The Hungarian must be excellent in training because he always seems to look nervous in matches. Almost gifted Spurs the lead inside the first ten minutes when he palmed Gareth Bale’s shot right to Rafael van der Vaart, but couldn’t really have done anything about any of the Spurs goals.
The former Middlesbrough man generally did well in the first-half, putting in good last-ditch tackles and blocks, but after the break he couldn’t deal with the movement of Spurs in attack. His lack of mobility definitely worked against him as Bolton were sliced open.
Considerably better than Ricketts on the other side of the back four. Put in a number of challenges on Bale and Van der Vaart and tried to push forward when he could, although that wasn’t as often as he would have liked given his defensive duties.
Tortured by both Aaron Lennon and Bale as the two switched a few times. Luckily for him Lennon’s deliveries were fairly poor, but he still had no answer for the England winger.
Caught out for Adebayor’s second as the striker slipped past him to retrieve Bales’ pass and was out of position all too often.
Was going to have a tough night up against Kyle Walker, but he did manage to get in a few really good crosses. One delivery almost ended with a David Ngog goal, but his teammates generally weren’t quick enough to get to his crosses.
Got Bolton back into the match with a well-taken finish in the penalty area, but don’t let that fool you because the former West Ham man was anonymous for all but 10 of the 65 minutes he was on the field. His passing wasn’t good and he failed to impose himself on Modric.
Earlier in the season Owen Coyle was raving about the midfielder, tipping him for an England call-up, but on the basis of this performance, he was being a bit too loyal. He always tried to drive forward, but his passing was awful at times, and he was even targeted by some parts of the crowd.
The only Bolton midfielder who looked capable of creating anything in the first-half, but faded in the second. Always looked positive, getting the ball on the ground and running and defenders, but most of the time he was forced to try things all by himself.
Typically aggressive, assertive and determined, but the supply to him wasn’t great and both Gallas and Kaboul dealt with him well enough.
Forced into a few routine saves and one good stop from Ngog, but could do little about Reo-Coker’s goal. His evening was pretty comfortable for the most part.
Struggled in the first-half as Chris Eagles looked in the mood, but grew into the match, eventually getting the better of his battle with the former Manchester United man.
A little shaky at times, failing to clear when perhaps he should have, but he did what he had to, controlling Ngog and making sure Kevin Davies didn’t impose himself.
Had his hands full with Petrov often so wasn’t given as much chance to get forward, but when he did he looked dangerous, almost getting a goal in the first-half. Should have got closer to Petrov for a few of the wingers’ crosses, but wasn’t too bad.
Similarly to Kaboul, his night was a fairly comfortable one. He had one scare when it looked as though Kevin Davies was going to reach a Petrov cross, but thankfully for the Frenchman the ball was just slightly too far in front of the striker.
Unusual night for the Welshman. Nearly opened the scoring with a long-range effort then almost supplied Lennon with a goal, but ended with two assists, first setting up Van der Vaart, then Adebayor’s second, but overall he wasn’t at his best. His touch seemed off at times and he didn’t look that effective when running at players in the first-half. Improved after the break, however.
In the first-half the Croatian controlled everything and scored an outrageous half-volley, but in the first 10 minutes of the second period the Bolton midfield got considerably tighter to him, and although he was quieter, he still picked out an excellent forward pass to Lennon for Adebayor’s first goal.
Decent performance from the Brazil international. At times he almost acted like a sweeper, bailing the defence out at the last moment while he also marched forward with great confidence.
R. van der Vaart
For the most part the Dutchman had a wasteful evening as his passing to Adebayor was poor and not much was going his way, but he restored Spurs’ lead when they were under severe pressure, calmly slotting home after good work from Bale.
Fairly stereotypical Aaron Lennon performance tonight. The winger had the beating of Ricketts all night, but his final ball was pretty poor, until he finally got one right, squaring across the goal for Adebayor in the second-half.
Clinical night for the striker on-loan from Manchester City. Didn’t look as though he was enjoying the physical battle with David Wheater at times, but when given the chance he found the net with two fairly easy goals, tapping in the first, and rounding Bogdan for the second.