Defoe scores late Spurs winner


Premier League Review: Tottenham's Jermain Defoe showed Sven-Goran Eriksson what he was missing at last year's World Cup by coming off the bench to condemn Manchester City to a 2-1 defeat, denying them a place in the top four.

Eriksson famously chose to take Theo Walcott rather than Defoe to Germany - and Defoe gained some sort of revenge at White Hart Lane.

Rolando Bianchi cancelled out Pascal Chimbonda's controversial opener before Defoe grabbed the winner with seven minutes left, just after Stephen Ireland was given a straight red card for a lunge at Young-Pyo Lee.

Bolton's revival continued at the Reebok Stadium as Gary Megson's men recorded their biggest win of the season, 4-1 against neighbours Wigan to leave the Latics deep in relegation trouble.

Paul Scharner headed into his own net to give the Trotters the lead and although Denny Landzaat equalised for the visitors, Kevin Nolan put Bolton back in front before the break, with Kevin Davies and Nicolas Anelka, who also missed a penalty, finishing off an easy win.

In the day's other game, Dean Ashton's goal ensured Alan Curbishley celebrated a year in charge of West Ham with a 1-0 victory over Blackburn.

Interval substitute Ashton struck seven minutes into the second half as the Hammers made it four successive wins over Rovers to lift themselves into the top half of the Premier League.

Mark Hughes' side had the chances to at least clinch a draw, but some poor finishing and some top-class Rob Green's saves thwarted them.

After a run of seven successive league and cup victories, Rovers have now taken just five points from their last six games.