9 goals was a flattering tally of goals. Not to take anything away from Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon, who was on fire. 3 assists and one goal is a very nice number indeed and Capello would be touched in the head not to include him in the starting XI. Niko Kranjcar also provided some moments of brilliance.
But the Wigan defense was not just shambolic, a high school team could have walked over them. Emmerson Boyce, Titus Bramble, Mario Melchiot, and Erik Edman were woeful. I just watched in disbelief as Edman just whiffed miserably on a clearance of a long ball by Vedran Corluka to gift Defoe his fifth goal.
In fact, one can argue that there was not one goal Defoe did not score that was in some way the result of an inept defense. It became de riguer to see Defoe moving at an angle to the right and pulling the ball past Kirkland as Boyce and Edman toiled to keep up with him. The overweighted right flank gave Spurs seven goals (Crouch's opener, all of Defoe's five, Lennon's only goal).
Apart from running up the score, this result will now be treated as prima facie evidence by pundits to predict Spurs will elbow out Arsenal to finish ahead of them.