Belfast Telegraph

Latics shock Spurs

Wigan put their horrendous start to the Barclays Premier League behind them on Saturday with a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory at Tottenham.

Hugo Rodallega scored the winner 10 minutes from full-time after Carlo Cudicini allowed the winger's tame shot to squirm past him in what was the goalkeeper's first start since his horrific motorcycle accident.

It was a remarkable result for a Latics side who had conceded 10 goals in their opening two Premier League games and nine in the corresponding fixture last season.

Spurs made a sluggish start and Rodallega flashed an early warning shot wide before poor defending from an eighth-minute corner saw Steve Gohouri smash the ball against the crossbar from Mauro Boselli's knockdown.

Jermain Defoe was given the freedom of the Wigan penalty box to fire a low shot which brought the best out of Ali Al Habsi, the on-loan Bolton keeper starting ahead of Chris Kirkland.

Peter Crouch clipped a ball through to Defoe five minutes before the break, which the latter poked narrowly wide.

Substitute Roman Pavyluchenko then mistimed a header from Aaron Lennon's cross.

Antolin Alcaraz missed from point-blank range and Jordi Gomez volleyed over the top. Both chances came from crosses by Rodallega, who found the net himself 10 minutes from time after Cudicini fumbled his weak shot into the net.

Tom Huddlestone volleyed just wide, Defoe found the side-netting and Niko Kranjcar and Michael Dawson both forced acrobatic saves from Al Habsi.

Spurs' screams for handball against Alcaraz were then ignored by referee Phil Dowd before Younes Kaboul wasted a glorious chance to equalise in stoppage-time when he glanced Kranjcar's free-kick wide.


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