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John Obi Mikel says David Luiz should play in defence for Chelsea

Luiz should play at the back! Mikel not convinced about Rafa's experiment

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UPDATED:

01:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

Although most people were impressed with David Luiz's attempt to play in defensive midfield as Chelsea beat Monterrey, John Obi Mikel wasn't so sure.

He was not expecting to be playing alongside the Brazilian centre-back but after Rafa Benitez sprung the surprise he was not stunned to see Luiz rampaging forward from the start.

Interesting: David Luiz played in a swashbuckling fashion from defensive midfield

Interesting: David Luiz played in a swashbuckling fashion from defensive midfield

'It was a bit of a shock to see David lining up there,' said Mikel as reported in the Guardian.

'I said to him as we got on to the pitch: “Where shall I play”

'He said he'd play the holding role and that I should go forward. I said OK but, when the game started, I looked up and he was already up their end of the pitch.'

Mikel did not think playing Luiz out of position should be a regular occurrence.

'David is a great player, but I don't know if this is going to be a long-term thing,' said the Nigerian.

'I think he needs to play at the back.

'It was a good performance from him – he kept the ball well and played it well – but when it's not your normal position you sometimes lose something.

Mixed review: Mikel said Luiz was a great player but also thought he should revert to his defensive role

Mixed review: Mikel said Luiz was a great player but also thought he should revert to his defensive role

'He is a great player and a strong character who can only get better for this club. He keeps going and doing his thing. Fair play to him.'

Both players have come in for criticism – Luiz because he plays with too much flair and attacking intent for a defender – and Mikel because fans complain he does not contribute enough going forward.

Under Roberto Di Matteo Mikel flourished – perhaps turning in his best performance for the club in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Benitez is less keen on the midfielder and has played Spaniard Oriol Romeu in his stead recently.

But the former Barcelona player picked up a serious knee injury against Sunderland last Saturday and is out for several months while it is treated.

Bradford"s Phil Parkinson gets one over former employers Arsenal

From Arsenal scout to taking the Gunners' scalp! Parkinson was part of Wenger's team before inspiring Bradford cup shock

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 12 December 2012

Bradford manager Phil Parkinson showed little gratitude to his former club Arsenal in dumping them out of the Carling Cup last night.

Sportsmail revealed in April 2011 how the 45-year-old had taken up a role as a northern-based scout for the Gunners.

Happy man: Phil Parkinson

Dejected: Arsene Wenger

Mixed emotions: Bradford boss Phil Parkinson is all smiles after his cup scalp as Arsene Wenger looks dejected after the shock defeat

Parkinson is highly thought of within coaching circles having attended various courses and seminars across the country on his way to completing the UEFA B badge in 2005.

That, together with his good relationship with Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley, saw Parkinson join Arsenal's scouting set up after he was sacked as Charlton boss in January 2011.

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Famous win: The Bradford players run towards goalkeeper Matt Duke as they celebrate their win

Not that his time spent at the Emirates Stadium mattered one iota last night as he masterminded a euphoric penalty shoot-out win over his ex-employers to pile the pressure on Arsene Wenger.

Rugby World Cup 2015: England dismiss Wales offer to host showdown

England dismiss cheeky Wales offer to host World Cup showdown

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UPDATED:

14:34 GMT, 4 December 2012

Rugby Football Union chief executive
Ian Ritchie has rejected the proposal that England's crunch 2015 Rugby
World Cup pool match against Wales should be played in Cardiff.

England are the host nation of the
tournament but the RFU's bid included the prospect of the Millennium
Stadium being used for up to eight matches, including two
quarter-finals.

Cheeky: Wales want to host England at the Milennium Stadium

Cheeky: Wales offered to play England at the Millennium Stadium

England and Wales were drawn together alongside Australia in the World Cup's pool of death, with the likelihood of them being joined by Fiji as Oceania qualifiers.

Immediately after the draw, Welsh Rugby Union boss Roger Lewis suggested Wales should play England at the Millennium Stadium because 'it is the finest rugby stadium in the world'.

Ritchie's response to the WRU was a polite thank you but no thank you – and that is the message he will take to the board of England Rugby 2015, who will make the final decision on venues.

