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The DW Stadium

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Wigan Athletic

  • Emmerson Boyce 11'
  • Callum McManaman 49'

2 - 2


Tottenham Hotspur

  • Gareth Bale 9'
  • Emmerson Boyce 89' OG

Martinez rues late free-kick

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez claimed his "magnificent'' team had been denied victory against Tottenham by a wrongly-awarded free-kick.

The 18th-placed Latics, who would have moved out of the Premier League relegation zone had they hung on for all three points, instead had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Spurs at the DW Stadium after the ball bobbled off the unfortunate Emmerson Boyce into his own net in the 90th minute.

It had hit Boyce from a Tom Huddlestone free-kick that resulted from a coming-together between Spurs full-back Kyle Walker and his opposite number Jean Beausejour.

Martinez felt the match officials made an incorrect call over the incident, saying after the game: "If you see the replays, it puts extra salt in the wounds.

"It was not a free-kick - it should never have been a free-kick. Kyle Walker is pulling Jean Beausejour and he is too honest, staying on his feet.

"We need to accept that - sometimes when you are down there, the results or the lucky breaks don't go your way.''

Despite his disappointment at the way it finished, Martinez was keen to praise his players' efforts during a contest in which an early defensive blunder by the hosts had allowed Champions League-chasing Tottenham to open the scoring.

A hesitant exchange of passes between Latics defender Maynor Figueroa and goalkeeper Joel Robles in the ninth minute led to the latter cannoning an attempted clearance against the outstretched leg of the approaching Gareth Bale, and the ball rebounded straight into the net.

Wigan equalised within two minutes through a header from Boyce, whose late own-goal subsequently cancelled out the Callum McManaman thunderbolt had made put them 2-1 up four minutes into the second half.

Martinez's side are now two points adrift of 17th-placed Aston Villa, their opponents at the DW Stadium on the final day of the season, with both teams having three other games to play first.

Reflecting on today's match, he said: "We made the worst possible start against a side that was focused and wanted to win.

"We gave them a goal lead, but from that point on I thought we were magnificent.

"It is just unfortunate that Spurs had the opportunity to put a lot of pressure on us from that dead-ball situation, which I think is a little bit unfair - if you limit Spurs to so little from open play, you should get a little bit more luck.''

Martinez added: "If screaming and shouting would get me the extra two points, I would do it, believe me. But we know that you can't do anything about that decision.

"The referee (Martin Atkinson) could see it live that Kyle Walker pulls Jean Beausejour's shoulder.

"If he (Atkinson) is looking at the ball, that is why he has missed it, but you can't understand why the linesman doesn't flag for it.

"We are too honest - maybe if he (Beausejour) had gone to ground, we would have had a free-kick.''

But asked if he had had a word with Beausejour about being "too honest'', Martinez said: "No - we are an honest team and I do believe that over the course of the season, if you are honest, the footballing gods will smile on you. So I hope that is the case.''

Tottenham remain fifth with four matches to go, level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and a point behind third-placed Arsenal.

Sunday's fixtures see Chelsea play Swansea at home and Arsenal host champions Manchester United.

And asked whether he regarded today's result as two points dropped or a point gained in the pursuit of Champions League football, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas said: "It depends on the results tomorrow of our opponents. It is intimately related to that.

"We can still be in control of our own destiny or not after tomorrow's results. Normally away from home a point is important at this stage of the season.

"When everybody needs three points, I think it is a difficult situation for teams. It all depends on what happens tomorrow."

Scoring Summary

  • Wigan Athletic
  • Tottenham Hotspur
(9') Gareth Bale
(og 89') Emmerson Boyce

Match Stats

  • Wigan Athletic
  • Tottenham Hotspur
7(5) Shots (on goal) 15(3)
13 Fouls 11
3 Corner kicks 3
1 Offsides 5
39% Time of Possession 61%
3 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
2 Saves 3


  • Wigan Athletic
  • Tottenham Hotspur
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