On This Day: Spurs slay the Latics
On this day in 2009, Tottenham put Wigan to the sword as Jermain Defoe netted five times in a huge 9-1 win over Wigan.
It was a chilly Sunday afternoon and Spurs went into the game aiming to further push their claims for a Champions League place, while the visitors to White Hart Lane were aiming to win for just the fifth time that season.
Instead, it was a seventh defeat of the campaign and a real walloping it was.
Peter Crouch opened the scoring after nine minutes, cleverly nodding home an Aaron Lennon cross from the right, and it remained 1-0 heading into the break.
Defoe then got in on the act after 51 minutes, converting another Lennon cross, and it took him just seven further minutes to complete his hat-trick.
In amongst that crazy spell, Paul Scharner gave his side a lifeline when smashing past Heurelho Gomes but their hope soon faded to further embarrassment.
Lennon exploited more weak defending just after the hour when former Spurs man Erik Edman neglected to close him down and he fired in across Chris Kirkland.
The scoring switched back to Defoe on 69 minutes and he got his fifth and final goal with three minutes left on the clock, becoming the third player after Alan Shearer and Andy Cole to score five times in a PL game.
Substitute David Bentley then knocked in a long-range free-kick, curling a lovely effort onto the bar and seeing the ball ricochet in off Kirkland’s head.
Finally, it fell to Nico Kranjcar to round things off, with the woodwork again playing its role. The Croatian received the ball from Bentley before spinning and rifling home in off the woodwork.
While Wigan were obviously poor that day, Spurs were spectacular and had a really good team under Harry Redknapp. The 9-1 success remains the club’s record top flight win.
Crouch and Defoe often rotated with Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko up front, while Jermaine Jenas is another who had to make do with a bench role that day and Luka Modric was injured.
This victory was inevitably hard to follow up, as Spurs failed to win their next three in the Premier League but would eventually go on to finish fourth in the table.
Wigan bounced back with a 1-0 win over Sunderland, Hugo Rodallega getting the only goal, but with just eight wins all season they were perhaps lucky to finish 16th.
This was, however, a season of transition after Roberto Martinez’s appointment the previous summer.
They would go on to win the 2013 FA Cup under the Spaniard, only to be relegated from the top flight days afterwards.
That was a low point, but you feel results such as the one suffered on November 22, 2009, will have rivalled it even with the disappointment of relegation.
Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.