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Football: Figueroa’s Late Show Downs Spurs

Posted on: January 12, 2009

WIGAN, England: Maynor Figueroa’s stoppage-time header secured Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the JJB Stadium on Sunday as they strengthened their grip on seventh place in the Premier League.

Defeat was cruel on Spurs, who had to play the closing stages with goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes unable to move freely because of a leg injury after using all their substitutes, and left the visitors in the bottom three.

It looked as if the Londoners, with Jermain Defoe making his second debut for the club after re-joining Spurs from Portsmouth, would salvage a draw.

But with Gomes rooted to his line, unmarked Honduran left-back Figueroa headed in powerfully from a Ryan Taylor corner in the 91st minute to score his first goal for north-west side Wigan.

This win meant Wigan had taken 18 points out of a possible 21 from their last seven league matches.

Spurs had the better of what chances there were in a goalless first-half although it was Wigan who finished the opening period the stronger and Gomes had to smother a close-range effort from Emile Heskey in the 39th minute.

Tottenham with Ledley King in a re-shaped defence looked to be seeing out a lively second-half where referee Andre Marriner booked several Wigan players.

But Steve Bruce’s men had the last laugh over Harry Redknapp’s team when the Spurs defence failed to pick-up Figueroa. – AFP/de

Channel News Asia

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