BOLTON, England (AFP) - Tottenham first-team coach Joe Jordan admits his players will have to start practicing their spot kicks more often after another miss consigned them to an FA Cup fifth round replay with Bolton.
When Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen saved Tom Huddlestone's second half penalty to secure a 1-1 draw at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday, it was the fourth penalty out of six this season that had been missed by Spurs.
England forward Jermain Defoe was relieved of the duties after taking his total of misses to six from 10 attempts in the 2-2 FA Cup fourth round draw with Leeds last month.
The only Tottenham player to have converted a penalty this season is Robbie Keane, who scored in the 5-0 win over Burnley and the 4-0 victory over Peterborough but has now joined Celtic on loan until the end of the season.
Keane also missed in a 2-0 League Cup win over Everton, while Defoe was thwarted in a 2-2 Premier League draw at Goodison Park.
Kevin Davies gave Bolton the lead and after Defoe equalised with his 21st of the season, Huddlestone missed the chance to seal the tie.
So far, their wastefulness has only cost Harry Redknapp's side those two points and forced them to play a couple of replays but Jordan acknowledges that it is an issue that needs to be resolved.
"We have not been too lucky with penalties. Tom does it differently in training when he puts power into his penalties," Jordan said.
"But he tried to place it. But when a penalty is saved you have to give credit to the keeper.
"We have had a terrible season with penalties that have counted against us.
"At Everton we were 2-0 up and it got back to 2-2 and we missed a penalty - and there have been other occasions as well. So we need a bit more practicing, I think!
"We lived dangerously in the first 45 minutes at Bolton we didn't play particularly well.
"But it was different in the second half and we should have been going away with a victory."
Bolton manager Owen Coyle, who is already without defender Gary Cahill due to an arm injury, is concerned that Zat Knight could miss Wednesday's game at Wigan with a calf problem.
They now face a vital run of matches, with two games against Wigan, and games against fellow strugglers Blackburn, Wolves, West Ham.
While Coyle was frustrated at having to include a replay in that crucial period, he has promised his team are still desperate to progress.
Coyle said: "I thought our level of performance was of a high standard and if we continue to play like that, it will lead to a lot of results and points and we go into real cup finals from Wednesday.
"None of us wanted a replay but we're in the hat and who is to say that we can't go down there and win the replay."
Coyle is also confident that Johan Elmander will start scoring goals after the Swede wasted a number of opportunities against Tottenham.
The forward was the club?s record signing when he arrived in an eight million pounds deal from Toulouse in 2008.
He has managed just four goals this season, with only two in the Premier League, but Coyle insists he is making a vital contribution for Bolton.
He said: "I think Johan Elmander was outstanding and I said to him at the end that he might be trying too hard but he was hard working in the game and once he's in there he just has to show that level of composure.
"It's repetition. Hit the target and if they save them, all good and well but the more often you hit the target, the more it results in goals for you."
|Coach: O. Coyle|
|Barcelona ´obliged to win´, says Martino|
|Unbeaten Bayern streak doesn´t faze Guardiola|
|Gilardino Toronto-bound as Italian MLS legion grows|
|Manaus stadium built for the heat, says sports secretary|
|Valcke: USA, England in tough groups|
|Ranieri admires lowly Ajaccio|
|Copa del Rey Wrap: Barcelona arrest deficit to beat third-tier Cartagena|
|Wenger dismisses complacency fears|
|Primeira Liga: Benfica 2 Arouca 2|
|World Cup draw soundbites: The best of the reaction|
|Scottish Premiership: Motherwell 0 Celtic 5|
|Bundesliga: Nuremberg 1 Mainz 1|
|Ligue 1: Marseille 0 Nantes 1|
|Eredivisie: Utrecht 2 NEC 0|
|Serie A: Bologna 0 Juventus 2|
|Sabella satisfied with ´positive draw´|
|Boateng hails ´dream´ World Cup draw|
|Pekerman confident of Colombia progression|
|Wilmots: No world-class opponents in Belgium´s group|
|Santos gives Greece ´every chance´|
|Last 16 is France aim, says Deschamps|
|Kovac wary of tough FIFA World Cup draw|
|Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Everton|
|Hitzfeld expecting tense FIFA World Cup group|
|Spain not in ´Group of Death´, insists Del Bosque|
|Portugal will fight for progression, Bento says|
|Scolari happy with Brazil draw|
|Low: World Cup focus not just on United States|
