Spurs in semis after Trotters win

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Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals after a 3-1 win over Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane.

Harry Redknapp's side will face Chelsea at Wembley next month, and got back to winning ways in the competition after consecutive draws in the Premier League.

The match was an emotional and highly-charged affair in north London, taking place just ten days after the first attempt was abandoned when Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch after 41 minutes.

And it was the hosts who settled quicker, dominating the first period but failing to break the deadlock - Adam Bogdan was in inspired form for the Trotters.

But as the frustration started to grow, defender Ryan Nelsen settled the nerves with a 74th minute opener. The New Zealand international beat his marker to a Rafael Van der Vaart corner and headed past the blameless Bogdan.

And Welsh winger Gareth Bale quickly doubled the advantage for the hosts three minutes later, finishing off a quick break from 16 yards after striker Jermain Defoe found his teammate with a pinpoint pass.

Owen Coyle's side brought some life into the contest in the closing stages, with substitute Kevin Davies poking home on 90 minutes to set-up a frantic period of injury-time.

But, it was Spurs who had the last laugh moments later, with Louis Saha spinning outside the box and beating luckless Bogdan with a beautiful strike from 20 yards to end proceedings.

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