'We have a very nice home of our own and I would hope very much we would contemplate playing the match here,' said Ritchie, who is overseeing a 76million upgrade of Twickenham stadium.

'With our modest little stadium here at
Twickenham, with the further investment we might be able to make it into
a decent spot to play rugby.

'We equally believe we are very good hosts here and that we could hold a
decent game here and would very much want to do that. Shock, horror and
astonishment that I would suggest that!

'We will not get a better opportunity to inspire people to play rugby, be volunteers and participate in rugby.

'We are putting the building blocks in place to make sure we can take the most advantage of having the World Cup.'

Home: England will be determined to host the match at Twickenham

Home: England will host the match at Twickenham

England coach Stuart Lancaster is
convinced home advantage could make a decisive difference at the World
Cup and he wants to be at Twickenham, where his team were roared on to a
record 38-21 victory over world champions New Zealand on Saturday.

'Clearly from our point of view Twickenham would be our preferred venue,' Lancaster said after the draw was made.

'Before the All Blacks game I was asked about the haka and said that we'd respect it as a cultural ritual but it was also true we had 82,000 people behind us.

'We certainly felt that in the stands and I am sure (captain) Chris (Robshaw) and the boys felt it on the pitch. It was an unbelievable atmosphere. It was a special day.

'What home advantage did for the Olympians is a great example of how it inspires people to an extra five or 10 per cent and sometimes at this level that's what's needed.

'It's massive for England to have the World Cup here. For the game in general, so many people who will benefit from the tournament which will last way beyond 2015.'

Australia are the top seeds in the group with England in the second tier and Wales slipped into the third band after last weekend's 14-12 defeat to the Wallabies.

Lancaster's plan is to turn those seedings upside down by using victory over the All Blacks as a launchpad to propel England into the top two in the world by 2015.

'Our self-belief has grown, but it has to continue to grow to a point where we are consistent,' he said.

'We want to improve our rankings so that we're a top two side by the time the World Cup comes around.

'If we get to that point, we'll know we've got the consistency and inner belief to get across the line.'

Dutch linesman beaten to death after shocking attack

Dutch linesman beaten to death after shocking attack during youth game

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19:01 GMT, 3 December 2012

A Dutch linesman has died after being beaten and kicked by several footballers during a youth game.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen collapsed and was rushed to the hospital hours after players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten punched and kicked him.

Nieuwenhuizen's club, Buitenboys, said the 41-year-old linesman died Monday evening but did not announce the exact cause of death.

Shock: A Dutch linesman was attacked by youths (stock image)

Shock: A Dutch linesman was attacked by youths (stock image)

Three players, aged 15 and 16, were arrested earlier today for alleged involvement in the beating on Sunday in the town of Almere.

Dutch Sports Minister Edith Schippers told national broadcaster NOS even before the news of Nieuwenhuizen's death that 'it is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field.'

Police spokeswoman Leonie Bosselaar said shortly before the linesman's death was announced that the players were still in custody and investigations were continuing. She added that police would not rule out arresting more suspects.

Nieuw Sloten said in a statement on its website it has banned the players involved and pulled their team out of the league.

The statement said such incidents 'do not belong on a football field.'
Both clubs canceled all training scheduled for today.

Ajax manager Frank De Boer said: 'I'm not aggressive so cannot imagine how such a thing could happen. It makes you wonder about their education. This is too crazy.'

Arsene Wenger hints at leaving Arsenal as fans protest

Is Wenger ready to quit Under-fire Arsenal boss hints at end of season exit after fans protest during shock loss against Swansea

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11:05 GMT, 2 December 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he may consider his future at the end of the season after his misfiring team slumped to another defeat and he had to endure a torrent of abuse from fans.

The 2-0 home defeat by Swansea City made it the club's worst start to a Premier League season under Wenger – and it followed an angry protest by fans against what they claimed was the 'greed' of the Arsenal board.

Wenger, criticised in some quarters for Arsenal's seven years without a major trophy, has never even hinted that he might be close to quitting the club he loves.

