FT: Wigan 2 Tottenham 2

Wigan 2 - 2 Tottenham

90+5
What a finish, as Bale's initial free-kick is blocked, but the subsequent goalmouth flurry almost sees Spurs snatch victory in the dying embers of this enthralling tussle.

90+4
Scharner with a silly tackle on Defoe to hand Spurs a late chance to win it from the free-kick spot out in front. Another late Bale special perhaps?

90+3
Both teams so desperate to win now as play is taken from one end of the pitch to the other, but still no crucial breakthrough.

90+2
Both teams so desperate to win now as play is taken from one end of the pitch to the other, but still no crucial breakthrough.

90+1
Four minutes of added time for either side to pull off a much-needed win for their prospective ambitions.

90
At the other end and Wigan look to hit back swiftly, but Spurs' defence are back in time to ward off the danger.

89
GOAL! It was scrappy, but Spurs won't be complaining as Boyce turns the ball into his own goal after a goalmouth scramble off a free-kick from the right.

88
Bale launches one on goal from outside the box, but his effort is blocked.

87
Kone finally back on his feet and play resumes, Spurs throwing everything at Wigan's defences in an effort to force an opening through on goal.

86
Much to Tottenham's frustrations, Kone stays down to receive treatment and hold play up with Spurs wanting to push up on attack.

85
Wigan still with much of the ball, but the home fans aren't too pleased with Dawson's latest tackle on Kone, the Latcs ace staying down after the latest altercation.

84
Di Santo takes a crack on goal, which flies wide, and earns himself a caution for complaining with the referee that his strike took a deflection and should've been a corner-kick.

83
Spurs really struggling to find their rhythm on attack now with the Latics making all the play going forward.

82
Dawson picks up a yellow card for his challenge on Kone.

81
Lloris gets down low at his near post to deny Kone's keen strike.

80
Espinoza quick to get i on the attacking forays as the replacement strides forward and tries to find Kone waiting in the 18-yard box.

79
Roger Espinoza becomes Martinez's third substitution, Gomez coming off to the applause of the home fans.

78
Defeat for Spurs today would really dent their prospects of a top-four finish and a spot in Europe's premier club competition.

77
Wigan looking full of life and keen to create something as the match enters the closing stages.

76
Villas-Boas up on the sidelines, hands on his hips and looking rather pensive.

75
Di Santo with a good ball to find Kone, but the latter's volley needed to be better if he had hoped to trouble Lloris.

74
Lennon finally takes the field, Parker getting the call to come off.

73
Aaron Lennon waiting to come from the sidelines for quite some time as Villas-Boas is likely to inject more pace up front for the latter stages of this encounter.

72
James McArthur does sterling work to stay with Dempsey on the run into the box, and then poaching the ball off the Spurs man at the near post before he can a shot off.

71
Wigan look to catch Spurs napping on the counter, with Beausejour running hard down the left flank but ultimately he is reeled in.

70
Defoe stretches but just can't get his boot on the end of Assou-Ekotto's ball into the box, Joel smothering instead.

69
Assou-Ekotto getting involved early on with a decent run down the left wing.

68
Vertonghen comes off second-best in a tackle, but walks it off and is soon back in the mix.

67
Scharner with a strong challenge to prevent Tottenham creating an opening on the edge of the box for Defoe.

66
Spurs still retaining much of the possession and seem happy to let the ball do the work for them to get them over the advantage line.

65
Di Santo slots in up front along side Kone to give the Latics more options inside the area, while Assou-Ekotto fills in where Naughton proved such a danger down the flanks.

64
Changes from both Martinez and Villas-Boas as McManaman and Naughton leave the field for Franco Di Santo and Benoit Assou-Ekotto to take to the field.

63
Walker flagged off-sides as he chases Bale's ball out to the right corner.

62
Bale dropping deeper into midfield to fetch the ball, but the Welsh flyer is starting to get involved a lot more as Spurs push forward.

61
Spurs consolidate play at the back and work the ball through the phases up and over the halfway line.

60
Scharner takes out Bale rather roughly, the Spurs ace going to ground in swallow-like dive, but the referee waves play on.

59
Spurs back up in the Latics' half of the pitch and running hard towards goal in numbers.

58
Beausejour should've done better to pick out a team-mate in the box, and not Lloris, with his ball from the left after a good back-heel into his path from Maloney.

57
Joel is quick off his line to gather a ball forward into the box for Defoe.

56
Play bogged down a bit in the middle of the park as both sides aren't looking to give an inch.

55
Vertonghen's chase for a ball up top is in vain after it beats him to the touch-line for a goal-kick.

54
Tottenham finally getting hold of the ball for longer periods, but they are struggling to get the ball up field to their main man, Bale, who has gone quiet since his early goalscoring effort.

53
Wigan with much of the early possession in the second half and seemingly bossing the midfield and not giving Spurs room to get going.

