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  • Date:24 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The DW Stadium
  • Attendance:18,788
  • Diame (49)
  • Van der Vaart (2) Bale (22)

Live Commentary

94:06 +4.06

Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Luka Modric. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the free kick.

93:34 +3.34

The referee blows for offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.

92:59 +2.59

Emmanuel Adebayor is booked.

92:35 +2.35

Patrick Van Aanholt takes a shot. Kyle Walker gets a block in.

91:30 +1.30

Jake Livermore challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick. James McArthur takes the free kick.


Jake Livermore is brought on as a substitute for Raniere Sandro.


Effort from the edge of the area by Conor Sammon goes wide of the right-hand post.


Effort on goal by James McArthur from 35+ yards. Save by Brad Friedel.


Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Younes Kaboul misses to the left of the goal.


Younes Kaboul takes a shot.


Foul by Gary Caldwell on Dos Santos Giovani, free kick awarded. Luka Modric takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Gareth Bale.


Gareth Bale takes a shot. Blocked by Maynor Figueroa.


Luka Modric takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on Victor Moses. Dos Santos Giovani on for Rafael Van der Vaart. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.


Conor Sammon concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker. Booking for Conor Sammon for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.


Gareth Bale fouled by Ronnie Stam, the ref awards a free kick. Conor Sammon replaces Franco Di Santo. James McArthur comes on in place of Ben Watson. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.


Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line, Younes Kaboul produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.


Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance made by Ronnie Stam.


James McCarthy challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee books James McCarthy for unsporting behaviour. Scott Parker takes the free kick.


Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Brad Friedel.


Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson from the left by-line to the near post, Gareth Bale manages to make a clearance.


Centre by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale by Steve Gohouri. Steve Gohouri dismissed for second bookable offence. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the free kick.


Foul by Emmanuel Adebayor on Gary Caldwell, free kick awarded. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.


Foul by Gareth Bale on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Mohamed Diame takes the direct free kick.


Patrick Van Aanholt crosses the ball.


Outswinging corner taken by Luka Modric, clearance by Maynor Figueroa. Luka Modric takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Patrick Van Aanholt. Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric.


Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.


Mohamed Diame scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 1-2 Tottenham.Ronnie Stam provided the assist for the goal.


Ben Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.


The ball is sent over by Victor Moses, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.


Ronnie Stam comes on in place of Jordi Gomez.


Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Header by Ledley King from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.


Short corner worked by Rafael Van der Vaart.


Emmanuel Adebayor takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.


Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Patrick Van Aanholt takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Kyle Walker. Brad Friedel takes the indirect free kick.


Gareth Bale takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.


Foul by Jordi Gomez on Benoit Assou-Ekotto, free kick awarded. Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes the direct free kick.


Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric, Header from deep inside the area by Gareth Bale goes harmlessly over the crossbar.


Steve Gohouri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Bale. Steve Gohouri booked. Ledley King restarts play with the free kick.


Scott Parker challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.


Raniere Sandro fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ledley King.


Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric, Gareth Bale grabs a headed goal from inside the area. Wigan 0-2 Tottenham.The assist for the goal came from Luka Modric.


Kyle Walker sends in a cross, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.


Gary Caldwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.


Kyle Walker has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.


A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.


Patrick Van Aanholt is ruled offside. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.


Raniere Sandro concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Moses. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jordi Gomez, save made by Brad Friedel.


Effort on goal by Emmanuel Adebayor from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.


Goal scored by Rafael Van der Vaart from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.

