Ben Watson was the hero for Wigan Saturday as the Latics beat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Wigan, who had only won three of their previous 16 visits to Spurs, were well worth their victory and coped admirably with Andre Villas-Boas' 4-2-3-1 formation.
In recent months, Roberto Martinez has experimented with a 3-4-2-1 formation, giving his team the platform to dictate the game against their more illustrious Premier League opponents—and Saturday was no different.
Despite Tottenham flying high in the Premier League at the moment, it came as no surprise to see the game goalless at halftime.
Wigan have been pretty toothless all season, while Spurs have failed to score in the first half in seven of their last 10 Premier League games.
If anything, Roberto Martinez's team went off wondering about what might have been after Brad Friedel made two wonderful point-blank saves in succession to keep his team in the game.
Spurs, without Moussa Dembele, who last played at the start of October against Aston Villa, lacked bite in midfield where Watson and James McCarthy held the upper hand for the visiting side. Spurs' cause was not helped by Sandro leaving the pitch midway through the first half through injury.
The Latics got the goal their adventurous play deserved just one minute into the second half, when Brad Friedel failed to deal with Shaun Maloney's corner, resulting in Watson smashing the ball home from close range.
After the dreadful mistake by Friedel, one must wonder if Villas-Boas will use this as the incident to force Hugo Lloris into the team going forward.
Chasing the game, Villas-Boas introduced Emmanuel Adebayor and Tom Carroll. However, Ali Al-Habsi was in inspired form and kept out successive shots from Gareth Bale, Steven Caulker and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
As Spurs pushed for the equaliser, Wigan kept catching them on the break. If anything, they could have won the game by a bigger margin.
The game ended with Spurs—losing for just the second time in nine games and dropping to fifth place—being booed off the pitch by their furious fans.