Tottenham Hotspur took advantage of a controversial Gary Cahill red card to cruise to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bolton.
Gareth Bale had given Spurs the lead before Cahill saw red, dismissed by referee Stuart Attwell for bringing down England international colleague Scott Parker fully 40 yards from goal. The official ajudged it a goalscoring opportunity, and the defender was given his marching orders.
Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe added second-half efforts to complete the scoring, as Harry Redknapp's side move into the top two in the league prior to Manchester United's late kick-off this evening.
After a frantic start to proceedings, Bale opened the scoring on seven minutes, beating the defence to a low Luka Modric corner and flicking the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Trotters goal.
The Welsh international removed his boot and lifted it in-front of the Bolton fans, paying tribute to his former international manager with RIP Gary Speed stitched into the left shoe. Speed enjoyed a successful spell at the Reebok Stadium as captain of Bolton under Sam Allardyce.
Cahill's red, a perplexing decision that left Owen Coyle furious, signaled the end for the visitors at White Hart Lane, with Jaaskelainen making a string of key saves in the opening 45 minutes to keep the scoreline at 1-0.
His resistence was broken on 50 minutes though, with Lennon cutting in from the right wing position and smashing home past the helpless Finn.
Ten minutes later, Defoe added to his personal tally with a typical predatory finish, slotting home from close range after Bale had flicked on Modric's corner.
Further Jaaskelainen saves from Parker and Bale kept the score at a respectable level for the visitors, but it's now 11 games unbeaten for Spurs as they sit seven points behind top of the table Manchester City with a game in-hand.
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