Match Preview

No special measures for Bale Wigan manager Roberto Martinez admits there can be no special plan for flying winger Gareth Bale because Tottenham have so many players who can hurt them. Last weekend Spurs ripped apart nine-man Liverpool with Martin Skrtel, a centre-back playing out of position on the right of defence, given a torrid time by the Wales international before eventually getting himself sent off. The Latics may also have a central defender on the right - Adrian Lopez played there in the defeat to Everton because of an injury to Emmerson Boyce - but Martinez said to focus on one specific area of their opponents' armoury would be a mistake. "It will be a big mistake if you focus on one or two players of Spurs because you will get damaged by the others so you need to be careful," said the Spaniard. "It is difficult because if you put so much attention on Gareth Bale then you will give too much time to Luka Modric, Scott Parker, Jermain Defoe or Emmanuel Adebayor - and the list goes on. "You need to be well balanced and keep the ball well. "When you play against a side like Spurs you need to be perfect as they have no real weaknesses. "They are in a great moment of form and are getting stronger and stronger. "That performance against Liverpool was one of the highlights of the campaign so far. "It shows you why they had such a starring role in the Champions League and the football they have played the last two seasons has been outstanding. "They have a real understanding within the team with a good combination of hungry players and those who have been there a long time. "If we are going to win on Saturday it will be because we will be outstanding and not how poor Spurs will be." Hugo Rodallega will miss Spurs` visit and could be sidelined for a month after injuring his knee last weekend. Boyce was absent for the defeat at Everton with a hamstring problem and remains a doubt. Defenders Steven Gohouri (calf) and Antolin Alcaraz (thigh) are still not fully fit. Meanwhile, Harry Redknapp has been delighted with the start that Adebayor has made to his Tottenham career and has backed the striker to fire the club back in to the Champions League. Adebayor will lead the line for Spurs for the third time this weekend having already exceeded expectations by scoring three times since signing on a season-long loan from Manchester City. The Togo striker scored on his debut at Wolves a fortnight ago and followed that up by bagging a well-taken brace against top-four rivals Liverpool last weekend. To Redknapp's delight, the 27-year-old has formed a strong partnership with Defoe, which has seen the England striker score three times and look a completely different player to the one that notched just four league goals last term. Defoe's poor league form, and that of team-mates Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch, was one of the main reasons why Spurs fell just short in their bid to qualify for the Champions League last year. The north London club scored 55 league goals last season - 17 less than Arsenal - but Redknapp is now sure that, in Adebayor, he has found a marksman capable of scoring the goals to put Spurs back among Europe's elite next term. "He couldn't have had a better start for us," Redknapp said. "If he has a great season he can take us to where we want to be. "He is a really good player. There is no doubting his ability and Jermain Defoe has linked up well with him. "He is full of enthusiasm. He trains, runs around like he is enjoying himself. He is full of the joys of spring. "He always wants to get the ball and the lads have enjoyed having him. He could be a great player for us this year." Rafael van der Vaart will start after coming through Tuesday's defeat at Stoke but is likely to play on the wing given Adebayor and Defoe's form and Aaron Lennon's failure to overcome a groin problem. Sandro is available after recovering from a knee injury, William Gallas will be fit next week and Lennon has returned to training but is unlikely to be risked.

Formation:433Manager: Roberto Martinez


Formation: 4411Manager: Harry Redknapp


  • Ali Al Habsi
  • Steve Gohouri
  • Gary Caldwell
  • Maynor Figueroa
  • Patrick Van Aanholt
  • Mohamed Diame
  • Ben Watson
  • James McCarthy
  • Victor Moses
  • Franco Di Santo
  • Jordi Gomez
  • SUBS
  • Chris Kirkland
  • Albert Crusat
  • Shaun Maloney
  • James McArthur
  • Conor Sammon
  • David Jones
  • Ronnie Stam



