What goes around comes around...
The story is, if the game was 89 minutes long, Bolton would be something like 10 points better off than they were before the kickoff. Well it's only 7 points now, as Wanderers finally managed a late goal of their own to claim three points against a lacklustre Spurs team.
Bolton started with the same lineup that had started against Sunderland but it was Spurs who made the better start with Keane and Davies looking sharp. It emerged later that Robbie Keane's father had died after a long illness and, if he was aware of it at the time, you can only admire the irishman's commitment to the club in the way it didnŐt seem to affect his play. Bolton were playing on the counter attack and while the pace of Mendy and Gardner were paying off - one break ending with Okocha firing a rasping shot just past the corner of post and bar. In fact though neither keeper was being worked particularly hard as both sides lacked finishing. The only real chance came to Spurs where Bunjevcevic's close range shot was blocked away by Frandsen with Jaaskelaninen stranded on the floor in a goalmouth scramble.
The second half was a different story. Bolton pressed forward and Kasey Keller in the Spurs goal stood between them and a pasting. Pedersen volleyed a shot against the base of the post and Bergsson headed the ball solidly off it with Keller stranded. Barness (on for Gardner to restrict Carr and Davies's efforts on the wing) jinked in the box and Keller could only parry his shot into the air, but Okocha couldn't get a strong header opn the looping ball and it went over. Keller tipped a Djorkaeff curler over the bar and a superb effort by Pierre Yves Andre round the post. As the clock wound down, it looked like Bolton would be frustrated in their search for a winner.
Then, in injury time, Andre headed on a Jaaskelainen clearance. Djorkaeff, who had looked exhausted, found a second wind - amazing how having the ball in front of goal will do that to you - and pounced on it. As he was about to shoot, he was clattered from behind by Doherty. A clear penalty, even by the standard of some we have seen not given recently. Okocha took the responsibilty and calmly stroked the ball past Keller's dive. Spurs only had time to kick off before the whistle blew and the Reebok celebrated three points they genuinely deserved but didn't think they were going to get. Despite what some might tell you, Watching Bolton is rarely dull. And in Okocha and Djorkaeff, they have two players who have not only great skill but also great heart and great will to succeed. With players such as this, relegation is surely an avoidable fate.