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Jermaine Defoe became only the 3rd Premier League player after Alan Shearer and Andy Cole, to score 5 goals in game in Tottanham’s 9-1 thrashing of Wigan Athletic. Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp who not so long ago was livid at a Jermaine Defoe for a stamp on Aaron Mokoena in a match against his old club Portsmouth, which got the 27-year old Defoe a 3 match ban praised the striker, hailing him as the “best finisher” in the English game. Redknapp attributed Defoe’s great start to the season to a punishing gym routine. The England international is one of the leading scorers in the premier league having scored 11 goals. Redknapp said, “Jermain is an amazing finisher. He’s so sharp around the box, you give him half-a-chance and he makes a yard and bangs it in the back of the net. His hat-trick at Hull was incredible and he’s been doing that since he was 14. I took him at West Ham at 15 and he was a goalscoring machine.”
Tottenham’s captain for the day, Jonathan Woodgate was even more generous with his praise saying, ” I think he’s the sharpest striker not only in the Premier League but probably in the world. He’s that sharp he simply doesn’t miss, in training or in matches.”
The win was Tottenham’s best in 32 years with Peter Crouch, Aaron Lenon, Niko Kranjcar also finding the back of the net. Chris Kirkland own goal added to Wigans’s Athletics humiliating loss – it’s worst in it’s 31-year history. Roberto Martinez’s Wigan Athletic also become the first English Premier League team to concede nine goals in a single match since Ipswich Town in 1995 and the players have decided to refund their travelling supporters.
In a statement released by the embarrassed Latics players the club captain, Mario Melchiot, said: “We feel that as a group of players we badly let down our supporters yesterday, and this is a gesture we have to make and pay them back for their tremendous loyalty.”
“There is not a lot else to say, just that as a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed, we feel it was below our standards and this is something we feel we owe to the fans. Now we have to draw a line under the game, focus completely on training this week and bounce back on Saturday.We are professionals, we will take it on the chin and move on but it’s important that we do not take our supporters for granted.”
Supporters can claim their money by contacting the ticket office at the DW Stadium before Friday December 4th.
Also, in a incident possibly relate to the humiliating loss, Wigan today postponed the planned official opening of their new club store in the town. A spokesperson said, “The club apologises for any inconvenience caused to its supporters but stresses that the event will go ahead in the very near future, as soon as a new date can be arranged.”