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Premier League

  • September 24, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • The DW Stadium, Wigan
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 18788

Wigan Athletic 1-2 Tottenham: Van der Vaart & Bale strike early as Spurs make it three wins in a row

Wigan Athletic 1-2 Tottenham: Van der Vaart & Bale strike early as Spurs make it three wins in a row

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A superb first-half performance from the visitors was enough to secure all three points as the Latics saw Steve Gohouri sent off for two bookable offenses on the hour mark

Tottenham secured its third consecutive league win after beating Wigan Athletic 2-1 at the DW Stadium.

First half goals from Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale served to highlight the visitors' dominance, as Roberto Martinez's men failed to match the movement of Spurs, whose confidence looked to be sky-high following their demolition of Liverpool last week.

The Latics returned from the break with a sense of endeavor absent from their showing in the opening 45 minutes and were justly rewarded, with Mohamed Diame getting a goal back. However, a Steve Gohouri red card for two bookable offences on Bale was to prove the hammer blow to the hosts' resurgence.

The visitors exploded out of the blocks, and it was Emmanuel Adebayor who did the work to allow Van der Vaart to break the deadlock after only two minutes. Catching Maynor Figueroa in possession, the Togolese striker powered into the area past a helpless Gary Caldwell, squared a ball to the Dutchman who smashed it past Ali Al-Habsi.

Worse was to come not long after and it was terrible defending that was to prove the Latics’ downfall again, as Bale met Luka Modric’s corner unmarked to glance a header into Al-Habsi’s far post. Wigan, who hadn’t been beaten at home since February, was in absolute disarray.

Wigan may have looked hopeless but it returned in the second half a different side, and after less than five minutes after the break, it was somehow back in the game. Benoit Assou-Ekotto's poor clearance was pounced upon by Diame, and after holding up Younes Kaboul, the Senegalese midfielder dragged an effort past Brad Friedel.

The lingering feeling that Spurs would punish their hosts on the break was to play out disastrously shortly after the hour mark however, as Gohouri, who had been booked in the first half for challenge on Bale, felled the Welshman again to pick up his second yellow. The task for Wigan had been made all the more difficult.

Summer hangover well and truly behind them, Spurs' push for the top four is quickly gaining momentum.