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Pav gives Harry a selection headache, admits Bond

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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 on Sunday and scored his first league goals of the season in a 3-0 victory. Pavlyuchenko was introduced for Jermain Defoe - who was also on target - in the second half and 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 on Sky Sports 1: "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. 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. It doesn't bother me at all. Sometimes you get them sometimes you don't."

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