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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Wigan Athletic

White Hart Lane


3 pm

Lets make a point

A date for remembering will hopefully be a date that turned round the season for Latics as they head for North London and Spurs on Armistice Day

Spurs are back in the country following their 0-2 win over Awful Tel Aviv in the Uefa Cup on Thursday, the only thing that can be taken out of the win is that Berbatov aint happy

Despite the new manager coming in to replace Martin Jol, Juande Ramos appears to be having the same problems as his predecessor, a team low on confidence, poor defensively and a little turbulence in the dressing room

An opportunity presents itself to the Latics to have a go at Spurs, we are both on 8 points and only goal difference stops Spurs being in the bottom three in place of Wigan

With Chris Hutchings being dismissed last Saturday, caretaker manager Frank Barlow has a chance to make and take at least a point from White Hart Lane tomorrow

If he would abandon the cautious approach of the alien 4-5-1 and be positive and adopt the more familiar formation 4-4-2 that has served us well for over ten years we could make a game of it tomorrow

But it appears that Barlow is going to stick with Hutchs game plan

We will be facing one of the worst defences in the division with just one striker and allowing potentially one of the best attacking sides outside the top six to have a go at us

To sit back against a team that is full of goal scorers will be asking for trouble, lets not do it.

On Remembrance Day Frank remember the Alamo and what happened there, for the fans have a go

Vital Quotes:

Frank Barlow

'After a sombre start to the week, it's up to me, the players and everybody within the club to make sure we're back up; we've got the gloves on and we're ready for a scrap on Sunday afternoon.'

'Three points are important to the club and also as a parting gift to Chris'

Juande Ramos

'I think we are still a long way away from achieving what we want to do, as much in defence as in attack,'

'The team is very low on confidence and the team needs security. We need a few really good results to relax the team and to make them start believing in themselves again.

'It is all to do with bad results the team has had. That takes away the security and the confidence of the players. But if we can put a few results together let's see if we can get that confidence and self-belief back.'

Tottenham Hotspur Team News:

Ledley King, Ricardo Rocha, Anthony Gardner, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale all set to miss out again through injury

Spurs will choose from:

Robinson, Cerny, Chimbonda, Stalteri, Lee, Kaboul, Dawson, Tainio, Jenas, Zokora, Lennon, Malbranque, Boateng, Huddlestone, Taarabt, Routledge, Bent, Defoe, Berbatov, Keane.

Player to watch: Robbie Keane

Very talented Irishman and always scores against us, good mate of Kevin 'Killer' Kilbane

Wigan Athletic Team News:

With Heskey still out, expect the same side that was destroyed at will by Chelsea last week

Latics will choose from:

Kirkland, Melchiot, Granqvist, Bramble, Boyce, Kilbane, Koumas, Landzaat, Brown, Scharner, Valencia, Sibierski, Bent, Aghahowa, Skoko, Taylor, Pollitt, Olembe, Hall.

Player to watch: Marcus Bent

Despite not liking Bent I have to say he is giving his all lately and puts in a lot of effort

Scored two in the last away game at Birmingham, same again tomorrow please Benty

Match Facts & Stats

Spurs won two and there has beem two draws of previous four meetings

Ref Watch:

Lee Mason (Bolton)

4 matches so far this season for Mr Mason and he has issued 12 yellows and no reds

Match Prediction:

Heart says 2-2 draw

Head says 3-0 Spurs win

Next Fixtures:

Arsenal Vs Latics

Saturday 24/11/2007 3pm

Latics Vs Manchester City

Saturday 1/12/2007 3 pm

The Journalist

Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 10 2007

Time: 2:13PM

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Please Frankie go 4-4-2 and give us a chance
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10/11/2007 14:19:00

Definitely a good time to be playing us but I think we are just starting to turn a corner. Ok so we haven't been playing top quality opposition but we are still undefeated under Ramos and although you say he has the same problems as Jol he does seem to be willing to do something about it. Good luck though for the rest of the season though!!!
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10/11/2007 14:35:00

Good luck lads, I'd love it if you were to beat them!
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10/11/2007 15:56:00

Be interesting to see what team Barlow puts out and if indeed he does go 4-5-1, in which case we're stuffed
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10/11/2007 19:02:00

ha ! merlin ! it's not gonna happen !
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10/11/2007 19:03:00


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