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Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.
Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Scharner on Jermain Defoe. Paul Scharner receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Bale takes the free kick.
Clint Dempsey crosses the ball.
A cross is delivered by Franco Di Santo.
Emmerson Boyce puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. Wigan 2-2 Tottenham.Tom Huddlestone provided the assist for the goal. Gareth Bale challenges Jean Beausejour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.
Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Jean Beausejour results in a free kick. Tom Huddlestone restarts play with the free kick.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. James McCarthy gets a block in.
The referee shows Franco Di Santo a yellow card for dissent.
Franco Di Santo has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Michael Dawson on Arouna Kone, free kick awarded. Michael Dawson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Shaun Maloney takes the free kick.
Arouna Kone takes a shot. Save by Hugo Lloris.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Holtby on Roger Espinoza. Indirect free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on Jordi Gomez. Roger Espinoza is brought on as a substitute for Jordi Gomez. Free kick taken by Joel Robles.
Arouna Kone fouled by Kyle Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Joel Robles.
Arouna Kone has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Hugo Lloris.
Aaron Lennon is brought on as a substitute for Scott Parker.
Handball by Lewis Holtby. Paul Scharner takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Lewis Holtby. Free kick taken by James McCarthy.
The official flags Kyle Walker offside. Franco Di Santo on for Callum McManaman. Kyle Naughton goes off and Benoit Assou-Ekotto comes on. Joel Robles restarts play with the free kick.
Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scharner.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone from the left by-line, Arouna Kone makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Joel Robles.
Foul by James McCarthy on Scott Parker, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Parker.
Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Arouna Kone results in a free kick. Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.
Ronnie Stam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe. Free kick crossed by Tom Huddlestone, clearance by Paul Scharner.
Callum McManaman finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Wigan 2-1 Tottenham.James McCarthy provided the assist for the goal.
Ronnie Stam sends in a cross, Hugo Lloris makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone from the left by-line, save by Joel Robles.
Arouna Kone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson. Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
Handball by Arouna Kone. Indirect free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.
Foul by Jordi Gomez on Tom Huddlestone, free kick awarded. Jordi Gomez is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Jan Vertonghen takes the indirect free kick.
Gareth Bale produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Lewis Holtby joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mousa Dembele.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Mousa Dembele. Ronnie Stam takes the indirect free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney, clearance made by Kyle Walker.
Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line played to the near post, Tom Huddlestone makes a clearance.
Mousa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.
The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker.
The referee blows for offside against Jermain Defoe. Free kick taken by Joel Robles.
(Wigan) makes a substitution, with Ronnie Stam coming on for Maynor Figueroa.
Kyle Naughton takes a shot. James McArthur gets a block in.
Effort from just outside the area by Scott Parker goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Huddlestone from the right by-line, save by Joel Robles.
The offside flag is raised against Clint Dempsey. James McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.
Shaun Maloney is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kyle Walker takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Shaun Maloney by Gareth Bale results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
Unfair challenge on Michael Dawson by Arouna Kone results in a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the indirect free kick.
Arouna Kone takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
The referee blows for offside against Clint Dempsey. Joel Robles restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Arouna Kone by Michael Dawson results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.
Effort on goal by Scott Parker from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Jean Beausejour challenges Gareth Bale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Mousa Dembele takes a shot. Joel Robles makes a save.
Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Shaun Maloney takes the outswinging corner, Emmerson Boyce scores a headed goal from inside the area. Wigan 1-1 Tottenham.Assist by Shaun Maloney.
Gareth Bale finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Tottenham.
Kyle Walker produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Effort from inside the box by Tom Huddlestone hits the post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Kyle Walker. Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Jordi Gomez results in a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the indirect free kick.
Gareth Bale produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Gareth Bale fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the indirect free kick.
Beausejour back for Latics
Jean Beausejour is set to return to the Wigan starting line-up for the crucial Barclays Premier League encounter with Tottenham at the DW Stadium.
With Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) out for three weeks, Beausejour is likely to profit from a defensive reshuffle that is likely to see Maynor Figueroa move back from the wing-back berth he filled at West Ham last weekend.
Wigan are seeking to complete a first ever league double against Spurs and know only three points will take them out of the relegation zone on goal difference from Aston Villa, who are not in action until Monday.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is not losing any sleep over how to stop Gareth Bale.
It has been a task beyond most Premier League defences and there must have been a point two or three weeks ago when Martinez wondered whether he would have to give any thought to it as Bale was laid low by an ankle injury.
Unfortunately for Wigan, the brilliant Welshman recovered in time to face Manchester City last weekend, and scored his 18th league goal of the season as Spurs rallied to win 3-1.
That came 24 hours after Martinez had seen key defender Antolin Alcaraz limp out of his own side's defeat at West Ham with a hamstring injury that will keep the Paraguayan on the sidelines for three weeks.
It was not the news Martinez needed ahead of a crucial phase of his side's relegation fight.
But the Latics chief does not see any point worrying about it.
"Tottenham can only play with 11. They can't play with 13 or 14," he said.
"If Gareth Bale didn't play it would just be someone else and their squad is of the highest level, so it is not as if it would be substantially easier for us if he wasn't there.
"We all agree Bale is one of the best players in world football. He will always bring an extra threat.
