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Monday 15 April 2013

On this day: Wigan pegged back by Spurs

In our series looking at Premier League history, Wigan lead three times but can only draw

  • Emile Heskey headed Wigan in front after just two minutes against Spurs

  • Leighton Baines regained the lead for Wigan after Berbatov's equaliser

  • A penalty from Robbie Keane made it 2-2 in the first half

  • Kevin Kilbane's header put Wigan in front for a third time but they could not hold on

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 15 April 2007 Wigan 3-3 Spurs

Wigan Athletic led three times but each time were pegged back by Tottenham Hotspur as they sought to earn three valuable points at the JJB Stadium to aid their fight against relegation.

Emile Heskey put Wigan ahead with a close-range header after two minutes but two minutes later Dimitar Berbatov equalised for Martin Jol’s men.

On the half-hour Paul Jewell’s team were in front again from a great shot by Leighton Baines but the lead lasted less than five minutes as Robbie Keane levelled from the penalty spot after John Filan had fouled Jermaine Jenas.

Fifteen minutes after the break, Kevin Kilbane’s header put Wigan ahead but eight minutes Keane got his second, taking advantage of Matt Jackson’s error.

"They were all disappointing goals that we conceded but there are only four games to go, so I can't keep saying we've lost so many points from leads,” Jewell said. "What we have to do is get more points than three other teams in this league. That's all I'm interested in."

Wigan did that but only just as they finished a point and a place above the relegation zone at the season’s end.

Spurs manager Jol was relieved to claim a point. "We could have made it easier on ourselves but not today,” he said. “They were probably a bit fresher than us after we played on Thursday but we showed resilience. That is what we have done before.

"We had lost one of our last eight before this and we did not want to lose today. Before the game we would not have settled for a point but after it you have to."

Three wins in the final five matches were enough for Jol’s Spurs to claim fifth and a place in the UEFA Cup.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A piece of action from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Wigan three times led but eventually drew with Spurs in 2007