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banner Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 21:36 GMT
Slick Spurs thrash Bolton
Winger Darren Anderton sends Spurs on their way from the penalty spot
Anderton opened the scoring from the penalty spot
Tottenham 4-0 Bolton
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Darren Anderton eased Spurs into the fifth round of the FA Cup, scoring a penalty and creating goals for Steffen Iversen and Matthew Etherington as Bolton were brushed aside.

Anderton, celebrating his 300th appearance for Spurs, was the pivotal figure as Glenn Hoddle's side continued their impressive form in the cups this season.

For Bolton, who barely created a chance throughout, the defeat further highlighted an alarming dip in form.

  Key moments
22 mins:Anderton lashes home from the penalty spot
35 mins: Iversen flicks home Spurs' second
44 mins: Poyet hits post following dazzling build-up
56 mins: Etherington scores his first Spurs goal
73 mins: Barness own goal completes Bolton misery
All that now remains for Sam Allardyce's side is an increasingly-tense battle to avoid relegation from the Premiership.

Glenn Hoddle left out Teddy Sheringham and Chris Perry in the knowledge that one more booking would have left either player suspended for the Worthington Cup final against Blackburn later this month.

But, in truth, Hoddle could have rested half his team and still strolled past a tame challenge from the visitors.

Spurs quickly served notice of their intent, Gus Poyet and Iversen forcing Jussi Jaskelainen into two fine saves in the opening 15 minutes.

But the breakthrough arrived on 20 minutes when Anderton attempted to skip past Anthony Barness, only to be bundled over by the bemused defender.

Poyet so close

The England winger dusted himself down and clinically beat Jaskelainen with a shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.

Ten minutes before half-time it was 2-0 as goal scorer Anderton turned provider.

His cross from the right saw Iversen steal ahead of the Bolton defence and steer in a shot that bobbled almost apologetically over the line.

Poyet nearly added a stunning third before the break but, after a move that had covered virtually the whole pitch, flicked the ball over the last defender but then steered a left-foot shot against the far post.

Steffen Iversen gets ahead of the Bolton defence to score Tottenham's second
Steffen Iversen cuts in the second goal
But, in a one-sided game, further Spurs goals were never going to be far away.

The third arrived on 56 minutes when Anderton's stinging left-foot shot was only parried by Jaskelainen and the loose ball was gratefully swept home by Etherington for his first goal in a Tottenham shirt.

And Bolton's misery was completed when Barness turned an Etherington cross into his own net with 18 minutes left.

Bolton's submission had already been confirmed with nearly 30 minutes of the tie still remaining when lone striker Michael Ricketts was substituted , presumably to keep him fresh for the Premiership challenge ahead.

With Sven-Goran Eriksson watching from the stands, it capped a night of frustration for Ricketts.

But Anderton, substituted to an ovation from the home fans with 15 minutes left, will undoubtedly have caught the eye of the England coach.

Tottenham: Sullivan, Richards, King, Taricco (Leonhardsen 75), Thatcher, Anderton (Thelwell 75), Sherwood, Etherington, Poyet, Rebrov, Iversen. Subs not used: Keller, Ferdinand, Sheringham.

Goals: Anderton 22 pen, Iversen 35, Etherington 56, Barness 73 og.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Barness, Whitlow (Buchanan 45), Bergsson, Nolan (Johnson 64), Gardner, Southall, Farrelly, Hansen, Pedersen (Holdsworth 62), Ricketts. Subs not used: Poole, Norris.

Booked: Whitlow, Nolan.

Attendance: 27,093

Referee: S Dunn (Bristol)

BBC Sport's David Oates
"The 4-0 scoreline flattered Bolton"
Spurs boss Genn Hoddle
"It was a marvellous performance"
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