The game changed when Robbie was shown a straight red card for a handball offence, Bolton reduced arrears from the penalty spot and we were down to 10 men for the best part of an hour.
However, we defended resolutely, broke dangerously and with Dimitar Berbatov outstanding in a lone striking role, finished off an afternoon to remember via Aaron Lennon’s injury time goal.
“You always take the positive points from any game,” said coach and assistant boss Chris, reflecting on a successful last week. “Fulham was a rugged performance away from home and two top-quality finishes from Robbie Keane that set us on our way.
“You look at Everton, a game where we played very well, restricted them to minimal chances and again, another quality finish from Jermaine Jenas got us a well-deserved win.
“With the Bolton game, the fact we went down to 10 men and did so well gives us something else.
“Although we scored good goals and we can talk about the period in the first half, the confidence of putting in a display against a team like Bolton - who can really punish a team that has gone down to 10 men - and not to concede in that period, we can get as much out of that as we can the start and the three goals.”
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Chris Hughton says we’ll take as much out of our display with 10 men against Bolton as our storming three-goal start to the game.Robbie Keane netted twice and Jermaine Jenas once – his fourth in five games – as we put Bolton to the sword in the opening exchanges at the Lane. Indeed, it was 3-0 after 21 minutes.