Champions League hopes fading for Tottenham
LONDON (AP) -Tottenham's hopes of reaching the Champions League took another blow Saturday when it was held to a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Wigan.
Tottenham looked to have a firm grip on third place in early March but needed a late own goal by Emmerson Boyce just to earn a point that at least moved the team level with fourth-place Chelsea.
"It is good to salvage a point, hopefully it can turn out to be an important point,'' Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas told the BBC.
Chelsea, though, has a superior goal difference and a game in hand over Tottenham. The London rivals are still to play each other with the season drawing to a close.
Manchester City strengthened its grip on second place, the only thing it can aim for after seeing Manchester United seize the Premier League trophy on Monday. Yaya Toure's late curling strike clinched a 2-1 win for City over West Ham on Saturday.
Stoke eased its relegation fears by beating Norwich 1-0, while Southampton is a point behind after losing 3-0 to West Bromwich Albion in a match that saw three players sent off.
Everton consolidated sixth place with a 1-0 victory over Fulham, while seventh-place neighbor Liverpool was at Newcastle in the late match.
Tottenham is in danger of throwing away fifth place unless it produces victories in its final four games.
The visitors had made the perfect start at Wigan with a bizarre goal. Dithering by Maynor Figueroa and Joel Robles led to a poor attempted clearance hitting Bale and cannoning into the net.
The elation latest just two minutes, with Boyce heading home from Shaun Maloney's corner.
Callum McManaman put Wigan in front four minutes into the second half, blasting in his first league goal from the edge of the penalty area after being fed by James McCarthy.
Wigan was on course to climb out of the relegation zone until Aaron Lennon's low cross went into the net off Boyce in the 90th.
Nearby in Manchester, a stoppage time goal counted for little - apart from leaving City goalkeeper Joe Hart red-faced.
Andy Carroll's shot squirmed through Hart's legs but City had already safeguarded the victory.
Sergio Aguero put City ahead in the 28th after being set up by Samir Nasri, who cut through the West Ham defense by playing a one-two with David Silva.
Toure curled the winner into the top corner of the net in the 83rd after also being teed up by Nasri.
?''I think Joe's back spasmed as he kicked a ball,'' City assistant manager David Platt said. "He is a bit blocked up and will be a bit sore tomorrow but he will be OK on Monday.
"It possibly affected him with the way he conceded the second. If you look at the ball when it has gone in he can't get down to it.''
There were dismissals and goals aplenty on the south coast.
Marc-Antoine Fortune and Romelu Lukaku had put West Brom 2-0 in front by the 67th at Southampton before the red cards came out.
Referee Robert Madley sent off both Fortune and Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez three minutes later. Fortune pushed Ramirez having been upset by the Uruguayan's elbow on Shane Long.
It was Long who struck the third for West Brom before Southampton lost another man when Danny Fox was red-carded for a two-footed challenge on Steven Reid.
There was less drama at Goodison Park with Steve Pienaar settling a lackluster match for Everton against Fulham.
"It was nice intricate play and a good finish,'' Everton manager David Moyes said. "I thought Steven knitted us together a little bit and he scored a good goal as well.''
There was also only one goal in it at Stoke, with Charlie Adam ending ended a five-month scoring drought to clinch the win over Norwich after latching onto Peter Crouch's knockdown.