megson's side can comfort themselves with the knowledge that the result stretches their unbeaten run to five matches, though, while Tottenham will be happy to have grabbed a point at a ground where they have never won.

It concluded a strange week for Redknapp, who was forced to deny bizarre stories he was about to quit as Tottenham boss after bookmakers had slashed the odds on him leaving White Hart Lane from 50-1 to evens.

And his mood was not helped early in the match when Bolton - who had scored all eight of their league goals from broken play this season before this game - took just three minutes to underline their threat from set-plays.

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Spurs failed to deal with a long throw into the box and Gardner pounced on Carlo Cudicini's spill from Chung-Yong Lee's shot to slam in the opener.

Some would say it was a 'typical' Bolton goal - direct and uncomplicated - but the Trotters are all too often regarded as one-dimensional and at times their football in the first half left Tottenham chasing shadows.

In truth, the hosts could have scored five by half-time. Tamir Cohen was twice set free in the box only to scuff his shot on goal, while Kevin Davies and Matthew Taylor also had close-range efforts smothered well by the otherwise erratic Cudicini.

Harry happy with Spurs' spirit

And yet they entered the break level. Kranjcar was the poacher extraordinaire, the Croatian slamming home with aplomb from Peter Crouch's knock-down 16 yards out for his first Spurs goal in the visitors' first attack of note.

Something needed to change for Tottenham and while they continued to look vulnerable under the high ball in defence, they were at least more of a threat in attack in the second half.

Aaron Lennon in particular came into his own and he forced a smart save on the stretch from Jussi Jaaskelainen with a left-footed curler, while Crouch drove narrowly over from just inside the box minutes later.

But Spurs could do little to prevent the Trotters regaining the lead with a wonderful move.

Defender Corluka 'does not like heading'

Cohen was again at the heart of it, the midfielder collecting Lee's back-heel and dinking to the far post for Davies to head in from a narrow angle.

Again Tottenham responded, Jaaskelainen somehow deflecting Crouch's goalbound effort on to the bar just moments before Corluka looped a precise header into the far corner from Kranjcar's corner.

In a frantic finale, both teams went for the win, with Cudicini pushing Taylor's goalbound header round the post and Jaaskelainen again denying Crouch when the tall frontman looked primed to grab the winner.

But neither side could find a breakthrough and the match ended in a draw, a result that - temporarily at least - lifts Tottenham into third in the Premier League and Bolton into 12th.


Bolton manager Gary Megson:
"I'm disappointed with the draw to be honest, but delighted with the way we've played. That's probably as well as we've played all season.

"I've seen Tottenham twice this season and they've been scintillating, but today they weren't and that was down to our good play.

"I thought we made the better chances and to concede two goals the way we did - a hoof to the back post and then from a corner - was disappointing.

"Still, it's rare that we come in and say the only thing we were missing was the finishing. We're labelled a certain way - we have to live with that - but we can play, and we do play, no doubt about that."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"It was a tough game, they're difficult to play against. Kevin Davies is always a threat with the way he plays, messing people around, and they were well organised, worked hard, and played the ball well too.

"That said, we've come from behind twice and then looked the likelier to go on and win it - we had the chances for sure - so I think a point apiece was fair.

"As for the speculation about me this week - it's absolute rubbish, a load of nonsense. I have no idea where people dream this stuff up.

"I absolutely love it here. We have a good team, I'm delighted with the way we're playing and I am over the moon to be here."

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Saturday, 3 October 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 2-2 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Gardner 4
  • Davies 69
  • Kranjcar 34
  • Corluka 73

Bolton

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: JonesAtt: 21,305
BOLTON
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Bolton 50%
  • Tottenham 50%

