November 3, 2012
Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Wigan Athletic
#INSERT type:image caption: Spurs fans turned on Andre Villas-Boas after the home defeat to Wigan END#Tottenham fans vented their anger at Andre Villas-Boas as their side slumped to a shock defeat against strugglers Wigan at White Hart Lane.
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.
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.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.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.
|Tottenham Hotspur||Wigan Athletic|
|Ben Watson (56')|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Wigan Athletic|
|24 Brad Friedel||26 Ali Al Habsi|
|33 Steven Caulker||5 Gary Caldwell|
|13 William Gallas||31 Maynor Figueroa|
|5 Jan Vertonghen||21 Ivan Ramis|
|28 Kyle Walker||8 Ben Watson|
|6 Tom Huddlestone||4 James McCarthy|
|30 Sandro||22 Jean Beausejour|
|18 Jermain Defoe||17 Emmerson Boyce|
|2 Clint Dempsey||2 Arouna Koné|
|11 Gareth Bale||10 Shaun Maloney|
|7 Aaron Lennon||9 Franco Di Santo|
|10 Emmanuel Adebayor||Michael Pollitt 12|
|20 Michael Dawson||Ronnie Stam 23|
|25 Hugo Lloris||David Jones 6|
|16 Kyle Naughton||Adrián López Rodríguez 24|
|22 Gylfi Sigurdsson||Jordi Gómez 14|
|27 Yago Falqué||Callum McManaman 15|
|46 Thomas Carroll||Mauro Boselli 19|
|Gylfi Sigurdsson for Sandro (23)||Jordi Gómez for Franco Di Santo (70)|
|Emmanuel Adebayor for Jermain Defoe (58)|
|Thomas Carroll for Kyle Walker (79)|
|Clint Dempsey (46)||Maynor Figueroa (49)|
|· Squads: Tottenham Hotspur | Wigan Athletic|