(CNN) -- Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp's defense of the FA Cup he won with Portsmouth last season started with a comfortable 3-1 third round home victory over Wigan on Friday night.
Pavlyuchenko celebrates his opening goal as Tottenham beat Wigan 3-1 on Friday.
The triumph came courtesy of two goals from Russian Roman Pavlyuchenko, who has also scored in every round of the Carling Cup this season, and Luka Modric's diving header.
Wigan, who have never beaten Tottenham in any competition, had cause to complain about Modric's effort as Honduran Maynor Figueroa was injured in the build-up before the Spurs playmaker scored his third goal in five appearances.
Henri Camara pulled a goal back for the visitors with three minutes left to give them brief hope but the hosts avoided the replay they were dreading that would have stretched their thin squad.
Modric had the first goalbound effort of the match, exchanging passes with Pavlyuchenko before firing the wrong side of the post.
Then debutant Wigan goalkeeper Richard Kingson was left stranded when David Bentley's cross was met by his own defender Kevin Kilbane - but his clearance went wide, to the relief of the visitors.
Spurs took the lead seven minutes into the second half after Frazier Campbell raced through and took the ball around Kingson before feeling a touch from the goalkeeper and going down in the area.
Pavlyuchenko took the penalty and sent Kingson the wrong way, his eighth of the season after arriving from Spartak Moscow.
Campbell could have added another himself when he met Pavlyuchenko's cross with a firm header -- but Kingson flew to his right to claw the effort away.
Camara thought he had sight of an equalizer when he took advantage of a Michael Dawson mistake to go clean through, only for Jonathan Woodgate to dash back and make a last-ditch tackle.
Redknapp felt compelled to apologize to Wigan manager Steve Bruce after Tottenham's second goal as substitute Figueroa was down injured after a kick in the face from Dawson.
Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes started the move with a long throw but then yelled to team-mates to put the ball into touch -- however, play carried on and the ball was worked to Jamie O'Hara.
O'Hara's shot came off the post and Modric, who was losing his footing, stumbled into a diving header to place the ball into the empty net.
Wigan were given hope when the ball ricocheted to Camara and he tucked his finish away from close range -- but Pavlyuchenko added the third in stoppage time with a long-range drive.