Bolton Vs. Tottenham, 2012 Premier League: Spurs Cruise Past Bolton 4-1

Behind a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor and goals from Rafael Van der Vaart and Luca Modric, Tottenham rolled past Bolton 4-1 moving Spurs closer to third place and the Wanderers closer to the painful possibility of relegation.

Bolton opened the match with all the fire and aggressiveness you'd expect from a team fighting against relegation, but it was Spurs who had the best early chance. Gareth Bale unleashed a hard shot from distance that was parried away by Adam Bogdan right to the feet of Rafael Van der Vaart. Bogdan was quick to react and made a second strong save to keep Spurs off the scoreboard early.

If you're a fan of high energy, back and forth play with limited defense the first half was right up your alley. Both sides were going for broke and it created several entertaining moments, but none better than when Luca Modric broke the scoreless draw in the 36th minute.

After Spurs were awarded a bit of a dubious corner, Van der Vaart found Modric in space with the corner and the Croatian delivered. Modric chested down the ball from roughly 25 yards out and uncorked a rising shot that tucked perfectly into the far top corner of the goal. Chris Eagles was the man to blame for Bolton as he gave Modric far too much space and failed to close quickly enough on the shot.

While it may not of changed the final result, Bolton's Dedryck Boyata will lament his missed opportunity in stoppage time. Boyata found himself alone in front of Brad Friedel after header in the box bounced perfectly to him. Instead of letting the ball drop to a better angle, he rushed his shot and missed well over the crossbar.

Bolton started the second half in the best way possible, with a goal. Boyata's throw in was headed down by Kevin Davies to David Ngog who sent a clever back-heel pass to a charging and completely untracked Nigel Reo-Coker who easily beat Friedel. Luca Modric appeared to be guilty of the poor marking and allowing Reo-Coker to find so much space in the box. Either way, it was a beautiful bit of play from Bolton.

Bolton's joy was short lived.

In the 60th minute, Gareth Bale streaked down the left side and sent a low cross that was redirected by Van der Vaart to the far post and past Bogdan. Slow motion replay showed if anything, he miss hit the ball a bit but it all worked out just fine for Spurs. 25 seconds later, Luca Modric spotted Aaron Lennon on the wing and sent a perfectly placed pass from the midfield line that Lennon collected and centered to Adebayor who beat Bodgan to give Spurs a 3-1 advantage.

Adebayor scored again in the 69th minute after defender Samuel Ricketts kept him onside on a pass from Bale. Adebayor ran free in on Bogdan, got the keeper to commit and went right around him, netting his second goal of the match.

It's a crushing defeat for Bolton who remain in the relegation zone with just two matches left. Tottenham meanwhile pull within one point of arch-rival Arsenal for third place. The one positive on the day for Bolton was the return of Fabrice Muamba who walked on the pitch before kickoff to a tremendous ovation and chants of his name. The midfielder who is recovering from an on-field heart attack in March was brought to tears by the crowd's reaction.

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