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Tottenham Hotspur may have Tuesday’s trip to the Bernabeu to look forward to but their hopes of reaching next season’s Champions League suffered another blow at the hands of a son of Balaguer, Catalonia.

Spurs extended their winless run against strugglers to four matches and they were fortunate to come away with a point against Roberto Martinez’s team. They are now three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, who face Sunderland on Sunday.

The Champions League has brought Spurs some wonderful memories this season but they are playing catch-up in their attempts to make the premier European completion a fixture at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham have been undermined by their strikers’ stubborn refusal to put the ball in the net and how Harry Redknapp would have loved to have added a forward during the January transfer window.

Once again Jermain Defoe was ineffective at the DW Stadium, withdrawn after just 56 minutes and it was no surprise that it was a midfielder that was first to threaten, with Jermaine Jenas’ half-volley being held by Ali Al Habsi.

But it was mainly Wigan Athletic that threatened, with Victor Moses cutting inside Roman Pavlyuchenko to drill a shot over the bar before the ever-impressive James McCarthy struck an effort wide from the edge of the area.

As always, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart oozed class but their impact was peripheral, with the latter forcing a low save from Al Habsi just before the interval.

For all their relegation worries, Wigan continued to threaten after the restart, with Charles N’Zogbia driving past Benoît Assou-Ekotto before being denied at the near post by Heurelho Gomes.

Spurs were grateful to Michael Dawson for blocking Hugo Rodallega’s close-range shot after Gomes could only push a Moses cross into trouble before Gomes tipped away a curling effort from on-loan Manchester United winger Tom Cleverley.

The visitors came to life when Harry Redknapp threw on Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon but the closest they came was a Crouch header that failed to hit the target from Sandro’s hopeful flick into the area.

Cleverley played through a gap for Conor Sammon with a couple of minutes remaining but the Irish striker shot straight at Gomes.

And at the other end, Crouch also guided a header straight at Al Habsi from a Lennon cross.

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