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  • Defoe (27), Pavlyuchenko (84), Pavlyuchenko (90)
  • Date:2010-02-21
  • Kick-off:16:15
  • Venue:DW Stadium
  • Attendance:16165
  • Referee:Wiley, A

Live Commentary

90mins

Wigan 0 Tottenham 3: Super-sub Pavlyuchenko grabbed a second half brace to add to Defoe's first half opener and sends Tottenham into 4th place.

90mins

Wigan 0 Tottenham 3: Pavlyuchenko puts the icing on the cake for Harry Redknapp. Bentley's free-kick from the right finds Pavlyuchenko unmarked. His first header is saved, but he follows up to finish from a tight angle.

90mins

Figueroa takes Bentley down as the ball gets knocked past him and he goes into Alan Wiley's book.

90mins

There will be four minutes added time.

89mins

Tottenham just trying to play out a spell of keep-ball now in the final minutes.

88mins

Modric releases Pavlyuchenko on the left, but he over-runs the ball and gets dispossessed on the edge of the Wigan area.

84mins

Wigan 0 Tottenham 2: Pavlyuchenko wraps up the points for Spurs. It was clever feet from Modric, he played in Pavlyuchenko who burst onto it and fired home left-footed past Kirkland from 12 yards.

83mins

Great chance again for Spurs. Bentley dribbles into the area. He squares it to Modric who curls one goalwards, but it hits Kirkland's left hand post and rebounds straight into his arms.

81mins

N'Zogbia drives forward to the edge of the area, plays it wide for Sinclair who cuts the ball back to the corner of the area for McCarthy. His first time cross is mis-hit straight at Gomes but he fumbles and Sinclair almost pounces on the rebound.

78mins

Great chance for Crouch and he should double Spurs' lead. Modric does well to drive forward and pick a pass for Crouch beyond the Wigan defence. Crouch gets one-on-one with Kirkland, tries to lift it past him left-footed but Kirkland makes the save.

76mins

Wigan substitution: Moreno is replaced by Sinclair.

75mins

McCarthy, having just been fouled by Huddlestone, lunges in on Bentley and earns himself a yellow card.

74mins

Huddlestone arrives late for another tackle on the half-way line. the referee wants another word with the Spurs midfielder and he'll need to be careful now in this last 15 minutes.

73mins

Tottenham substitution: Defoe comes off to be replaced by Pavlyuchenko.

73mins

Defoe gets forward down the left. He plays a diagonal ball low into the penalty area towards Crouch, but it's just too firm and Kirkland comes out well to claim.

72mins

Huddlestone pulls back N'Zogbia on the half-way line as the Wigan man attempts to break forward into the Spurs half. The referee played the advantage but as the ball goes out of play Alan Wiley produces a yellow card for the Spurs midfielder.

70mins

Half chance for Defoe as he turns on the edge of the Wigan penalty area. He shoots left-footed by his effort is straight at Kirkland.

69mins

Tottenham substitution: Krancjar comes off and is replaced by Modric.

69mins

McCarthy aims a long diagonal ball into the penalty area. Gomes comes out to punch clear and N'Zogbia gives away a foul on the edge of the area.

66mins

Half chance for Wigan. Moreno plays the ball to the right of the area for N'Zogbia. He attempts a left-foot curling effort for the far top corner, but it goes safely over.

65mins

Diame goes in late on Krancjar and brings the Spurs man down. It's a yellow card for the Wigan man.

65mins

The game has just got a little scrappy over the past few minutes, with neither side keeping good possession of the ball.

61mins

Defoe gets himself free on the right side of the area. He fires at goal right-footed, but Kirkland stands up well and makes the save.

60mins

Bentley tries to break forward into the Wigan half, but loses it looking for a free-kick. A poor pass from Diane under no pressure on the half-way line gives possession straight back to Spurs.

60mins

Good spell of pressure for Wigan. This time, Moreno gets space on the right side of the area, crosses low and it's turned behind for a corner.

59mins

N'Zogbia works space 25 yards from goal to find Moses on the left. He controls and shoots low from the edge of the area, but it's a weak effort and straight at Gomes.

58mins

Moses bursts forward down the left. He cuts inside but loses his footing and the attack breaks down.

56mins

Wigan substitution: Hendry Thomas departs and makes way for new signing Victor Moses.

53mins

Wigan try to force space for a cross on the right, but Krancjar does well to win possession and then earns his side a free-kick 6 yards from the touchline at the expense of Melchiot.

52mins

Tottenham substitution: King looks to have tweaked his knee in making a clearance a minute or so agao and he hobbles off to be replaced by Bassong.

51mins

Dawson clatters into the back of Rodallega on the half-way line and he receives a yellow card for his troubles.

50mins

Defoe drives into the Wigan penalty area on the left hand side. He cuts inside McCarthy but loses his footing. He looks towards the referee for a penalty, but Alan Wiley isn't interested.

