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Premier League round-up: Saturday

Latics revive, Spurs nose-dive, Gunners thrive

By | 28th August 2010

As unlikely as it seemed approximately two hours ago, Tottenham’s celebration of a big week was marred by a highly unfancied Wigan side at White Hart Lane. In the face of adversity, Roberto Martinez proved his mettle by leading the visitors to a stunning 1-0 win against the North Londoners.

Harry Redknapp’s Spurs, who emphatically reversed a 3-2 first leg deficit against Young Boys Bern by winning 4-0 in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier in the midweek, discovered before Saturday’s kick-off that they were paired with their bitter city rivals Arsenal in a mouth-watering fixture in the next round of the Carling Cup.

The fortunes of the Latics have not been nearly as exhilirating as the recent run enjoyed by the Spurs. The only events surrounding the DW Stadium outfit in the build-up to this afternoon’s match have been humiliating defeats to Blackpool and Chelsea, where Wigan have conceded a total of 10 goals without a response.

On this day, though, their road to redemption was poised to begin. The entire squad seemed intent on repaying the manager’s faith in their abilities and after 80 minutes of controlling the game against a Spurs side that was clearly suffering from the midweek fatigue, the Latics went ahead through a brilliant strike from Hugo Rodallega.

Redknapp looked understandably disappointed at the touchline but kept sending numbers forward in search of an equalizer. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Younes Kaboul went awfully close to making that happen but it was only Wigan’s destiny to walk away with a well-deserved win.

Martinez will now confidently lead his team back home as they prepare for Sunderland’s tricky visit next weekend. The Spurs will be away to West Bromwich Albion as they aim to rebound from their first Premier League defeat of the season.

Elsewhere this weekend, Chelsea defeated Stoke City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge as goals from Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba more than compensated for Frank Lampard’s rare penalty miss early in the game.

Newcastle United also came from behind as promising striker Andy Carroll scored at the stroke of the hour to cancel out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s second strike in as many appearances.

The other draw of the day came at Blackpool, where the Tangerines held Fulham 2-2 to put last weekend’s 6-0 hammering at the hands of Arsenal well behind them.

The Gunners kept up their momentum too as they overcame Blackburn 2-1 at Ewood Park in Saturday’s early kick-off to take sole possession of the second place.

That can easily change by the end of the evening, though, as long as Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United can take all three points from their late kick-off against the struggling West Ham United at Old Trafford.

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  1. Taylor Fisher says:

    Watched the whole Spurs match. They looked terrible, ESPECIALLY for a CL team. Should've beaten Wigan easy. They were embarassing to say the least.

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