AN agonising last-minute own goal from Emmerson Boyce denied Latics all three points against Champions League-chasing Spurs in a thrilling clash at the DW Stadium.
The visitors had taken the lead in the ninth minute, with one of the most bizarre goals of the season.
Latics passed the ball all the way back to Joel Robles, whose clearance was charged down by Bale into the roof of the home net.
There was a stunned silence around the DW, which thankfully only lasted the 60 seconds it took for Latics to get back on to level terms.
Callum McManaman won a corner down the right, and Shaun Maloney’s delivery was headed powerfully into the top corner by Emmerson Boyce.
McManaman then gave Latics the lead three minutes into the second half, cutting inside on to his left foot and rifling past Hugo Lloris.
And it looked like Latics would hold on for a valuable three points only for Aaron Lennon’s cross to deflect in off Boyce to steal a point for the visitors.
Latics: Robles; Boyce, Scharner, Figueroa, McArthur, McCarthy, Gomez; Maloney, McManaman, Kone.
Subs: Al Habsi, Stam (for Figueroa, 34), Caldwell, Espinoza (for Gomez, 79), Watson, Di Santo (for McManaman, 64), Henriquez.
Spurs: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele, Huddlestone, Parker, Bale; Dempsey, Defoe.
Subs: Friedel, Carroll, Caulker, Assou-Ekotto (for Naughton, 64), Lennon (for ), Sigurdsson, Holtby (for Dembele, 41).