Premier League: Defoe stars, Rovers win away
Jermain Defoe hit five goals in the second-half, as Tottenham hammered Wigan 9-1 on Sunday afternoon. The England striker was in fine form as Spurs climbed back into fourth place in the Premier League, but Wigan's inconsistent performances continue.
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Peter Crouch opened the scoring with a stooping header inside ten minutes, then Defoe scored his first two goals within three minutes of each other just after half-time to put Spurs three up. Paul Scharner got one back, in controversial circumstances as he clearly used his hand to control the ball before lashing past Gomes and into the roof of the net.
However, Defoe restored the three-goal cushion with his hat-trick straight away from an Aaron Lennon cross and the winger added the fifth himself. Defoe then capped off proceedings by bagging his fourth and fifth late on - leaping ahead of Fernando Torres at the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts in the process.
David Bentley's free-kick and Niko Kranjcar added the final blows in an incredible game that piles pressure onto Wigan boss Roberto Martinez.
Blackburn ended a run of ten successive defeats on the road by beating Bolton 2-0 and gave a welcome boost to the absent Sam Allardyce in the process. Allardyce is scheduled to have surgery on a heart condition and missed the derby against the club he played for and managed.
His team did him proud though with influential midfielder David Dunn capping a superb performance by making the breakthrough. Bolton's misery was complete when full-back Sam Ricketts scored a bizarre own goal in the second-half.
Striker Ricardo Fuller applied a clinical finish to a neat passing move to give Stoke 1-0 victory at home to Portsmouth. The Jamaican's turn and shot in the 74th minute came after a swift interchange of passes between Matthew Etherington and Dean Whitehead.
Pompey, who lost England goalkeeper David James to a calf injury in the warm-up, had earlier missed an eighth-minute penalty from Kevin-Prince Boateng.