Tottenham Hotspur’s luck may not have changed too much after creating the best chances against Chelsea and failing to convert any of them but Harry Redknapp will be content with a point.
The single objective for Spurs was to avoid defeat at Stamford Bridge – where they still haven’t won since 1990 – and that was done to expert effect.
Redknapp swamped the midfield, meaning Chelsea’s only threat was long balls up to Didier Drogba and that was dealt with pretty well on the whole.
The breaks didn’t quite fall for Spurs – Gareth Bale hit the bar with a header, Emmanuel Adebayor really should have scored after rounding Petr Cech and Rafael van der Vaart ought to have found the net at the end of the first half.
But now Spurs have eight matches left to hold onto fourth place with a five-point lead – in other words, win seven of them and they have secured Champions League football and their run-in, after a horrible last few fixtures, doesn’t look too bad.
All four matches at White Hart Lane are very winnable, and trips to Loftus Road, the Stadium of Light, Villa Park and the Reebok shouldn’t strike fear into Redknapp’s men.
The rot was stopped when Van der Vaart headed home in injury time in midweek and the rebuilding has continued today – things are looking up again in the white half of north London.
Wigan Athletic condemned Liverpool to their fifth defeat in their past six league matches, as they shocked the Anfield faithful with a 2-1 victory yesterday, but there is still a lot more work to do.
The win sees the Latics remain in 19th, just one point from safety, although they have tough upcoming fixtures against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Wigan manager Roberto Martínez will undoubtedly be delighted with such an unexpected win, but must remain realistic as to their chances of avoiding relegation.
Wolves must remain favourites for the drop following a dismal run of form, but Wigan are locked in a battle to avoid the drop with fellow strugglers QPR, Bolton and Blackburn.
Victor Moses, who earned the penalty from which the visitors took the lead, has continued to impress this season and looks likely to leave should his side be victims of relegation.
But Martínez will be delighted with not only the result, but also the performance that his team produced, in what was Wigan’s first ever Premier League success at Anfield, although he will know there is plenty of work still to do.
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