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April 27, 2013
• 10:00 AM
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 22326
E. Boyce 11'
C. McManaman 49'
G. Bale 9'
E. Boyce 89' (own goal)
And that's it for play-by-play action from the DW Stadium this afternoon. Thanks for joining me and be sure to stick with Goal.com for news and reaction from all of today's Premier League games. From me, though, it's goodbye for now!
That was an odd game. There were some real moments of drama and quality mixed with some poor passages. Spurs really should have won the game but two excellent goals from the hosts looked to have earned the points before Boyce's unlucky late own goal.
That's FULL TIME at the DW Stadium and the sides share the spoils. What a dramatic climax that was! That result does neither side many favours, though. Wigan remain in the bottom three, two points adrift of Aston Villa, while Spurs' top-four push has taken a dent.
90' + 5'
Bale hits it straight at the goalkeeper before Huddlestone hammers an effort at goal which is blocked again. Dempsey tries to drill it back in but Wigan eventually clear.
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Paul Scharner
90' + 4'
Surely a last chance for Tottenham here as Defoe is cleaned out by Scharner and Spurs have a free kick on the edge of the box...
90' + 3'
It's moving from end to end at the death here. After Stam wastes a chance to get a shot away in the Spurs box, Gareth Bale is inches away from meeting a cross at the other end with Joel completely beaten.
90' + 2'
Beausejour whips a cross in and a deflection takes it towards Kone, but Lloris does superbly well to get a fist on the ball and take it away from the Ivorian.
90' + 1'
There are four minutes to be added and Wigan have a chance with a free kick, but Lloris comes out to claim the cross. Is there time for more late drama?
Own Goal Emmerson Boyce
BOYCE SCORES AN OWN GOAL!! Tottenham are back on level terms late on!! Huddlestone's free kick is diverted into a mass of bodies and it looks like it deflects off Boyce to go past Joel and break Wigan's hearts.
Tottenham are still pushing for the equaliser. Lennon's cross deflects away from Defoe before Bale squares it to Holtby whose effort is blocked and Wigan survive.
Kone is on the floor after another strong challenge by Dawson, but nothing is given by the referee. The striker needs some treatment after that one.
Yellow Card Franco Di Santo
JUST WIDE! Di Santo makes some space for himself 25 yards out and curls a decent effort wide of the post. The forward screams at the referee for a corner but only manages to get a yellow card.
Yellow Card Michael Dawson
Kone again causes problems for Dawson and the defender clatters into him, rightly earning himself a place in the referee's book.
CHANCE! Kone leaves Dawson flat on his back and has a chance to shoot from a wide angle, forcing a low save from Lloris to keep the lead down to one.
Ten minutes left. Can Wigan hold on for a vital win? This will be a real blow for Spurs' Champions League aspirations, especially when they've been in charge for most of this game. Substitute Roger Espinoza gets involved, winning a free kick from Holtby's clumsy challenge.
Walker tries to set Aaron Lennon loose on the wing, but there was no margin for error in the drilled pass and it bounces out of play for a throw to Wigan.
Tottenham have a throw on the far side, but the Wigan fans are in no hurry to give the ball back. Play eventually resumes and Kone works hard to defend before being brought down to win a free kick for the hosts.
Tottenham are again in possession, but it's all been a bit slow and static from them. Walker's diagonal ball is cleared and Wigan break forward. Di Santo produces an excellent ball to find Kone in the area, and he tries to bend it around Lloris but the goalkeeper saves comfortably.
Excellent defending by McArthur as he holds off Dempsey on the by-line and leaves the ball for Joel to pick up. Wigan are working hard to protect their lead, here.
Another high ball from the Spurs midfield runs through to Joel in the Wigan goal. Tottenham's final ball has really let them down so far today.
Assou-Ekotto does well to win the ball back after Lewis Holtby's pass goes astray, and the full-back swings in a dangerous cross looking for Defoe but Joel comes out to claim confidently.
Tottenham try to move forward again but Walker's pass goes straight to Stam. It's worked wide to Di Santo but Vertonghen slides in hard to put the ball out of play.
Wigan have just started to ease the pressure on their defence a little bit. Di Santo is running hard on the right but he can't keep a long pass in and Spurs win the throw.
Franco Di Santo
There's time for a change for both sides, with Franco Di Santo replacing goalscorer McManaman, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto is on for Kyle Naughton at left-back for Spurs.
