But for Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan Tottenham would have booked their place in the semi-finals much earlier than the final 17 minutes, when two goals in four minutes secured a 16th appearance in the last four of the FA Cup.
Tottenham will be hoping they can carry this form into their struggling league displays, whilst Bolton can concentrate on their fight to remain in the top flight.
Spurs dominated for long periods but it was only late-on that they breached the Wanders defence and in particular keeper Bogdan.
Ryan Nelsen, with his first goal for the home side, rose highest to a Rafael Van der Vaart corner to head Spurs ahead. Shortly after Gareth Bale collected a Jermain Defoe pass and finished from eighteen yards.
In the final minute substitute Kevin Davies seemed to have ensured a nervy end to the game for the host’s when he slid home Bolton’s reply, until Louis Saha went down the other end and replied with a twenty yard shot to clinch the tie in stoppage time.
Referee: Howard Webb
Venue: White Hart Lane
Tottenham scorers: Nelsen 74, Bale 77, Saha 90
Bolton scorers: Davies 90
Yellow cards: Pratley (BOL)
TRIBAL ASKS: Will this victory set Tottenham up for a top four finish and enable Bolton to concentrate on remaining in the top flight?