Roberto Martinez’s side put in a fantastic effort at White Hart Lane, taking three crucial away points while playing a complete brand of football that left Spurs searching for answers that never came. After three clear cut chances in the first half, Ben Watson’s goal in the 56th minute — the first goal by an Englishman for Wigan this season — was the deciding tally, and although Spurs managed a spirited charge in search of an equalizer the visitors remained organized. Arouna Koné was superb holding the attacking line by himself. The introduction of Jordi Gómez in the 70th minute was a piece of tactical genius from Martinez, as the Spaniard linked well with Koné on the break and prohibited Tottenham from allotting all of their resources in attack. With the win Wigan move to 12th in the table. Defensively, The Latics rendered Jermain Defoe and the Spurs offense impotent, which brings me to…
2. Rant of the day
Once again Andre Villas-Boas’ collar tightens. Fans at White Heart Lane vigorously booed their manager’s decision to replace Defoe with Adebayor rather than employ two strikers at the top. It was a nonsensical reaction. Defoe was largely ineffective, Dempsey isolated and Sigurdsson non-existent. Adebayor’s introduction opened play up, and if not for some stellar defending on Wigan’s part the substitution would’ve been applauded. AVB will absorb the brunt of the blame for today’s loss, but what is he supposed to do when Dempsey, Lennon, Bale and Huddlestone put in lacklustre performances? At some point responsibility must be taken by the players. Which team is worse off — Tottenham or Arsenal? North London will not be a fun place to be this week.
3. Shirt exchange of the day
So many questions. Did Santos ask for the shirt or did RVP realize his former teammate needed a towel, and kindly offered up his shirt as a makeshift handkerchief. It appears Santos blows some sort of projectile into the shirt shortly after it was given to him. Whatever the case, this was by far the strangest thing I saw today. If anyone has inside information — no, Arsenal didn’t take the shirt so they could sell it for profit later — please let us know. This will keep me up at night.
4. Tweet of the day
Coincidence? Sleet in Swansea, and suddenly all the Brazilians and Spaniards are subbed.#sleetydayinwales
— James Sharman (@jamessharman) November 3, 2012
6. Red card of the day
Ibra’s 70th minute red card capped a terrible day for PSG at home. Mamadou Sakho’s own goal in the 55th minute put St Etienne ahead 1-0. Shortly after Ibra’s red, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0. The Parisians got a goal back near the death, but it was for naught. A dispiriting loss and the reddest of cards. Tough day at the office for Carlo’s men.