Maxim Match Report: Wigan Athletic 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur


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Ah yes…the warm glow of victory. The Spurs supporters had been summoning Roman Pavlyuchenko vocally from the bench long before Harry finally did, but there was sweet redemption for the Russian striker – the best natural finisher at the club, for me – as his two smartly taken goals sealed a handsome away win in the DW quagmire.

No doubt about it, Jermain Defoe’s opener after 26 minutes was offside. Miles offside in fact. What was the assistant referee doing? So we got away with that one, and if we did just edge the first half, it was still pretty laboured stuff. Our inability to hold onto the ball up front was a particular concern, with the ball continually bouncing off Crouch and back to Wigan.

It was hard fought throughout, until late in the game when Harry sent on Luka Modric and Pavlyuchenko in place of Niko Kranjcar and Defoe. Everyone else seemed up to their knees in mud, but little Modric was quite brilliant, skipping across the glue as if he was out for a summer frolic in the sunshine.

Wigan had rarely threatened and now seemed spent, while both Defoe and Crouch had drawn good saves from Chris Kirkland. Now, with the changes made, Modric hit the post and saw another effort saved, before the Croat rampaged once more at the heart of Wigan’s backline; he teed up Super Pav and Super Pav proved the fans right by sliding home in style.

Into time added on, and a floated free kick was flicked towards goal by the onrushing Pav. Kirkland sprawled to foil that one, but after a tangle of legs with a defender on the deck, Pav had the presence of mind to flick into the net from a tight angle for a vindicating third. Job done. Our turn again in the 4th place merry-go-round…

Star man: Pav and Modric come close even though they weren’t on for long, but I’ll give it to Michael Dawson – never missed a thing and would have loved the scrap in the mud

Worst performer: Peter Crouch – not enough from the lanky one

Best moment: The second goal – lovely movement, crisp passing, deadly finish, three points safe

Tactics: The usual 4-4-2, Modric held back to punish tired Wigan legs late on

Opposition fans: Consumed with a sense of injustice by the sounds of it. I didn’t think much of the ref and his assistants either, but then I never do!

By Andy Knaggs

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  1. Absolute rubbish! Sack everyone! Champions League, you’re having a laugh aren’t you? We should be beating teams like this by two or three goals. Redknapp = Fraud

  2. Oh. We won 3-0!

    Brilliant! Harry Redknapp is the Messiah and Moses all rolled into one. He will lead us into the promised land of CL football.

  3. I honestly thought Wigan was going to equalise. THank god Harry finally put his pride aside and played Pav. We looked like a completely different team when Mod and Pav came on. Bentley looked realy tired and way too slow! Hope Lennon is fit soon.

  4. have to agree with Malaysia! they were going to equalise soon if Harry didnt make a change! although he took off the wrong players at least he did actually have the bottle to make some subs this week!! As usual Pac shows that he is a world class striker.

  5. Pav isn’t a 90 minute, mega-workrate player.
    But who cares?
    By all means save him for the last half hour.
    Can you imagine a defence, looking across and seeing a fresh Pavlyuchenko coming on?

  6. Is it a fluke that we managed to score goals playing football properly, on the floor, start of season with little keane & defoe we play proper footie, since rodney started playing with defoe we look long & goals dried up.
    Have you noticed that Harry?
    Rodney the plonker is championship standard & should never have been bought.


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