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Roman's double spurs selection headache for Harry as Wigan fume

Tottenham assistant manager Kevin Bond admits Roman Pavlyuchenko has given Harry Redknapp a selection headache following his double strike at Wigan.

The Russian stepped off the bench at the DW Stadium yesterday and scored his first league goals of the season in a 3-0 victory.

With Jermain Defoe also on target against the club he scored five against in a 9-1 win in November, Tottenham moved up to fourth place in the table.

Pavlyuchenko was introduced for Defoe in the second half and opened his account in the 85th minute after substitute Luka Modric, who had earlier hit the post, supplied the opening.

Pavlyuchenko then completed the job in stoppage time when he found a way past goalkeeper Chris Kirkland at the second attempt. He could now have a big role to play in the run-in after looking likely to join Lokomotiv Moscow.

Bond said: "Roman has trained really well all week and the manager had it in the back of his mind to introduce him at some stage. He has made a real impact and given the manager plenty to think about now."

Manager Redknapp added: "They (the fans) love him. He has got ability and when he wants to play and wants to work he's great."

Defoe had made the breakthrough in the 27th minute with his 22nd goal of the season but looked to be in an offside position at the back post when Gareth Bale played the ball across.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was furious that the England striker's effort was allowed to stand and felt the Latics did not get the rub of the green from referee Alan Wiley.


He said: "We knew the first goal was going to be paramount today. It should have been disallowed.

"It is hard to explain. He is one-and-a-half yards offside and the linesman has no-one in his vision. It changes the game."

Redknapp joked: "I won't sleep tonight. It doesn't bother me at all. Sometimes you get them sometimes you don't."

Martinez believed Defoe should have been red-carded for a challenge on Gary Caldwell, and he also felt that Tom Huddlestone should have been dismissed. He said: "Defoe and Huddlestone did enough to be sent off. The challenges are very straightforward. Defoe has both feet off the ground and it is clearly a red card."

Huddlestone had earlier been booked for tugging at Charles N'Zogbia before tussling with James McCarthy.

Martinez added: "Huddlestone has already been booked for one challenge and the next one is also worthy of another yellow. I don't like to be critical of the referee but it is hard to explain his performance today."