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Bolton Wanderers  (Away)

League Cup Round 3

Wednesday 27th October 2004

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PREDICTION : -   Bolton Wanderers  1   Tottenham Hotspur  1  (Spurs to win on penalties)

For more information on the opponents and their history, including full result history of matches between the two teams, click here.


BOLTON WANDERERS :  Ivan Campo (face); 

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Jamie Redknapp (suspended); Thimothee Atouba (ankle); Erik Edman (head); 


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Bolton Wanderers   3    Tottenham Hotspur   4      (after extra time)
(Half-time score : 1-1; 90 mins. 2-2; 105 mins. 3-4)
League Cup Round 3 Venue :   Reebok Stadium
Wednesday 27th October 2004 Kick Off :  20.00 p.m.
Crowd :   18,037 Referee :   Mike Dean (The Wirral)
Weather : Heavy rain
Teams : - 
Bolton Wanderers : 


Ben Haim

Hierro  (Kaku 93)
  (Giannokopolous 71)

Davies  (Ferdinand 82)

Unused Subs. : - 

Tottenham Hotspur :   


King (c)

Davis  (Carrick 91)
Davies  (Brown 77)

Kanoute (Keane 62)

Unused Subs. : - 

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)
Bolton Wanderers Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  
Bolton Wanderers

King (o.g.) 27
Okocha (pen.) 75
Ferdinand 105

Tottenham Hotspur 

Defoe 44, 103
Bunjevcevic 84
Brown 94

Cards : -  
Bolton Wanderers


Nolan (foul)  45
Cesar (foul)  69
Hunt (ungentlemanly conduct)  110


Tottenham Hotspur  


Keane (dissent) 74
Brown (foul) 116
Defoe (not retreating ten yards) 120


Match Report : -  
Never ones to do things the easy way, Spurs kept the fans on the edge of their seats until the 122nd minute, when the whistle blew on this well earned away win in the League Cup.

Featuring a similarly altered team to the one that turned out in the last round, Santini saw his side go (relatively) goal crazy for the second time in this competition.  Ten goals in two ties against five goals in ten league games shows that the team can score goals and maybe the system will open up in an attempt to go for it in games rather than to wait and see what might happen.  The home side had to make a change before the kick off, with Khalilou Fadiga collapsing in the warm-up and worryingly being taken away on a stretcher.

In this game at Bolton, there could easily have been a hatful more, with so many opportunities to wrap the tie up in extra time going unclaimed, that Bolton still had a chance right up until the end when they should have been dead and buried. 

However, starting at the beginning, Spurs seemed a little on the back foot to start with; maybe as a result of Saturday's result.  Kevin Davies' early header was caught by Keller, having a run out for a change, while Spurs hit back with a Davis shot that was way over and a corner that Simon Davies hit to nobody in particular at the near post.  But Bolton were finding space in and around the Tottenham box, with Davies hitting a shot at Keller and Pedersen hitting an effort over the top, while some dangerous balls were being played into the area from wide positions too.

After wasting a couple of shooting opportunities, Bolton made the breakthrough.  A foul by Naybet on Pedersen on the left wing, resulted in Hierro firing in a swinging free-kick at pace towards Keller.  Pedersen, Ben Haim and Ledley King were all in for it, but it was the Spurs captain who got he last touch that took the ball past Kasey for Bolton's lead to be established.  Tottenham needed to keep things tight for a while and restricted the home side to long shots from Hierro (saved by KK) and Pedersen (blocked by Naybet) before finally getting veteran Poole in the Bolton goal to work, having to save Kanoute's header in the 39th minute.  Then, almost on the stroke of half-time, Pedro Mendes fed the ball up to Jermain Defoe, who turned and shot into the corner of the net to put Spurs on equal terms as they went in for their oranges.

What was to come could hardly have been imagined at this stage.  Tottenham came out and had Poole punching at a Ziegler corner early on, then Naybet skied a shot over the top from about 18 yards out.  Hierro was still trying his luck from distance and was still finding it difficult to keep the ball down, with team-mate Ben Haim copying him with a header from a corner.  Spurs were making it difficult for the Trotters with a straight back line catching the Bolton forwards offside and when they did break through Keller twice denied the hero of Saturday - Pedersen - and Hierro got another wide of the mark.

