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April 27, 2013 10:00 PM SGT
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 22326‎
 
Top of the Match
Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney
Wigan Athletic
Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Tottenham
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Joel
Joel
Wigan Athletic
Joel
Joel
Wigan Athletic

Wigan 2-2 Tottenham: Boyce own goal rescues a point for Spurs

A late equaliser keeps the north London side's Champions League hopes alive after a stunning strike from Callum McManaman looked to have won the game for the Latics

By Tim Poole

EPL - Wigan Athletic vs Tottenham , Emmerson Boyce
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Tottenham kept their top-four hopes alive after snatching a late 2-2 draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

A comical opener from Gareth Bale gave Spurs a ninth-minute lead but an instant reply from Emerson Boyce put the Latics on level terms just two minutes later.

The hosts were the dominant side from thereon in and a sensational strike from Callum McManaman early in the second half looked to have given them victory, until a late own goal from Boyce meant Andre Villas-Boas’s side left with a share of the spoils.

Roberto Martinez made two changes from the side that lost 2-0 to West Ham last weekend, with Jean Beausejour and James McArthur returning in place of Antolin Alcaraz and Gary Caldwell.

The visitors, meanwhile, brought Jermain Defoe and Tom Huddlestone back into the starting line-up, with Kyle Naughton also replacing Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Predictably, Bale was the first man to threaten as the Welshman headed wide two minutes in before a Huddlestone free kick crashed against the post shortly afterwards.

But with Bale proving such a constant threat, Spurs would not have to wait long for their opener – although the manner of the Welshman’s strike was in stark contrast to any of his 18 other league goals this season.

Maynor Figueroa and goalkeeper Joel were exchanging passes in their own box but as the Wigan stopper came under pressure from Bale, his attempted clearance went straight into the 23-year-old’s boot and into the back of the net.

Such a comical goal could have dented any team’s confidence but the Latics responded instantly as they won a corner straight up the other end, with Boyce then rising unmarked to head home his third of the season.

And it was the hosts who looked the likelier to score thereafter as Arouna Kone clipped a shot from distance just over the bar on 24 minutes.

Despite late pressure from Bale and Defoe, though, it would remain 1-1 at the break, while Mousa Dembele’s afternoon was cut short on the stroke of half-time as the injured Belgian made way for Lewis Holtby.

But upon the resumption, McManaman ensured Wigan would pick up where they left off before the break in breath-taking fashion. Latching onto a loose ball on the edge of the area, the 21-year-old took the ball away from Naughton and smashed a thunderous half-volley into the top corner and past a helpless Hugo Lloris.

It was a fantastic strike and the lead it gave Wigan was no less than Martinez’s men deserved. The home side’s next move was easy to guess: they brought on another defender and an extended period of resolute defending followed.

But the hosts could only hold on for so long and, from a set-piece late on, Boyce turned from hero to villain with a late touch that sent the ball into his own net - keeping Spurs’ Champions League hopes alive and compounding Wigan’s relegation worries.


Wigan Athletic

1
Joel
Goalkeeper
2.00
17
Emmerson Boyce
Defender
11′ 89′
3.50
3
Maynor Figueroa
Defender
35′
2.50
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
49′
3.50
14
Jordi Gómez
Midfielder
46′ 80′
3.50
16
James McArthur
Midfielder
3.50
22
Jean Beausejour
Midfielder
3.00
33
Paul Scharner
Defender
94′
3.50
9
Arouna Kone
Striker
3.00
10
Shaun Maloney
Midfielder
11′
4.00
15
4.00

Tottenham

2.50
25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
2.50
5
3.00
16
3.00
20
2.50
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
4.00
8
2.00
28
Scott Parker
Midfielder
74′
3.00
11
Gareth Bale
Midfielder
9′
 - 
19
3.00
2
Clint Dempsey
Midfielder
3.00
18

Substitutes

26
Ali Al Habsi
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
-
Ronnie Stam
Defender
35′
3.00
8
Ben Watson
Midfielder
 - 
-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
80′
 - 
9
3.00
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
 - 
32
 - 
4
 - 
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
74′
 - 
22
2.50
10
Lewis Holtby
Midfielder
41′
 - 
46
Thomas Carroll
Midfielder

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