Spurs 3 Wigan 1

A Wigan debut for Jean Beausejour
A Wigan debut for Jean Beausejour

GARETH Bale scored twice as Tottenham tormented a hapless Wigan side at White Hart Lane.

Spurs followed up their defeat to Manchester City with poor displays against Wolves and Watford but they were at their best tonight to beat Roberto Martinez’ men, playing their usual brand of free-flowing attacking football before Bale put them ahead in the 29th minute.

Luka Modric despatched a cool 18-yard strike to make it 2-0 five minutes later and Bale scored his second after 64 minutes before James McArthur grabbed a late consolation for the Latics.


Tottenham Friedel, Walker (Sandro 75), Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Kranjcar, Modric, Parker, Bale, Adebayor (Lancaster 78), Van der Vaart (Livermore 31).

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

Goals: Bale 29, Modric 34, Bale 64.

Wigan Al Habsi, Stam, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Moses, Watson (Crusat 87), McCarthy, Beausejour, Gomez (McArthur 70), Di Santo (Sammon 74).

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Gohouri, Jones, Rodallega.

Booked: Crusat.

Goals: McArthur 80.

Att: 35, 801

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).