A last-minute own goal by Emmerson Boyce denied Wigan what would have been a crucial victory over Spurs and left their survival hopes in the balance.

Wigan had been within a minute of a first league win since March when Boyce deflected beyond his own goalkeeper.

Spurs had taken an early lead through Gareth Bale, only for Boyce to head Wigan level within two minutes.

Wigan fight on

  • There were 104 seconds between Tottenham's opener at Wigan and Emmerson Boyce's equaliser.
  • Wigan have conceded the first goal in 22 of their 34 Premier League games

Callum McManaman's stunning strike had put Wigan on course for victory before Boyce's late own goal.

This was a result that did little for either side. Wigan remain in the relegation zone two points behind Aston Villa, who play Sunderland on Monday, while Tottenham missed the chance to move above Chelsea and remain in fifth place.

In their 300th Premier League fixture, Wigan did much to dismiss the growing sense that this season may be one relegation battle too far with a performance that owed more to perspiration than inspiration, but in the end Roberto Martinez saw a vital two points slip away to leave his side facing a desperate battle with four matches left.

Martinez believes three victories in the final four matches - against West Brom, Swansea, Arsenal and Aston Villa - may be needed to ensure Wigan will not repeat Middlesbrough's feat in 1996-97 of reaching an FA Cup Final and going down in the same season. It remains to be seen how costly the two points dropped today will be.

Wigan were magnificent - Martinez

Wigan had never beaten Spurs twice in a season and after nine minutes it appeared that would again be the case as they made the worst possible start. Maynor Figueroa, making his 200th appearance for Wigan, hesitated as he exchanged passes with goalkeeper Joel Robles.

Bale immediately spotted his opportunity and closed down the Wigan goalkeeper, whose lacklustre clearance deflected into the net off the Welshman's outstretched right leg.

But within two minutes Wigan had struck back as defender Boyce rose above Jan Vertonghen to thump a header beyond Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Shaun Maloney's corner.

It was the response the Latics had needed. Wigan battled, tackled and denied their more celebrated rivals space as Spurs struggled to find their rhythm. Kyle Walker was a constant source of danger down the Spurs right, as was Bale, but Wigan's work-rate was admirable, their players doubling up on Spurs' main threats.

Jermain Defoe did, however, find space. The England striker went close after a mazy run, only to be denied by some last-ditch Wigan defending while Bale headed narrowly over the crossbar from Kyle Naughton's pin-point cross. Tom Huddlestone had earlier struck the outside of the post with a clever free-kick from a narrow angle.

Villas-Boas glad to salvage draw

But Wigan recovered their poise to produce some typically eloquent attacking moves at the start of the second half. It was from one such break that they snatched the lead, as McManaman cut in from the right before unleashing an unerring left-foot strike that fizzed beyond Lloris and into the roof of the net.

The goal rocked Spurs. Bale was struggling to escape the attentions of Wigan's dogged defenders, as was Clint Dempsey and Defoe.

Wigan, on the other hand, kept creating chances. Arouna Kone might have done better when well-placed twice in the dying minutes, while Jordi Gomez was fortunate to escape punishment after his boot connected with Lewis Holtby's head. But Spurs kept coming, winning a controversial free kick as Walker and Jean Beausejour tangled on the right of the penalty area.

Huddlestone's low cross caused panic in the Wigan defence, Bale swung a boot but the ball flicked off Boyce's shin and into the net. Defoe, Bale and Clint Dempsey all went close in the dying minutes but in the end neither side went away happy.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez:

"It is another point. First and foremost we were playing against an outstanding side, who are fighting to get into a Champions League place. When you think of that you must see it as a point gained, I thought we were magnificent throughout. The equaliser is what disappoints me.

It is not a free-kick in the first place, when you are [towards the bottom of] the table it seems you attract the ball to be in the back of the net sometimes but those are the small margins that sometimes affect the results. But I couldn't be happier and prouder."

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas:

"We did ever so well in the first half, 10 shots against their two. The problem is that when we came back on after half-time we thought we were in control and Wigan scored almost straight away and that really shook our confidence. It seemed to be against the run of play. But it is good to salvage a point, hopefully it can turn out to be an important point."

