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Wigan   0 - 3   Tottenham

Roman Pavlyuchenko
Pavlyuchenko clips home Tottenham's second 10 minutes after his introduction

By Sam Lyon

Tottenham's want-away frontman Roman Pavlyuchenko climbed off the bench to secure a hard-fought win over Wigan and lift his side back into fourth spot.

The Russian, reportedly denied a move back to his homeland only this week, scored two in 10 minutes.

The first was a neat finish from Luka Modric's pass and his second came in stoppage time from the angle.

It added to Jermain Defoe's first-half tap-in, though he looked offside, as relegation-threatened Wigan fell away.

The Latics remain just two points off the drop zone as a result of the defeat, and on this showing will need a turnaround in both form and fortune if they are to retain their top-flight status.

For Tottenham, though, this was a welcome three points - only their second win of 2010 - and they had Pavlyuchenko's cameo to thank for settling the match after a series a missed opportunities earlier in the encounter.

Redknapp hails 'top class' Pavlyuchenko

It will be interesting to see whether Harry Redknapp now gives the Russian a run in the side in place of Peter Crouch, who is without a goal in seven matches.

But either way, it would appear that Pavlyuchenko has the full support of the Tottenham fans, who cheered his every touch from the terraces.

Few could argue with the result, earned by the visitors on a pitch barely worthy of the name, the recent wet weather only serving to further tear at the uneven surface.

That helped contribute to a distinct lack of quality passing and movement for much of the game, though with neither side going through their best form of the season perhaps the pitch could not be blamed entirely.

As it was, the first half was made memorable almost solely for Defoe's controversial opener.

The striker was clearly a yard offside when he tapped in Bale's pin-point centre, but the flag stayed down and the goal stood.

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It overshadowed a fine move, built on an excellent advantage played by referee Alan Wiley after a foul on David Bentley, with Crouch and Niko Kranjcar combining to feed Bale's excellent run down the left.

And despite the controversial nature of the strike, it was probably just what the visitors had deserved after shading the opening 45 minutes.

Still, Wigan had the odd half-chance, and Hugo Rodallega brought a fingertip save out of Heurelho Gomes from 20 yards out after exchanging passes with Marcelo Moreno on the edge of the penalty area.

There were also arguments that Defoe was perhaps lucky to still be on the field to notch the opener after a frustrated lunge at Gary Caldwell 20 minutes in. Certainly, on second view, it looked a very nasty challenge.

He escaped punishment, though, and was by far Tottenham's biggest threat until his substitution 73 minutes in.

Twice he stung the palms of home keeper Chris Kirkland in the second half, first after collecting Kranjcar's pass, stepping around Scharner and firing goalwards from 18 yards, and then with a turn and left-footed shot.

At the other end, the introduction of Victor Moses reinvigorated Wigan, the signing from Crystal Palace forcing a comfortable save from range before playing his part in a move that ended with Charles N'Zogbia curling high and wide.

But the best chances were still falling to Spurs, who began to control proceedings in the closing stages.

Crouch, set clear on goal by substitute Modric, wasted an excellent chance as his tame effort was saved by the sprawling Kirkland one-on-one, while only the woodwork kept Modric's sublime volley from extending Spurs' advantage.

As it was it fell to Pavlyuchenko, brought on for Defoe, to add the finishing touches to the visitors' build-up play.

Martinez frustrated by 'terrible call'

His first was a fine clipped finish after fine work from the excellent Modric, and the second an opportunist strike from near the byline after Emmerson Boyce had failed to clear from his original saved header.

Those goals proved enough to add to Wigan's relegation fears, and while the 3-0 result did not touch Tottenham's 9-1 home win over the Latics of earlier in the season, the 12-goal winning advantage did mark the biggest margin over two matches in Premier League history.


Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: "I am left with a huge feeling of frustration. We had to climb a mountain after conceding that first goal, which was a terrible decision from the linesman as it was clearly offside.

"I cannot explain it, there was no-one in the linesman's vision and it is hard to understand how it went against us. It was a key moment in the game.

"I felt a few decision went against us. Jermain Defoe was fortunate to stay on the pitch after a couple of incidents.

"I think from small decisions to big decisions, the referee made the game impossible for us."

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"Pavlyuchenko's trained well this week. He's worked hard and showed a great attitude.

"I've always said he has got great ability. When he wants to work and give everything, he's a top quality player.

"I felt we dominated play and were the better team today."

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 0-3 Tottenham FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Defoe 27
    • Pavlyuchenko 84
    • Pavlyuchenko 90+3

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    Tottenham

    Substitutes

    Ref: WileyAtt: 16,165
    WIGAN
    TOTTENHAM

    Possession

    • Wigan 46%
    • Tottenham 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Wigan 7
    • Tottenham 12