After Spurs take their time to move the ball around, Bale eventually tries to speed things up with a lofted ball for Walker to chase, but the defender is caught offside.
Another ball aimed at Kone goes astray and the visitors quickly get the ball back after giving it away. Wigan are really struggling to get forward now.
Tottenham try to assert their dominance again as they push forward and, after Gomez produces an excellent challenge to dispossess Ball, Dempsey wins a corner on the left which Wigan scramble clear. Spurs still on the ball, though.
Maloney produces some superb skill to set Beausejour away on the left. The winger drives in a cross which Lloris fumbles badly, but the Spurs shot-stopper is able to gather before a Wigan player can get near.
Kone receives the ball up front but is completely isolated and eventually concedes a throw. The striker is cutting a lonely figure today as he isn't getting much service, but somehow Wigan are in front.
Parker wins a free kick after he his pulled down cynically by McArthur. Wigan are sitting right back now and Spurs have plenty of space to look for an opening.
So, another breathless opening just as in the first half. Tottenham are in possession once again, passing it across the back as they look to level things up.
Chance at the other end as Huddlestone whips in a free kick which comes of a defender's head and flies just over the bar, but the referee awards a goal kick thinking it came off Bale.
Assist James McCarthy
Goal Callum McManaman
MCMANAMAN GIVES WIGAN THE LEAD!! And it's an absolute belter! McArthur finds McManaman on the edge of the box and the wide man cuts inside before firing a rocket of a strike into the roof of the net past a helpless Lloris. Stunnning goal.
Spurs are monopolising possession early on in this half. Walker darts into the middle but gives it away for Wigan to try and stage a break. Stam fires in a cross from the right and Lloris is forced to parry it away with the ball goal-bound.
Wigan get the ball rolling in the second half.
Not long until things get back underway at the DW Stadium. Can Wigan give their survival hopes a huge boost, or will Spurs be able to put the pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea with a win?
There's some good news for Roberto Martinez's side, though. With Manchester City's win earlier today confirming their top-four finish, it means FA Cup finalists Wigan are guaranteed a place in next season's Europa League. But will they be competing from the Championship?
Spurs had the best of that opening 45 minutes and Andre Villas-Boas will be disappointed his side couldn't convert their dominance into a half-time lead. Chances for Defoe, Bale and Parker have all gone begging.
And that's HALF TIME at the DW Stadium, with the sides going in level at the break after Emmerson Boyce's bullet header cancelled out Gareth Bale's bizarre opener.
45' + 3'
Huddlestone sets Naughton loose down the left with an excellent pass, and he plays it on for Dempsey who wins a corner which Joel fists clear.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Jordi Gómez
How is it not 2-0? Defoe flies into the box with some superb skill to turn away from the defender and tries to round Joel, but the goalkeeper gets a hand on it. It goes to Parker, who can't get a shot away before being challenged. That was delightful from Defoe, though.
Tottenham deal with another long ball and press forward once more, with Naughton swinging in a superb ball for Bale to meet at the far post, but the Welshman can't driect his header on target and it flies over.
It's the end of Dembele's afternoon, too, as the midfielder limps off to be replaced by Lewis Holtby. That's 1-1 on injuries as well as goals, then.
After two corners Spurs eventually clear with a somewhat uncultured hoof from Walker but it does the job. Wigan have hardly threatened the Spurs goal but for Boyce's powerful headed goal.
The hosts break forward and Beausejour is clipped by Mousa Dembele. James McArthur's whipped cross goes behind off a defender and the hosts win a corner. A good chance for some sustained pressure, here.
Dawson plays a high ball over for Walker, who wastes a good position by blasting the ball across the area and out the other side. The defender is enjoying a lot of space out on that wing today.
Joel makes a fine save to parry a Defoe shot away, but the striker was offside. Wigan's high line is working so far.
And the defender does indeed have to come off. That could be the end of the Honduran's season. Robbie Stam comes on in his place.
Bit of a break in play here as the stretcher comes out for Figueroa. The defender looked in some discomfort after making that challenge on Defoe.
Spurs are starting to find more space now and Bale releases Walker down the right. The full-back's cross eventually comes to Parker outside the box and he fires a long-range effort wide of the target.