49mins

N'Zogbia drives forward down the left. He beats Dawson and Palacios, but Corluka dispossesses him.

48mins

Corluka crosses deep from the right towards Crouch at the far post. Crouch heads it back across goal, but can only find a Wigan defender and the ball is cleared.

47mins

The corner is met by the head of Crouch, who heads goalwards from 12 yards, but it's a comfortable save for Kirkland down to his left.

46mins

Bentley does well to bring the ball down with his chest on the right. He drives forward trying to create some space for a cross, but Diame does well to deflect the ball away for a corner.

46mins

The visitors get the second half underway, looking to build on their first half lead.

45mins

The groundsmen are out with their forks trying to do their best with this pitch, but with the rain lashing down it looks like they're fighting a losing battle.

45mins

It's not been the most fluent game of passing football you're ever likely to see, but it's been a reasonably entertaining match, with a good tempo to it. Spurs have had the better of the play and arguably deserve their lead.

45mins

Wigan 0 Tottenham 1: Defoe's goal scored from an offside position is the difference between the two sides at the interval.

45mins

There will be a minimum of two minutes added time at the end of this half.

45mins

N'Zogbia takes on Bale and thinks he's earned his side a corner, but the decision is a goal-kick, much to the disapproval of the Wigan man.

41mins

Corluka tries to lift it forward to Defoe, but it flies straight over the head of the England striker and through to Kirkland.

40mins

After a brief pause in the action N'Zogbia takes, but Defoe has charged it down to quickly and is shown a yellow card.

38mins

N'Zogbia is brought down by Bale 35 yards and central. It's a free-kick to Wigan in a dangerous area.

37mins

Bentley mis-times his challenge on Figueroa as the Wigan man tries to surge forward and it's a yellow card for the Spurs wide man.

36mins

Wigan are starting to enjoy a bit more possession inside the Spurs half, but their latest move ends with a wayward effort from Diame.

33mins

Diame drives at goal and shoots from 25 yards. It deflects up off of King, but loops away for a Wigan corner.

32mins

A long free-kick is played into the Wigan area looking for Crouch. the big Tottenham man gets up well to head across goal, but he can't find a team mate and Wigan clear.

29mins

Corluka is brought down 18 yards from goal on the right and it's a free-kick to Spurs in a dangerous area. Bale takes left-footed but Moreno heads clear for a corner.

27mins

Wigaon 0 Tottenham 1: Defoe looks a mile offside as he turns home Bale's low left-foot cross from close range, but the flag stays down and Tottenham lead.

26mins

Bentley plays a good ball forward down the right channel for Defoe. He crosses right-footed, but the ball is cleared.

23mins

There's a skirmish on the half-way line between Caldwell and Defoe after the Spurs man flies on the Wigan defender. Alan Wiley has a brief word with both men, but no further action is required from the referee.

21mins

Good passing move from Wigan results in Rodallega finding space on the edge of the area. He has to take the shot on early and his toe poke effort is turned over well by Gomes.

19mins

McCarthy plays the ball beyond the Spurs defence for Rodallega, but the Wigan man has gone too early with his run and is just offside.

18mins

Bentley drives forward and shoots from the left hand side of the penalty area. It's deflected and flies harmlessly into the arms of Kirkland.

17mins

Moreno does well to chase a long ball down. He plays it off of Bale who tries to shepherd it out of play. It should be a Wigan corner but the decision is a goal-kick to the visitors.

16mins

Rodallega tries to break away down the Spurs right, but Dawson comes across well to dispossess him as he crosses into the Tottenham half.

15mins

Good spell of possession from Spurs end with Bentley flicking the ball up and volleying towards goal from 25 yards. It's a decent effort but doesn't have the power to trouble Kirkland.

14mins

Defoe plays a good looking ball out to the right for Bentley, but it's just too firm for Bentley and it goes out for a Wigan throw-in.

14mins

There are a lot of passes being under-hit with the pitch taking pace off the passes.

12mins

Foul on huddlestone by Thomas and Spurs are given a free-kick 35 yards out, right of centre.

11mins

N'Zogbia tries to break forward for Wigan, but Huddlestone does well to dispossess him.

9mins

Rodallega tries to take on Corluka and Bentley on the left, but he loses out and Spurs clear.

7mins

Free-kick to Wigan 35 yards out on the right. It played in left-footed by N'Zogbia, but it's well over-hit and misses everyone.

6mins

It's been a bit of a scrappy start from both sides, who look to be struggling to provide any flowing football on a very poor playing surface.

4mins

Figueroa goes down on the half-way line and he'll be in need of some treatment here.

2mins

Long diagonal ball forward by Dawson, but it's over-hit and goes safely through for a goal-kick to the home side.

2mins

Long ball forward by Caldwell but it drifts harmlessly through to Gomes.

