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Frustrating day at The Lane

Posted on 21 September 2008  - 12:00

Plenty of effort but no real reward as Juande Ramos' side were held to a goal-less draw by Wigan Athletic at The Lane.

Frustrating day at The Lane

Plenty of effort but no real reward as Juande Ramos' side were held to a goal-less draw by Wigan Athletic at The Lane.

The result means we are still searching for our first victory of the Barclays Premier League season after five games.

It was a scrappy and largely uneventful first half with no clear cut opportunities being created by either side.

Heurelho Gomes was arguably the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first 45 minutes, and he made a splendid full-stretch save to keep out Paul Scharner's neat volley two minutes before the break.

At the other end, Chris Kirkland's only real test of the opening period was to deal with Darren Bent's 20-yard shot on 18 minutes - and he was comfortable in doing so.

Head Coach Ramos introduced Fraizer Campbell at half-time in the hope the striker would have a similar impact to what he did in our UEFA Cup win over Wisla Krakow on Thursday.

As the game dragged on with the Wigan defence still to be penetrated, Ramos injected a bit of pace into the side with the introduction of Aaron Lennon on 64 minutes.

Then the sparks began to flicker. Almost immediately after coming off the bench, the lightning winger broke down the right and put a dangerous ball across the face of goal.

Although this was cut out, Lennon picked up on the rebound and appeared to be upended in the box by Maynor Figueroa as he looked to go past him. But referee Steve Tanner waved away the appeals.

Lennon was not to be deterred as he came closer than anybody to breaking the deadlock 10 minutes later.

He picked up on Campbell's knock down on the edge of the box and flashed a smart left foot shot agonisingly wide of Kirkland's post.

Campbell himself was then just inches away from Gareth Bale's teasing cross moments later as Spurs looked for what at this stage would surely be the winner.

With seven minutes left, Bent went looking for a fourth goal in as many games when he picked up on a loose ball on the edge of the box and slammed a ferocious shot wide.

Our leading goalscorer then turned provider as he teed up Jamie O'Hara on the left side of the penalty area for an effort that went even closer to finally bursting the net.

Tom Huddlestone, another second half substitute, then stung the palms of Kirkland with a trademark 30-yard hit as full-time edged ever closer.

We were given a warning by the visitors four minutes from time when Olivier Kapo was left unmarked in the box only to head over Antonio Valencia's cross.

Moments later, the Frenchman forced Gomes into a good save having let fly with his right foot after cutting inside from the left.

But overall, Spurs were the better side and arguably deserved more than the point we have to show from this encounter.


Spurs (4-4-2): Gomes; Zokora, Corluka, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto; Bentley (Lennon, 64), Jenas, O'Hara, Bale (Huddlestone, 80); Pavlyuchenko (Campbell, 46), Bent
Subs not used: Cesar, Gilberto, Gunter, Giovani

Wigan (4-4-2): Kirkland; Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa; Valencia, Scharner, Palacios, Koumas (Kapo, 72); Heskey, Zaki (Camara, 82)
Subs not used: Pollitt, Taylor, Kilbane, De Ridder, Kingson