Davies lashes home Bolton's opener at the Reebok from just outside the are
By Sam Lyon
Bolton brought Tottenham crashing back down to earth with a deserved win that moved the Trotters up into sixth spot.
Kevin Davies lashed the opener against Inter Milan's midweek conquerors from 18 yards and Gretar Steinsson screwed in an angled drive to make it 2-0.
Davies then added a penalty after Lee Chung-Yung had been felled in the box.
Alan Hutton's curler and a fine volley from Roman Pavlyuchenko threatened a late comeback, but Martin Petrov slid in a late fourth to seal Bolton's win.
It was no less than the hosts' effervescent and committed performance warranted, while questions must be asked of Tottenham's ability to juggle their European and domestic commitments following another post-Champions League defeat.
After the exhilarating high of Wednesday's win over Inter Milan, a trip to the Reebok Stadium was always going to have an element of 'after the lord mayor's show' about it - and the north Londoners' cause was not helped by the absence of injured pair Rafael van der Vaart and Aaron Lennon.
Coyle salutes Bolton 'big performance'
But Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of the fact the league remains his side's top priority this season and he cut a frustrated - and at times furious - figure on the touchline as Bolton outfought and outplayed the visitors for long periods.
As early as the first minute Matty Taylor, preferred to the fit-again Petrov, could have opened the scoring when he blazed a great chance over the bar from inside the area, while Johan Elmander screwed wide when well placed.
With Steinsson and Lee doubling up on Gareth Bale and Niko Kranjcar misfiring, Tottenham's threat in attack was far more muted, though Sandro should have done better when set up by Wilson Palacios on the edge of the area.
Still, when Bolton's opener did come, there was an air of controversy about it.
Fabrice Muamba robbed Sandro in the middle and Taylor slipped the ball through to Davies, who - a yard offside - collected and slammed low into the corner.
Tottenham reacted well with Peter Crouch inches away from sliding a Bale cross home from inside the six-yard area and William Gallas forcing a sprawling save from Trotters goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with a left-foot curler.
But the home side were well worthy of their half-time lead, and they picked up where they left off at the start of the second period, relentlessly harrying the Spurs midfield and centre-halves Gallas and Younes Kaboul.
Tottenham did come close to levelling the scores when Bale's wicked free-kick crashed against the angle of post and bar, but moments later they were 2-0 down when Steinsson capped a fine display with a rifled shot into the corner from Elmander's cut-back.
As they did after going 1-0 behind, Spurs sparked into life, and Sandro should have done much better with his finish six yards out from Alan Hutton's cross.
Kranjcar, too, found himself in space in the box from substitute Pavlyuchenko's pass - but could only blaze wildly over the bar.
However, Bolton continued to look a threat whenever they pushed forward and after Taylor hit the post with a left-foot snap-shot, Fabrice Muamba burst into the box only to put his shot into the side netting.
No excuses for poor Spurs from Redknapp
The home fans did not have to wait long for a third, though, and after Benoit Assou-Ekotto bundled Lee over in the box, Davies expertly dispatched the penalty.
Tottenham have yet to manage a single win at the Reebok in the Premier League - and for a time it looked like the hosts would run riot, Elmander forcing keeper Heurelho Gomes into a smart save at the Swede's feet.
To their credit, Reknapp's side rallied late on.
First Hutton surged infield from the right before curling a lovely finish left-footed into the far corner, and then Pavlyuchenko crashed home a stunning volley from the angle after Bolton could only half-clear Bale's free-kick.
And with three minutes plus stoppage time still to play, it briefly looked like Tottenham could snatch a dramatic draw.
But substitute Petrov put paid to any chance of that when he strode on to Davies' flick and prodded under the advancing Gomes to send the crowd into raptures and secure the three points that moved Owen Coyle's side above Tottenham in the league.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle: "My team showed their class, work-rate and effort today and the players have done very little wrong all match.
"I think there was a mix of everything from us. We knocked it about at times, were effective when we got it to the strikers early, got in and about them and we came away with a big victory.
"It's three points, no more, but it was important to bounce back after last week's defeat to Liverpool. This is a work in progress here, we're just looking to improve on a weekly basis."
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: "My feet have been firmly on the ground all week, I've not been floating around with me head in the sky since the Inter Milan game.
"I knew it would be tough today, I knew Bolton would fancy it, and I told the players that. But still we defended poorly, were far too open, and we let them get about us.
"We're a bit light of a couple of key players, but take nothing away from Bolton, they were excellent. We have to learn from that today. Away from home, you can't be rolled over like we were."
90:00+6:01 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+5:15 Substitution Robbie Blake joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Davies.
Correction - 90:00+3:56 Kevin Davies provided the assist for the goal.
90:00+3:56 The assist for the goal came from Kevin Davies.
90:00+3:56 GOAL - Martin Petrov:Bolton 4 - 2 Tottenham Martin Petrov fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bolton 4-2 Tottenham.
90:00+3:03 Substitution Mark Davies replaces Johan Elmander.
90:00+2:54 Fabrice Muamba produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
90:00+1:34 Unfair challenge on Stuart Holden by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Martin Petrov.
90:00+1:18 Martin Petrov decides to take the corner short.
90:00+1:01 Johan Elmander takes a shot. David Bentley gets a block in.
90:00+0:28 Shot by Martin Petrov from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
89:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Younes Kaboul on Kevin Davies. Chung-Yong Lee takes the free kick.
86:24 GOAL - Roman Pavlyuchenko:Bolton 3 - 2 Tottenham Goal scored by Roman Pavlyuchenko from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Bolton 3-2 Tottenham.
85:53 Stuart Holden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Hutton. Gareth Bale takes the free kick.
