BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE – WHITE HART LANE – Sunday September 21st 2008
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
0-0
WIGAN ATHLETIC

Latics had the better of a largely uneventful first half but couldn’t turn attacks into a goal; Scharner had a thirty yarder fizz past Gomez’s post after great work in midfield from Jason Koumas.

Koumas curled a free kick which was well gathered by Gomes two minutes before Zaki nearly converted 5 goals in 5 games.

The best chance to score fell to Scharner in the 43rd minute, Heskey’s brought down the ball before the Austrian blasted a shot from the right side of the box and Gomes had to be on top form to push the ball round the post.

Figueroa had the final attempt of a quite one sided half, firing a free kick just over the bar after Corluka hand balled an Antonio Valencia shot.

The second half saw Spurs come out fighting and the magnificent Boyce and Bramble had to be on top of their game to keep out a Tottenham side that for long periods put lots of pressure on.

The central defenders seemed to have an answer though, for everything that the Londoners had to throw at them and their reward of a clean sheet was more than deserved.

Latics did have their chances though, Boyce saw Gomes pluck his looping header out of the air whilst Kapo went close from a wicked cross from Antonio Valencia.

We survived a penalty shout when Aaron Lennon seemed to dive over Maynor Figueroa’s foot, the referee though waved the appeals away.

Tom Huddleston, Jamie O’Hara and Darren Bent were all thwarted by the excellent Chris Kirkland, who surely must have caught the eye of Mr. Capello’s again.

The game ended in a 0-0 draw, but Latics will rue the chances they didn’t capitalise on in the first half.

Report by Jason Taylor

Referee: Steve Tanner (Somerset)
Attendance: 35,808
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TOTTENHAM HOTSPURWIGAN ATHLETIC
1Heurelho Gomes1Chris Kirkland
39Jonathan Woodgate25Mario Melchiot
22Vedran Corluka19Titus Bramble
3Gareth Bale7Paul Scharner
32Benoit Assou-Ekotto31Maynor Figueroa
4Didier Zokora17Emmerson Boyce
24Jamie O’Hara5Wilson Palacios
5David Bentley10Jason Koumas
8Jermaine Jenas16Antonio Valencia
9Roman Pavlyuchenko9Emile Heskey
10Darren Bent13Amr Zaki
SUBS
21Sanchez Cesar12Mike Pollitt
11Gilberto32Richard Kingson
16Chris Gunter2Ryan Taylor
6Tom Huddlestone23Olivier Kapo
18Frazier Campbell18Daniel de Ridder
7Aaron Lennon8Kevin Kilbane
17Giovani Dos Santos27Henri Camara
TIMELINE
29′Yellow Card Emmerson Boyce
43′Yellow Card Vedran Corluka
46′Player Off Roman Pavluchenko
Player On Frazier Campbell
51′Yellow Card Jamie O’Hara
63′Yellow Card Wilson Palacios
64′Player Off David Bentley
Player On Aaron Lennon
72′Player Off Jason Koumas
Player On Olivier Kapo
80′Player Off Gareth Bale
Player On Tom Huddlestone
82′Player Off Amr Zaki
Player On Henri Camara