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Bale fails Bolton test as Spurs lose

sports Updated: Nov 06, 2010 23:55 IST
Hindustan Times

Exhilarating at home against European champions Inter Milan in midweek, Tottenham Hotspur had their wings clipped on Saturday and fell to earth with a 4-2 defeat at Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League.

For 80 minutes Harry Redknapp's team were unrecognisable from the side that outflanked Inter in a swashbuckling 3-1 Champions League victory and not even a furious late rally could scramble what would have been a fortunate point.

Left winger Gareth Bale, whose dazzling displays in two matches against Inter had some comparing him to Lionel Messi, was shackled by Iceland's Gretar Steinsson who coped with the flying Welshman far more easily than the Milan club's more celebrated Brazilian right back Maicon.

The final score flattered Tottenham, who trailed 3-0 after 76 minutes at the Reebok Stadium where the rumbustious Kevin Davies scored twice either side of a well-worked goal by the equally impressive Steinsson.

Redknapp's side did rouse themselves from their lethargy with stunning late strikes by Alan Hutton and substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko but it was all a little too late and a fourth goal by Martin Petrov made sure they returned to London point-less.

Defeat summed up the conundrum facing Redknapp as he juggles the twin demands of making progress in the Champions League with staying in contention for a top-four Premier League finish.

Park Ji-Sung helps Man United win

Manchester United left it late to close the gap on leaders Chelsea as Park Ji-Sung's stoppage-time strike clinched a dramatic 2-1 win over Wolves.

Alex Ferguson's side moved within two points of Chelsea thanks to Park's heroics on a miserable day for United midfielder Owen Hagreaves, whose comeback from injury lasted less than six minutes. Park gave United the lead just before the break when he latched onto Darren Fletcher's pass and fired home. Former United trainee Sylvan Ebanks-Blake stunned Old Trafford when he equalised in the 66th minute pouncing on a poor shot from Nenad Milijas.

But Park stole the show with a fine individual effort in the last seconds.