Having royally cocked up our trip to Wolves with a bizarre team selection, Harry has the chance to make amends against Bolton on Sunday.

He’s indicated the he will field his strongest side, which will mean Corluka and King returning to the back four, Palacios replacing Jenas and Crouch coming in for Gudjohnsen.

It should also mean a return for Luka Modric, but our little midfielder is a doubt with illness. Michael Dawson also faces a late fitness test, which might see Bassing line up alongside King. Pavlyuchenko is also available and will probably start on the bench.

After such a limp display against Wolves, you’d hope that our team were fired up and ready to prove that they’re not a bunch of deadbeats. They will face a Bolton side missing several key personnel.

Possibly most importantly, Gary Cahill will be out, while Klasnic, Davis and McCann are also injured. The on-loan Weiss and Wilshere are both cup-tied.

No matter what team Bolton put out it’s never an easy place to go and we’ve generally struggled there. A draw probably wouldn’t be a bad result for us in the context of the FA Cup, though the further fixture would be a drain in our dwindling league campaign.

I’ve not seen Bolton play since Owen Coyle has been appointed, but from the reports I’ve heard, they are trying to play a bit more football these days. Hopefully it will result in a more open match that will suit Spurs.

I couldn’t believe how Burnley tried to take the game to us, earlier on in the season. Bolton have better players and won’t be that naive, but this is not the Sam Allardyce era Bolton that would draw shivers through Tottenham spines.

We all know that this is a game that we can and should win. Whether we will is another matter and at the moment, there’s very little point in trying to predict which Tottenham will turn up.

Fingers crossed that it’s the eventual FA Cup winners. Come on you Spurs!

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  1. the last thing we need is another replay.
    let’s do them a favour too, knock ’em out and let them focus on their relegation battles!
    Come on you spurs!

  2. I think we are in for a really tough game tomorrow, you know what Bolton are like they will try and rough us up and capitalise on set-pieces. Davies is a nightmare to play against. It will be a hard game to call…I really hope Spurs are mentally strong in this one otherwise it could be bad day. We need to show that we are hungry and fight tooth and nail. I heard King and Dawson are doubts, the thought of Hud and Bassong having to play at the back is not a good one.
    It would mean JJ would have to play in the centre of midfield alongside Palacios and I’m sure JJ would yet again be the oppositions 12th man. I’ve just seen Pompey play and another fantastic performance by Jamie O’hara, that guy leaves nothing left on the pitch. He is a much better player than JJ so why on earth is he not as Spurs to add bite and workrate to the midfield? Harry needs to bring him back. How many more times will we watch JJ let us down and then all moan about him? COYS show us what you can do….

    • 100% agree with you. I was watching the Pompey game, wondering why O’Hara is not with us, considering that we only have three central midfielders and one of them is shit.

      He’s not the most skillful player, but he gives it everything and is always a danger with set pieces. I really hope we give hm a chance next season.

  3. Start Pav and Crouch ot Gudjonsen leave Defoe on the bench for starters, Corluka til he was dropped for some reason combined well with Bentley prior to Wolves game, so keep that pairing going, specially if we could play two big man upfront we will tgem 2 on the right flank, if Dawson not fit play King and Bassong (instead of Kaboul down to seniority ) kranjcar and Bale should give us a very good balance on the left as well , if Modric aint fit. Just keep Jenas out of the team, the rest will take care of itself..loadsa crosses, crouch, pav, gudjonssen getting to the end of them..we will win this hands on, but knowing Harry he will gamble his life on defoe, kaboul and jenas.

  4. Bentley’s playing shit, I don’t care what anyone says. He takes too long to put in his crosses – when he’s not trying impossible shots.

  5. Please do not start Jenas or Defoe against Bolton tomorrow. We can not afford to carry anyone as everyone will have to work by closing down the opposition.
    I do not think we will lose tomorrow because Rednap has been saving the players who did not start against Wolves specifically for this game which is a sad reflection of Harry’s lack of ambition.

  6. So we’re going to play the long ball game at Bolton,who will be trying to play football.I never thought I’d live to see it.With half the Bolton team missing,not even Harry can f*** this up.Or can he?

  7. O’Hara is better than jenas. Defoe, can’t play with his back to goal, he needs to be running on to through pass; unless we are going to play to his strenghs, we should play Pav.

  8. Noted all these comments with interest. I think Coyle will play the same team that outplayed City for long periods on Tuesday, the only difference being Mark Davies in for Jack Wilshere. I wouldn’t expect him to rest anyone as, barring Taylor and Gardner, there is basically no one to bring in who can do the job. He has already managed to eradicate some of our one dimensional play and has certainly turned Zat Knight into something approaching a central defender. I agree that our lack of defensive cover is a worry but Sam Ricketts played well on Tuesday in an unfamiliar position and if it hadn’t been for the penalty that Robinson conceded I could have seen us getting something from the game. Don’t be expecting an easy match tomorrow and, sooner or later, what Coyle is doing will mean that someone will get a big surprise and, as the lottery says, it could be you.

  9. Quentin.You could be right Coyle is one of these new breed of Managers who have there Team playing well above there Teams ability even when there top players are missing . These Championship managers have learnt how to make there teams play with exhausting Energy. I watched the Man City Bolton game and you could see the pace kick in after ten to 15mins and City where Lucky .We need to score in this window and thats why we have bean beat or draw in this season of shocks our fans need to stop looking at our selection because every team have players missing that has beat Spurs and upset other teams.We have to except Super fitness is here and its not how good your team is but wether you can keep a high tempo for 90+mins and some of these Teams can good LUCK SPURS WE WILL NEED IT .COYS.BTC

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