Tottenham 0 Wigan 1: Boos at White Hart Lane as Spurs slump at home again
19:11 GMT, 3 November 2012
Tottenham fans vented their anger at Andre Villas-Boas as their side slumped to a shock defeat against strugglers Wigan at White Hart Lane.
Spurs had come in to today's game having won five of their last six Barclays Premier League matches, but they were desperately poor.
Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham
TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Walker (Carroll 79), Caulker, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Sandro (Sigurdsson 23), Defoe (Adebayor 57) Subs not used: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Falque
WIGAN: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, McCarthy, Watson, Maloney, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (Gomez 69) Subs not used: Pollitt, Stam, Lopez, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli
Goals: Watson 56
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The Londoners were lucky that Ben
Watson's strike was the only one they conceded after they put in a dire
display that caused an outcry of fury among the home support.
The home fans knew that with games
against Manchester City and Arsenal coming up, this was a perfect
opportunity to register three more valuable points after last weekend's
morale-boosting win over Southampton.
It was not surprising, therefore,
that they vented their anger at their team by booing them off at
half-time and at the final whistle.
The home support also turned against
Villas-Boas 10 minutes into the second half when he substituted Jermain
Defoe for Emmanuel Adebayor.
Loud boos rang out at White Hart Lane
and the home fans chanted the name of the England striker, who
sauntered off the pitch before going down the tunnel.
The Latics had gone six Barclays
Premier League games without a victory before their 2-1 win against the
Hammers last weekend, but they performed superbly.
While Tottenham struggled with the
basics, Roberto Martinez's men passed with finesse and purpose while
Arouna Kone was a constant menace for the away side.
It could have all been so different had Clint Dempsey taken an early chance after a mistake by Watson.
The former Crystal Palace midfielder
misplaced a simple pass, and Dempsey sneaked in behind the Wigan defence
only to shoot into the side netting.
The American then hit a crisp shot just wide of Ali Al-Habsi's goal, but Wigan soon began to take a grip on the game.
Shame no-one saw it: Wigan, who once lost 9-1 at White Hart Lane, bought a handful of fans
Al-Habsi was only called into action
once in the first half when Jan Vertonghen acrobatically volleyed
towards goal, but the Oman goalkeeper dived to his left to save.
The home supporters bellowed at their side, urging them forward, but it had little effect.
Shaun Maloney and Kone combined well
on the edge of the box, giving the Ivory Coast man some space on the
edge of the box but Friedel saved well to deny Wigan an opener.
Villas-Boas was then forced into an
early change when Sandro hobbled off with a muscle injury. Gylfi
Sigurdsson came on in his place.
Wigan continued to dominate against a Spurs side now devoid of their combative midfielder.
Kone slipped Maloney into the box to leave the Scot through on goal, but he fired straight at Friedel.
Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere
The home fans' angst grew as their
team failed to produce any chances. Indeed their only reason to cheer
came just before the end of the first period when news of Arsenal's 2-1
defeat at Manchester United flickered across the big screen at White
Boos rang out at the half-time whistle, but Villas-Boas did not make any changes at the break.
Dempsey was booked for childishly blocking a Wigan free-kick from one yard.
The home side's afternoon went from
bad to worse in the 56th minute when Friedel could only parry Maloney's
corner at the feet of Watson, who drove at goal from close range.
Friedel blocked the shot, but the ball had already crossed the line and the referee's assistant rightly awarded the goal.
Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough
The atmosphere then turned hostile a minute later when Villas-Boas withdrew Defoe and brought on Adebayor.
The home fans booed loudly when the
fourth official held his board aloft and chanted Defoe's name as he
sauntered off the pitch before disappearing down the tunnel, clearly
unhappy at being taken off.
The goal briefly brought Spurs to life, but they still lacked the cutting edge to test Al-Habsi.
Bale whipped a curling shot at the
Wigan stopper which he held well, and the Welshman then shouted for a
penalty but it was not given.
Villas-Boas brought on Tom Carroll
and shifted to a back three, which gave Tottenham more impetus going
forward but also left them open at the back.
Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan
James McCarthy blocked Dempsey's flick on the line as Spurs started to kick into gear, but Wigan held strong and hit back on dangerous counter-attacks.
Kone broke through the Spurs back line and squared the ball but no one was there to tap in.
A crucial block from William Gallas only prevented Jordi Gomez from making it 2-0 after some good work by Kone as Wigan threatened to kill the game off.
Maynor Figueroa then blasted a free-kick inches wide with six minutes to go as Tottenham watched the game slip away before their eyes.
Five minutes of injury time came and went without incident and Wigan held on comfortably to claim a shock win that was met with a cacophony of boos from the angry home support.