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Tottenham 3-1 Wigan


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By Andrew McKenzie

2211: Time to wrap things up for the evening. Thanks for caring and sharing. Here's hoping for a weekend of FA Cup madness. Come back tomorrow when we'll be kicking things off in time for Hartlepool v Stoke at 1300 GMT. Sleep well.

2210: "They think it's all Pav-lova ... It is now." Rob in London, via text on 81111

2206: "Re 2125: Cameron Diaz herself would have been proud of that finish." RonaldoV11 on 606
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2202: Very much happy days for Harry Redknapp after some poor results of late. He remains in with a shout of winning the FA Cup in successive seasons with different clubs. Only another five rounds to go.

2159: Apparently Harry Redknapp apologised to Steve Bruce after Spurs' second goal, with Wigan having a player down injured. Will they offer to replay the game? I very much doubt it.

2156: Luka Modric leads the Player Rater ratings at full-time with a magical mark of 7.81. I suspect Pav's late goal might boost his current standing of 7.26. Get on over there and punch in those numbers:
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Spurs are in the hat for the fourth round thanks to goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko (2) and Luka Modric. It was hardly a vintage display and Wigan made it a nervy last few minutes before Pavlyuchenko's second sealed their win.

2152: GOAL Tottenham 3-1 Wigan
The larger lady is singing as Roman Pavlyuchenko caps a fine display with his second of the night. It comes from a Spurs counter-attack and the Russian cuts inside before firing a shot that deceives Richard Kingson and creeps inside the post.

2151: It's panic stations at the back now as Wigan throw the ball forward. Michael Dawson is not messing about as he clears the ball well into the Wigan area.

2149: Oh what a chance for Henri Camara after good work from Tomasz Cywka. The ball falls for Camara in the box on the half volley but he cannot get enough purchase on it and Heurelho Gomes is able to gather with his feet.

2148: We're into stoppage time and the board goes up saying there will be three minutes.

2146: GOAL Tottenham 2-1 Wigan
An ugly goal for Tottenham to concede as Henri Camara stabs home from close range after the home side make a hash of trying to clear. With three minutes to go the game is alive again.

2143: Wigan make their final change, with Olivier Kapo off and Erik Edman on in his place. That's Erik Edman who has scored three goals in just under 300 appearances.

2141: "Spurs on the Roman road to Wembley."
Rob in London, via text on 81111

2139: "Just had a text from my mate saying that Downing is at the game.. Anyone confirm???" glenperfect10 on 606
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Don't you just love the January rumour mill?

2138: The goal came shortly after Wigan made a double substitution, with Maynor Figueroa and Tomasz Cywka coming on for Daniel De Ridder and Paul Scharner.

2137: Wigan's players were furious with referee Alan Wiley for allowing that goal. Not sure whether it was because they thought Luka Modric was offside (he wasn't) or because Maynor Figueroa was down injured (he was) and they felt the ball should have been played out.

2134: GOAL Tottenham 2-0 Wigan
Spurs double their lead as Jamie O'Hara fires in a left-foot shot against the post and the rebound falls perfectly for Luka Modric, who is lying on the floor but is still able to head in.

2131: It is Spurs' turn to take control and David Bentley is presented with a good shooting opportunity on the edge of the box, but his lazy attempt with the outside of the right foot is straight at the keeper.

2129: Aaron Lennon is warming up on the touchline and could get a run soon. Still no sign of the genius that is Adel Taarabt though.

2127: Roman Pavlyuchenko is looking lively and almost gets away from Paul Scharner, but the Austrian makes a fine recovery to slide in and deny Pav as he races towards goal.

2125: "Re 2026: I've long seen Pav's likeness to Cameron Diaz, and no-one else would believe me - thank you, McKenzie's mysterious colleague!" Nick, Hants, via text on 81111

2124: Nearly a second goal for Spurs and Roman Pavlyuchenko as he latches onto a hopeful ball, sees Richard Kingson come out and lifts the ball over the keeper. Unfortunately for the striker the ball bounces just short and then over the target.

2121: Wigan have come to life since the goal and Tottenham have been forced back into their own half. Antonio Valencia gives Tottenham a breather after a spell of Wigan pressure when his shot is off target.

2120: More last-ditch defending, this time from Roman Pavlyuchenko of all people as he gets across to put in a block that denies a certain goal.

2118: Smashing defending by Jonathan Woodgate after a poor header by Michael Dawson lets in Henri Camara as he gets across to deny him a shot on goal.