Making their point: Arsenal fans march prior to the game

Making their point: Arsenal fans march prior to the game

Not flagging: Supporters make their feelings known to the board

Not flagging: Supporters make their feelings known to the board

New motto: These fans held placards suggesting profit had taken precedence over points at Arsenal

New motto: These fans held placards suggesting profit had taken precedence over points at Arsenal

March: Arsenal fans make their way towards the Emirates behind a banner saying 'Let's kick greed out of football'

March: Arsenal fans make their way towards the Emirates behind a banner saying 'Let's kick greed out of football'

But after this defeat, asked whether it was crossing his mind to resign, Wenger replied: 'Not at all. You make your assessment at the end of the season. I know we've got unrest everywhere. It's a good opportunity to stick together and show we're a strong club.'

Although Wenger was clearly keen to dispel any thoughts that he might walk away in mid-season, his remarks were being interpreted as a clear indication that he will give his future careful thought when the last ball of the season has been kicked. And if he has not managed to turn Arsenal's season around, he may be ready to end his remarkable era in North London.

Asked if it hurt that a once-glorious club were languishing in 10th place, Wenger said: 'Of course. But I'm not as worried about the places. We need to get the quality of our game back.'

But Arsenal fans vented their fury at Wenger and he admitted: 'I can understand that.'

Not good enough: Arsene Wennger saw his side slump to a home defeat

Not good enough: Arsene Wennger saw his side slump to a home defeat

Magic Michu: Swansea's Miguel Michu celebrates after scoring against Arsenal

Magic Michu: Swansea's Miguel Michu celebrates after scoring against Arsenal

Oh dear: Santi Cazorla (left) and Mikel Arteta look defeated after the defeat left them in 10th in the Premier League

Oh dear: Santi Cazorla (left) and Mikel Arteta look defeated after the defeat left them in 10th in the Premier League

Arsenal have collected just 21 points from 15 games and only the 1994-95 season was worse for them since the Premier League began.

Asked if he needed new players, Wenger said: 'It's difficult to comment straight after a defeat like that but I can't say No. I believe the board are there for us to spend the money if we can find the players.'

But if Wenger's faith in the board is not rewarded with cash for players in January, and the club fail to qualify for the Champions League, the Frenchman could call time on his Arsenal career.

Certainly a hard-core army of fans believe that their money is not being spent by the club where they believe it should be – on players.

Mutiny: Fans have started the Black Scarf Movement to make their feelings known over the way the club is being run

Mutiny: Fans have started the Black Scarf Movement to make their feelings known over the way the club is being run

Vocal: The protest march ended outside the Emirates stadium, though there were jeers inside after the final whistle

Vocal: The protest march ended outside the Emirates stadium, though there were jeers inside after the final whistle

Around 1,000 angry fans called for the removal of what they claimed were Arsenal's 'greedy' board of directors and complained that profit had been put before trophies. The protest was directed at the board not Wenger. But he was not entirely spared criticism.

Dan Deamer, 27, explained: 'I've been an Arsenal fan for 20 years and I do have a gripe with Wenger. It's a joke that he is paid 7.5million and hasn't won anything for years.'

Wenger added: 'The quality of our game wasn't there. But I'm in this job to turn it round and I'm confident we will.'

Andy Flower quits as England one-day coach; Ashley Giles takes over

Flower steps down as England limited overs coach with Giles to take over

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UPDATED:

12:51 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ashley Giles has stepped up to become England’s limited overs coach in a shock move which sees Andy Flower remain in charge of just Test cricket.

The former England spinner, who has been both Warwickshire coach and England selector since retiring, had been expected to step in for Flower for just the Indian one-day series in January to give the Team Director a break.

But in a surprising and significant development Giles will now leave Edgbaston to take on the coach’s role for all 50-over and Twenty20 cricket and is clearly the heir apparent to Flower when he eventually calls it a day.

Stepping aside: Flower is to continue as Test head coach

Stepping aside: Flower is to continue as Test head coach

Flower said: 'I’m very excited by these changes and very much looking forward to working with Ashley Giles as we look to build on the success England cricket has had in the last few years.

'The changes in my role will provide me with new challenges and the time to allow me to focus on areas that are important if England cricket is to continually improve.