0mins

Wigan get this game underway on a really poor looking surface.

0mins

It looks like there will be a slight delay here as the referee has spotted a hole in the net at one end.

0mins

Wigan have a worse defensive record than 17 of the 19 other Premiership teams. With 49 goals conceded, only Burnley (50) and Hull (51) have conceded more.

0mins

Wigan, however, have far worse problems to worry about. They’ve won just once in the last 11 and their last home win was back in November against Sunderland. They start the game just two points outside of the drop zone.

0mins

Spurs have found goals a little harder to come by since that afternoon and have scored just once in their last four away matches in the league.

0mins

Tottenham won the reverse fixture by an amazing 9-1 scoreline back in November and Roberto Martinez will be keen for his side to extract some revenge on today’s opponents and help his side gain some breathing space from the relegation zone.

0mins

Although Spurs have announced that winger Aaron Lennon will not require surgery on his groin injury, he will again miss out on this afternoon’s game.

0mins

Tottenham team line-up: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Palacios, Kranjcar, Crouch, Defoe

0mins

Wigan team line-up: Kirkland, Melchiot, Caldwell, Scharner, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, McCarthy, N'Zogbia, Moreno, Rodallega

0mins

Wigan face Tottenham at 4:15pm on Sunday, February 21st.

Match Preview

Wigan Athletic host Tottenham on Sunday and fresh in the mind of most people at this game will be the 9-1 thrashing that Spurs dished out to the Latics at White Hart Lane earlier in the season.

Jermain Defoe scored five goals that day and in total the striker has netted nine goals in six starts against Athletic.

Spurs are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot. However, Harry Redknapp's charges have failed to score in three of their last four away games in the league. Wigan are not in much better form at home though, having drawn three and lost two of their last five games at the DW Stadium.

One big loss for Spurs this weekend could be an absent Aaron Lennon. The former Leeds United winger has a groin injury and Sunday's game may come too soon for the 22-year-old, especially with the World Cup on the horizon.

Lennon has provided a club-high eight assists so far this season and would be greatly missed.

Wigan secured a third consecutive draw against Bolton Wanderers in midweek and manager Roberto Martinez was happy to take the point against a dogged Trotters side.

The former Swansea City manager said: "It is a very good point. Every point now is important.

"I am looking at the performance and all the ingredients you need to be a good side are there - effort, discipline, concentration.

"We need to make sure we carry on with the good standards to make the break that probably would have been the difference."

One factor which could affect the outcome of the game is the pitch, which has come under close scrutiny recently, especially now that the rugby league season has kicked off.

The Spaniard added: "It is five games in 18 days between rugby and football. We don't have to hide it, it is a bad surface and it affects the way we want to play.

"But I felt we adapted well against Bolton. There is nothing we can do about the state of the pitch but I am pleased with the way the players approached the situation."


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Match Report

Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe notched his sixth goal in two games against Wigan Athletic as his side won 3-0 at the DW Stadium to move back up to fourth place in the Premier League.

Defoe netted five times when Tottenham thrashed Wigan 9-1 earlier in the season and scored a controversial opener on 27 minutes - finishing Gareth Bale's cross from an offside position.

On a terrible pitch Wigan failed to find any rhythm and after substitute Luka Modric struck a post, forgotten frontman Roman Pavlyuchenko wrapped up the points with a late double.

Spurs struggled to find their feet on the DW Stadium surface early on and Wigan almost took advantage when Hugo Rodallega caught the game's first sight of goal.

The 24-year-old Colombian exchanged passes with Marcelo Moreno before firing in right-foot shot that stung the arms of Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes on 20 minutes.

But on 27 minutes the hosts were behind in controversial circumstances when Defoe fired home from an offside position.

Niko Kranjcar picked up the ball on halfway and slipped it wide to Bale on the left, the Welshman fizzed the ball across goal and Defoe - who was clearly offside - finished it off.

Following heavy snow and rain, the pitch - which Wigan share with Rugby League side Wigan Warriors - deteriorated throughout the contest.

But it was Spurs who adapted best and Defoe almost grabbed his second of the game when he combined with Kranjcar, only to fire straight at Chris Kirkland.

Wigan were struggling to gain a foothold in the game and Charles N'Zogbia failed to hit the target with a curling left-foot shot from outside the box six minutes later.

Peter Crouch should have put the game to bed in the 77th minute after collecting a pass from Tom Huddlestone, who was lucky to avoid a second yellow card for a late challenge on James McCarthy.

Substitute Modric struck a post at the death before Pavlyuchenko skipped clear to fire beyond Kirkland in the 84th minute, before repeating the trick in stoppage time to complete a comfortable win.

Wigan Athletic

Tottenham Hotspur

Corners

32

Fouls

1714

Goal attempts

Shots off target

11

Offsides

21

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