By Alan Duffy
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Wigan Athletic – Premier League – 31st January 2012
Welsh wing-wizard Gareth Bale was once again Tottenham’s star performer as the north Londoners got their title tilt back on track at White Hart Lane in front of Harry Redknapp, who was back in the dug-out to watch his charges win.
Both the former Saint and midfield schemer Luka Modric were unstoppable against a Wigan side stuck to the bottom of the table. Bale opened the scoring on the half-hour mark, volleying home after a glorious pass from Modric and just five minutes later, the Croatian got on the scoresheet himself, after making the most of a ricochet.
Roberto Martinez’ Latics had impressed to an extent in the first-half, with Franco Di Santo going close, and once again they pushed forward after the break in the hope of salvaging something from the game. However, on 64 minutes, that man Bale made it 3-0.
To their credit, Wigan did pinch a goal back , when James McArthur chipped in late on. However, by then, the game was all but over.
Tottenham were lucky not to see Benoit Assou-Ekotto receive his marching orders for a horribly high challenge on Di Santo, but there was nothing fortunate about the victory. Wigan, on the other hand, need all the luck they can get.
Highlights to follow…