Attempts on target

  • Bolton 9
  • Tottenham 9

Attempts off target

  • Bolton 3
  • Tottenham 8

Corners

  • Bolton 5
  • Tottenham 6

Fouls

  • Bolton 15
  • Tottenham 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:14 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 90:00+3:40 Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar from the right by-line, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 90:00+2:50 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ivan Klasnic. Carlo Cudicini takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:57 Jermain Defoe sends in a cross, Jlloyd Samuel manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+0:23 Vedran Corluka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jlloyd Samuel. Free kick crossed by Gavin McCann, save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 90:00 Booking Vedran Corluka receives a yellow card.
  • 89:08 Tamir Cohen fouled by Wilson Palacios, the ref awards a free kick. Gavin McCann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:42 Foul by Ivan Klasnic on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 86:33 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee leaves the field to be replaced by Ivan Klasnic.
  • 86:23 Jermain Defoe has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 85:39 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Niko Kranjcar. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 85:11 Tom Huddlestone delivers the ball.
  • 84:29 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Niko Kranjcar, Tamir Cohen manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:20 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • Correction - 83:31 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a left-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 83:31 Shot from long distance by Vedran Corluka misses to the right of the target.
  • 83:12 Inswinging corner taken by Niko Kranjcar from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts.
  • 83:02 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Blocked by Samuel Ricketts.
  • 80:05 Substitution Mark Davies is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Taylor.
  • 79:28 Wilson Palacios challenges Matthew Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gavin McCann takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:03 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
  • 76:49 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 76:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Chung-Yong Lee. Free kick taken by Jlloyd Samuel.
  • 75:54 Vedran Corluka delivers the ball, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
  • 74:53 Foul by Chung-Yong Lee on Vedran Corluka, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 74:22 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 73:42 Substitution Fabrice Muamba leaves the field to be replaced by Gavin McCann.
  • 72:56 Niko Kranjcar provided the assist for the goal.
  • 72:56 GOAL - Vedran CorlukaBolton 2 - 2 Tottenham Vedran Corluka finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Bolton 2-2 Tottenham.
  • 72:34 Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar,
  • 72:29 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, Matthew Taylor gets a block in.
  • 72:02 Peter Crouch takes a shot.
  • 71:50 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 70:50 Aaron Lennon fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Jenas restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:19 Jermain Defoe is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 68:29 Assist on the goal came from Tamir Cohen.
  • 68:29 GOAL - Kevin DaviesBolton 2 - 1 Tottenham Kevin Davies scores a headed goal from close range. Bolton 2-1 Tottenham.
  • 67:42 The referee blows for offside against Jermain Defoe. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:28 A cross is delivered by Samuel Ricketts, Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:53 Substitution Robbie Keane goes off and Jermain Defoe comes on.
  • 66:30 Jermaine Jenas has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 65:00 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, Gary Cahill produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
  • 63:49 Centre by Jlloyd Samuel, save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 61:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jlloyd Samuel by Peter Crouch. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:04 The ball is delivered by Samuel Ricketts, Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
  • 59:57 Foul by Peter Crouch on Zat Knight, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:31 Sebastien Bassong takes the free kick.
  • 58:31 Booking Fabrice Muamba goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 58:16 Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
  • 57:23 Peter Crouch produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 57:05 Niko Kranjcar crosses the ball, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 55:13 Ricardo Gardner is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Tom Huddlestone has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 54:41 Wilson Palacios has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 54:25 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 53:06 Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance made by Peter Crouch.
  • 52:02 Foul by Jermaine Jenas on Tamir Cohen, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 50:22 Wilson Palacios takes a shot. Ricardo Gardner gets a block in.
  • 48:32 Kevin Davies takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
  • 47:47 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 46:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong by Kevin Davies. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:00 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:30 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor.
  • 43:38 Tom Huddlestone fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
  • 41:19 Tamir Cohen produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 40:08 Ricardo Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Sebastien Bassong. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:31 Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
  • 36:16 Jlloyd Samuel fouled by Wilson Palacios, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • Correction - 35:20 Kevin Davies challenges Sebastien Bassong unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 35:20 Foul by Kevin Davies on Sebastien Bassong, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 34:10 Free kick taken by Matthew Taylor.
  • 34:10 Booking Booking for Jermaine Jenas for unsporting behaviour.
  • 33:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Jermaine Jenas.
  • 33:01 The assist for the goal came from Peter Crouch.
  • 33:01 GOAL - Niko KranjcarBolton 1 - 1 Tottenham A goal is scored by Niko Kranjcar from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-1 Tottenham.
  • 31:17 Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
  • 31:17 Booking Tamir Cohen receives a yellow card.
  • 31:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamir Cohen on Wilson Palacios.
  • 27:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Niko Kranjcar. Matthew Taylor produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 26:49 Ricardo Gardner takes a shot. Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in.
  • 26:13 Wilson Palacios challenges Jlloyd Samuel unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 25:37 Niko Kranjcar concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Taylor. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 25:09 Niko Kranjcar takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Jlloyd Samuel.
  • 24:54 Niko Kranjcar takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
  • 22:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba by Niko Kranjcar. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 21:02 Shot from 35 yards by Ricardo Gardner missed to the left of the net.
  • 19:25 Jermaine Jenas fouled by Ricardo Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:12 Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 11:44 Peter Crouch fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Niko Kranjcar sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Peter Crouch misses to the right of the target.
  • Correction - 10:39 Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Matthew Taylor from right wing, Peter Crouch fouled by Tamir Cohen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 10:39 Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Benoit Assou-Ekotto results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 9:56 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, save made by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 8:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jlloyd Samuel by Tom Huddlestone. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
  • 8:36 Samuel Ricketts produces a cross.
  • 6:15 The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon, Jlloyd Samuel manages to make a clearance.
  • 5:21 Chung-Yong Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:13 Niko Kranjcar takes a inswinging corner.
  • 4:07 Benoit Assou-Ekotto produces a cross, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 3:10 The assist for the goal came from Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 3:10 GOAL - Ricardo GardnerBolton 1 - 0 Tottenham Ricardo Gardner finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Tottenham.
  • 2:39 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
  • 1:22 Unfair challenge on Aaron Lennon by Matthew Taylor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Vedran Corluka.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Premier League results

3 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 2-2 Tottenham R
Burnley 2-1 Birmingham R
Hull 2-1 Wigan R
Man Utd 2-2 Sunderland R
Wolverhampton 0-1 Portsmouth R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 8 11 19
2 Chelsea 7 10 18
3 Tottenham 8 7 16
4 Liverpool 7 12 15
5 Man City 6 7 15
6 Sunderland 8 3 13
7 Arsenal 6 10 12
8 Aston Villa 6 4 12
9 Burnley 8 -9 12
10 Everton 6 -2 9
11 Wigan 8 -7 9
12 Bolton 7 -1 8
13 Stoke 7 -4 8
14 Blackburn 6 -3 7
15 Birmingham 8 -3 7
16 Wolverhampton 8 -7 7
17 Hull 8 -12 7
18 Fulham 6 -4 6
19 West Ham 6 -3 4
20 Portsmouth 8 -9 3

see also
Saturday football as it happened
03 Oct 09 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
03 Oct 09 |  Football
Redknapp denies departure rumours
02 Oct 09 |  Tottenham



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