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November 3, 2012 8:30 PM IST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 35534‎
 
 
Ben Watson 56′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 0-1 Wigan

Spurs' home form continues to stutter as Andre Villas-Boas' side lose to the Latics courtesy of Ben Watson's opportunistic goal and a calamitous error from Brad Friedel

By Ewan Roberts at White Hart Lane

  • Brad Friedel
    2
    8
    2.00

    Brad Friedel

    At fault for Wigan's opener, displaying his lack of presence at set-pieces to palm Maloney's corner straight down to Watson who tucked the ball in. His wayward kicking often frustrated his team-mates and drew groans from the Spurs faithful, but he made two saves of vital importance in the first half. First he palmed away Kone's powerful effort, then he stuck out a paw to stop Maloney's goal-bound strike.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    5
    4
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Did not show his usual composure when receiving the ball deep in his own half, often under considerable pressure from Di Santo and Boyce. Also did not link especially well with Bale, and got forward sporadically, but defended well.

  • William Gallas
    1
    7
    3.00

    William Gallas

    As ever, the veteran centre-back was in the wars, fighting and scrambling with Wigan's attackers. Calm on the ball, he marshalled his team-mates and organised the back-line, rarely looking troubled by the pace of Kone.

  • Kyle Walker
    1
    5
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Much better defensively today, limiting Wigan's overlapping ability down the right. Got forward quite well, though had little effect in/around the final third. Contained Maloney's runs down the flank, but less confident when he came inside. Replaced by Tom Carroll with just over 10 minutes remaining.

  • Steven Caulker
    2
    3
    3.00

    Steven Caulker

    Did not always give off an air of confidence on the ball, but used it well enough despite the pressure Wigan's offence put him under. More worried by the pace of Kone in behind than Gallas, though largely snuffed out problems before they arose.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    0
    6
    3.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Conservative with his passing in the middle of the pitch, but more adventurous when space opened up on the flanks. At the heart of the majority of Tottenham's attacking constructions, controlling and dictating Spurs' play. Outmanoeuvred by McCarthy especially in midfield.

  • Aaron Lennon
    0
    6
    2.50

    Aaron Lennon

    Looked to have the beating of Beausejour down the right but did not exploit the Chilean's frailty enough. Rather under-used, and did not do enough to impact himself on the match. Worked hard in defensive, tracking Wigan's full-back and aiding Walker.

  • Gareth Bale
    4
    3
    2.50

    Gareth Bale

    Given little service down the flank and came up against a very solid performance from Boyce. Perhaps hampered by the absence of Assou-Ekotto. Had little room to run into and very few chances to cross. Shifted to the right-hand side and looked a threat coming onto his stronger foot. Fired a curling effort towards the top corner that Al-Habsi pushed away.

  • Sandro
    3
    3
    3.00

    Sandro

    Covered his team-mates, particularly the space in behind them, extremely well. Made a fantastic acrobatic block to intercept Di Santo's through-ball for Maloney. Was forced off inside the first half hour holding his thigh to be replaced by Sigurdsson. Spurs missed his mobility and tenacity.

  • Clint Dempsey
    1
    8
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Played in an advanced role, often running beyond Defoe. Had an early shot that rippled the side netting, and two further long-range efforts; the first whistled past the far post, the second was well saved and held by Al-Habsi. Looked Spurs' biggest threat, though was very wasteful especially with his back to goal and frustrated the home support.

  • Jermain Defoe
    0
    5
    2.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Given very little service and was often isolated. When he is not scoring, he provides little otherwise in terms of build-up play. Was replaced by Adebayor after Wigan's goal.

Substitutions

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    0
    8
    2.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson Flop of the Match

    Came on for Sandro in the 22nd minute, ironically also his shirt number, and lined up in a slightly unfamiliar, deeper central midfield role. Never commanded his position, and was wasteful in the final third.

  • Thomas Carroll
    5
    3

    Thomas Carroll

    Was introduced in place of Walker to bring more creativity to Spurs midfield, but had little time to influence the match.

  • Emmanuel Adebayor
    2
    4
    2.50

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Replaced Defoe after Wigan's goal, but took a while to get into the game. Did not look like the Adebayor who had shined so brightly last season, until an excellent piece of hold-up play produced a free-kick in a dangerous area.

  • Ali Al Habsi
    5
    0
    3.00

    Ali Al Habsi

    Has a quiet, untroubled first half with Spurs rarely forcing him into a save. Made a smart stop to deny Vertonghen's goal-bound volley and was very proactive to intercept Bale's dangerous, low cross. Also swatted away a stinging Bale effort from range.

  • Gary Caldwell
    1
    0
    3.00

    Gary Caldwell

    Wigan's organiser and rock, he came into his own in the second half as Spurs pushed for an equaliser. With the home side playing more direct, launching balls into the box, the Wigan captain's strengths became more important. Looked commanding in the air.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    1
    0
    3.50

    Emmerson Boyce

    Was dominant in the air down Wigan's right flank, consistently out-jumping Vertonghen and Bale. Worked very hard and pressed with great intensity, and rarely allowed the opposition to beat him.

  • Iván Ramis
    1
    0
    3.00

    Iván Ramis

    The neatest passer in Wigan's back-line, showing composure and confidence to pass the ball out of defence even under considerable pressure. Rarely troubled by either Defoe or Adebayor, showing culture and brutishness.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    3
    0
    3.00

    Maynor Figueroa

    Dove-tailed with his other centre-back partners well, occasionally getting forward and adding an additional body to Wigan's attacks. Looked more comfortable when he drifted to his natural left flank. Worked well with Beausejour.

  • James McCarthy
    3
    0
    3.50

    James McCarthy

    Very tidy in midfield, constantly making himself available to his defenders before feeding Wigan's front three. Excellent in possession, always on the move, he shielded his back four well, contested the midfield and created. A very good all-round performance from an understated player.

  • Ben Watson
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ben Watson

    Opened the scoring with an opportunistic, poacher's finish. Much less involved than McCarthy, and has not established the understanding the Irishman shares with McArthur. Looked most dangerous when Wigan broke, finding space on the edge of the box to launch efforts towards goal.

  • Jean Beausejour
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jean Beausejour

    Worried by Lennon's pace and trickery, but, fortunately for the Chilean, the Tottenham winger did not attack him as often as he should have. Looked good going forward and used the ball well.

  • Arouna Kone
    3
    0
    3.50

    Arouna Kone

    Had Wigan's first real chance, blasting his effort down the middle of the goal at a very saveable height for Friedel. Worked hard up front, tirelessly closing down Gallas and Caulker. Looked especially dangerous in the second half as Spurs pushed forward leaving him space to counter.

  • Franco Di Santo
    2
    0
    2.50

    Franco Di Santo

    Played some neat and tidy one-touch football, but evidently more comfortable in the middle than on the right wing. Set up Maloney for a good chance that Friedel saved well. Had a great chance to set-up Kone but played a miserable pass. Replaced by Gomez.

  • Shaun Maloney
    4
    0
    4.00

    Shaun Maloney Top of the Match

    Pulled the strings for Wigan, floating between Spurs' lines to probe at their defence. Drifted inside to good effect, setting up Kone for the Latics' first chance of the match before latching onto Di Santo's through-ball and firing his shot straight at Friedel. Provided the corner from which Wigan took the lead.

Substitutions

  • Jordi Gómez
    1
    0
    2.50

    Jordi Gómez

    Came on for Franco Di Santo, lining up nominally on the right of midfield but drifted inside to link with McCarthy and Watson. Quiet, but added more solidity to Wigan's midfield, contributing to a solid defensive showing.

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