'These include developing strategies to give us an opportunity for sustaining success in all three formats of the game. The change in role will also allow me to thoroughly plan and prepare for each of our international series whilst spending the right amount of time at home with my young family.'

Giles, who appeared in 54 Tests and 62 one-day internationals for England, added: 'I am delighted to have been appointed England ODI and T20 Head Coach and to be given an opportunity to coach at international level.

Shock: The announcement was unexpected

Shock: The announcement was unexpected

'I have worked closely with Andy in recent years as a selector and am looking forward to continuing to work together and to build on the progress that has been made with the ODI and T20 sides in recent years.'

Flower has endured a difficult year,
with poor results and the drawn-out Kevin Pietersen saga dominating his
time, and concern had grown that the most successful coach in England’s
history may be hastened towards the exit door.

Yet the ECB vowed to do everything in
their power to keep Flower at the helm as long as possible and seemed
set to give him a break early next year.

Now that has been extended to all
limited overs cricket and Giles, who led Warwickshire to the county
championship title last summer, will start his new role as soon as
England’s thoughts turn to limited overs cricket in the new year.

The hope now is that the move
prolongs Flower’s involvement at the head of the England team for as
long as possible as he turns his thoughts to the back to back Ashes
series that will dominate next year.

Up for the cup: Giles lifts the County Championship earlier this year

Up for the cup: Giles lifts the County Championship earlier this year

Giles, meanwhile, will have the
immediate challenge of the Champions Trophy in England next summer which
gives England a realistic chance of their first global 50-over trophy.
He will then turn his attention to the 2015 World Cup.

The popular member of the 2005
Ashes-winning side has clearly been identified as the best English coach
around and jumps ahead of Flower’s assistant Richard Halsall, who
filled in when Flower was ill during the last Ashes tour and for a
one-day international assignment in Ireland last year.

Halsall, who began as specialist
fielding coach, is expected to return to the world of teaching when his
time with England ends and it was unclear today where he fits in with
the new arrangement.

Giles has attracted some criticism
for having the dual role of county coach and England selector but now he
will throw in his lot completely with England. He will still answer to
Flower but clearly, unless something goes drastically wrong, he is now
destined to succeed him. That process started today.

Lay off Neil Lennon – Celtic"s Efe Ambrose

Lay off Lennon, says Efe as Celtic boss threatens to quit after fans showdown

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UPDATED:

00:57 GMT, 26 November 2012

Efe Ambrose has urged disgruntled Celtic fans to cut Neil Lennon some slack after the Parkhead boss issued a shock threat to quit.

The 1-0 defeat suffered by the SPL champions at home to Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday prompted a verbal flare-up between the Parkhead manager and a handful of spectators near his technical area.

The Irishman, who has Celtic in contention for a place in the last-16 of the Champions League, even went as far as to warn he would exit his post if that’s what his detractors really wanted.

Row: Neil Lennon argues with a Celtic fan seated near the dugout

Row: Neil Lennon argues with a Celtic fan seated near the dugout

‘If they’re not happy with what I’m doing and they want me to go, then I will,’ said Lennon. ‘If fans make it clear they’re not happy and want me out, then that’s OK. I’ll do the honourable thing.’

The latest reversal means Celtic have spilled 17 points in the SPL this season and taken just one point from their last three home games.

Ambrose, however, believes any unhappy fans should give the manager a break.

‘I believe these things come out of desperation,’ said the Nigerian defender, when asked about Saturday’s confrontation.

‘The fans want us to win but, when we cannot win, you see the other side of them. The ugly side, but this is football.

‘I believe that with patience, everything works out better than they think.
‘The team is just building up and the injuries coming along do not help.
‘It’s affecting the team a bit.

‘When the injured players are back, you are going to see a better Celtic team.

‘The fans should stay behind us and stick with us.

Gutted: Celtic crashed to a shock defeat at home to Inverness

Gutted: Celtic crashed to a shock defeat at home to Inverness

‘The supporters are here to see what this team can do, but we are just starting out, we have not even reached the second level.’

Ambrose knows the players must also raise their performances and fire up the crowd and he has vowed that Saturday’s defeat will be a watershed in Celtic’s domestic season.

‘I now believe that will be the end of it,’ he said. ‘From now on, we will make sure this never happens again at Celtic Park.