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 2-2 Tottenham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Boyce 11
  • McManaman 49
  • Bale 9
  • Boyce (og) 90

Wigan

Substitutes

Tottenham

Substitutes

Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 22,326
WIGAN
TOTTENHAM

Possession

  • Wigan 59%
  • Tottenham 41%

Attempts on target

  • Wigan 4
  • Tottenham 7

Attempts off target

  • Wigan 2
  • Tottenham 7

Corners

  • Wigan 3
  • Tottenham 3

Fouls

  • Wigan 12
  • Tottenham 10
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+5:21 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • Full Time
  • Correction - 90:00+5:08 Tom Huddlestone takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.
  • 90:00+5:08 Shot by Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Paul Scharner (Wigan).
  • 90:00+5:08 Shot by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Paul Scharner (Wigan).
  • 90:00+4:01 Free kick taken right-footed by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+4:01 Booking Paul Scharner (Wigan) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+3:55 Foul by Paul Scharner (Wigan) on Jermain Defoe (Tottenham).
  • 90:00+3:21 Attacking throw-in by Franco Di Santo (Wigan).
  • 90:00+2:52 Goal kick taken long by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 90:00+2:45 Cross by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 90:00+1:54 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 90:00+1:49 Cross by Franco Di Santo (Wigan), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 89:06 Assist by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from centre of penalty area.Foul by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) on Jean Beausejour (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 89:06 GOAL - Emmerson BoyceWigan 2 - 2 Tottenham Own goal by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan) right-footed (low centre of goal) from own half (6 yards).Wigan 2-2 Tottenham.
  • 87:56 Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) on Kyle Walker (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 87:20 Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by James McCarthy (Wigan).
  • 84:09 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
  • 83:33 Booking Franco Di Santo (Wigan) booked for dissent.
  • 83:06 Shot by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) curled right-footed from left channel (18 yards), missed right.
  • 81:55 Free kick taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) from left channel, passed.
  • 81:55 Booking Michael Dawson (Tottenham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 81:48 Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) on Arouna Kone (Wigan).
  • 80:55 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 80:36 Shot by Arouna Kone (Wigan) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), save (with feet) by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 79:47 Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham) on Roger Espinoza (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 78:33 Free kick taken right-footed by Joel Robles (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 78:33 Substitution Wigan substitution: Jordi Gomez replaced by Roger Espinoza (tactical).
  • 78:21 Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) on Jordi Gomez (Wigan).
  • 77:59 Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 76:46 Foul by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) on Arouna Kone (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Joel Robles (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 76:36 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 76:03 Attacking throw-in by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham).
  • 75:28 Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 74:34 Shot by Arouna Kone (Wigan) volleyed right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 74:10 Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
  • 73:33 Goal kick taken short by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 72:38 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
  • 72:38 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Scott Parker replaced by Aaron Lennon (tactical).
  • 68:57 Attacking throw-in by Michael Dawson (Tottenham).
  • 67:31 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
  • 66:16 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
  • 65:57 Defending throw-in by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham).
  • 65:31 Handball by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham). Free kick taken left-footed by Paul Scharner (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 64:31 Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham) on Franco Di Santo (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by James McCarthy (Wigan) from right wing, passed.
  • 63:02 Free kick taken right-footed by Joel Robles (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 63:02 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Kyle Naughton replaced by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (tactical).
  • 62:40 Substitution Wigan substitution: Callum McManaman replaced by Franco Di Santo (tactical).
  • 62:32 Kyle Walker (Tottenham) caught offside.
  • 60:47 Weak shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Paul Scharner (Wigan).
  • 60:11 Attacking throw-in by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
  • 59:36 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to far post, clearance by Arouna Kone (Wigan).
  • 58:49 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 57:12 Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 56:56 Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 56:12 Defending throw-in by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).
  • 55:21 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 54:57 Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Joel Robles (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 54:04 Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan) on Scott Parker (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Parker (Tottenham) from left channel, passed.
  • 53:19 Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 51:47 Foul by Arouna Kone (Wigan) on Michael Dawson (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from right wing, passed.
  • 49:42 Foul by Ronnie Stam (Wigan) on Jermain Defoe (Tottenham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) from left wing, clearance by Paul Scharner (Wigan).
  • 48:06 Assist (pass) by James McCarthy (Wigan) from right channel.
  • 48:06 GOAL - Callum McManamanWigan 2 - 1 Tottenham Goal by Callum McManaman (Wigan) drilled left-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Wigan 2-1 Tottenham.
  • 47:50 Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 47:38 Attacking throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 47:26 Cross by Ronnie Stam (Wigan), save (parried) by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 46:24 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 46:14 Foul by Arouna Kone (Wigan) on Michael Dawson (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