85:23 The ball is swung over by Martin Petrov.
84:15 The ball is sent over by David Bentley.
83:57 Handball by Chung-Yong Lee. Indirect free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
81:56 Martin Petrov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Gareth Bale.
81:21 Substitution Martin Petrov is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Taylor.
Correction - 78:54 Assist on the goal came from Tom Huddlestone.
78:54 The assist for the goal came from Luka Modric.
78:54 GOAL - Alan Hutton:Bolton 3 - 1 Tottenham Alan Hutton scores a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Bolton 3-1 Tottenham.
77:47 Matthew Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on William Gallas. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
77:07 Unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Younes Kaboul results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
77:07 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with David Bentley coming on for Niko Kranjcar.
76:09 Assist on the goal came from Chung-Yong Lee.
75:06 Benoit Assou-Ekotto gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee.
75:06 GOAL - Kevin Davies:Bolton 3 - 0 Tottenham Kevin Davies scores a penalty. Bolton 3-0 Tottenham.
73:58 Effort from deep inside the area by Fabrice Muamba misses to the right of the goal.
73:24 Matthew Taylor produces a volleyed left-footed shot from just inside the box and hits the post.
70:12 Shot from inside the area by Niko Kranjcar clears the bar.
69:49 Alan Hutton takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
68:59 Corner taken right-footed by Niko Kranjcar to the near post, clearance made by Zat Knight.
67:48 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Shot from inside the six-yard box by Johan Elmander goes
wide right of the goal.
67:12 Johan Elmander concedes a free kick for a foul on Younes Kaboul. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
66:03 The assistant referee signals for offside against Gareth Bale. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
64:35 A cross is delivered by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, clearance by William Gallas.
63:50 The ball is delivered by Niko Kranjcar, clearance made by Zat Knight.
63:34 The ball is sent over by Alan Hutton, Matthew Taylor gets a block in.
61:01 Substitution Tom Huddlestone replaces Raniere Sandro.
60:32 The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Taylor. William Gallas takes the indirect free kick.
59:44 The ball is delivered by Alan Hutton.
55:55 Johan Elmander provided the assist for the goal.
55:55 GOAL - Gretar Rafn Steinsson:Bolton 2 - 0 Tottenham Gretar Rafn Steinsson finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal.
Bolton 2-0 Tottenham.
Correction - 55:47 Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.
55:47 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.
55:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Younes Kaboul on Kevin Davies. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matthew Taylor, clearance
made by William Gallas.
54:42 Gary Cahill produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
54:15 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
53:37 Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden from the left by-line, clearance by Peter Crouch.
53:30 The ball is delivered by Matthew Taylor, Niko Kranjcar gets a block in.
53:14 Gareth Bale takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
53:07 Gareth Bale sends in a cross, comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
51:51 Paul Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Raniere Sandro. Gareth Bale produces a shot on goal direct from the free
51:51 Booking Paul Robinson is shown a yellow card.
50:43 Roman Pavlyuchenko is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
50:01 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Younes Kaboul gets a block in.
49:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight by Peter Crouch. Gary Cahill takes the direct free kick.
48:14 Shot from 12 yards by Matthew Taylor.
47:25 Chung-Yong Lee challenges Benoit Assou-Ekotto unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
45:15 Unfair challenge on William Gallas by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
45:01 Substitution (Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Roman Pavlyuchenko coming on for Wilson Palacios.
45:00+1:17 It is the end of the first-half.
45:00+0:52 Gareth Bale takes the outswinging corner, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
45:00+0:24 Short corner worked by Gareth Bale.
45:00 Gareth Bale decides to take a short corner.
44:18 Paul Robinson crosses the ball, save by Heurelho Gomes.
43:52 The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor, blocked by Alan Hutton.
41:03 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
39:39 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gareth Bale, Younes Kaboul produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears
39:12 Shot by William Gallas. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
38:02 Centre by Gareth Bale.
37:24 The ball is swung over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
36:41 Gary Cahill delivers the ball, Heurelho Gomes makes a comfortable save.
35:50 Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
35:06 Corner taken by Niko Kranjcar, clearance made by Johan Elmander.
34:57 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
33:28 Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Niko Kranjcar delivers the ball from the free
kick right-footed from left wing, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
32:52 Kevin Davies challenges Raniere Sandro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by William Gallas.
31:58 Shot from just outside the box by Luka Modric misses to the right of the target.
30:24 Assist by Matthew Taylor.
30:24 GOAL - Kevin Davies:Bolton 1 - 0 Tottenham Kevin Davies scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-0 Tottenham.
29:41 Corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden.
29:16 Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a cross.
27:27 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
25:07 Centre by Alan Hutton, Matthew Taylor gets a block in.
24:02 Matthew Taylor takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Heurelho Gomes.
22:21 Zat Knight sends in a cross, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
19:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Gary Cahill. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
18:45 Foul by Kevin Davies on William Gallas, free kick awarded. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
17:10 Matthew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Direct free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
16:10 A cross is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.
15:19 The referee blows for offside. Heurelho Gomes restarts play with the free kick.
14:50 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Johan Elmander.
14:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by William Gallas on Johan Elmander. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
12:04 Effort on goal by Raniere Sandro from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
11:34 Foul by Stuart Holden on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
9:17 Gareth Bale sends in a cross.
8:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Peter Crouch. Benoit Assou-Ekotto restarts play with the free kick.
7:35 Johan Elmander has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
6:52 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
4:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Gareth Bale. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.
2:46 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
2:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
1:23 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line to the near post, Gareth Bale makes a clearance.
0:31 Effort on goal by Matthew Taylor from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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