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Redknapp's men remain on course for fourth place...

Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers: Line-up & Stats
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Tottenham continue to lead the race for fourth place ahead of their crunch match at Manchester City in mid-week, after overcoming Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane.

A superb first-half strike from midfielder Tom Huddlestone was enough to see Spurs move closer to their Champions League dream, and sees them remain in fourth with just a point separating them from Manchester City.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp opted to make just one change to the side that lost at Old Trafford last weekend, with Younes Kaboul replacing Wilson Palacios. Despite returning to full fitness, Aaron Lennon took his place on the bench again, while captain Ledley King retained his place in defence.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle travelled to White Hart Lane in the knowledge that their Premier League status was safe, and stuck with the same starting XI that drew 2-2 with Portsmouth last weekend.

The home support was electric as the game kicked-off, and the first chance fell to Luka Modric who dragged his left-footed shot wide from 25 yards out.

The tension was evident in the opening stages as Spurs began to become wasteful in possession and unable to create any clear-cut opportunities.

However, Harry Redknapp’s men soon began to find their stride as both Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe had efforts blocked by a scrambling Bolton back-line, with Jussi Jaaskelainen collecting with ease.

The biggest cheer of the opening 20 minutes came as the news of John Carew’s opener at Eastlands spread around White Hart Lane, however Spurs were still desperately trying to find a way through the Bolton defence.

The away side showed signs of threatening to spoil the day as both Gary Cahill and Gretar Steinsson had efforts on goal. However, Spurs replied with Gareth Bale testing Jaaskelainen from distance as they probed for an opener.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 38th minute, much to the relief of the home faithful, as Tom Huddlestone unleashed a screamer into the top corner after Assou-Ekotto’s lay-off. Huddlestone’s goal came just as Manchester City were overturning their 1-0 deficit against Villa, meaning that Spurs were just a point above their rivals heading into the half-time interval.

The first chance of the second-half fell to Pavlyuchenko, who attempted to recreate his team-mate’s heroics in the first-half, with an ambitious strike from distance. However, the Russian’s effort sailed over the bar.

Tottenham began to fall back into their tentative shell, surrendering possession far too easily, and Bolton began to pile on the pressure in search of an equaliser. Having forced three corners in quick concession, the home side stood firm and were able to deny any clear-cut chances.

Owen Coyle replaced the ineffective pairing of Klasnic and Weiss with Elmander and Lee-Chung-yong as the Trotters continued to push forward. However, it was Gareth Bale who had a fantastic chance to make it 2-0, but Jaaskelainen denied the Welshman from close range as he broke into the box.

Matt Taylor then had a golden chance to draw his side level, but after Johan Elmander’s fine work to round keeper Gomes and pull it back for his team-mate, it was Younes Kaboul who was able to cut out the shot as it look destined to find the back of the net.

In the hope of securing the all important second goal, Harry Redknapp introduced Aaron Lennon for the final quarter of an hour, and the young England winger was met with a rapturous reception on making his first home appearance since the turn of the year.

Pavlyuchenko came agonisingly close again moments later to grabbing a goal. Following Huddlestone’s free-kick, Bale released a superb first-time volley across goal which just evaded the Russian who was scampering to the far post to meet the cross.

The introduction of Peter Crouch for Jermain Defoe almost paid dividends for Harry Redknapp, as the England striker met a Gareth Bale corner but saw his effort cleared off the line.

At the other end, Matt Taylor unleashed a fierce volley toward Gomes, but the Brazilian was alert to the danger and parried his effort away.

However, as the home faithful lifted the roof at White Hart Lane at the full-time whistle, Spurs go into their crunch clash with Manchester City on Wednesday with a slender one point lead over their rivals, in the race for fourth place.

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