HR wants more of the same from Pav

BY foxsports • February 21, 2010

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."


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