Niko Kranjcar was linked with a move away from Tottenham in January
By Kevin Darling
Substitute Niko Kranjcar's injury-time thunderbolt gave Tottenham a dramatic win over Bolton.
Rafael van der Vaart put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot after a Kevin Davies handball.
The Dutchman then missed a retaken second spot-kick, before the Trotters hit back when Daniel Sturridge's shot squirmed under Heurelho Gomes.
Bolton were denied a penalty after an apparent foul on Gary Cahill, before Kranjcar won it with a 25-yard strike.
It was a vital and timely contribution from the Croatian midfielder, used sparingly this season, who struck just as the game seemed to have slipped from Tottenham's grasp following a lacklustre second-half display.
The victory moves Spurs level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea, who play Liverpool on Sunday, and earned a second gritty victory in four days to revive a season that appeared to be wobbling in recent weeks.
A game that ended in high drama also began in extraordinary fashion, with Van der Vaart stepping up to the penalty spot three times in as many minutes.
The first spot-kick was given in the fourth minute after Jussi Jaaskelainen parried Michael Dawson's header straight to Vedran Corluka, whose prod towards goal was stopped by the arm of Kevin Davies.
The Bolton players were incensed by the decision but referee Mark Clattenburg, who was in line for a busy day, waved away the protests and Van der Vaart placed his 12th goal of the season into the top left corner.
Moments later, Spurs were awarded a second penalty when Aaron Lennon jinked past Sam Ricketts before going down under the defender's challenge.
The ice cool Van der Vaart placed the kick in exactly the same place and beat Jaaskelainen again but Clattenburg ordered a retake for encroachment, with replays showing that Jermain Defoe and Wilson Palacios had strayed into the area before the ball was struck.
Redknapp lauds 'good professional' Kranjcar
The setback seemed to shake Van der Vaart, who stepped up for a third time with the pressure building and aimed for the top-left corner again, only to see his effort fly well wide.
It was a deflating end to the drama for the hosts and they appeared ruffled, with Bolton going close to a leveller when Johan Elmander rattled the bar with a header from Matt Taylor's cross.
On-loan striker Sturridge, making his first start, caused the Spurs defence problems throughout and he fired into the side netting after sidestepping Dawson.
In front of the watching England manager Fabio Capello, Tottenham fielded the strike duo of Peter Crouch and Defoe but neither did much to impress the Italian.
The closest Defoe came to his first Premier League goal of the season was a scuffed effort over the bar while Crouch twice got a glimpse of goal but was denied by good defensive challenges, from Ricketts and Paul Robinson, when he hesitated before getting a shot away.
Just before half-time, Clattenburg awarded Spurs a penalty for the third time after a handball in the area but he reneged after realising that the linesman had flagged Crouch offside in the build-up.
Bolton continued to look dangerous after the break and they levelled when the impressive Mark Davies burst through midfield and slipped the ball to Sturridge, whose shot from the edge of the area slipped under Gomes in a moment the Brazilian goalkeeper will certainly not be replaying to his grandchildren.
Result taken away from Bolton - Coyle
Clattenburg then controversially resisted the temptation to award another penalty - instead booking Cahill for simulation after he went down under Benoit Assou-Ekotto's challenge in the box, although replays suggested there was contact.
The scare briefly roused Spurs and a curling Jermaine Jenas free-kick slammed against the upright, before substitute Steven Pienaar was denied by a brilliant close-range stop from Jaaskelainen.
But the expected onslaught from the home side failed to materialise and Bolton's diligent defence coped well with Tottenham's laboured attacks and looked set to end a run of five straight away defeats.
That was until two minutes into added time, when Roman Pavlyuchenko laid the ball to Kranjcar and the Croat stepped past Zat Knight before hammering the ball just out of Jaaskelainen's reach and into the roof of the net.
90:00+3:38 Foul by Niko Kranjcar on Samuel Ricketts, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Martin Petrov.
90:00+1:35 The assist for the goal came from Roman Pavlyuchenko.
90:00+1:35 GOAL - Niko Kranjcar:Tottenham 2 - 1 Bolton Niko Kranjcar finds the net with a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 2-1 Bolton.
90:00+1:01 Kevin Davies crosses the ball, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
88:04 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov, save by Heurelho Gomes.
86:11 Vedran Corluka takes a shot. Paul Robinson gets a block in.
86:11 Substitution Stuart Holden goes off and Fabrice Muamba comes on.
82:34 Corner from right by-line taken by Niko Kranjcar.
79:31 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.
78:39 Centre by Martin Petrov, clearance by Michael Dawson.
77:09 Substitution Niko Kranjcar on for Wilson Palacios.
76:46 Substitution Martin Petrov replaces Matthew Taylor.
76:34 Shot from outside the box by Stuart Holden misses to the left of the goal.
75:49 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
75:02 Stuart Holden delivers the ball, clearance by William Gallas.
