What a great strike it was from Modric after thirty six minutes who had positioned himself well outside the area to receive from Van der Vaart. It was Spurs first away goal in four matches since Adebayor's penalty put them two up at the Emirates. Spurs maintained their ascendancy with the corner count showing their five to none from Bolton with five minutes of the half remaining. In those final minutes, however, Bolton felt they could have had a penalty for handball against William Gallas or holding by Kaboul. An Eagles shot went wide and in the last minute of added time they squandered a glorious chance to draw level when the Spurs defence got into disarray from a free-kick and Boyata fired over an open goal.
The second half started with early Bolton pressure but Spurs still threatened when a pass from Van der Vaart to put Adebayor clear was cut out by a defender. After six minutes the Bolton pressure paid off as Spurs defended poorly from a basic throw in as a flick on and back heel put Rio-Coker in to level the scores. Bolton were on top for the first time in the match and the crowd who had given Fabrice Muamba a great reception when he appeared on the pitch before the match came to life to back their team. Spurs frequently gave the ball away in their haste to clear and were hemmed in their own half. After fifty five minutes Bolton won their first corner and with three quick corners the home team kept up the pressure and a shot from Eagles went just over the bar.
Spurs then turned the match in their favour with two goals in two minutes on the hour. First a quick counter attack by Bale on the left and he pulled the ball back for Van der Vaart to score with a shot across the goalkeeper. Two minutes later, Modric released Lennon and he selflessly put the ball across fro Adebayor to get the third. The home side and their supporters were in shock but in response Ngog had a shot easily saved by Friedel and poor defending from another throw in almost caused Spurs a problem.
After 69 minutes good inter-passing by Modric and Bale enabled Adebayor to take the ball around the goalkeeper and score his second and Spurs' fourth.
Bolton tried to respond through Petrov who for the first time got away from Kyle Walker but Friedel blocked his powerful shot and Sandro got back to clear any further danger. Adebayor was now causing more problems for Bolton as he tried to play in Lennon but the home side crowded him out. He then blasted over following a break by Bale as he looked for his hat-trick. In the final minutes Spurs almost added to Bolton's misery as Bale had two shots blocked for a corner and in the final action Walker's shot was also deflected off a defender and the goalkeeper for a corner.
Spurs won at a ground where they always find it difficult and managed to prevent the Bolton captain, Kevin Davies, from getting his customary goal or goals against them. It was a vital win as Newcastle beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to keep apace with Spurs for fourth but both clubs are now only a point behind Arsenal whose goal difference advantage over Spurs has been reduced to one goal.
Spurs' performance was vastly improved from previous away games, they showed much more purpose and forward intent, they played with more confidence than they have for quite some time and showed a greater endeavour and fight against a team renowned for its combative qualities. Now it's on to Villa Park on Sunday afternoon in the penultimate stage of the race for third, fourth or fifth.