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Pav strikes again!

Posted on 24 February 2010  - 12:00

Spurs fans were singing in the rain as a comprehensive perormance shrugged off Bolton's challenge in a one-sided fifth round replay at the Lane.

Pav strikes again!

Spurs fans were singing in the rain as a comprehensive perormance shrugged off Bolton's challenge in a one-sided fifth round replay at the Lane.

Restored Russian hit man Roman Pavlyuchenko again did the damage with a two goal salvo in a 4-0 win to book our place in the sixth round where Fulham await.

Manager Harry Redknapp opted to make four changes from the side that won at Wigan. Pavlyuchenko, who had also bagged a brace at the DW Stadium, replaced Peter Crouch in attack with fit-again Benoit Assou-Ekotto switching sides to cover for Vedran Corluka at right-back. Luka Modric came in for fellow countryman Niko Kranjcar with Sebastien Bassong again in for Ledley King. Youngsters Harry Kane and Paul Jose Mpoku stepped up from our Academy ranks to join Dorian Dervite and Danny Rose on our fledgling substitute's bench.

In pouring rain Spurs were quickly on the attack with a fourth minute low cross from David Bentley bringing a last-ditch clearance from Bolton captain Zat Knight as Jermain Defoe looked set to pounce. Within seconds Gareth Bale did the same from the other wing and this time goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen had to make a smart interception at the feet of Pavlyuchenko.

Bassong then joined the attack with a powerful long-range shot that flew narrowly over the bar.

Bolton were opting for a safety-first policy, often leaving Ivan Klasnic on his own up front while Spurs fans were pleased to see centre-forward Kevin Davies, a man with a great strike rate against us, starting the game on the bench. But they almost broke through in the 14th minute when Heurelho Gomes palmed away a shot from Matt Taylor.

Spurs took the lead after 22 minutes when Modric's sharp prod through saw Pavlyuchenko win the challenge with Knight and keep his head and possession to slip the ball home. The goal was greeted with extra enthusiasm by the Spurs fans who had been singing Pav's name literally from the moment our team had been announced. Yet they immediately held their collective breath as Ricardo Gardner cracked in a powerful snap shot that flew just wide.

Modric then got the show back on the road with another instintive through ball. This time Defoe was on it in an instant and his shot brought the best out of Jaaskelainen who was at full stretch to turn the ball away for a corner.

Our pressure told again after 35 minutes when Tom Huddlestone collected the ball from a corner, fed Wilson Palacios on our right and his low cross ended up in the net off Jaaskelainen's heel as Defoe slid in. Defoe's immediate reaction suggested that it was an own goal but who cared? It was two nil and all Tottenham.

Yet Klasnic again quickly showed that we couldn't relax forcing Gomes into a 42nd minute save at his feet. It was a warning that we had to heed as the need for Bolton to go on the offensive was now essential. But would it allow more chances for us as the Wanderers rearguard became more stretched?

HT: Spurs 2 Bolton 0

On loan striker Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced Defoe at the interval, looking to add to our advantage against his former club. And it was 3-0 within two minutes thanks to a more definite own goal, this time courtesy of Andy O'Brien who deflected Bale's low cross into his own net when it looked a simple task for Jaaskelainen to pick the ball up. Gudjohnsen's instant involvement in the move was crucial as he sent Bale clear. Eidur the iceman was taking up some great positions as we maintained the momentum and he looked to have made it four when Huddlestone put him clear to finish in style but a narrow offside decision ended quickly his celebrations.

Niko Kranjcar then joined the fray, replacing Palacios and taking up his usual position on the left side of midfield with Modric moving inside. And Modric had the next opportunity when his shot was deflected wide by a harrassed Bolton defender.

Both goalkeepers then made point-blank saves. Gomes from substitute Mustapha Riga's powerful 66th minute header following a free-kick while Gudjohnsen's flick from Bale's whipped in cross brought out the best from the over-worked Jaaskelainen.

Young Rose replaced Bentley with 20 minutes remaining but the action by now had eased as re-shuffled Bolton tried with a touch more variety yet hit a solid wall in our back-line. At the other end Rose's enthusiastic breaks on the right were giving us added impetus as the rain persisted and the fans sang of Wembley.

And it was Rose who set up Pavlyuchenko for his second and our fourth after 88 minutes, as the Russian international stepped inside Knight's attempted challenge to again finish with cool precision.

Next stop Craven Cottage.

Spurs: Gomes, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson. Bassong, Bale, Bentley (Rose 70), Huddlestone, Palacios (Kranjcar 60) , Modric, Defoe (Gudjohnsen 46), Pavlyuchenko. Subs (not used): Alnwick, Dervite, Mpoku,Kane.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, O'Brien, Knight, Samuel, Taylor (Riga 57), Muamba, Holden, Cohen, Gardner(Lee 80), Klasnic (Elmander 57). Subs (not used): Habsi, Robinson, Shittu, Davies.

Attendance: 31,436.