Did anyone see the Suprs vs Wigan game? Holy smokes I didn't know that these games still happened.
Spurs 9 - 1 Wigan
Jermain Defoe helped himself to five goals as Tottenham demolished Wigan 9-1 at White Hart Lane to move into fourth spot in the table.
England ace Defoe was the star of the show as he notched five goals as Spurs recorded their biggest ever win in the Premier League.
Peter Crouch started the rout in the first half before Spurs ran riot in the second half with Defoe grabbing a seven-minute hat-trick (51,54,58) and going add to two more to his tally (69) (87).
Paul Scharner pulled back a controversial goal at 3-0 as it appeared he handled the ball before finding the net.
However, the respite was short-lived as Aaron Lennon deservedly got in on the act with a goal on his return to action before the unfortunate Chris Kirkland saw David Bentley's free-kick come off before ending up in the net.
Niko Kranjcar completed the rout in the closing seconds with a stunning finish to send the home fans into raptures and cement Tottenham's credentials of securing a top-four spot this season.
The clash was played on a Sunday following an agreement between the clubs so players could rest after the international break - and Defoe seemed the freshest on display by grabbing his goals in the second half.
It takes his tally to 15 for Spurs and England this season and it means his club have scored more than five goals in five matches during the current campaign.
They were his first goals too since his needless dismissal against Portsmouth last month, which Spurs boss Redknapp criticised him for.
Redknapp will also be encouraged by his team looking more balanced following the return of England winger Lennon after missing three matches with an ankle injury.
Croatia midfielder Kranjcar was on the other flank, meaning Redknapp ditched his recent diamond formation and started with Robbie Keane on the bench following his World Cup efforts with Republic of Ireland last week.
Wilson Palacios, making his first appearance against Wigan since leaving the club in January, started the move for the ninth-minute opener by feeding Lennon on the right, with the England winger sending over a gorgeous cross between goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and centre-back Titus Bramble. Crouch was at the back post to head home.
Lennon almost added a second immediately after creating the opener, forcing
Kirkland to save his volley on the rebound after Emmerson Boyce cleared off the line to deny Defoe.
Kirkland also saved from Palacios at full stretch after a 25-yard drive, while
Wigan's response was a volley from Mohamed Diame that flew wide.
Wigan had not won in London since 2006 when they defeated West Ham - and the threat Spurs posed meant it appeared unlikely they would break that run. Tom Huddlestone was the next to go close, with a drive that shaved Kirkland's post.
The visitors, however, kept looking for the counter-attack and Jason Scotland forced Heurelho Gomes to save at his near post after former Spurs full-back Erik Edman fed him the ball on the edge of the area. Charles N'Zogbia also went just over with a curling effort and got closer with a free-kick.
Defoe struck the bar before the break, then burst into a scoring frenzy after the restart.
The first came from another Lennon cross, with Defoe getting in front of Bramble and crashing his finish into the roof of the net. His second strike came after Palacios' ball forward was totally missed by Boyce, with Defoe keeping his cool to finish slot his finish into the far post.
Then came Scharner's moment of controversy. Hugo Rodallega crossed the ball from the left and the Austrian midfielder clearly used his hand to control before lashing past Gomes and into the roof of the net.
The Spurs bench were furious with referee Peter Walton for letting the goal stand - but Defoe restored the three-goal cushion with his hat-trick straight away.
Lennon crossed again and this time Defoe volleyed home at the near post, meaning he wrapped up his treble in just seven minutes - still short of Robbie Fowler's record when the Liverpool favourite struck in under five minutes.
Lennon added the fifth himself after Crouch smuggled the ball out to his team-mate from a congested penalty area, with the winger angling his finish into the far post.
Defoe, in full flow now and demanding the ball, grabbed his fourth 21 minutes from the end by latching on to Vedran Corluka's ball and firing home off the post.
His fifth came after a mistake by Edman, with Defoe finishing through Kirkland's legs. Bentley's free-kick accounted for the eighth goal, his effort going in off Kirkland after coming down off the underside of the bar. Kranjcar's goal, the ninth, also went in off the woodwork.
How embarrassing for Wigan.
Daniel Bedingfield claimed that his new album is what it would sound like if Sting, Stevie Wonder and Micheal Jackson were in a basement together - I haven't got the album so I'll have to imagine the sound of a blind bloke and a Geordie kicking the shit out of a pedophile.
Bye bye, Martinez.
Bye Bye Wigan.
What a ****in waste of space that club is.
I think Thailand would've beaten them.
I saw most of the game; there was some shocking defending going on. Wigan's mindset seemed to be back off and let Spurs have a go. I bet Defoe couldn't believe his luck; it was a great opportunity for some shooting practice.
Wow - Top notch.
Which reminds me of those games played in the local 'rec in me yoof. Endless summer days, blue skies and a blazing sun.
We used to play long, long games with 15 or more aside, first team to 20 won, and when that happened, a revised first team to score 30 or whatever. Most ages welcome, smallest in goal. Taking it in turn to be Peter Osgood, Charlie Cooke or Alan Hudson or whoever your favourite player happened to be.
Complete and utter chaos, in a controlled sort of way, and simply sublime.
I am SO glad I dropped Titus Bramble from my Fantasy Team for this weekend!
Last edited by wildchris; 23rd November 2009 at 20:06.
BBC Sport - Football - Wigan players set to refund fans
Wigan's players are to personally refund Latics fans who bought tickets at the DW Stadium for the 9-1 hammering at Tottenham on Sunday.
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Typical Spurs though. Watch them lose1-0 at someone like Wolves next week. sublime to ridiculously inconsistent.