Spurs safely through to FA Cup quarter-finals

Tottenham Hotspur reached a meeting with Bolton Wanderers in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 3-1 win over on Wednesday, but the League One side pushed the Champions League hopefuls all the way, the Daily Mail reports.

A Jermain Defoe brace and an Emmanuel Adebayor penalty cancelled out Joel Byrom’s penalty opener for Stevenage, but Tottenham lost Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon to injury to put a dampener on the evening for Harry Redknapp. Positive injury news however came from the return to action of both Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale, while Scott Parker came back into the side after serving his one-game suspension.

Tottenham, eight-time winners of the competition, last won the FA Cup in 1991, when Terry Venables led the team to victory over Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest side. That match, which Spurs won 2-1 through goals by Paul Stewart and a Des Walker own goal, was made famous by Paul Gascoigne’s lunge on Forest defender Gary Charles which saw the England midfielder stretchered off after just 17 minutes.

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