‘It’s not been good here as we have been losing and drawing games in the SPL.

‘Our away record is better than at home and that is not good, so we are going to work harder to balance that.

‘From now on, we will be winning games at home.’

Despite defeating Barcelona in an impressive Champions League campaign, Celtic are only one point ahead of Aberdeen in the SPL ahead of a visit to Tynecastle on Wednesday night.

Party time: Inverness manager Terry Butcher celebrates

Party time: Inverness manager Terry Butcher celebrates

Ambrose, however, vehemently denied that there was an attitude problem with players facing domestic games after the high of European nights.

‘I wouldn’t say that,’ he added. ‘It’s difficult. I’d say that every team that comes here to face us wants to be like we were against Barcelona and do what we did.

‘To defeat Celtic at home is a great achievement for them.

‘But we will learn from our mistakes.

‘In the past three games at home in the SPL, we have only taken one point and that is not good enough.

‘We need to make sure things go right from now on.

‘We have a couple of injuries in the squad, but we have the players to come into the first XI.

‘I do believe that, when we have a fully-fit squad and everyone is back, there will be a lot of difference.

‘But, as for now, we have to try and see how we play together when missing some key men.

‘I don’t believe tiredness is an excuse, but, when we have a full squad, we’ll do better than we are just now.’

Wayne Hennessey suffers second cruciate injury

Hennessey faces race to be fit for NEXT season after tearing cruciate again

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 14 November 2012

Wayne Hennessey has suffered a major setback after tearing the repair on his cruciate ligament and now faces a race to be fit for the start of next season.

Wales’ first-choice keeper underwent initial surgery on the damage seven months ago and had played in three reserves’ matches for Wolves.

But he broke down in training on Monday and Wolves’ head of medical, Phil Hayward, said: 'Of all the players to have had such a surgery, Wayne has to have been one of the least likely to sustain another one.

Blow: Wayne Hennessey has suffered his second cruciate ligament injury

Blow: Wayne Hennessey has suffered his second cruciate ligament injury

'It’s difficult to find an explanation as to why this occurred as the surgeon was delighted with his progress.

'However, there is a small rate of failure and Wayne has found himself among this unlucky few.

'He will see the surgeon in the coming days when a decision is made regarding his recovery.'

Shock: Stale Solbakken will be without his goalkeeper until next season

Shock: Stale Solbakken will be without his goalkeeper until next season

The keeper is likely to be out for up to nine months with a recurrence of the injury, leaving him facing a battle to prove his fitness before next August’s kick-off.

He said: 'It is just one of those freak things. There’s no use dwelling on it. I’m just concentrating on getting fit again. I’ve done it once and I’ll do it again.'

Fulham and Southampton want Liam Trotter

Fulham and Southampton plan January bids for Millwall midfielder Trotter

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UPDATED:

07:38 GMT, 5 November 2012

Fulham and Southampton are leading the 2million race for highly-rated Millwall midfielder Liam Trotter.

The 24-year-old has impressed this season, notching six goals to help the Lions to mid-table safety.

Main man: Liam Trotter has impressed for Millwall this season

Main man: Liam Trotter has impressed for Millwall this season

And Trotter could now be on his way to the Premier League as soon as the January transfer window opens.

Fulham have sent scouts to watch the former Ipswich midfielder, according to the Daily Mirror, while Saints boss Nigel Adkins is also keen, having signed him at Scunthorpe.

Big fan: Nigel Adkins has been impressed with Trotter this season

Big fan: Nigel Adkins has been impressed with Trotter this season

He has been Adkin's radar since he scored in the Lions' shock 3-2 FA Cup win at St
Mary's in February.

Trotter scored again in Saturday's 4-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground as Millwall extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.

Tottenham 0 Wigan 1 – match report

Tottenham 0 Wigan 1: Boos at White Hart Lane as Spurs slump at home again

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UPDATED:

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

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham
MATCH FACTS

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

Booked: Dempsey

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

Booked: Figueroa

Goals: Watson 56

Referee: Atkinson

Attendance: 35,534

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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

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

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

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
Hart Lane.

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

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

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

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

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.