Wigan Athletic players are to personally refund the fans who travelled to White Hart Lane to witness the humiliating defeat at the hands of Harry Redknapp’s Spurs side yesterday.

Hundereds of fans  travelled to North London to watch Wigan take on Tottenham Hotspur but not one of them expected to see them capitulate in a second half that saw the home side stick 8 goals past Chris Kirkland to add to Peter Crouch’s first half opener.

Club captain Mario Melchiot, speaking on behalf of his fellow team mates, said today: “We feel that as a group of players we badly let down our supporters yesterday, and this is a gesture we have to make and pay them back for their tremendous loyalty.

“There is not a lot else to say, just that as a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed, we feel it was below our standards and this is something we feel we owe to the fans.

“Now we have to draw a line under the game, focus completely on training this week and bounce back on Saturday. We are professionals, we will take it on the chin and move on but it’s important that we do not take our supporters for granted.”

An official statement from the club has confirmed that every Wigan Athletic supporter who bought a ticket from the DW Stadium for the game yesterday should contact the ticket office before close of business on Friday December 4th 2009, either in person or by phoning 0871 33 66 552, and a full refund will be posted to their home address, hopefully within 14 days.