2114: Whether or not the penalty decision was right or wrong it looks like it might have livened this one up. Richard Kingson pulls off a cracker of a save to deny a diving header from Fraizer Campbell. Please let this be the start of an action-packed half hour.

2112: Some debate about the penalty decision. There was definite contact but Fraizer Campbell was perhaps already heading for the ground. He was definitely heading away from goal, which is probably why Richard Kingson was only booked.

2110: GOAL Tottenham 1-0 Wigan
Spurs take the lead from the spot after Richard Kingson clipped the heals of Fraizer Campbell as he raced into the box. Roman Pavlyuchenko slotted home after Kingson went the wrong way.


2107: Wilson Palacios goes into the book for a clumsy challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko.

2105: "Re 2002: Petrol? Head Gasket's gone. Looks like I'm not missing much..unlike Spurs." A-in a Recovery Truck at the side of the road, Glasgow, via text on 81111

2104: The second half kicks off. No changes from either side.

2101: By the way, if you are doubting the magic of the Cup can I point you in the direction of this article on Southampton's FA Cup giantkilling in 1976? But come back soon, it gets lonely around here.

When Saints shocked Man Utd

2100: What this tie needs is a spark of genius. How about a run-out for Adel Taarabt, who was described as just that by Harry Redknapp earlier this week. Here's what Harry said:

"If we can get him playing he is a genius. He's an amazing talent, I've not seen too many with that type of skill in my life. It's frightening."

2058: It looks like Darren Bent went off with a groin injury. What are the chances of Harry Redknapp spending the half-time interval on the phone to Pompey about a certain Jermain Defoe?

2052: "I watched Dances With Wolves (again) a wee bit earlier on BBC2 Andrew, and it was far more entertaining than this game thus far!" Keith, via text on 81111

But it did last longer than the Droylesden-Chesterfield tie.

2049: The half-time whistle goes at White Hart Lane. This one is unlikely to figure on any FA Cup classic DVDs of the future.

2048: David Bentley fires one in with his left foot and it is well hit but just going wide.

2047: Just before half-time and Spurs miss a golden chance to sneak one before the break. Luka Modric shoots wide when he should have squared for Fraizer Campbell and his effort is weak.

2045: Zokora is up and no doubt his team-mates are mocking him with high-pitched voices. My colleague wonders whether footballers should wear cricket-style boxes down their shorts.

2043: Ouch. Didier Zokora takes a meaty Michael Dawson clearance fully in the sort of area you wouldn't want to take a meaty Michael Dawson clearance. His team-mates show the sort of support you need by laughing at him.

2039: Former Spurs man Michael Brown tries his luck with a difficult effort from just outside the area, but he can't keep it down and he hears the whistles from the home fans.

2036: Harry Redknapp looks somewhat agitated and a bit chilly on the bench, before getting stuck into a bit of sports drink. Surely a cup of tea or a flask of piping hot coffee is the order of the day.

2034: Wigan earn a free-kick from about 25 yards out. Daniel De Ridder connects cleanly enough but it's relatively comfortable for Heurelho Gomes, who catches it on the half-volley.

2034: "Never seen such a poor spurs side,no confidence at all and its showing!" Tw, via text on 81111

Did you not see them under Christian Gross?

2031: "Is there going to be text commentary on Sunday for the Gillingham - Villa game. Hope there is so for the first time ever I can see my beloved Gillingham on the text commentary" bucksgill on 606
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The plan is for a text commentary to cover all the third round games this weekend bucksgill. We can't get enough of it.

2029: Great move from Spurs, sweeping the ball from the left touchline to David Bentley on the right and he crosses for Fraizer Campbell to head wide of the left-hand post.

2028: Darren Bent looks like he's going off with an injury. Fraizer Campbell is on in place.

2026: Good skills from David Bentley, who looks up for this one. Meanwhile, my colleague reckons that Roman Pavlyuchenko looks like Cameron Diaz. Thoughts?

2023: Some texts and 606 chat about eddierees's reference to Gareth Bale. Spurs have won games with him in the side, just not a league match. Just thought I'd clear that up. Thanks for pointing it out.

2021: Another daft tackle in a dangerous territory, this time by Kevin Kilbane on David Bentley. Bentley's first effort is charged down but his second centre is a beauty and Kilbane is closer than close to slicing it into his own net. Great drama.

2020: The first booking of the FA Cup third round goes to Michael Brown for a rather silly challenge. Gareth Bale almost makes him pay double with a dipping free-kick that just doesn't have enough dip to sneak in the corner.

2018: Daniel De Ridder swings over a tasty looking corner from the left but Henri Camara cannot react quick enough to add the finishing touch.

