Watson: Stopping Bale and Lennon key to Wigan victory over Tottenham

The midfielder believes the restriction of the two wingers was key to the Latics' shock 1-0 win at White Hart Lane, adding that his side could have won by an even bigger margin

Wigan midfielder Ben Watson believes stopping Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon was key to their 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.

The north London side succumbed to a shock defeat as they struggled to break down a stubborn Latics side, and the 27-year-old believes restricting the two wingers is fundamental for any team looking to take something from White Hart Lane.

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas branded his side’s display as the "poorest of the season", but Watson instead praised his own manager’s tactical approach to the game.

"They're [Bale and Lennon] two world class players and I thought we dealt with them well," Watson told reporters. "That's half the job when you play Tottenham.

"It was the game plan. That's what the gaffer [Martinez] gets paid for.

Tottenham managed 10 shots on target during the game, but Clint Dempsey and Jermain Defoe struggling to find space to stretch Ali Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal.

And Watson believes his side could have won by a larger margin, dismissing claims Wigan’s win was fortuitous.

"It probably could have more," he added. "It wasn't a lucky performance.

"We had three or four clear chances and that was in the first half. It's been coming all season."