Bolton withstand late rally to beat Tottenham
London: Tottenham Hotspur fell to earth with a thud on Saturday after their midweek Champions League win over Inter Milan, losing 4-2 at Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League despite a furious late rally.
Two goals by Kevin Davies helped Bolton into a deserved 3-0 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining before spectacular efforts by Alan Hutton and Roman Pavlyuchenko set up an unexpectedly gripping finale in the lunchtime kickoff.
Davies fired Bolton in front after 31 minutes with a low shot into the corner and Icelandic right back Gretar Steinsson, who stifled the threat of Tottenham`s man of the moment Gareth Bale throughout, doubled the lead early in the second half with a well-worked goal.
Tottenham appeared set for a drubbing when Davies made it 3-0 from the penalty spot but Hutton gave them hope in the 79th minute with a curler into the top corner.
Pavlyuchenko cut the deficit further with a superb angled volley three minutes from time but as Tottenham pressed forward in stoppage time Martin Petrov sealed the points on the counter-attack to put Bolton ahead of Spurs into fifth place.
With leaders Chelsea not in action until Sunday, Manchester United can close the gap to two points later when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers.