HR wants more of the same from Pav

The Russian, who had looked set to return to his homeland with

Lokomotiv Moscow last month, struck twice late on in Tottenham’s

3-0 victory against Wigan. With Jermain Defoe also on target, Spurs

moved up to fourth place in the table and into a Champions League

spot. On Pavlyuchenko, Redknapp told Sky Sports: “They (the fans)

love him. He has got ability and, when he wants to play and wants

to work, he’s great. “It was a great performance from us today. I

was really pleased with the attitude we showed.” Defoe made the

breakthrough in the 27th minute with his 22nd goal of the season –

he had scored five against Wigan earlier in the campaign in the 9-1

rout. However, he looked to be in an offside position at the back

post when Gareth Bale played the ball across. Redknapp joked: “I

won’t sleep tonight,” before adding: “It doesn’t bother me at all.

Sometime you get them, sometimes you don’t.” Tottenham struggled to

extend their lead until Pavlyuchenko was introduced for Defoe in

the second half. He opened his account in the 85th minute after

substitute Luka Modric, who had earlier hit a post, supplied the

opening. Pavlyuchenko then completed the job in stoppage time when

he found a way past goalkeeper Chris Kirkland at the second

attempt. With Manchester City and Liverpool finishing all square,

Tottenham took advantage to register only their second win in seven

league games. The only disappointing note for the visitors was the

loss of Ledley King to injury in the second half. “Ledley looks

like he’s torn a muscle,” said Redknapp. Wigan manager Roberto

Martinez rounded on referee Alan Wiley and claimed Defoe’s goal was

offside. The Spaniard also felt Defoe should have been red-carded

for a challenge on Gary Caldwell, while he claimed Tom Huddlestone

should also have been given his marching orders. Martinez said: “We

knew the first goal was going to be paramount today. It should have

been disallowed. “It is hard to explain. He is one and half yards

offside and the linesman has no one in his vision. A goal then

changes the game. “Defoe and Huddlestone did enough to be sent off.

The challenges are very straightforward. Defoe has both feet off

the ground and it is clearly a red card.” Huddlestone had earlier

been booked for tugging at Charles N’Zogbia before tussling with

James McCarthy. Martinez added: “Huddlestone has already been

booked for one challenge and the next one is also worthy of another

yellow. “I do not like to be critical of the referee but it is hard

to explain his performance today.”