Another frustrating night appeared to be on the cards yesterday as Bolton’s reserve goalkeeper had the game of his life to keep Spurs at bay. At one stage in the first half, Spurs had eight strikes on goal to Bolton’s nil but as the game progressed, the goalie and the woodwork had some of us fearing the worst.
Just as the script seemed to be written for a late winning goal for the Trotters, Ryan Nelsen cropped up to head us in front. One of the popular stats doing the rounds on Twitter yesterday was the number of fruitless corners Spurs have had this season – I believe it was 125 without a goal before the Kiwi centre half nodded us in front.
Bale added a second and Kevin Davies’ late strike was just a prelude to the goal of the game from our other deadline day signing, Louis Saha.
“We dominated the game but couldn’t get that first goal,” said Harry Redknapp after the game.
“It took a long while to come but their goalkeeper was amazing. I’ve never seen a keeper make so many saves. It was one of the great goalkeeping performances.
“I said at half-time that the goals had to come if we kept playing the way we played. They had to come.
“But the second half started and he continued making save after save. You do start to wonder if it’s going to be one of those nights but eventually the goals came.”
So we’re on our way to Wembley once again with just Chelsea between us and our tenth FA Cup final.