52
Kone could've almost made it three for the home side after his effort on goal fails to garner the right finishing touch, the initial defence-splitting pass from Gomez quite exquisite.

51
Wigan really look good for another challenge on goal so soon after their recent strike, Spurs a little shell-shocked at the back.

50
The Latics with the wind in their sails having taken the lead for the first time in the match soon after the restart.

49
GOAL! Callum McManaman finds the back of the net to give Wigan the lead with an absolute pile-driver from the edge of the box on the right.

48
Lloris tracks backwards to tip a ball across the face his goalmouth over the bar for a corner.

47
No changes from either manger at the break and their tactics look to still be the same; playing high up and exploiting the wide channels.

46
Wigan get the match back underway!

Come on you spurs,a win here today and the top four cud be in our sights,it will be tough as wigan will battle all day!! Jason Kane

Will be watching with interest all the way from sunny South Africa. With every game in Spurs hands, they know what they need to do- and not depend on other games to go their way. Defoe on the scoresheet today- Spurs 3 - Wigan 0. Glenn - Cape Town, SA

MASSIVE MASSIVE game for Spurs today. 3 points is a must if they are serious about champions league and after AVB come out this morning saying Bale stays if they get top 4 then surely that will give the lads a massive incentive. 3-1 to the lilywhites COYS. Joshua Vaughan

I'm really hoping for a Tottenham win today! We can not afford any slip ups between now and the end of the season! Have faith Spurs fans! COYS! Orin de Silva

Wigan 1 -1 Tottenham

45+3
Wigan clear the ball from the set-piece and the teams will head into the break on level terms.

45+2
Spurs pushing up through Huddlestone at the half draws to a close, the midfielder earning his side a corner.

45+1
Defoe, again, with an opportunity to go for goal, but seemingly hesitates to pull the trigger first time

45
Good 'keeping from Joel as he the Latics shot-stopper manages to clear the ball from a scramble inside the box, Defoe almost presented with the chance to bang his first of the match, if he had taken his shot early enough.

44
Great ball from the left from Naughton finds Bale out-jumping McCarthy, but the Welshman's header is over the bar.

43
Tottenham working the ball down the flanks through Naughton and Walker, allowing Bale to take up a dangerous spot up front along side Defoe and Dempsey.

42
Spurs playing out the first stanza in a determined fashion with even Parker pushing in attack and mixing up his runs, even drifting wide.

41
The change is made as Dembele limps off in place of Lewis Holtby.

40
Dembele not moving to comfortably now and seems to be favouring his hamstring; Villas-Boas may have seen Martinez's mistake and err on the side of caution and substitute the Belgian.

39
No luck from the set-piece this time for the Latics and Spurs look to launch a counter with a long ball up field.

38
Dembele gives away a free-kick in a good area out on the left for Wigan, but the resulting set-piece gets them another chance on goal from a corner after a Spurs clearance.

37
Walker shrugs off the intentions of Beausejour to whip in a ball towards the far post for Dempsey, but it's just too long in the end.

36
Defoe with a decent shot on goal from the right towards the near post, but had he been on target it wouldn't have counted as the linesman's flag was up.

35
The Latics' numbers are restored with Ronnie Stam taking to the field.

34
Wigan presently down to ten men as Martinez delays the replacement for Figueroa.

33
The medical staff up and heave the Latics man off the field, who maybe have done himself a disservice by staying on after pulling up in the groin area earlier on stretching for the ball.

32
Play comes to a halt for the time-being as Figueroa receives some attention, the stretcher making its way on to the pitch as well.

31
Parker blazes another chance on goal wide of the mark, after some initial good build-up play from Bale, Walker and Defoe.

30
Wigan do well to clear the ball from Bale's corner from the right.

29
Defoe takes up a good position upfront on the right and invites a good angled ball from Jan Vertonghen, but the former's slide on goal forces the defence to put the ball out of touch for a corner.

28
Spurs with much of the possession and are making in-roads on attack at the moment.

27
Dempsey, again, flagged for off-sides, but one must wonder how long before the American will beat the trap and break free on goal.

26
Strong run from Shaun Maloney allows him to get behind Walker, but the ball ultimately wins the race to the Lloris.

25
Great team-work from Wigan, Scharner's ball up top for Gomez, who then lays it back for Kone to almost catch Hugo Loris out with the 'keeper off his line, the ball drifting just over the crossbar.

24
Good ball forward from Bale for Dempsey, but the linesman's flag is up for off-sides.

23
Micahel Dawson commits to a high clearance that almost cleans out Arouna Kone.

22
Nicely worked from Spurs the ball finally landing at the feet of Scott Parker on the edge of the box, but the England midfielder's shot is rushed and well off target.

21
Tottenham working the ball from the back and look to get the ball up field to the likes of Bale and Defoe, who look keen to use their pace to get behind the defence.

20
Spurs defence manage to repel the Latics' blitz from the back.

19
Both teams employing a high attacking lines with Boyce and Jordi Gomez pushing up for the hosts.

18
Huddlestone, again, with a good long ball forward, this time for Defoe, but Paul Scharner manages to poach the ball off the Spurs ace before he could angle in on goal.

