Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 22 November 2009

Tottenham Hammer Wigan 9-1 in Premier League Thrashing

Jermain Defoe and Tottenham Hotspur made a serious threat to the top 4 this afternoon by thrashing Wigan Athletic 9-1 at White Hart Lane.

Aaron Lennon's pace down the right wing caused Erik Edman endless problems in the first half as he setup Peter Crouch for the opening goal as Spurs went into half time 1-0 up.

Harry Redknapp must have given his side a strong half time team talk as they came out early for the second half pumped out. And it worked as Jermain Defore scored a hattrick in the space of 7 minutes, the 3rd after Paul Scharner with his noticable haircut had pulled one back with help from the use of his hand.

Jermain Defoe added two more late on to tie the Premier League record of 5 goals in one game (with Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer), a Chris Kirkland own goal and Niko Kranjcar in stoppage time completed the scoring as Wigan had already shut down before.

Tottenham remain 4th in the Premier League, now 7 goals behind Arsenal, and 3 points ahead of Aston Villa.

Spurs become only the second side to have scored 9 goals in a single Premier League game, with the record scoreline being Manchester United 9-0 Ispwich Town in 1995; a game in which Andrew Cole scored 5 goals in - Craig Forrest the unfortunate goalkeeper. Chris Kirkland will be grateful there are no international games for a while as he hopes to put this one behind him and produce solid performances in the future leading up to the World Cup.

Wigan's recent form has brought them back amongst the relegation contenders, now 3 points above the bottom 3, with the worst goal difference in the league. It will be interesting to see how their young manager, Roberto Martinez will bounce back from this defeat as his side host Sunderland next weekend. Sunderland's odds may be cut short after this weekend's results, but we must remember that Wigan beat Chelsea 3-1 not so long ago.

The pace of Tottenham; Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe in particular was what caused the main problems for Wigan, as we correctly predicted in our Premier League preview for this game, as we expected a comfortable win for Spurs.

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