Thursday 14 December 2017

Redknapp welcomes his striking problem

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored twice as Tottenham cruised past Bolton last night to set up an all-London quarter-final clash with Fulham.

The £13.8m Russian international -- who was given a starting berth after hitting a double as a substitute against Wigan at the weekend -- put Spurs ahead after 23 minutes with a tenacious turn and finish.

Tottenham's passage was then sealed with own goals either side of half-time from Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and defender Andy O'Brien.

Pavlyuchenko rounded off the evening with the fourth, which he slotted past Jaaskelainen after being picked out in the box by substitute Danny Rose.

Pavlyuchenko, who was making his first Tottenham start since October 27, replaced Peter Crouch up front and will have given manager Harry Redknapp plenty of food for thought.

The Russian international could have a major role to play now as Tottenham bid for a top-four finish which would book a Champions League place and FA Cup glory.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle made a total of five changes following their 3-0 defeat at Blackburn, with Ivan Klasnic, Tamir Cohen, Andy O'Brien, Stuart Holden and Jlloyd Samuel all included.

  • Reading netted a 90th minute equaliser through Brian Howard against West Brom before Gylfi Sigurdsson's extra time winner sealed a 3-2 victory which clinched a quarter-final tie against Aston Villa.

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