Spurs switched Kanoute for Keane and Stelios replaced the niggly Nolan before Pedersen skied a low ball in from the wing on 73 minutes from just six yards out.  It was a great chance and perhaps Spurs were still counting their blessings when a ball into the box saw Bunjy grab a handful of Kevin Davies' shirt leaving Okocha to bury the penalty low past Keller's despairing dive.

Santini decide to bring on Michael Brown for Simon Davies and it proved a shrewd move.  Even though Allardyce tried to counter this by bringing on Les Ferdinand, in the 84th minute Keane swung a ball out away from Poole via King's head and it found Bunjy running in to volley his second goal in this competition to give Spurs a second equaliser from six yards out. 

The two sides traded efforts to find a late winner, but the whistle marked the end of normal time with the score standing at 2-2.  The team-talks delivered on the pitch worryingly saw Spurs sitting down on the turf, while Bolton, to a man, stood up, perhaps indicating they had more left in them.

Starting extra time, Okocha fired in a long range shot that missed left and Brown found space to put his head on the end of a free-kick, but he could not convert it.  It was only a momentary delay, as the next free-kick that came along a minute later was floated in by Carrick and Brown this time got his header down past Poole from five yards out.

On 95 minutes Ricardo Gardner thought he would try his luck from a long way out, but missed the target, while in Tottenham's next attack, Ziegler saw Poole slightly off his line and drilled in a dipping effort that just cleared the crossbar.  Jay-Jay was still going for the outrageous too, but Bunjevcevic's block kept him out until, in the 105th minute (the last of the first period), Spurs opened up a two goal lead.

 Hunt, who had been stroppily going about his game all night, attempted a pass that hit Robbie Keane and fell to Defoe.  In the middle of the goal about 18 yards out, Jermain doesn't need to be asked twice what to do and he doubled his tally for this match to put Tottenham 4-2 up.  And that should have been that, but before the ref could blow his whistle for the half-way point in extra time, Les Ferdinand had come back to haunt Spurs a few days before Halloween.  Heading in Stelios' left wing cross left Spurs still with some work to do.

The second fifteen minutes produced some nervy moments.  Naybet blocking Kaku's volley and two Keller saves from Ferdinand in quick succession, before Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe decided that they would go for goal alone when the other was free, thus missing the chance and missing the chance of wrapping the tie up for good.  But that was with 120 minutes on the clock and Pedersen had already failed to convert another low cross, leaving his moment of glory for the final knockings when his cross had Keller back-pedalling, but he held on under pressure from Diouf, who knocked him into the net for a foul.

With time still being played two minutes after the 120 were up, a long cross arrowed in on the Dane's head and Keller clutched the ball and then it was finally all over.

All this, just to get to the Fourth Round of the League Cup, where we will travel to the same part of the world for a third time to play Burnley.

More goals ?  More nervous moments ?  More success in this competition ?
It is all starting to be like a thrilling rollercoaster in this "Mickey Mouse" cup, but it might mean a lot to us if we can get over the highs and lows to reach the end.


The Polyphant


Other ties played in this round :
Bournemouth 3 Cardiff City (won 5-4 on pens - a.e.t.) 3 Tuesday
Burnley 3 Aston Villa 1 Tuesday

Crewe Alexandra

0 Manchester United 3 Tuesday
Doncaster Rovers 0 Nottingham Forest 2 Tuesday
Millwall 0 Liverpool 3 Tuesday
Portsmouth 2 Leeds United 1 Tuesday
Sheffield United 0 Watford  (won 4-2 on pens - a.e.t.) 0 Tuesday
Birmingham City 0 Fulham 1 Wednesday
Charlton Athletic 2 Crystal Palace 1 Wednesday
Chelsea 1 West Ham United 0 Wednesday
Everton 2 Preston North End 0 Wednesday
Manchester City 1 Arsenal 2 Wednesday
Middlesbrough 3 Coventry City 0 Wednesday
Newcastle United 2 Norwich City 1 Wednesday
SCBC 3 Colchester United 2 Wednesday


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