|Van Gaal wary of tough group|
|Hoddle: Tough group can boost England|
|Prandelli happy with FIFA World Cup draw|
|Pele: We will make the final|
|Australia coach excited despite horror draw|
|Hodgson upbeat despite tough FIFA World Cup draw|
|Hangeland set for spell on the sidelines|
|Spain grouped with Netherlands at Brazil 2014 World Cup|
|Serie A Preview: Inter v Parma|
|World Cup Draw: Group G|
|World Cup Draw: Group H|
|World Cup Draw: Group F|
|World Cup Draw: Group E|
|World Cup Draw: Group D|
|World Cup Draw: Group C|
|World Cup Draw: Group B|
|Hughes confident of ending Chelsea hoodoo|
|Mourinho frustrated with fixture congestion|
|Moyes coy on Van Persie comeback|
|Enyeama extends Lille contract|
|Premier League Preview: Fulham v Aston Villa|
|Two sacked by Whitehawk following match-fixing charge|
|Lucio bemoans Inter errors|
|Pellegrini calm over Kompany fitness|
|Coloccini committed to Newcastle|
|Falcao to miss Ajaccio clash|
|Ronaldo set for Tuesday return|
|A-League Wrap: Perth back on track, Brisbane win in Adelaide|
|Allardcye warns of Suarez danger|
|Fully-fit Kagawa confident of improvement|
|Mandela´s ´hero´ Radebe hails leader|
|Rodgers: Sterling rejuvinated by rest|
|Reina: I´d help Mascherano make Napoli move|
|Pochettino confident despite injury blows|
|Martinez eyes Everton additions|
|Kompany desperate to stay fit|
|Alves: Comparisons to Guardiola´s Barcelona unfair|
|Bendtner vital for Arsenal - Arteta|
|Parreira: Mandela was ´a god´ to South Africans|
|Colombia Primera A Wrap: Atletico Nacional reach final|
|Alonso the key for Real, says Ancelotti|
|Karanka rejected Mourinho, Chelsea|
|Garde left disappointed by home draw|
|FIFA should reconsider seedings, says Prandelli|
|Mihajlovic given selection headaches|
|Tributes flow for Mandela|
|Matthaus: Germany ´definitely´ World Cup contenders|
|Zidane hails ´monstrous´ Ronaldo|
|Ligue 1: Lyon 1 Toulouse 1|
|Coppa Italia: Sampdoria 4 Verona 1|
|UAE Pro League Wrap: Al Shabab fail to capitalise on Al Ahli slip up|
|No plan B for Sao Paulo stadium - Blatter|
|Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace v Cardiff City|
|Premier League Preview: West Brom v Norwich City|
|Pulis eyes quality over quantity|
|Martino will not rush Messi recovery|
|Ligue 1 Preview: Enyeama closing on record, Nantes face tough test|
|FIFA World Cup winners to pocket $35m|
|Premier League Preview: Southampton v Manchester City|
|Premier League Preview: Stoke City v Chelsea|
|Footballers charged in match-fixing probe|
|Suarez vindicated for staying at Liverpool, says Rodgers|
|Klopp targets ´result machines´ Leverkusen|
|Premier League Preview: Liverpool v West Ham|
|Pardew expects Manchester United reaction|
|Premier League Preview: Sunderland v Tottenham|
|Hamren extends Sweden deal|
|Del Nido sentenced to seven years|
|Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen|
|Hughton: Norwich must forget Suarez show|
|Tomkins eager to face Liverpool strikeforce|
|Platini talks up sin bin proposal|
|Ronaldo keen to avoid World Cup favourites|
|Ligue 1 Preview: Paris Saint-Germain v Sochaux|
|Premier League Preview: Manchester United v Newcastle United|
|Martino accepts responsibility for Barca defeats|
|Dossena confident ahead of Spurs test|
|Montpellier coach Fernandez resigns|
|Wenger: Too early to dismiss United challenge|
|Mackay hails tireless Campbell|
|Robben ruled out for six weeks with knee injury|
|Berbatov committed to Fulham, claims Meulensteen|
|Villas-Boas lauds Lloris for bouncing back|
|Bundesliga Preview: Werder Bremen v Bayern Munich|
|Golden boy Pogba must keep his head down, says Conte|
|Pellegrini tips Aguero to extend goal glut|
|Landreau proud of Ligue 1 landmark|
|Moyes unsure over Van Persie return|
|Suarez grounded over Liverpool prospects|
|Robben set for scans on knee gash|
|J.League Preview: Hiroshima can still defend title|
|Blanc hails Evian´s ´heart´ after shock PSG loss|
|Copa Sudamericana: Ponte Preta 1 Lanus 1|
|Pruis denies safety concerns for Brazil 2014|
|World Cup stadiums will be ready - Brazil´s sports minister|
|West Brom spirit pleases Clarke|
|Pellegrini enjoys away tonic|
|Coppa Italia Wrap: Inter survive scare to advance|
|Ligue 1 Wrap: PSG suffer shock loss, Landreau makes history|
|Mackay hails ´brave´ Cardiff point|
|Laudrup delighted with Shelvey flexibility|
|Eredivisie Wrap: Heerenveen, Go Ahead leave it late|
|Seedorf tips Brazil to win World Cup|
|Hughton salutes Suarez, slams Norwich defending|
|Rodgers hails ´incredible´ Suarez after four-goal salvo|
|No excuses from frustrated Moyes|
|Pardew has ref rage over Webb after Swansea loss|
|Football League Wrap: Derby go fourth, Wigan lose again|
|Meulensteen bullish after Spurs defeat|