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History made in incredible win

Posted on 22 November 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe hit five of the goals in our biggest win in over 30 years and as good a performance as you will see anywhere - an incredible 9-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Lane!

History made in incredible win

Jermain Defoe hit five of the goals in our biggest win in over 30 years and as good a performance as you will see anywhere - an incredible 9-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Lane!

It was the second biggest win in Premier League history was as we ran riot over the Latics to send out a real statement to the rest of the league.

Victory takes us back into the top four, level on points with third-placed Arsenal, and on this evidence who is to say we won't stay there for the rest of the campaign.

And believe it or not, we were only 1-0 up at half-time! Peter Crouch gave us an early lead but the floodgates opened in the second half.

Defoe took his tally to 12 for the season and looked in unstoppable form as he became only the third player in Premier League history to score five goals in a game.

Aaron Lennon, substitute David Bentley, and Niko Kranjcar also got in on the act in a memorable victory.

Harry Redknapp made three changes from the side that defeated Sunderland at the Lane just over a fortnight ago.

Lennon made his return to the side after three games out with the ankle injury picked up in the defeat against Stoke City last month.

He came in on the right wing as the manager reverted back to a 4-4-2 formation, having tried out a midfield diamond last time out, with Kranjcar starting on the other flank

Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Keane dropped to the bench, while Michael Dawson came in for the injured Ledley King alongside captain Jonathan Woodgate at the back.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors from the first whistle as we attacked from the off, Crouch having two chances before opening the scoring on eight minutes. .

Defoe held the play up well before Lennon put in one of those simply undefendable curling crosses in behind the back four for Crouch to stoop and head home from close range. It was his second league goal of the season.

It was clear visiting goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was going to have a busy afternoon, and he was forced to make a string of good saves, including two from a rampant Defoe, before half-time to keep his side in with a shout.

Huddlestone also came close with a ferocious effort as Heurelho Gomes had little to do at the other end, although it was clear at the break that we needed that all-important second goal.

We had to wait only five minutes of the second half before it came, once again courtesy of Lennon, who provided an almost identical cross to the one that set up the opener, and this time it was Defoe who got in front of his marker to finish on the half-volley from six yards for a well-deserved first.

But nobody at a blustery White Hart Lane could have predicted what was to come.

Defoe's second followed soon after when Boyce slipped in trying to cut out a Wilson Palacios throughball, and the lethal striker capitalised to race on and finish from a tight angle.

On 57 minutes the visitors gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a controversial strike. Hugo Rodallega found Paul Scharner unmarked at the far post who finished well - but there was more than a hint of handball as he controlled the cross.

No matter. We raced straight back down the other end from kick off to restore our three-goal lead.

Lennon was once again the provider, and his cross from the right was volleyed home by Defoe as he completed his second hat-trick of the season, having also hit a triple at Hull City back in August.

On the hour mark it was Lennon's turn to get himself on the scoresheet having laid on three of the previous four goals.

Kranjcar and Crouch did well to work the ball to him in space on the right-hand side of the box, and he drilled his low shot inside the far post.

And 10 minutes later, Defoe became our second player of the season to hit four in a game, following on from Robbie Keane's quadruple against Burnley in September.

Vedran Corluka was the provider this time as the unstoppable frontman once again got in ahead of the hapless defenders to finish in off Kirkland's near post.

The Wigan defence had gone into meltdown and were bereft of any confidence, while Defoe was having a field day, pouncing onto an error from former Spur Erik Edman to make it 7-1.

Lennon had been substituted to a standing ovation and was replaced by Bentley, who came up with the pick of the bunch two minutes from time.

He won a free-kick 25 yards out and hit as good a strike as you will see which cannoned in off the underside of the bar for his first league goal in over a year.

And there was still time for another one before the end to cap off an unforgettable day, with Kranjcar hammering home a deserved goal on a fantastic display from him.

With performances like this one, the sky is the only limit for Harry Redknapp's side this season, which seems to be ever-improving.

It's Aston Villa away next up on Saturday in a crucial game which will hopefully show just how far we have come in his reign as manager.

Spurs (4-4-2): Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto (Bassong, 80); Lennon (Bentley, 78), Huddlestone, Palacios (Jenas, 83), Kranjcar; Crouch, Defoe
Subs not used: Alnwick, Hutton, Keane, Pavlyuchenko

Wigan (4-5-1): Kirkland; Melchiot (Cho, 85), Boyce, Bramble, Edman; N'Zogbia, Diame, Scharner, Thomas (Gomez, 67), Rodallega; Scotland
Subs not used: Pollitt, Figueroa, Koumas, Sinclair, Kapo