Spurs beat 10-man Wigan 2-1 in Premier League

Early goals by Netherlands playmaker Rafael van der Vaart and

Wales winger Gareth Bale clinched Tottenham a 2-1 win over 10-man

Wigan on Saturday and a third straight victory for Harry Redknapp’s

team in the Premier League.

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor capitalized on woeful defending

by Maynor Figueroa to set up Van der Vaart for the opener in the

third minute, before Bale glanced home Luka Modric’s corner 20

minutes later.

”It was complete domination in the first half and we could have

come in three or four ahead,” Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp

said.

Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame blasted a low finish into the

bottom corner in the 50th to bring Wigan back into the game, but

Steve Gohouri’s 63rd-minute sending off for a second bookable

offense hampered the hosts’ chances of an equalizer.

”It doesn’t matter how well Spurs played in the first half, the

frustration was that the two goals were soft,” Wigan manager

Roberto Martinez said. ”But I couldn’t be prouder of the

second-half performance with 10 men.”

Tottenham has turned its campaign around after beginning with

back-to-back defeats and it has much to do with the signings of

Adebayor and holding midfielder Scott Parker on transfer deadline

day.

Adebayor, signed on loan from Manchester City for the rest of

the season, scored three times in his first two games for Spurs and

was impressive again at the DW Stadium.

The former Togo international missed two decent chances to

increase Spurs’ margin of victory but Redknapp was still full of

praise for Adebayor.

”If he keeps going like he’s going I’d love to keep him around.

He’s been excellent so far,” Redknapp said. ”But the wages will

be the problem because he’s not cheap.”