Friday 22 November 2013
Jermain Defoe scored five times in the second half as Tottenham Hotspur routed Wigan Athletic to record their highest score in a top- flight match.
Records tumbled as Spurs enjoyed the biggest Barclays Premier League win for 14 years, Defoe scored the second-fastest hat-trick in the competition's history (Robbie Fowler hit the quickest in 1994) and became the first player to score five in the top flight since 1999, while it was Wigan’s worst defeat since joining the Football League in 1978.
There was no sign of what was to come when Tottenham Hotspur went into the break just 1-0 up thanks to Peter Crouch’s ninth-minute opener from Aaron Lennon’s cross.
Defoe doubled the lead in the 51st minute from another Lennon centre and three minutes later made it 3-0 after Wigan failed to clear a pass from Wilson Palacios.
Paul Scharner pulled one back in the 57th minute after a left-wing cross but 60 seconds later Defoe completed a seven-minute hat-trick – once again from a Lennon cross.
Lennon got on the scoresheet himself to make it 5-1 and Defoe struck twice more, after passes by Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar respectively.
Defoe was substituted by David Bentley, who got the eighth when his free-kick hit the woodwork and went in off Latics goalkeeper Chris Kirkland before, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Kranjcar spun to hit the ninth.
“Jermain is an amazing finisher – the best out there," Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said. "He’s got stronger this season and is using his upper-body strength a bit more and holding people off.”
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said: “It was unacceptable and unexpected. The way we defended in key moments was not good enough. I am embarrassed as it’s a result we don’t want to be associated with. We need to move on quickly and give a good reaction in the next game.”
Spurs finished fourth in the table, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time, while Wigan preserved their Barclays Premier League status with a 16th-place finish.