Match Report

Spurs hold on after Latics fightback Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale struck early to claim three Barclays Premier League points for Tottenham following a 2-1 win at the DW Stadium but they were almost undone by a stirring fightback from 10-man Wigan. Harry Redknapp's men should have been out of sight at half-time but they only had two early efforts to show from 45 minutes in which they were totally dominant. A neat 49th-minute finish from Mohamed Diame thrust the Latics back in to contention and, despite Steve Gohouri's 63rd-minute red card, Roberto Martinez's men threatened right to the end. Van der Vaart stepped in to replace Jermain Defoe after the Spurs striker picked up a virus, with Sandro also coming in for Niko Kranjcar in the only other change to the side that thumped Liverpool 4-0 last weekend. Martinez made two changes from the 3-1 loss at Everton, with Diame and Gohouri in for the injured Hugo Rodallega and Adrian Lopez. Spurs looked sleek from the start and came close in the opening minute when Scott Parker found Kyle Walker on the right and his cross was bundled clear by James McCarthy. And Harry Redknapp's men grabbed the lead in the third minute when Emmanuel Adebayor pounced on Maynor Figueroa's awful back-pass, beat Gary Caldwell and crossed for Van der Vaart to sweep home. The visitors were looking devastating in the opening minutes and Adebayor once again carved the home defence apart with a through-ball to Bale, whose effort was cleared. Then moments later Walker delivered another pinpoint pass to Adebayor, who blasted his rising shot just over the bar when he should have scored. Wigan were having a nightmare, and Spurs should have capitalised again on eight minutes when Ali Al Habsi panicked into clearing a back-pass straight to Parker, who was closed down. The hosts finally fashioned their first chance in the 12th minute when Jordi Gomez delivered a free-kick from the right and both Diame and Victor Moses were close to connecting. Spurs' seemingly inevitable second goal arrived in the 23rd minute when Bale was left unmarked in the box and was able to flick home Luka Modric's right-wing corner. The Wales winger almost repeated the feat in an identical move five minutes later as the inept Wigan rearguard showed no signs of learning from their mistakes. As Spurs continued their relentless pressure, Adebayor fed Bale who burst in from the left and drilled a low shot which was saved well by Al Habsi on the half-hour. Martinez swapped Jordi Gomez for Ronnie Stam at the break and his side started the second half with more purpose, a dangerous Moses cross booted out of the six-yard box by Younes Kaboul. And Stam was instrumental in the Latics reducing the deficit on 49 minutes, pouncing on a poor Benoit Assou-Ekotto clearance to feed Diame, who twisted and fired a superb low shot past Brad Friedel. With the game suddenly wide open, Spurs poured forward straight from the restart and Adebayor drove in a low shot which was blocked by Al Habsi. Wigan looked like a different team, with Moses suddenly incisive on the left flank, Diame bossing centre-field and Caldwell almost setting Franco Di Santo clear with a pinpoint pass. But their revival threatened to be cut short in the 63rd minute when Gohouri was sent off for a second bookable offence after hacking down Bale. Modric had a hopeful penalty appeal waved away by referee Jon Moss in the 68th minute and the action quickly swung to the other end, where Friedel saved comfortably from Moses. Martinez made a double substitution on 73 minutes with Conor Sammon and James McArthur replacing Di Santo and Ben Watson as Wigan sought an improbable draw. Kaboul almost made sure of the points for Spurs six minutes from time when he bulleted in a free-kick which struck the Wigan wall and clattered the bar. There was still time for the Latics to launch a series of late assaults, with McArthur coming close from long range and Sammon miscuing a shot in the box, but they could not find the equaliser.

Form Guide

  • Wigan
  • VS
  • Tottenham
  • LLW

Last Meetings

  • Wigan
  • 0 - 0
  • Tottenham
  • 02/04/2011
  • Tottenham
  • 0 - 1
  • Wigan
  • 28/08/2010
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 3
  • Tottenham
  • 21/02/2010
  • Tottenham
  • 9 - 1
  • Wigan
  • 22/11/2009
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 0
  • Tottenham
  • 11/01/2009
  • Tottenham
  • 0 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 21/09/2008

Top Scorers


  • F Di Santo 2


  • J Defoe 1
  • E Adebayor 1
  • Y Kaboul 1



    • Total goals 7
    • Goals per game 3
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins


    • Total goals 7
    • Goals per game 3
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins