Tottenham looked out of sorts ahead of their Champions League meeting with Real Madrid on Tuesday and had to settle for 0-0 draw at Wigan.
The home side could have clinched victory and eased their relegation worries in the process three minutes from time.
Latics' best chance came when Connor Sammon was released by fellow substitute Mohamed Diame but sent his shot straight at goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
Spurs stiker Roman Pavlyuchenko made an unsuccessful appeal for a penalty in the 21st minute after a challenge by James McCarthy - the ball seemed to be outside the area anyway.
Wigan's Victor Moses twice got into good positions in quick succession but failed to test Gomes. The former Crystal Palace forward then had an appeal for a penalty waved away by Andre Marriner after appearing to have his legs clipped by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
The hosts started the second half on the front foot and Gomes did well to palm away a cross from Moses. The ball broke to Rodallega but Michael Dawson blocked his effort.
Six minutes later Gomes again had to be alert to turn away Cleverley's shot from an acute angle.
Substitute Peter Crouch was quickly into the action after his 57th-minute introduction and found space on the edge of the area only to send his effort over the bar.
Crouch then cleared the bar with a header from Sandro's cross.
The visitors were looking more lively with Aaron Lennon on for Van der Vaart. However, Wigan should have clinched victory with three minutes to go when substitute Mohamed Diame released Sammon but he directed his shot straight at Gomes.