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Tottenham 0-1 Wigan Athletic

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Gareth Bale taking on Ivan Ramis

Gareth Bale taking on Ivan Ramis

Ben Watson scored the only goal as Wigan recorded an unexpected win over a lacklustre Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

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The Wigan midfielder struck home in the second-half to help Roberto Martinez's side to record back-to-back wins, while Tottenham fell to their second straight defeat.

The warning signs were there for Spurs who troubled Ali Al-Habsi just once in the first-half, when Jan Vertonghen fired a volley straight at the Latics keeper from 18-yards.

Shaun Maloney should have put the visitors ahead when he squandered a one-on-one opportunity at the other end, while Arouna Kona forced a fine save out of Brad Friedel.

Andre Villas-Boas' side failed to improve after half-time and were punished on 55 minutes, with Friedel at fault.

The Spurs keeper turned Maloney's in-swinging corner straight into the path of Watson who scored his first Premier League goal of the season from eight-yards, despite Friedel's best attempt to keep the ball out.

Al-Habsi pulled off a theatrical save to deny Gareth Bale from 25-yards while Steven Caulker saw a header cleared off the line by James McCarthy, but that was as close as Tottenham came to drawing level.

The win draws a line under Wigan's disappointing midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford City and sees them rise to 12th in the Premier League while Spurs, who have away trips to Manchester City and Arsenal to look forward to, dropped to fifth.

Posted: 03/11/12 16:38

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