JERMAIN Defoe revealed how he made a last-minute change of boots before his goalscoring frenzy against Wigan that sent Tottenham Hotspur back into the Barclays Premier League top four.
Spurs development coach Clive Allen, himself a prolific striker in his playing days, told Defoe to change his green boots – and the result was five goals in the 9-1 demolition at White Hart Lane.
It was Spurs’ biggest victory for 32 years, since they defeated Bristol Rovers, and their biggest in the Premier League.
“I had a funny feeling before the game,” Defoe said. “Adidas gave me a pair of green boots and I tried them on before the game, but Clive Allen said I couldn’t wear them, so I changed them.
“They were pinkish silver ones in the end, and I go and score five.” Peter Crouch’s early strike gave Harry Redknapp’s men a half-time lead. Aaron Lennon and Niko Kranjcar also netted, while David Bentley’s free-kick went in off Chris Kirkland.
Wigan’s consolation goal came from Paul Scharner.
Roberto Martinez is hoping his Wigan side are not psychologically scarred from the defeat.
“The damage of this won’t be carried into the next game,” said the Spaniard. “We have enough characters in the dressing room and we need to react in the right way. I’ve never been involved in a game like this.”
TOTTENHAM: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, Woodgate, Assou-Ekotto (Bassong 81), Lennon (Bentley 79), Huddlestone, Palacios (Jenas 84), Kranjcar, Defoe, Crouch. Subs (not used): Alnwick, Hutton, Pavlyuchenko, Keane.
Goals: Crouch 9, Defoe 51, 54, 58, 69, 87, Lennon 64, Kirkland 88 og, Kranjcar 90.
WIGAN: Kirkland, Melchiot (Cho 85), Bramble, Boyce, Edman, Thomas (Gomez 67), Diame, N’Zogbia, Scharner, Rodallega, Scotland. Subs (not used): Pollitt, Koumas, Sinclair, Kapo, Figueroa.
Goal: Scharner 57.
Attendance: 35,650 Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).