    Attempts off target

    • Wigan 1
    • Tottenham 1

    Corners

    • Wigan 3
    • Tottenham 2

    Fouls

    • Wigan 17
    • Tottenham 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:36 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+4:08 Scott Sinclair crosses the ball.
    • 90:00+2:03 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoWigan 0 - 3 Tottenham Roman Pavlyuchenko scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-3 Tottenham.
    • 90:00+1:29 Tom Huddlestone sends in a cross, Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 90:00+1:29 Booking Maynor Figueroa booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+1:21 Maynor Figueroa challenges David Bentley unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 90:00+0:10 Unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Tom Huddlestone results in a free kick. Chris Kirkland takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:11 Mario Melchiot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roman Pavlyuchenko. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:54 The assist for the goal came from Luka Modric.
    • 83:54 GOAL - Roman PavlyuchenkoWigan 0 - 2 Tottenham A goal is scored by Roman Pavlyuchenko from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 0-2 Tottenham.
    • 82:39 Luka Modric takes a shot from a just insdie the area and hits the post.
    • 80:36 James McCarthy takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 79:49 Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Charles N'Zogbia results in a free kick. Gareth Bale takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:28 Maynor Figueroa fouled by Wilson Palacios, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 77:13 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 75:36 Substitution Scott Sinclair joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcelo Moreno.
    • 74:45 David Bentley takes the free kick.
    • 74:45 Booking The referee shows James McCarthy a yellow card.
    • 74:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by James McCarthy on David Bentley.
    • 72:37 Substitution Jermain Defoe leaves the field to be replaced by Roman Pavlyuchenko.
    • 71:26 Booking The referee books Tom Huddlestone for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:06 The ball is swung over by Luka Modric, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
    • 69:29 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 68:11 Direct free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 68:11 Substitution Luka Modric on for Niko Kranjcar.
    • 68:11 Niko Kranjcar fouled by Charles N'Zogbia, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 68:04 Centre by James McCarthy, save made by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 67:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Melchiot by Niko Kranjcar. Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Vedran Corluka makes a clearance.
    • 65:54 Effort on goal by Charles N'Zogbia from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 64:36 Tom Huddlestone takes the free kick.
    • 64:36 Booking The referee cautions Mohamed Diame for unsporting behaviour.
    • 64:32 Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Niko Kranjcar.
    • 63:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Melchiot by Niko Kranjcar. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
    • 61:08 The ball is sent over by Vedran Corluka, clearance by Mohamed Diame.
    • 60:47 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 59:10 Centre by Marcelo Moreno, blocked by Sebastien Bassong. Charles N'Zogbia takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
    • 58:03 Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 56:17 Centre by Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 55:18 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Victor Moses coming on for Hendry Thomas.
    • 55:04 Vedran Corluka crosses the ball, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:01 Tom Huddlestone handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
    • 53:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mario Melchiot on Niko Kranjcar. Heurelho Gomes takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:10 The ball is delivered by Hugo Rodallega, blocked by Sebastien Bassong.
    • 52:28 Marcelo Moreno is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes takes the free kick.
    • 50:49 Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 50:49 Substitution Sebastien Bassong replaces Ledley King.
    • 50:49 Booking Michael Dawson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 50:40 Foul by Michael Dawson on Hugo Rodallega, free kick awarded.
    • 49:25 David Bentley fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Vedran Corluka restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:31 Gareth Bale challenges Charles N'Zogbia unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 46:52 Foul by James McCarthy on David Bentley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tom Huddlestone. Vedran Corluka produces a cross, Hendry Thomas manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:43 The ball is swung over by David Bentley, Mohamed Diame gets a block in. Corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line, Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:12 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+1:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Gary Caldwell. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:24 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Heurelho Gomes makes a save.
    • 43:31 A cross is delivered by Jermain Defoe, blocked by Maynor Figueroa.
    • 43:06 Hugo Rodallega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Bentley. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
    • 40:23 Foul by Hendry Thomas on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:18 Charles N'Zogbia has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Ledley King.
    • 39:18 Booking Jermain Defoe is booked.
    • 38:04 Foul by Gareth Bale on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded.
    • 36:40 Paul Scharner takes the direct free kick.
    • 36:40 Booking David Bentley is given a yellow card.
    • 36:33 David Bentley concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa.
    • 35:39 A cross is delivered by Mohamed Diame.
    • 35:05 Maynor Figueroa delivers the ball.
    • 33:59 Michael Dawson fouled by Marcelo Moreno, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 33:05 Corner taken by James McCarthy from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 32:57 Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Ledley King gets a block in.
    • 31:59 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
    • 31:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Huddlestone by Mohamed Diame. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:37 A cross is delivered by Jermain Defoe, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.
    • 29:16 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gareth Bale, Mario Melchiot fouled by Peter Crouch, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 28:12 James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bentley. Michael Dawson takes the free kick. Hugo Rodallega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vedran Corluka. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gareth Bale, clearance by Marcelo Moreno.
    • 26:47 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale,
    • 26:44 Assist on the goal came from Gareth Bale.
    • 26:44 GOAL - Jermain DefoeWigan 0 - 1 Tottenham Jermain Defoe finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Tottenham.
    • 26:16 The ball is delivered by Jermain Defoe, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • 23:56 Effort on goal by Mohamed Diame from 20 yards. Blocked by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 21:19 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Heurelho Gomes. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line, save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 19:30 Foul by Peter Crouch on Mario Melchiot, free kick awarded. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:12 Hugo Rodallega is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Heurelho Gomes takes the indirect free kick.
    • 17:38 David Bentley takes a shot. Save by Heurelho Gomes.
    • 14:52 David Bentley takes a shot. Save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 13:18 Jermain Defoe fouled by Hendry Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Huddlestone takes the direct free kick. Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scharner.
    • 12:00 Tom Huddlestone fouled by Hendry Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth Bale restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:45 Wilson Palacios challenges Hugo Rodallega unfairly and gives away a free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes the direct free kick.
    • 6:28 Ledley King challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia from right wing.
    • 5:21 Jermain Defoe is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 21 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 27 41 61
    2 Man Utd 27 39 57
    3 Arsenal 27 33 55
    4 Tottenham 27 22 46
    5 Man City 26 15 46
    6 Liverpool 27 16 45
    7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
    8 Everton 26 1 38
    9 Fulham 27 3 37
    10 Birmingham 26 -3 37
    11 Stoke 26 -3 34
    12 Blackburn 27 -14 34
    13 West Ham 26 -5 27
    14 Sunderland 26 -12 26
    15 Wigan 26 -26 25
    16 Wolves 26 -23 24
    17 Hull 27 -29 24
    18 Bolton 26 -20 23
    19 Burnley 26 -28 23
    20 Portsmouth 26 -23 16

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