The first half an hour has really zipped by at the DW Stadium, although we haven't had many clear-cut chances since the two goals.
What a challenge by Figueroa! Defoe latches on to a high ball from Jan Vertonghen and darts into the box, but the Latics defender produces a superb challenge to deny the striker as he was poised to pull the trigger.
Spurs are back in possession and It's the Bale-Dempsey combination again, with the former launching a diagonal ball for the latter, but it's the same result as before, with the flag going up for offside against the American.
Great effort from Kone! Gomez brings the ball down and moves forward into the box before laying back to Kone, who sees Lloris off his line and tries to chip it over the Frenchman, but there's just too much on it and it flies over.
Dawson goes up for a header but clatters into Arouna Kone in the centre circle and concedes a free kick. The forward may be a little bit dazed after that one.
CHANCE! Scott Parker exchanges passes with Bale on the edge of the box and has a chance for a snap shot, but his poked effort flies way off target.
Tottenham are keeping the ball well, stroking it across the park before Michael Dawson wastes possession, shanking a high ball into the stand.
Beausejour is penalised for pushing Bale and Spurs fire a free kick to the edge of the area. Boyce does well to gather but then gives the ball away and Defoe has a chance to break into the box, but loses out to two Wigan defenders and the hosts clear.
Wigan are in possession again and McManaman flies past Naughton only to go to ground under the defender's challenge, but the referee and his assistant on the far side give nothing and it runs behind for a goal kick.
Figueroa launches a high ball across the pitch and Callum McManaman goes up against Kyle Naughton, but the full-back stands firm and wins a throw for Spurs deep inside their own half.
Wigan have had a real lucky escape after a horrible gaffe from the defence for that goal. Gomez wins the ball in midfield and Wigan keep possession at the back. The zip of the game has disappeared a bit, again.
To quote Ray Wilkins: My word. What a breathless opening it's been! Spurs try to settle things down with some passing across the back as they try and recover from that equaliser.
Assist Shaun Maloney
Goal Emmerson Boyce
BOYCE LEVELS IT!! It was a short-lived lead for Spurs as the hosts win a corner and Boyce rises highest to fire a bullet of a header into the corner, restoring parity. What a start!
Goal Gareth Bale
GARETH BALE SCORES!! Oh it's all gone wrong for Wigan, here. Maynor Figueroa and Joel Robles exchange passes and, with Bale bearing down on him the goalkeeper tries to loft it over the Welshman, only to see it hit the midfielder's leg and fly into the top corner. Calamitous.
Walker bursts inside the area and fires a low ball across, but Emmerson Boyce makes a vital challenge to clear away. Plenty of early pressure from Spurs, though, and some warning signs for Roberto Martinez's men.
Jean Beausejour brings down a sprinting Kyle Walker on the edge of the box, and Huddlestone slams the ball in from a tight angle, crashing it against the upright. Wigan manage to clear their lines.
Wigan get their first push forward but Jordi Gomez gives the ball away and eventually concedes a foul halfway inside the Tottenham half. It's been a fairly sloppy start here with the ball changing hands plenty of times.
James McCarthy brings down Gareth Bale and Tom Huddlestone swings in the cross, which Bale tries to flick on but it runs behind for a goal kick.
Tottenham get the game going.
We're moments away from kicking off at the DW Stadium. This game could have a serious impact on the league.
So, no Antolin Alcaraz for the hosts after he limped off against West Ham last weekend, while Jermain Defoe's heroics against Manchester City have earned him a start up front for Andre Villas-Boas' men.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Dempsey, Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Parker, Bale, Naughton, Defoe, Dembele, Dawson, Walker. // SUBS: Friedel, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Holtby, Assou-Ekotto, Caulker, Carroll.
WIGAN: Robles, Kone, McCarthy, Maloney, Gomez, McManaman, McArthur, Boyce, Beausejour, Figueroa, Scharner. // SUBS: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Watson, Di Santo, Henriquez, Espinoza, Stam.
The teamsheets are in so let's take a look...
Yes, the hosts are in desperate need of some points to help fight off the looming threat of relegation, while Spurs could do with a win themselves as they battle it out for that all-important fourth spot.
Well, hello there. Tom McKeown here, and I'll be bringing you LIVE play-by-play action from today's Premier League clash between Wigan and Tottenham. It's an important game for both sides, but for very different reasons.
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