Jordan rues penalty pain

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Tottenham assistant manager Joe Jordan bemoaned his side's fortunes from the penalty spot after Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen's save from Tom Huddlestone cost them victory at the Reebok Stadium.

Having been outplayed for the first hour of their FA Cup fifth-round tie Spurs, trailing to Kevin Davies' 34th-minute goal, got themselves back into the game with Jermain Defoe's clinical finish in the 61st minute, but then Huddlestone was denied the winner.

"We have not been too lucky with penalties. Normally when you see Tom take them in training he does it with power but he tried to place it," said Jordan. "But I think when a penalty is saved you have to give credit to the goalkeeper."

The Spurs assistant boss felt they did enough to win the match, with Peter Crouch hitting the crossbar with a header and Wanderers defender Paul Robinson deflecting Wilson Palacios' cross onto the top of the frame of the goal via Jaaskelainen.

"We lived dangerously in the first half as we didn't play particularly well and the performance was not good enough," Jordan added.

"But in the second half we got ourselves sorted out and we should be going away with the victory, no question of that."

However, Bolton manager Owen Coyle was equally frustrated at not booking a place in the quarter-finals.

"(Tottenham manager) Harry Redknapp said to me at full-time he thought it was a game of two halves but I think it was a game of an hour for us with the last half-hour going to Tottenham," he said.

"The players will tell you I had a blast at them at full-time because I believe we should have done enough earlier on to have won the game."

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