Wigan Athletic notched up another point on the board, probably one that we didn’t expect to get, but had Moses been given his nailed on penalty or one or more of the Latics players had taken their chances, we could well have taken all three points as we dominated this game.




Latics pressed and pressed looking for that final moment of magic that served them so well against Birmingham City at the DW Stadium a fortnight ago but it didn’t come, instead Roberto Martinez’s side had to settle for a point, and an important one at that.

Chances came and went, particularly for the home side, but they just lacked that killer-touch to find a way past Heurelho Gomes.

Conor Sammon came closes for Latics in the second-half, finding a yard of space inside the area and aiming for the bottom right corner, denied by the out-stretched arm of the Spurs ‘keeper who collected the resulting loose ball.

In the dying moments Sammon almost turned provider, crossing low for Franco Di Santo who just couldn’t reach the cross to score, an agonising moment for the home crowd.

It was another patient, calculated performance from Latics, maintaining possession and trying to dissect their opponents rather than barge them down.

Charles N’Zogbia was a constant threat, the ball glued to his feet at time and the Spurs defence were scared of him. Shortly after the break the Frenchman broke into the area after dispossessing Benoit Assou-Ekotto and fired for the bottom corner only to be denied by a smart Gomes save.

Gomes was on hand to save Spurs again on 55 minutes when Tom Cleverley bent one for the far corner, prevented by a fine save.

Spurs were slow from the off in both halves but once they found momentum Latics did well to soak up the pressure and frustrate the Champions League Quarter Finalists.

Gary Caldwell and Antolin Alcaraz had their work cut out for them but good support from Ben Watson helped to keep Spurs at bay.

Ali Al Habsi made a number of solid claims from crosses and was only really called upon once, in the first-half, getting down well to prevent a Jermaine Jenas effort.

More points on the board then for Latics who stay right in the fight for survival and prepare for a trip to Chelsea next weekend.


Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Victor Moses
Referee: Andre Marriner
Attendance: 18,578
26 Ali Al Habsi 1 Heurelho Gomes
17 Emmerson Boyce 20 Michael Dawson
5 Gary Caldwell 22 Vedran Corluka
3 Antolin Alcaraz 32 Benoit Assou-Ekotto
31 Maynor Figueroa 19 Sébastien Bassong
8 Ben Watson 8 Jermaine Jenas
10 Charles N’Zogbia 14 Luka Modric
4 James McCarthy 30


15 Tom Cleverley 18 Jermain Defoe
11 Victor Moses 9 Roman Pavlyuchenko
20 Hugo Rodallega 11 Rafael van der Vaart
12 Mike Pollitt 23 Carlo Cudicini
2 Steve Gohouri 40 Steven Pienaar
23 Ronnie Stam 6 Tom Huddlestone
21 Mohamed Diame 25 Danny Rose
14 Jordi Gomez 7 Aaron Lennon
18 Connor Sammon 15 Peter Crouch
7 Franco Di Santo 21 Niko Kranjcar
57′     Player Off Jermaine Defoe
Player On Peter Crouch
66′ Player Off Victor Moses
Player On Connor Sammon
68′     Player Off Player off
Player On Player on
69′ Yellow Card Gary Caldwell    
77′     Yellow Card Raniere Sandro
85′ Player Off Hugo Rodallega
Player On Franco di Santo
85′ Player Off Charles N’Zogbia
Player On Mohammed Diame
85′     Player Off Luka Modric
Player On Niko Kranjcar

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