Wigan v Tottenham reaction

Adebayor was instrumental in his Tottenham side’s blistering start

to the Saturday’s Premier League game, setting up Rafael van der

Vaart’s third-minute opener before Gareth Bale headed the second

after 23 minutes. Adebayor continued hunting for a goal of his own

until the final whistle, despite Mohamed Diame reducing the deficit

for Wigan, who had Steve Gohouri sent off. Redknapp said of the

player he borrowed from Manchester City: “If he keeps going like

he’s going I’d love to keep him around. He’s been excellent so far.

But the wages will be the problem because he’s not cheap.” Redknapp

had expected his side’s stunning start to the game to fade, as

recent injuries caught up with a number of players, including the

recently returned Van der Vaart and Sandro. Redknapp added: “It was

complete domination in the first half and we could have come in

three or four ahead. I said the only way they’d get in the game is

if we did something stupid. “We gave a sloppy goal away trying to

play it in the box, got punished and it changed everything. Our

‘keeper didn’t have much to do, but it was still too close for

comfort in the end.” Redknapp revealed Jermain Defoe had been ruled

out on Saturday morning after falling ill at the team hotel, while

Benoit Assou-Ekotto was a late selection after recovering from a

virus. Redknapp said: “Jermain was ill overnight so we sent him

home. He had a temperature and was really ill. Benoit felt better

this morning and he came up today by car to meet us.” Wigan boss

Roberto Martinez said “soft goals” had cost his side, but hailed

the spirit shown by his side in the second half. Martinez said: “It

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

frustration was that the two goals were soft – but I couldn’t be

prouder of the second-half performance with 10 men. “We looked like

a team that could get something out of it and I’m disappointed we

didn’t get a result, but it was a fantastic reaction and the

players deserve credit. “It’s important that you regroup and have a

real reaction. If you’ve got real character you do that, if not you

fold and you concede four or five and allow the opposition to have

an easy afternoon. “I didn’t think that was the case in the second

half, we were really bright and stopped Spurs having the momentum.”