17
Latics looking rather industrious on the ball from the flanks and hoping to catch Spurs napping with quick balls along the ground and then over the top.

16
Both sets of players slipping about a bit so quite clearly the pitch has been over-watered prior to kick-off.

15
Wigan settling down on defence now and look to launch the ball long and out to the right to catch Naughton out of position, but the Spurs defender tracks back in time.

14
Mousa Dembele with an innocuous effort on goal from outside the box that Jolel shifts off to his right to gather.

13
Spurs pushing now in an effort to regain their brief advantage on the scoreboard.

12
Stunning response from the home side as the players barely have time to catch their breath in response to quick change in scoreline.

11
GOAL! And the Latics are back on level terms after a stunning header off the corner by Emmerson Boyce.

10
Roberto Martinez will be seething on the touchlines after his side gave away a sloppy goal at the back.

9
GOAL! What on earth were Wigan doing?! Maynor Figueroa's ridiculous back-pass for Joel forces a rushed clearance from the 'keeper, which Bale charges down and puts into the back of the net.

8
Full-backs Walker and Kyle Naughton planning up quite high down the wings, with the former proving a real nuisance for Beausejour to contain.

7
Walker beats Beausejour for pace out on the right flank, but his ball into the box is cleared.

6
Huddlestone with a good attempt from the right that strikes the edge of the woodwork.

5
Good positive run from Kyle Walker is brought to an end by Jean Beausejour, but gives away a free-kick out on the right for Spurs.

4
Jermain Defoe and Clint Dempsey running strong off the ball up front, but the telling pass for either one evades them.

3
James McCarthy fouls Bale, but Huddlestone's subsequent free-kick does prove much of a threat to the Latics.

2
Tom Huddlestone dropping deep to fetch the ball, and then launch it up field for Gareth Bale, but it is intercepted and the early attacking effort is thwarted.

1
Tottenham get the match underway!

I'm a Wigan fan, and I'm treating this game as nothing short of a must-win fixture. Aston Villa can potentially go six points clear of us if they win on Monday, so we need a win today to pile on the pressure. Spurs are a top team with aspirations themselves and it won't be easy, but Wigan are more than capable of surprising onlookers again today. Come on Wigan! Nick Seddon from Chorley

Sammy st albans. Spurs will win 3-1 bale 2 and dembele 1 Wigan have no chance!

Delighted to see Huddlestone start. I think he's been the decisive factor in Tottenham's comebacks against Everton, Basel and City recently. One of the best passers of the ball in the Premier League. I'm predicting 3-1 to Spurs. Mike Hurley in Dublin, Ireland.

Wigan really need a result today against this quality Tottenham side. If they lose today, their hopes of avoiding the drop will take a serious blow. I expect Spurs to dominate this match from start to finish but I could be wrong if Wigan give it a go. My prediction: Wigan 1-2 Spurs. Chris Green from Huddersfield.

Feel free to e-mail your thoughts or predictions to devin.hermanus@teamtalkmedia.com and we'll publish as many of them before - and during - the game as possible.

Jean Beausejour is set to return to the Wigan starting line-up. With Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) out for three weeks, Beausejour is likely to profit from a defensive reshuffle that is likely to see Maynor Figueroa move back from the wing-back berth he filled at West Ham last weekend.

Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has recovered from his knee injury and is available. Forward Gareth Bale and striker Jermain Defoe suffered no reaction to their respective ankle and pelvis problems against Manchester City last Sunday and are fully fit. Midfielder Sandro (knee) and defensive duo Younes Kaboul (thigh) and William Gallas (calf) are unavailable.

The Latics are in need of another late-season surge as they head into the weekend three points adrift of safety and priced at 8/11 for relegation. Spurs are on their joint highest points total after 33 games following a 3-1 win over Manchester City last weekend, which prompted their odds on securing Champions League football to be cut to 4/5. Seven of Spurs' last 10 trips to bottom-six teams have had at least three goals, making over 2.5 goals at 8/11 a likely outcome.

The Latics, meanwhile, have picked up the same number of points (31) as they had at the same stage of last season, when they went on to win four of their last five games to stave off relegation. Roberto Martinez's men will need to mirror that run this time round if they are to avoid the drop this term, and a win over their weekend opponents could be the catalyst for exactly that.

Tottenham have had the better of Wigan in the 15 games the teams have contested in the Premier League, winning seven - including the 9-1 hammering four years ago - and losing just three, while the other five ended level. Spurs are currently fifth on 61 points, but have a game in hand over Arsenal in third and are just two points behind the Gunners. Andre Villas-Boas' side have their fate in their own hands in terms of Champions League qualification heading into the final five games of the season.

Good afternoon, I'm Devin Hermanus and I'll be taking you through all the action as Wigan host Tottenham at the DW Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 1500 BST.

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