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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 April 2007, 14:22 GMT 15:22 UK
Wigan 3-3 Tottenham
Dimitar Berbatov (right) slots in for Tottenham as he equalises to make it 1-1 in the game against Wigan
Berbatov hauls Spurs level at 1-1 at a sun-drenched JJB stadium
Relegation-battlers Wigan were pegged back three times by a Tottenham side chasing a Uefa Cup berth in a rollercoaster game at the JJB Stadium.

Emile Heskey nodded Wigan ahead from point-blank range but Dimitar Berbatov skilfully fired in to equalise.

A superb Leighton Baines shot restored Wigan's lead only for Spurs to level again through a Robbie Keane penalty.

Kevin Kilbane headed Wigan's third but Keane pounced after a Matt Jackson error as the spoils were shared.

You can usually bank on goals when Spurs play this season and the game proved symptomatic of a team that had scored 44 and conceded 45 goals going into the match.


Wigan took the lead after only two minutes when the visitors, who have kept only five clean sheets in the league during the current campaign, dithered in clearing a free-kick.

The ball pin-balled around a crowded penalty area and Heskey nodded in after some head tennis with fellow striker Henri Camara.

But the lead lasted less than two minutes as Berbatov received a Keane pass with his back to goal, danced into some space and fired in an early shot with the outside of his right-foot.

Wigan striker Emile Heskey (second left) is congratulated by Lee McCulloch (left), Henri Camara (second right) and Arjan De Zeeuw after his opening goal against Tottenham
Wigan's celebrations were tempered with frustration

The pace of the match was fast and furious, with Tottenham's slick passing and the direct game of Wigan proving to be an enthralling spectacle.

Both teams had close escapes before Wigan regained the lead when Baines steered in a shot from the left edge of the penalty area.

But Wigan have consistently failed to hold on to leads this season and this weakness was once more exposed.

Jermaine Jenas broke through on goal and, despite being pushed outside the area, referee Graham Poll awarded a penalty for the midfielder being caught by keeper John Filan.

Keane coolly tucked home the penalty before Wigan wasted a glorious chance just before the interval.

Paul Scharner's diving header was well saved by keeper Paul Robinson and Kilbane headed over with a gaping goal in front of him.

Kilbane atoned for his miss when he headed in from eight yards shortly after Denny Landzaat and Scharner had gone close for the home side early in the second half.

Wigan boss Paul Jewell was then left fuming when Jackson missed a long Spurs clearance and Keane caught Filan well out of his goal and volleyed over the keeper.

Ex-Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda almost stole the points for Spurs late on but Filan saved his angled shot as both sides had to settle for a point.

  • Wigan boss Paul Jewell:
    "They were all disappointing goals that we conceded but there are only four games to go, so I can't keep saying we've lost so many points from leads.

    "What we have to do is get more points than three other teams in this league. That's all I'm interested in.

    "We can analyse the season when we are finished but we are in the middle of a battle, so we'll take anything we can get and we've a point more than we had this time yesterday."

  • Tottenham manager Martin Jol:
    "It was a hell of a game, which is probably not what you want after four games in 10 days.

    "We could have made it easier on ourselves but not today. They were probably a bit fresher than us after we played on Thursday but we showed resilience. That is what we have done before.

    "We had lost one of our last eight before this and we did not want to lose today. Before the game we would not have settled for a point but after it you have to."

    Wigan: Filan, Boyce, Jackson (Skoko 73), De Zeeuw, Baines, McCulloch (Taylor 40), Landzaat, Scharner, Kilbane, Heskey (Folan 66), Camara.
    Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Aghahowa.

    Booked: Filan, De Zeeuw, Scharner.

    Goals: Heskey 2, Baines 30, Kilbane 60.

    Tottenham: Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, Rocha, Ifil, Tainio (Malbranque 65), Jenas, Zokora, Lennon (Defoe 75), Berbatov, Keane.
    Subs Not Used: Cerny, Ghaly, Charlie Lee.

    Goals: Berbatov 4, Keane 35 pen, 68.

    Att: 16,506

    Ref: G Poll (Hertfordshire).

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