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April 27, 2013 3:00 PM BST
The DW Stadium — Wigan
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 22326‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wigan 2-2 Tottenham

A late Emmerson Boyce own goal sunk Latics hearts as they surrendered a lead to draw against top four-chasing Spurs in a result which helps neither side

By Paul Clennam at the DW Stadium

  • Joel
    3
    22
    2.00

    Joel Flop of the Match

    Had an absolutely laughable part to play in the opening goal as he saw his attempted clearance charged down by Bale and into the net. Looked shaky from crosses and his distribution was poor.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    15
    6
    3.50

    Emmerson Boyce

    Thundered in the equalising header and was equally comfortable out wide and in the centre of defence. Always gives his all for the cause and that's exactly what Wigan need in their fight for survival.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    1
    13
    2.50

    Maynor Figueroa

    The inquest into the Spurs goals will go on long into tonight, and Figueroa is one of the two chief culprits. After that, however, he stuck to his task well - especially considering he was up against Bale and Walker.

  • James McCarthy
    14
    4
    3.50

    James McCarthy

    Asked to sit in front of the back four - or at times two - McCarthy was tasked with nullifying the threat of Bale. He wasn't at his best in possession, but the midfielder's presence was enough to ensure Wigan weren't overrun on the break.

  • Jordi Gómez
    11
    6
    3.50

    Jordi Gómez

    Calm on the ball and aware of what was around him in a congested midfield, Gomez isn't always a favourite here but surprisingly put himself about as well as showing quality on the ball.

  • James McArthur
    11
    4
    3.50

    James McArthur

    Safe in the knowledge that McCarthy was behind him, McArthur was able to challenge quickly in the first phase of midfield play, which gave Wigan an edge.

  • Jean Beausejour
    10
    5
    3.00

    Jean Beausejour

    Up against Walker and Bale, it could have been easy for Beausejour to become overawed, but he stuck to his guns, got forward well and offered support inside.

  • Paul Scharner
    9
    4
    3.50

    Paul Scharner

    Can at times be erratic but kept his composure - crucial with the amount of runners off the ball Spurs possess. Takes on the mantle of the talker among the group when Caldwell isn't about.

  • Arouna Kone
    8
    10
    3.00

    Arouna Kone

    Asked to lead the line on his own and did so admirably, yet again. Doesn't carry the biggest goalscoring threat but occupies two defenders at all times and caused problems for Dawson.

  • Shaun Maloney
    23
    4
    4.00

    Shaun Maloney Top of the Match

    Didn't drift centrally as much as usual - probably to combat Walker's attacking threat - but was exceptional. Kept the ball brilliantly, cleverly linked play and did his defensive duty. There's a reason they are desperate to keep him.

  • Callum McManaman
    14
    4
    4.00

    Callum McManaman

    Probably hasn't connected with anything as sweetly since Haidara's kneecap last month. Joking aside, what a stunning strike and this boy could prove to be a Premier League hit for years to come.

Substitutions

  • Ronnie Stam
    10
    5
    3.00

    Ronnie Stam

    Came on for the injured Figueroa in the first half and defended well, keeping Holtby exceptionally quiet.

  • Franco Di Santo
    12
    3
    3.00

    Franco Di Santo

    Brought on with counterattacking in mind and did his job, keeping the Spurs back four occupied from wide.

  • Hugo Lloris
    15
    13
    2.50

    Hugo Lloris

    Nothing he could have done with either goal in all honesty. Apart from that, the goalkeeper had very little to do, but may have dealt better with a couple of crosses.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    9
    11
    2.50

    Jan Vertonghen

    Horribly caught out for Boyce's equalising goal - getting caught underneath the cross. With Wigan operating with just the one striker, Vertonghen ought to have stepped into midfield more often.

  • Kyle Naughton
    8
    14
    3.00

    Kyle Naughton

    A good battle with McManaman in a dual between two of the Premier League's brightest prospects. Naughton was caught slightly on his heels before Wigan's second goal but to criticise too much would be harsh.

  • Michael Dawson
    11
    11
    3.00

    Michael Dawson

    Played well and got the basics right - the minimum you expect from Dawson. However, the basics - putting the ball out for throw-ins perhaps needlessly - gave Wigan territorial advantages too often.

  • Kyle Walker
    6
    11
    2.50

    Kyle Walker

    Allowed Maloney to hold onto the ball for too long far too many times and sauntered forward without his usual purpose without doing anything wrong. Looked to play within himself.

  • Tom Huddlestone
    30
    5
    4.00

    Tom Huddlestone

    Absolutely imperious in the middle of midfield, Huddlestone made Spurs tick throughout. Did the simple things well and had tremendous vision to set the visitors away on occasions, especially before the break.

  • Scott Parker
    3
    26
    2.00

    Scott Parker

    Virtually non-existant. Usually that means Parker has had a good game, but this needed him to get in amongst the hosts' packed midfield. Being overshadowed by Gomez probably paints a picture all by itself.

  • Gareth Bale
    28
    18
    3.00

    Gareth Bale

    Excellent work to follow up on really lax defending for his goal. After that the winger was marshalled well by McCarthy and Beausejour and had one of his quieter afternoons.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    13
    10

    Mousa Dembélé

    Rarely threatened before hobbling off injured in the first half.

  • Clint Dempsey
    20
    7
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Moved further forward in the second half after starting from deep, Dempsey was a thorn in the home side after the break. Picks up positions others wouldn't think of and saw a couple of well-hit efforts blocked.

  • Jermain Defoe
    19
    6
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Played on the shoulder of Scharner and got a little bit of joy. But after Wigan's second goal - and as they sat deeper - Defoe found it trickier to find space in and around the box. Perhaps should have done better just before half-time.

Substitutions

  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto
    7
    13

    Benoit Assou-Ekotto

    Second-half substitute.

  • Aaron Lennon
    7
    12

    Aaron Lennon

    Failed to get going after coming on late in the game.

  • Lewis Holtby
    11
    14
    2.50

    Lewis Holtby

    Replaced Dembele in the first half but didn't get to grips with the pace of the game and the encounter passed him by.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0