73:59 Steven Pienaar sends in a cross, clearance made by Zat Knight.
72:01 Peter Crouch concedes a free kick for a foul on Zat Knight. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
72:01 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko is brought on as a substitute for Peter Crouch.
70:31 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jermaine
Jenas from left wing.
69:22 Kevin Davies challenges Vedran Corluka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
68:26 Foul by Jermaine Jenas on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
68:26 Booking Caution for Jermaine Jenas.
67:31 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee is brought on as a substitute for Johan Elmander.
66:24 The official flags Jermain Defoe offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
65:30 Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free
64:38 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Aaron Lennon, clearance made by Zat Knight.
64:06 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
63:16 Mark Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jenas. Jermaine Jenas produces a shot on goal direct
from the free kick.
63:16 Booking Mark Davies goes into the book.
58:40 Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
58:03 Jermain Defoe produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
57:32 Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
57:32 Booking Gary Cahill is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
56:43 Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line.
54:42 Mark Davies provided the assist for the goal.
54:42 GOAL - Daniel Sturridge:Tottenham 1 - 1 Bolton Goal scored by Daniel Sturridge from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 1-1 Bolton.
54:16 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.
53:29 Inswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden, save by Heurelho Gomes.
53:04 Benoit Assou-Ekotto challenges Samuel Ricketts unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
51:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Elmander on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball from the free
kick left-footed from right wing, Samuel Ricketts manages to make a clearance.
48:53 A cross is delivered by Vedran Corluka, clearance by Gary Cahill. Short corner taken by Aaron Lennon.
47:39 The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
46:50 Shot by Benoit Assou-Ekotto from a long way out goes over the net.
46:20 Aaron Lennon takes the inswinging corner, Johan Elmander makes a clearance.
45:21 Shot from just outside the area by Jermain Defoe misses to the left of the target.
45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
45:01 Substitution Steven Pienaar comes on in place of Rafael Van der Vaart.
45:00+2:54 The referee blows for half time.
45:00+1:36 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Crouch. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
44:42 Daniel Sturridge fouled by Michael Dawson, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
43:02 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
40:59 Samuel Ricketts concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermain Defoe. Rafael Van der Vaart shoots direct from the free kick, save
by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
40:18 Rafael Van der Vaart takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Effort on goal by Vedran Corluka
from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
40:06 The ball is sent over by Vedran Corluka, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
39:17 Mark Davies fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Holden.
36:13 Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
36:04 Samuel Ricketts crosses the ball, clearance by Michael Dawson.
33:57 Wilson Palacios takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
31:39 Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
30:46 Kevin Davies fouled by Vedran Corluka, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matthew Taylor, Aaron Lennon manages
to make a clearance.
29:34 Aaron Lennon fouled by Paul Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
28:06 Jermain Defoe is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
26:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Rafael Van der Vaart. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
24:01 Vedran Corluka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the
23:03 Daniel Sturridge produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
22:05 The ball is delivered by Wilson Palacios, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
21:07 The offside flag is raised against Daniel Sturridge. Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.
Correction - 20:38 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Johan Elmander takes a shot.
20:38 Corner from the left by-line taken by Matthew Taylor, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
19:54 The referee blows for offside against Jermaine Jenas. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
19:04 Gary Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by Jermaine Jenas.
17:20 Wilson Palacios gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stuart
Holden, clearance by Peter Crouch.
16:43 Corner taken by Stuart Holden played to the near post, clearance made by Vedran Corluka.
14:40 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor delivers the ball from the free
kick left-footed from right channel.
14:09 Shot from just outside the box by Aaron Lennon misses to the left of the goal.
13:33 Vedran Corluka delivers the ball, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.
12:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Dawson on Kevin Davies. Samuel Ricketts crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right channel, Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
12:06 Effort from outside the penalty area by Johan Elmander goes wide left of the target.
9:37 Kevin Davies is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.
7:09 Penalty missed by Rafael Van der Vaart.
7:09 Penalty awarded for a foul by Samuel Ricketts on Aaron Lennon.
7:09 Booking The referee books Samuel Ricketts for unsporting behaviour.
5:44 The assist for the goal came from Vedran Corluka.
5:44 GOAL - Rafael Van der Vaart:Tottenham 1 - 0 Bolton Penalty taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart and scored. Tottenham 1-0 Bolton.
Correction - 4:11 Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Rafael Van der Vaart delivers the ball from the
free kick left-footed from left wing, The referee penalises Mark Davies for handball.
4:11 Foul by Gary Cahill on Jermain Defoe, free kick awarded. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball in from the free kick, The
referee penalises Mark Davies for handball.
Correction - 3:07 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Taylor, save by Heurelho Gomes.
3:07 Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Davies from the right by-line, save by Heurelho Gomes.
2:48 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Michael Dawson gets a block in.
2:27 The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon, clearance by Gary Cahill.
1:26 Jermain Defoe fouled by Zat Knight, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The match gets underway.
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