Alan Wiley and his assistants were centre of attention as a blatantly off side goal was allowed to stand plus Defoe and Huddlestone somehow managed to stay on the pitch despite numerous hacks on Wigan Athletic players, was the fabled Harry Brown Envelope at work again???

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE – DW STADIUM – Sunday 21st February 2010


Jermaine Defoe (27)
Roman Pavlyuchenko (84)
Roman Pavlyuchenko (90)

Three months ago at White Hart Lane, it was humbling, humiliating, embarrassing – and Wigan had only themselves to blame. This was an ideal opportunity to restore some pride and more importantly get some much needed points on the board.

This time round, Latics were right in it until an amazing decision by the officials allowed Defoe his goal even though he was over two yards offside. The player himself was amazed that the goal was given, his glance over at the linesman and then over to the ref was a big give away.

Alan Wiley again was centre of attention as he persistently allowed Defoe and Huddleston off when yellow cards were warranted. Defoe should have received a straight red card for his two footed challenge on Caldwell, the England hitman though didn’t even get a talking to.

Huddleston meanwhile had free reign to go around and hack down, push, shove, elbow and abuse everybody in a Latics shirt as he realised he wouldn’t get punished. McCarthy though was yellow carded for a rather innocuous challenge that had him just laughing at Wiley as moments earlier he was lifted 5 foot off the ground and had to receive treatment after yet another Huddleston sythe….

Chris Kirkland had barely touched the ball before Defoe scored and indeed only really saw action in the final quarter as the game became stretched as we desperately looked for a goal and Spurs looked increasingly dangerous on the break.

Substitute Pavlyuchenko struck two goals in the last six minutes to kill us off as we looked to get the equaliser and then kick on for the winner. Latics cutting edge was again lacking and we still wait for that game when it all clicks into place, let’s hope it is sooner rather than later.

Report by Jason Taylor

Cockney Latic Man of the Match: Gary Caldwell
Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: 16,165
1 Chris Kirkland 1 Heurelho Gomes
25 Mario Melchiot 26 Ledley King
5 Gary Caldwell 22 Vedran Corluka
7 Paul Scharner 3 Gareth Bale
31 Maynor Figueroa 20 Michael Dawson
27 Mohamed Diame 21 Niko Kranjcar
14 Charles N’Zogbia 12 Wilson Palacios
6 Hendry Thomas 5

David Bentley

24 James McCarthy 6 Tom Huddlestone
18 Marcelo Moreno 18 Jermain Defoe
20 Hugo Rodallega 15 Peter Crouch
13 Vladimir Stojkovic 27 Ben Alnwick
17 Emmerson Boyce 4 Younes Kaboul
8 Ben Watson 19 Sebastien Bassong
11 Victor Moses 14 Luka Modric
15 Jordi Gomez 25 Danny Rose
9 Jason Scotland 17 Eidur Gudjohnsen
16 Scott Sinclair 18 Roman Pavlyuchenko
27′     Goal Jermaine Defoe
37′     Yellow Card David Bentley
40′     Yellow Card Jermaine Defoe
51′     Yellow Card Michael Dawson
52′     Player Off Ledley King
Player On Sebastien Bassong
56′ Player Off Hendry Thomas
Player On Victor Moses
65′ Yellow Card Mohamed Diame    
69′     Player Off Niko Kranjcar
Player On Luca Moderic
72′     Yellow Card Tom Huddlestone
73′     Player Off Jermaine Defoe
Player On Roman Pavlyuchenko
75′ Yellow Card James McCarthy    
76′ Player Off Marcelo Moreno
Player On Scott Sinclair
84′     Goal Roman Pavlyuchenko
90′ Yellow Card Maynor Figueroa    
90′     Goal Roman Pavlyuchenko