"But if you want to beat a team like Spurs, with Gareth Bale or not, you need a very good level of performance."
Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has recovered from his knee injury and is available.
Forward Gareth Bale and striker Jermain Defoe suffered no reaction to their respective ankle and pelvis problems against Manchester City last Sunday and are fully fit for the trip to the DW Stadium.
Midfielder Sandro (knee) and defensive duo Younes Kaboul (thigh) and William Gallas (calf) are unavailable.
A win would push Spurs up from fifth to third just 24 hours before Arsenal and Chelsea face Manchester United and Swansea respectively.
Boss Andre Villas-Boas has challenged his team to repeat last weekend's second-half performance in what he concedes could be the match which determines whether Spurs will be playing in the Champions League or Europa League next season.
"We fought very, very hard against City," the 35-year-old said.
"It was a game we needed to win to keep us in the battle.
"It gave us a tremendous boost of confidence. To transfer it to the Wigan game is our objective.
"The opponent is completely different, they are involved in a different battle and only if we are able to transfer that motivation will we be able to get the three points.
"I think probably out of these remaining games the Wigan game could be the decisive factor for our run in."
Wigan 2-2 Tottenham: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Spurs leave it late
Emmerson Boyce's late own goal saw relegation-threatened Wigan denied a precious victory against Champions League-chasing Tottenham as they shared a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium.
The Latics, 18th in the Barclays Premier League, would have moved out of the drop zone had they been able to hang on for victory.
But having come from behind to take the lead after conceding early on through a defensive mix-up, in the end their efforts were not quite enough for all three points.
Gareth Bale put Tottenham in front in the ninth minute, capitalising on some ponderous play by Maynor Figueroa and Joel Robles, but Wigan were level in the 11th thanks to Boyce's header.
Callum McManaman's excellent piledriver then put them 2-1 up four minutes after the break, but Boyce was unlucky to find the net again with an own-goal in the closing stages.
The result leaves Wigan two points adrift of 17th-placed Aston Villa, with both sides having four games left to play - including a meeting between them at the DW Stadium on the final day of the season.
Tottenham, meanwhile, stay fifth with four matches to go, level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea - who they have a game in hand over - and a point behind third-placed Arsenal.
Wigan's reshuffled defence, missing the injured Antolin Alcaraz, was facing a Tottenham attack in which Jermain Defoe had been restored to play alongside Bale, and Spurs' threat going forward was apparent from the off.
Tom Huddlestone delivered an early free-kick on to the head of Bale, who flicked the ball wide, and sent another one swerving against the post shortly after.
With the momentum behind them, it came as little surprise that it was Tottenham who subsequently opened the scoring, although the goal came about in bizarre circumstances and Wigan only really had themselves to blame.
A horribly hesitant exchange of passes between Figueroa and Robles led to the latter cannoning an attempted clearance against the outstretched leg of the approaching Bale, and the ball rebounded straight into the net.
It was a truly embarrassing moment for Roberto Martinez's men, but to their credit, they responded swiftly and within two minutes had equalised.
Shaun Maloney swung a corner in from the right and Boyce was on hand to crash a header past Hugo Lloris.
Tottenham looked to regain the initiative, with Scott Parker sending the ball over after playing a one-two with Bale, but Wigan looked galvanised and went close when Arouna Kone's ambitious, delicate side-foot shot from Jordi Gomez's tee-up went just too high.
Figueroa redeemed himself by making a great tackle to take the ball away from Defoe as the striker advanced towards goal, but the Honduran international appeared to injure his groin in doing so.
He was soon carried off on a stretcher, no doubt wondering about his chances of featuring in next month's FA Cup final against Manchester City, with Ronnie Stam taking his place, before Tottenham suffered an apparent injury blow of their own as Mousa Dembele had to be replaced by Lewis Holtby.
Spurs finished the first half strongly and after Bale had passed up a good-looking chance by heading over, Robles did well to palm the ball away from the feet of Defoe as the England man burst through the Wigan defence, which subsequently managed to clear up.
Having survived that scramble, the Latics emerged from the break looking bright and Lloris had to claw away a tricky ball from Stam.
Moments later Wigan fans were on their feet as the home side snatched the lead through what was McManaman's first Premier League goal - and a fine one at that.
The 22-year-old forward, who endured such widespread criticism after his controversial tackle on Newcastle's Massadio Haidara last month, cracked in an unstoppable effort from outside the area having collected the ball from James McCarthy.
Gomez - already on a yellow card - then appeared fortunate to escape further punishment when his studs connected with the head of Holtby.
Good defensive work from James McArthur allowed Robles to claim the ball with Clint Dempsey lurking, and Kone then twice failed to covert when he might have done better, hooking one shot straight into Lloris' arms after chesting the ball down and then seeing the Frenchman getting down to save another.
Di Santo, who had come on for McManaman, then sent an attempt off-target, and Wigan were made to rue their inability to add a further goal.
Tottenham - with the fit-again Aaron Lennon introduced from the bench - applied late pressure and it paid off in the 90th minute, with a low ball into the box bobbling in off the unfortunate Boyce.
It might have been worse for Wigan had Robles not pulled off a save to keep out Bale's stoppage-time free-kick, the Spaniard then stopping a follow-up effort from Huddlestone before a shot from Defoe was blocked by a defender all in a few frantic final seconds.
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