With Wigan looking to get out of the relegation zone and Tottenham Hotspur hoping to make ground on Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for Champions League spots, a draw was never going to be the optimal result for either of these sides.
But after 95 minutes, that’s exactly what they got—a split decision that only pulled the Latics to within two points of safety and took Spurs level with fourth-place Chelsea having played a game more.
Gareth Bale got things started for the guests after just nine minutes. Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa had played goalkeeper Joel Robles into an awkward position with a light back-pass, and as Joel attempted a clearance, Bale’s karate-kick attempt directed the ball past the 22-year-old and into the back of the net for the opener.
The lead was to last only two minutes, however, as a big afternoon for Emmerson Boyce began when the Barbados international pulled Wigan level with an off-balance header from a corner kick.
Wigan managed to take the lead five minutes after the restart through an impressive Callum McManaman strike. Controlling James McCarthy’s hard pass, the 22-year-old took two steps inside before releasing a cannon of a shot with his left foot that went in just under the bar as Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dove helplessly to his left.
The hosts held the lead until the final minute of normal time when Tom Huddlestone’s low free-kick from a wide angle ping-ponged around the goalmouth before being accidentally turned behind Joel by Boyce.