  • 45:49 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
  • 45:12 Handball by Arouna Kone (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • 45:00+3:07 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:24 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to centre, save (punched) by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 45:00+0:58 Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 45:00+0:12 Foul by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) on Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham).
  • 44:55 Free kick taken right-footed by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
  • 44:55 Booking Jordi Gomez (Wigan) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 44:01 Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 43:56 Goal kick taken long by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 43:41 Header by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 42:51 Attacking throw-in by Scott Parker (Tottenham).
  • 42:22 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 41:51 Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 40:28 Substitution Tottenham substitution: Mousa Dembele replaced by Lewis Holtby (injury).
  • 40:07 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 39:52 Foul by Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) on Shaun Maloney (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ronnie Stam (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 39:03 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) to centre, clearance by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 38:34 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) to near post, clearance by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham).
  • 37:52 Foul by Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) on Jean Beausejour (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 37:01 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
  • 36:51 Cross by Kyle Walker (Tottenham), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 36:17 Attacking throw-in by Gareth Bale (Tottenham).
  • 35:18 Jermain Defoe (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Joel Robles (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 34:55 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 34:27 Substitution Wigan substitution: Maynor Figueroa replaced by Ronnie Stam (injury).
  • 34:09 Shot by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham) right-footed from left wing (20 yards), blocked by James McArthur (Wigan).
  • 33:28 Goal kick taken short by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 30:46 Shot by Scott Parker (Tottenham) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 29:40 Goal kick taken long by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 29:02 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) to centre, save (punched) by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 28:45 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 27:34 Defending throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 26:55 Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by James McCarthy (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 26:05 Shaun Maloney (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
  • 25:19 Foul by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) on Shaun Maloney (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 24:41 Foul by Arouna Kone (Wigan) on Michael Dawson (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from own half, passed.
  • 24:32 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 24:02 Shot by Arouna Kone (Wigan) curled right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 23:13 Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Joel Robles (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 22:17 Foul by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) on Arouna Kone (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) from left wing, passed.
  • 21:53 Goal kick taken long by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 21:33 Shot by Scott Parker (Tottenham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.
  • 20:56 Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 19:34 Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
  • 18:44 Attacking throw-in by Shaun Maloney (Wigan).
  • 17:14 Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) on Gareth Bale (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from right wing, resulting in open play.
  • 16:17 Goal kick taken long by Hugo Lloris (Tottenham).
  • 15:47 Attacking throw-in by Jordi Gomez (Wigan).
  • 15:01 Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 14:23 Goal kick taken long by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 14:01 Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham).
  • 13:05 Shot by Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) left-footed from left channel (12 yards), save (caught) by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 11:17 Shot by Clint Dempsey (Tottenham) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed left.
  • 11:11 Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 10:03 Assist by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) from right by-line.
  • 10:03 GOAL - Emmerson BoyceWigan 1 - 1 Tottenham headed goal by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan) (top-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Wigan 1-1 Tottenham.
  • 9:44 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Wigan) to centre,
  • 8:19 GOAL - Gareth BaleWigan 0 - 1 Tottenham Goal by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) right-footed (top-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Wigan 0-1 Tottenham.
  • 7:10 Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
  • 6:33 Goal kick taken long by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 5:50 Shot by Kyle Walker (Tottenham) volleyed left-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 5:07 Shot by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) right-footed from right by-line (12 yards),
  • 4:03 Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan) on Kyle Walker (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) from right by-line, resulting in open play.
  • 2:41 Defending throw-in by Jean Beausejour (Wigan).
  • 2:29 Foul by Jordi Gomez (Wigan) on Scott Parker (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Michael Dawson (Tottenham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 2:06 Goal kick taken long by Joel Robles (Wigan).
  • 1:49 Header by Gareth Bale (Tottenham) from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.
  • 1:21 Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan) on Gareth Bale (Tottenham). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 0:35 Attacking throw-in by Kyle Walker (Tottenham).
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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