Bale: Spurs don’t practice penalties

Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane failed to score from 12 yards

earlier in the season and Tom Huddlestone missed against Bolton at

the Reebok Stadium to deny Spurs a place in the quarter-finals of

the FA Cup. Spurs have announced the replay will take place a week

on Wednesday, with Bolton putting their clash with Blackburn back a

day to Sunday on their official website. That game was scheduled to

be ESPN’s Monday evening live game. Rescheduling games would not

have been a problem if Huddlestone had netted his penalty.

Left-back Bale said: “We don’t practise penalties really and it’s

disappointing we missed one but things like that happen. “Tom was

down to take it before the game and he was unlucky. Will we

practise them more now? You never know.” Defoe admits his side were

given a blast by boss Harry Redknapp during half-time against

Bolton. “We should have won it in the end,” Defoe said. “We had a

bit of a rollicking at half-time and we deserved it because we

didn’t compete in the first half. “You know it’s always going to be

difficult at Bolton. You have to compete and the rest of the game

will then take care of itself, we know we’ll always create chances.

“First though, you have to compete otherwise a team like Bolton

will get on top and that’s what happened in the first half.” Defoe,

after scoring against Bolton to take his tally to 21 this season,

added: “There’s still a long way to go and I just want to keep

doing what I’m doing, keep getting on the end of chances and try to

score as many goals as possible.”