What a difference a year makes…

by Simon Baystead

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Wigan Athletic

Few would forget the quite unbelievable scene last season at White Hart Lane when Wigan Athletic visited the Lilywhites in North London and found themselves at the wrong end of a 9-1 score-line. With Wigan’s terrible start to this campaign, the worst since the inception of the Premier League back in 1992, and Spurs reasonable form off the back of a 4-0 demolition of BSC Young Boys, all signs were pointing to a similar result this time around.

Spurs kicked off the first half hopeful that Defoe would remain fit and avoid an operation on his groin, whilst Wigan were without N’Zogbia who, but for a personal terms breakdown, would have been in a Birmingham kit this weekend perhaps. Wigan surprisingly started the first half the stronger team, bringing the game to Spurs and winning an early corner which resulted in Rodallega smashing over. The Latics competed well throughout the first half, despite spells of Spurs domination. However Wigan did have the first clear chance and probably should’ve grabbed the lead when a corner was nodded back in from the far post and Gohouri smashed the ball from 6 yards onto the crossbar and down, with the ball cleared by the Spurs defence. It was a lucky escape for Champions League outfit as they nearly conceded Wigan’s first goal of the season.

Spurs did wake up from this point and pressured Wigan at times with good football. Defoe was the inspiration up front in the first half as he picked up the ball between the two towering Wigan centre backs and turned with a snap shot forcing an excellent save from loaned keeper Al-Habsi. Spurs pressed on and some good play from Kaboul and Lennon saw Wigan breathe a sigh of relief to remain level at the break. Rodallega and Stam were the key men for Wigan who still looked a threat going into the break. It was Spurs who ended the half on top though with great strength from Defoe allowing him to charge into the box and fire wide past Al-Habsi’s goal on the 40th minute.

Half-Time Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Wigan Athletic

Wigan kicked off the second half, with Spurs making two changes as they hoped to find a way through the Wigan defence. Spurs looked dangerous and bright on the attack with Wigan slowly becoming more and more defensive as the game wore on. The Spurs attacks were faltered in the final third every time by Wigan who remained strong for the entire 90 minutes. The second half was very much Spurs’ to win but even with their dominance Wigan were able to defend it with energy to spare.

Numerous corners later and Wigan were happy to park the team bus in front of their goal with full-time drawing closer. Redknapp made his final change to throw Giovani into the fray but still Wigan defended. The Latics suddenly decided to hit back in and around the 80th minute as a counter-attack saw Wigan outnumber the Spurs defenders and as a cross came in along the floor for Alcaraz, it seemed certain he would convert from two yards for an easy tap-in, but the centre-half missed the target and was left with his head in his hands. That wasn’t all though, Wigan came forward again in a crazy spell where Spurs just fell apart. A Rodallega cross found Gomez in between the two defenders and he managed to volley over in another fantastic chance and it seemed Tottenham had got away with it. That was until just a minute later a good ball found Rodallega on the edge of the box fire low toward the far post, somehow Cudicini couldn’t deal with it and the error cost Spurs dearly as the ball rolled into the net and Rodallega ran off in jubilation.

Wigan’s first of the season looked to be worth all three points and despite a Huddlestone volley only a minute after, Wigan were set-up to see the remaining time out with their defensive master class. They had shown the entire league how to beat Spurs, just as Roberto Martinez had feared for his job after conceding 10 in two games. Kranjcar forced a great save from Al-Habsi with a long range effort, the resulting corner saw Dawson fire toward goal but he was denied by Al-Habsi who quickly turned into the Wigan hero. A debatable handball from Alcaraz saw some Spurs claims late on for a penalty, but perhaps some karma from the Crouch incident with Stoke last week was apparent as Chris Foy waved away the desperate Yid appeals. Kaboul topped off Spurs’ poor performance when he found himself with a free header on the 93rd minute, beating the defenders and goalkeeper all ends up, but missing the target completely. Meaning Wigan would walk away with the three points giving Redknapp a lot to think about ahead of the looming challenge of the Champions League. What a difference a year makes…

Final Score – Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Wigan Athletic

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  • kols

    enybody still thinks we are going to challenge for the title???? becaouse i dont, and never has. spurs still suck!! and we have a manager that knows jack-shit. when he thinks that spurs is so mutch better with joe cole, david james and bellamy??, then something is not right in his head. defoe,crouch,hudd,palacios,kaboul and mr.redknapp himself should all be sold to slave traders, maybe they will make something of them self, becaouse they cant be called fotball-players, they are way to bad to be called fotball-players. and redknapp cant call himself manager, becaouse he aint one. if somebody will buy kenwyne jones, and offer 15-20mill, then there is obviously something verry, disturbingly wrong with that person. and that person should be treated with electro-therapy. we all know who redknapp in the past did put an offer in for? i dont need to say more, you all get my point. i am so dissapointed.

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    i must say, after waking up with the worst hangover in living memory and feeling rather shite, my day improved after watching Arsenal’s brilliant 2-1 win at Blackburn, one of the toughest places to get all 3 points.

    My day got even better when Wigan scored a late winner at Spurs, brilliant! Expect more of this said Phil Thompson as Spurs will be playing Champions League football’, if they can’t even beat Wigan at home then I can’t see them getting anything from their CL games.

    Redknapp is a good motivator but nothing more. He is tactically naive, which will b exposed massively when the CL kicks off.

    Top 4? You really are having a laugh!!!

  • Sii-09

    lol yeah we’re pretty much screwed. As soon as everyone starts saying we’ll smash Wigan I knew they’d only be one result.
    Looks like we’ll be lucky to finish above Twente in the CL and go into the thursday cup.
    Bad times, but then again, before today I felt completely differently about it!

  • stevie

    Stoke, Wolves & now Wigan, dear oh dear!

    ‘Arry has gotta sign a decent left back ASAP. It’s a waste of Bale’s pace and brilliant wing play playing him there

  • Ben

    It’s one game, chill out, ffs. Didn’t the goons lose at home to hull a few seasons ago? We’ll learn from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again

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