Spurs and Bolton in replay talks

Bolton’s Premier League trip to Blackburn is scheduled as a

televised match next Monday – but that creates the problem of when

to settle the fifth-round clash with Spurs. FA Cup broadcasters ITV

will put forward their choice of day before the clubs decide, with

the matter complicated by the fact Champions League and Europa

League matches will be screened next week. It would not have been

an issue if Tom Huddlestone had not missed Spurs’ penalty at the

Reebok Stadium, the fourth time Harry Redknapp’s men have missed

from the spot this season. Left-back Gareth 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.” Bale has been in good form himself after being given his

chance following an injury to first choice Benoit Assou-Ekotto. The

Wales international said: “Your confidence grows when you get a run

of games, which I’m having at the moment, so I feel a lot more

confident and I think that’s showing on the pitch.”