A second-half double to Emmanuel Adebayor helped Tottenham to a convincing 4-1 English Premier League win at Bolton on Wednesday.
Luka Modric gave Spurs the lead with a stunning effort from long range on 37 minutes but it was cancelled out by Nigel Reo-Coker just six minutes after the break at the Reebok Stadium.
Rafael van der Vaart edged Spurs back ahead on the hour-mark before Adebayor struck twice in seven minutes to give Tottenham two Premier League wins in a row for the first time since January.
Before the match Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba made an emotional return to Bolton just 41 days after suffering a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup match between the two sides at White Hart Lane.
Muamba walked out onto the pitch to an incredible reception from both sets of fans and the incredibly moving moment gave Wanderers – who are involved in the relegation dogfight – even more motivation.
Tottenham started the brightest though, with Younes Kaboul’s glancing header only just missing Sandro at the par post while Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan made a terrific double save to deny Gareth Bale and van der Vaart.
Aaron Lennon was a constant threat down the right for the visitors and he played a neat one-two with Adebayor before firing an effort at goal that was deflected over by Bolton midfielder Mark Davies.
Bolton forward David N’Gog was denied from point-blank range by Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel after a good move that involved Martin Petrov and Chris Eagles but Spurs converted their dominance shortly after.
Van der Vaart was the provider, picking out Modric on the edge of the area with a corner.
The Croatian chested the ball down before hitting an unstoppable half-volley into the top corner that left Bogdan with no chance.
Manchester City loanee Dedryck Boyata wasted a good opportunity late in the first half for Bolton but they levelled proceedings six minutes after the break thanks to Reo-Coker’s effort.
Kevin Davies flicked a header onto N’Gog who found the former Aston Villa midfielder with a superb backheel.
And Reo-Coker delighted the 22,349-strong crowd with his neat finish from six yards as Bolton fans began to dream of an unlikely win.
Tottenham regained the lead just nine minutes later though when Bale crossed for the arriving van der Vaart, who produced a smart angled finish with his first touch.
Lennon set up Spurs’ third goal with another smart run and Adebayor took advantage of the former Leeds United winger’s good work by tapping in from close range.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle responded by making a double substitution, but the introduction of Ivan Klasnic and Josh Vela failed to make a difference.
And Spurs capped off a terrific away win with Adebayor’s second as the Togolese forward ran onto Bale’s ball, rounded Bogdan and slotted home in front of the away fans.
Adebayor nearly bagged a hat-trick in the closing stages, bending a shot just over the bar, but it mattered little as Harry Redknapp’s men notched their first Premier League away win in nine attempts.
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