2017: "Spurs vs Wigan on a cold Friday night in early January sounds as exciting as an eight-day old turkey sandwich. That is until you put those magic words "FA Cup" in the fixture. Then boom!!!!" Spursontop, listening to the radio in the bath, via text on 81111

I love those eight-day old turkey sandwiches, especially if you've got a bit of stuffing left over. Bootiful.

2015: David Bentley finds a bit of room on the right and stands a decent cross up for Darren Bent at the back stick, but he can only head down straight at Richard Kingson. The live link to the audio from BBC London should be OK now. Go and fill your boots.

2014: "I'm too full to move to the TV. Thanks New Year, more calories to burn." TARFP on 606
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2013: "For the first time ever, I reckon Spurs will win with Bale playing, simply because from what I've seen of him, Richard Kingson is a liability." eddierees_08 on 606
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2011: Jamie O'Hara tests Richard Kingson with a low shot that the keeper does well to gather. Apparently we are having a few problems with the live commentary of the game. We're trying to sort it as I speak.

2008: First chance for Tottenham and it is a decent one as Luka Modric plays a one-two with Roman Pavlyuchenko and finds some space in front of goal, but he lashes his left-foot shot wide.

2006: Great chance from Henri Camara, who heads narrowly wide from a lovely whipped-in cross by Antonio Valencia.

2004: Bit of a lacklustre start from both sides with Wigan having the majority of possession.

2002: "Just on our way home with takeaway to watch the match & the car's broken down...please don't fail us as well Spurs." From A-on the side of the road, Glasgow, via text on 81111

Have you tried putting some petrol in?

2001: We're under way at the Lane.

1959: "The missus suggested no footie as a new year's resolution, 2 days in, one resolution broken and newly single!" MrSport88 on 606
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1958: "Wonder if Steve Bruce will instruct his players to "rough up" Ghaly if he makes it off the bench. Those two have history after Ghaly's move to Birmingham fell through because of his attitude, remember?" SheepskinMotson on 606
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1955: The players are in the tunnel. It sounds like a decent atmosphere. Welcome back football.

1950: Only 10 minutes until kick off and just a quick word on both teams, who had a very mixed bag over Christmas.

Wigan are on a roll with a side of cranberry sauce after two wins over the festive period. That's five wins in six games for Steve Bruce's men. If they didn't have to play Arsenal they would be on an unbeaten stretch since October.

Tottenham picked up just one point from games against Newcastle, Fulham and West Brom. On the plus point they have never lost to Wigan in seven matches. This is the first time they have met in the magical FA Cup.

1949: "At last. We are off, the most dazzling and incredible cup competition in the world. I'm taking my little brother to his first game tommorow. The giant one at Ninian Park, that is why the FA Cup is magic." Luke, Cardiff, via text on 81111

That is the sort of positive vibe which fills up my senses like a gallon of magnets.

1945: "In all honesty, I'm not too bothered about this, we've got far bigger fish to fry, like the Carling Cup, oh, and that league competition we're in." Mikenham on 606
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1942: Here's some chat on the teams from my co-pilot Oliver Brett:

Spurs go for Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko as their strike force with Jermaine Jenas (calf) out injured. Benoit Assou-Ekotto is suspended so Gareth Bale starts at left-back, while Jamie O'Hara comes in for Aaron Lennon.

Wigan boss Steve Bruce has problems with Lee Cattermole suspended and Emile Heskey, Chris Kirkland and Amr Zaki all injured. Goalkeeper Richard Kingson makes his debut and Henri Camara leads the attack.

1938: TEAMS
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Woodgate, Dawson, Bale, Bentley, Modric, Zokora, O'Hara, Bent, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Alnwick, Lennon, Ghaly, Gunter, Campbell, Taarabt, Boateng.

Wigan: Kingson, Boyce, Bramble, Scharner, Kilbane, Valencia, De Ridder, Brown, Palacios, Kapo, Camara. Subs: Pollitt, Taylor, Edman, Cywka, Figueroa, Routledge, Holt.

Referee: Alan Wiley (Staffordshire)

1933: You know the drill by now, it's the same as last year remember? Send me your dazzling texts on 81111 or get involved on 606. I'd be delighted to hear from you.
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1930: Happy New Year. I hope you had a suitably sensational New Year's Eve and are fully energised after several days of over-eating and maybe even a drop of sherry or two. However, there's one thing that has been sorely missing this year: top-drawer football. Shame on you 2009.

see also
Tottenham 3-1 Wigan
02 Jan 09 |  FA Cup

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