Wigan Athletic 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Tom Cleverley's shot is saved by Heurelho Gomes
Tom Cleverley's shot is saved by Heurelho Gomes

WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez believes his side deserved all three points from their 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

Latics dominated proceedings at the DW Stadium, but were unable to find the breakthrough in what was a frustrating afternoon.

But he was delighted with the effort shown by his players, and did take solace from the fact that they were taking a point from a side who have achieved so much this season.

“Sometimes results don’t reflect performances, but I just felt today, in a competitive game of football, we were playing against a very talented side,” said Martinez.

“You could see why they beat teams like Milan, and have had a great season in the Champions League.

“I just felt that three points was more deserved.

“From a tactical point of view, I thought the players were sensational, and I was extremely proud of them for that.”

Martinez praised the determined nature of his side.

Although they struggled in front of goal, they constantly attacked Spurs, refusing to settle for just a point.

And he felt his side were once again on the wrong end of a key refereeing decision, which could have led to a first-half penalty.

“There was plenty of action in both boxes, I’ve seen the Victor Moses incident and I felt his heels were clipped, and in my opinion it’s a penalty although I don’t think there was any intention,” bemoaned the Spaniard.

“But we kept knocking on the door, creating chances, and the front four were very sharp and did well to cause problems for Tottenham.

“The three subs had a big impact in their own way. It’s important that when you come on you are ready to help the team and that is what we have got now. We’ve got a strong squad with a lot of competition ,and players fighting for the minutes on the pitch to help the football club.”

However, Martinez conceded that his side’s weakness in front of goal has cost them claiming all three points.

Latics created countless opportunities throughout the game but just couldn’t find the net.

“In every department, I felt that we were really strong,” he added.

“We created chances, and taking those chances is the difference between one point and three.

“But overall we did everything we could to try and win a football game, which I was very pleased with, and shows how far we’ve come this season.

“You could see we were playing against a very strong, talented side with a great understanding of one another, but I felt we edged the game in every department.

“We were very strong defensively, as a team we worked hard keeping Tottenham’s star players very quiet and creating enough corners and chances to win the game.

“The manner in which Spurs complicate their attacks and their pattern of play is very creative.

“Luka Modric and Rafael Van Der Vaart are very, very talented, but we stopped them enjoying their role completely and overall dealt with their team’s threat well.”

Teams:

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Watson, McCarthy, N’Zogbia (Di Santo 85), Cleverley, Moses (Sammon 66), Rodallega (Diame 85).

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Gohouri, Gomez, Stam.

Booked: Gary Caldwell.

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Van der Vaart (Lennon 68), Sandro, Jenas, Modric (Kranjcar 85), Pavlyuchenko, Defoe (Crouch 57).

Subs Not Used: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Rose, Pienaar.

Booked: Sandro.

Att: 18,578

Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).