Wigan Athletic host Tottenham Hotspur in today’s live match, at the DW Stadium. Spurs sit top of the table, four points clear from the Manchester clubs, undefeated in nine matches (all competitions). Wigan sit 7th going in to the game. Spurs will be without Adebayour and Assou-Ekoto (African Nations Cup), with William Gallas injured. Wigan will miss Garcia as he sits out the second of his two-game ban, as well as Beausejour and Kone. Wigan will give a debut to new loanee striker Orhan Ademi, while new goalkeeper Maxime Schenkel starts on the bench.
Wigan 9-2, Draw 13-5, Spurs 1-2F
Wigan Ath 3 – 2 Tottenham
Guidetti 60, 89 Sosa 33
Watson 90+3 Defoe 43
Wigan completed a marvelous second-half comeback against the league leaders, with two late goals snatching all three points after Spurs went into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead. BBC Sport: “Tottenham showed how easy it can be to take your foot off the pedal as they somehow managed to throw away a two goal lead against a Wigan side who never said die.”
Ben Watson played the part of super-sub for Wigan as The Latics came from behind to defeat Tottenham on a breezy evening at DW Stadium. Flamboyent winger Jose Sosa gave Spurs the lead with a good header from just inside the six-yard box in the 33rd minute. Jermain Defoe double the lead with a close range finish which was timed impeccably on 43 minutes.
John Guidetti pulled one back for Wigan on the hour with a nice effort from 15 yards, before equalising in the 89th minute after Lloris misjudged Miyiachi’s high and looping cross.
Substitute Ben Watson then won the game two minutes into stoppage time with a thumping volley from just inside the box, from a floated free kick after Fuchs conceded a needless foul on the right wing.
Man of the Match: Younes Kaboul (Spurs)
Attendance: 20, 867
0′ Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Defoe kick-off for league leaders Tottenham on a wet and breezy evening here in Wigan.
2′ Spurs win the first corner of the game after Stam fouls Huddlestone and the free-kick deflects of Caldwell and well wide.
4′ Wigan have their first corner after good work down the left by Maloney. Sandro heads well clear.
11′ Wigan work the ball forwards well and McCarthy drives one inches over the bar. Lloris tips a Maloney shot past the post soon after.
12′ Ademi’s debut goal celebrations cut short after he’s adjudged to have fouled Kaboul bundling home a rebound after Lloris spills a shot.
15′ Caldwell’s back pass is under hit and Defoe is clean through, but his second touch is woeful and Al Habsi manages to clear.
25′ First booking goes to Sandro who tugs back Jordi Gomez in the centre circle as Wigan mount a counter-attack.
26′ A Wigan corner causes mayhem in the Spurs box, with three efforts at goal ricocheting around before Lloris gathers Maloney’s drive.
30′ 0-0 stats: Shots 9-8, On Target 5-4, Possession 52-48%, Corners 3-1, Fouls 4-2.
33′ 1-0 Spurs. Bale skips down the left and his cross is turned in at the near post by Jose SOSA.
39′ Spurs starting to control the match now, Parker and Huddlestone knocking the ball about unchallenged. Wigan pacey down wings though.
42′ McCarthy clatters Parker in middle of the park and escapes sanction. The Spurs captain goes through the back of him, and gets a yellow.
43′ 2-0 Spurs. Tottenham hit Wigan on the counter, and once again Bale provides the cross that Defoe slams home from inside the six yard box.
44′ Replays show it’s actually Klein’s challenge on Bale that knocks the ball across the box for the finish.
45′ Ademi comes closest for Wigan, latching onto Guidetti’s pass and curling it past Lloris… But also the post. That looks like half-time.
HT (GS): Wigan Athletic 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Sosa 33, Defoe 43.
50′ Miyaichi replaces Maloney, who has taken a knock, on Wigan’s left.
52′ Second substitution for Wigan in a matter of minutes. Debutant Ademi makes way for Ben Watson after falling awkwardly under a challenge.
55′ Third flash of yellow at a Spurs midfielder. Fuchs clatters Watson.
60′ 2-1 as Wigan pull one back through John GUIDETTI. Klein works the ball to him on the edge of the area, neat turn before drilling home.
65′ Wigan have switched to 3-5-2 and earn three corners in quick succession. Pushing for an equaliser but possible vulnerable to a counter.
74′ Di Santo on for Stam.
77′ Gomez goes down theatrically from a challenge from Scott Parker, who has already been booked. Ref Taylor calling the Spurs man over…
77′ Free kick, nothing more.
84′ Kaboul goes down like he’s been shot charging down James McCarthy’s thundering drive. Wigan pushing hard, but too many long shots.
89′ McCarthy cautioned for hauling Scott Parker back.
90′ EQUALISER! Wigan draw level from two-down. Miyachi sends over a looping cross which evades Lloris for GUIDETTI to nod home. 3 mins added.
90+3′ McCarthy feeds a freekick to the back post and Ben WATSON fucking rifles it on the volley past Lloris. 3-2 Wigan from 2-0 down!
FULL TIME (GS): Wigan Athletic 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur. (Guidetti 60, 89, Watson 90 – Sosa 33, Defoe 43.) Report and reactions to follow.
POST-MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE
KiCK Magazine: A fantastic and completely unexpected win against Tottenham – you must be delighted?
– “I can’t quite believe it! We were brilliant out there. I’m speechless.”
Guardian: What a comeback! To see your side completely turn a game around like that must be very pleasing?
– “I am absolutely ecstatic, it was a fantastic effort by the players. They showed real character today.”
SportingLife: Your team performed noticeably better after half-time – just what did you say to them at the break to bring about that change?
– “There were a couple of tactical tweaks, but the key was to give them their belief back.”
Evening Standard: Ben Watson’s dramatic late goal was something for you to savour. How do you rate that moment?
– “That’s what football is all about – it was a joy to behold.”
Evening Standard: John Guidetti had a great game for you out there today. What did you make of it?
– “He was simply fautless today.”
POST-MATCH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUNDUP
Norwich have sacked Chris Hughton after their 3-0 defeat at home by Reading. Norwich lie 18th in the table, and have lost their last four games in all competitions, not scoring in 6 of their last 7 games.
Wigan v. Arsenal in the FA Cup Fourth Round has been chosen for live television coverage, and pushed back a day to Sunday 27th January.
WIGAN, TRANSFER ACTIVITY UPDATE
Pre-match, manager GS submitted inquiries about a handful of players:
- Siena want £525k for Reginaldo – £525k bid made – contract offer made.
- Galatasary want £1.8m for Sabri Sarioglu.
- Norwich want £8m for Andrew Surman.
- Tottenham want £2.3m for David Bentley – £2m bid made – contract terms not agreed, offer withdrawn.
- Tottenham want £210k for Jermain Jenas.
- WBA want £970k for Peter Odemwingie.