Bale: Spurs have great chance of Cup glory now
Published 22:19 27/03/12 By Mike Walters
Harry Redknapp needed a brush of Kiwi polish to banish Tottenham's FA Cup nightmares.
For 74 minutes, in this quarter-final rebooted after Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane 11 days ago, Spurs missed a glut of chances to book a semi-final date with Chelsea at Wembley on April 15.
But with Redknapp cutting an increasingly anxious figure on the touchline, New Zealand skipper Ryan Nelsen's first goal for the club broke the deadlock.
And after Gareth Bale scarpered clear to make it two goals in as many minutes, Tottenham fans reminded Redknapp he is unlikely to enjoy such one-sided fare if he takes the England job.
Bale said: "We've had a long, hard season. We've shown how we want to get off the bad run and keep improving.
"Everybody wants to win the FA Cup. We have got a great chance, we've got tough opponents, but we will give it our best shot to win."
Substitute Kevin Davies reduced the deficit 30 seconds from the end of normal time, but only inspired keeper Adam Bogdan spared Bolton from a rout before Louis Saha's rasping finish with the last kick of the game.
"Harry Redknapp, England are s***", trilled the north London choral society as Spurs clinched only their second win in the eight games they've played since Fabio Capello walked out on the Three Lions.
Bolton, who sent a deputation to visit Muamba in hospital hours before kick-off, missed a glorious chance to snatch an undeserved lead when Carlo Cudicini foiled Ivan Klasnic at 0-0.
But the Trotters were privately content to get through their curtain call at the Lane without serious mishap after Muamba's 999 drama.