Boyce turns from hero to villain for Wigan
Late own goal sees Latics remain in relegation zone
Emmerson Boyce (2nd left) of Wigan Athletic concedes an own goal during the Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at the DW Stadium. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
Premier League round-up: Emmerson Boyce’s last minute own-goal saw Tottenham claim a late 2-2 draw against Premier League strugglers Wigan to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.
Spurs took the early lead through Gareth Bale but his score was soon cancelled out by Boyce, before Callum McManaman’s firecracker looked to have earned Wigan a vital three points.
However, Boyce’s afternoon ended on a sour note when Aaron Lennon’s cross rebounded into the net off the Wigan defender’s shins, as Roberto Martinez’s side saw a vital two points evaporate.
The result means Tottenham missed the chance to move above Chelsea and instead remained in fifth place while Wigan remained in the relegation zone, two points behind Aston Villa, who play Sunderland on Monday.
It had all started so positively for Spurs when Bale pounced in the ninth minute after Latics goalkeeper Joel Robles and defender Maynor Figueroa were too slow in exchanging passes in the box. Robles’s clearance was charged down by the Spurs man, who capitalised to give his side the advantage.
However, the lead was short-lived thanks to Boyce, who headed Wigan level two minutes later from Shaun Maloney’s corner to leave the sides tied 1-1 at half-time.
Callum McManaman then fired Wigan ahead in the 49th minute with a 25-yard strike which looked to have edged his side out of the relegation zone before Boyce’s own-goal.
Everton kept their chances of achieving European football next season alive as they beat Fulham 1-0 at Goodison Park.Steven Pienaar gave the Toffees the lead with a 16th-minute strike when he fired home after good work by Seamus Coleman on the byline.
West Brom consolidated their place in the top half of the table and left Southampton one point adrift of the magical 40-point mark with a 3-0 win as both sides had players sent off at St Mary’s.
The Baggies claimed an early advantage thanks to Marc-Antoine Fortune. Romelu Lukaku headed in the assist which Fortune bundled over the line in the sixth minute to give the Baggies a 1-0 half-time lead.
Lukaku then claimed a goal of his own after the break, Fortune turning provider, to double the lead, before Fortune and Southampton substitute Gaston Ramirez were both shown straight red cards for violent conduct. Ramirez caught Shane Long with his elbow and Fortune reacted by slapping the Saints midfielder around the head.
Long did not seemed to be too perturbed by the situation as he drilled West Brom’s third six minutes later before Southampton ended the game with nine men when Daniel Fox was dismissed for a two-footed challenge on Steven Reid.
Elsewhere, Charlie Adam scored 49 seconds into the second half as Stoke eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 win over Norwich.
Adam, who had not scored in his previous 14 league appearances for the Potters, ended his drought when he lashed Peter Crouch’s knock-down into Mark Bunn’s net.
The result means Stoke reached the 40-point landmark, while Norwich remained two points adrift in 14th place.