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Posted Thu 25 Feb 10 at 00:24 AM

Report: Tottenham 4 Bolton 0

Wanderers FA Cup hopes for the 2009/10 season were brought to an end at White Hart Lane as they exited the competition following a 4-0 defeat.

A tidy effort from Roman Pavlyuchenko and a close-range finish from Jermain Defoe that struck Jussi Jaaskelainen on its path to goal gave Spurs a 2-0 lead at half-time.

And that was doubled in the second-half when Andy O'Brien put through his own net and Pavlyuchenko notched his second with just two minutes remaining.

Although it was a comfortable winning margin for the hosts, there were plus points for Owen Coyle as Stuart Holden enjoyed an impressive debut and Riga looked a threat after coming on as a substitute.

The Wanderers boss saw the break from Premier League commitments as an opportunity to make five changes to his team. Captain Kevin Davies was given as rest as he occupied a place on the bench with Ivan Klasnic coming into the side to make his first start since the victory over Burnley at the end of January.

Zat Knight was selected as skipper and it was his sliding interception inside his own six yard box which halted one of a succession of crosses from the Spurs in the opening stages.

Indeed, Harry Redknapp's side came out of the blocks like a house on fire and Wanderers had to be vigilant when dealing with the hosts' slick passing game, especially when a swift attack culminated in centre-half Bassong letting fly with a long-range thunderbolt from 25 yards out.

But Bolton weathered the early storm and began to play themselves into the game. Stuart Holden, making his debut for the club, looked comfortable in possession and he was involved in the build-up to an early chance for Matt Taylor.

The American international played the ball back to Jlloyd Samuel, who hit a superb cross field pass to Taylor. The number seven gained control with an excellent first touch before composing himself and hitting a skidding low shot that Gomes did well to parry behind for a corner.

Klasnic was just yards away from putting Wanderers ahead with an ambitious 30 yard screamer after seizing on a loose pass from Bale and Gardner almost headed in at the far post after a swift break down the right involving Muamba and Ricketts.

But Spurs took the lead on 23 minutes through the in-form Roman Pavlyuchenko.

The Russian international latched on to Modric's left-wing cross, turned inside Knight and hit a shot across Jaaskelainen into the far corner of the net.

The lead would have been doubled just six minutes later if it had not been for a typically brilliant save from Jaaskelainen. Defoe intercepted a pass in the centre of the pitch from Andy O'Brien before embarking on a solo dribble and hitting a low shot that was destined for the corner.

Wanderers responded with Gardner's fractionally wide curler and Klasnic had another effort deflected wide, however Defoe did get their second ten minutes before the break.

Midfield duo Huddlestone and Palacios combined with the England striker nipping in front of Jaaskelainen to turn the latter's cross past into the net with a bit of assistance from the Finland international.

Before the half was out Klasnic forced Gomes into another fine save from a tight angle while Holden skewed a 25 yard attempt wide having been put under pressure from Bassong.

Spurs made it 3-0 just two minutes after the restart as O'Brien unfortunately converted into his own net.

Gareth Bale escaped down the left-wing and as the former Republic of Ireland defender attempted a sliding interception, he prodded past the helpless Jaaskelainen from just a few yards out.

Owen Coyle's response was to send on Johan Elmander and Riga with Ivan Klasnic and Matt Taylor making way.

The Dutchman looked lively following his introduction as he came close on no less than four occasions within ten minutes of coming on to the field. His fourth effort was particularly unlucky as he nodded straight at Gomes from close-range having been picked out with an inch perfect free-kick from the impressive Holden.

Jaaskelainen denied his former team mate Gudjohnsen with a superb reflex save as the tie became more open with Wanderers pressing for a means of keeping themselves in the competition.

And despite the scoreline, Bolton kept their belief as Holden headed into Gomes' arms and substitute Chung-Yong met the American's cross to nod just wide of the near post.

But Owen Coyle knew that it was certainly not going to be his side's night when Spurs completed the scoring with four minutes left.

Wanderers were on the attack through Stuart Holden but when he lost possession, Tottenham showed their quality with a crisp break that resulted in Pavlyuchenko latching on to substitute Danny Rose's cross and finishing from inside the six-yard box.

Elmander skimmed the roof of the net in injury time but it wasn't to be for Bolton, who can now concentrate exclusively on Premier League commitments with 12 games remaining in the season.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Knight, O'Brien, Samuel, Holden, Muamba, Cohen, Gardner (Chung-Yong 78), Taylor (Riga 55), Klasnic (Elmander 55) (Subs: Al Habsi, Shittu, Kevin Davies, Robinson)

Tottenham: Gomes, Bale, Bentley (Rose 70), Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, Palacios (Krajcar 59), Modric, Defoe (Gudjohnsen 46), Bassong, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto (Subs: Alnwick, Dervite, Kane, Mpoku)  

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