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
”It was complete domination in the first half and we could have
come in three or four ahead,” Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp
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
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.”