Spurs made to battle for replay

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Tottenham were out-played for long periods but hit the crossbar twice and missed a second-half penalty as their exhilarating FA Cup fifth round tie at Bolton finished 1-1.

Wanderers were the superior side for an hour and opened the scoring in the 34th minute when a flowing 16-pass move started by goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen culminated in Kevin Davies scoring from 12 yards.

But Jermain Defoe's clinical finish in the 61st minute put his side on level terms before Tom Huddlestone failed from the spot, sending the match to a replay as a result.

Bolton, who created four decent openings in the opening quarter of an hour, should have had a comfortable cushion before they allowed Spurs back into the game.

Johan Elmander's ninth-minute shot was deflected over by Vedran Corluka after Chung-Yong Lee's cross came back off Matt Taylor, Zat Knight volleyed straight at goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes and Elmander's threatening run into the left of the area was halted only by Huddlestone's well-timed tackle.

Bolton's pressure eventually told in the 34th minute with a flowing move for which Owen Coyle's sides have earned a reputation. Ricardo Gardner's threaded pass picked out Elmander's diagonal run 10 yards outside the penalty area and he exchanged passes with Lee before crossing from the byline to Davies who took one touch and stabbed home.

Davies almost scored his second two minutes after the break when Lee's cross was laid off by Elmander and the Wanderers captain's shot was deflected just wide of the post by Michael Dawson with Gomes completely wrong-footed.

Tottenham had two chances to equalise within the space of 120 seconds but were denied twice by the woodwork. Firstly Peter Crouch beat Jaaskelainen to head against the crossbar and then Wilson Palacios' driving run and cross saw Paul Robinson deflect the ball up and on to the top of the frame of the goal.

Spurs eventually made the breakthrough in the 61st minute when Gareth Bale cut into the area and picked out Defoe on the penalty spot who took a touch before firing high into the net.

With 19 minutes remaining Spurs were handed the chance to score a second when Crouch's attempt to lift the ball over Sam Ricketts saw it hit the defender's arm. However, Huddlestone's effort from the spot was poor and Jaaskelainen saved to his right.

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Tottenham Hotspur
Tom Huddlestone
Vedran Corluka
Michael Dawson
Chung-Yong Lee
Jussi Jaaskelainen
Paul Robinson
Bolton Wanderers
Matt Taylor
Zat Knight
Premier League
Peter Crouch
Heurelho Gomes
Sam Ricketts
Jermain Defoe
Johan Elmander
Gareth Bale
FA Cup
Kevin Davies
Ricardo Gardner
Wilson Palacios
Paul Robinson

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