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4 February 2012
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 18340
Thank you for joining us this afternoon on Goal.com’s live commentary of this Premier League match. I’ve been Chris Teale, and it’s been a pleasure having your company on this wintry afternoon.
FULL TIME here at the DW Stadium, with a 1-1 draw between Wigan Athletic and Everton not doing anything for either side’s positions in the Premier League table. After an attritional first half, the second half caught fire thanks to a Phil Neville own goal after a calamitous error from Tim Howard. However, Victor Anichebe found an equaliser for the away side, meaning a share of the spoils in this clash.
90' + 1'
A corner from Wigan creates havoc among the Everton defence, with shots raining in from all angles. However, the ball is eventually cleared.
The fourth official indicates there will be four additional minutes at the end of the second half.
Yellow Card Maynor Figueroa
Assist Leighton Baines
Goal Victor Anichebe
And with that, an equaliser. A great ball from Leighton Baines finds the head of super-sub Victor Anichebe, who gets in front of the Wigan defence and flicks his header into the net to brign the game back to level terms.
Assist Jean Beausejour
Own Goal Phil Neville
Well, that's probably one of the most bizzare goals of the season. Jean Beausejour crosses in, the ball deflects off Neville's boot towards the goal, but inexplicably Tim Howard lets the ball squirm through his hands and into the net. 1-0 Wigan, and is that the lucky break they need?
Alex Fisher reports from the DW Stadium: Tim Howard will not want to see that again as the American makes a dreadful mistake to gift Wigan a goal. The Latics spread the ball from left to right and Jean Beaqsuejour's cross hit the foot of Phil Neville and seemed to be rolling into the keeper's hands. However the American failed to read the spin put on the ball by Neville's touch and it spun past his hands and into the bottom corner. Terrible mistake from Howard, and an og from Phil Neville.
Both teams are starting to attack more, as perhaps they both sense a possible three points and the crowd begins to become more vocal. However, the two sides are suffering from a lack of a cutting edge.
Franco Di Santo
Just as I say that, there are shouts for handball from the home side as McArthur sees a shot deflected by a sliding Heitinga for a corner. Frustrations from the home fans, as that looked like it hit the Dutchman's hand quite clearly.
This game is starting to slow down somewhat, as perhaps the double substitution from Wigan has taken the wind out of both sides' sails.
Despite having a name that would get you 24 points in Scrabble, Stracqualursi has struggled to exert his authority on this game, and he is replaced by new £5.5million signing from Rangers, Nickica Jelavic.
Yellow Card James McArthur
A half-chance of sorts for Everton in the first real action of the second half, as the ball finds its way to Fellaini in the penalty area. He has space, but the ball is slightly behind him and is cleared by Emerson Boyce.
Nothing of note happening yet at the DW Stadium, with substitute Phil Neville taking a position in the centre of midfield.
With the combination of rain and sleet showing no signs of abating, Wigan kick us off in the second half. Everton have brought Phil Neville on at the break for Tim Cahill in something of a surprise change.
45' + 1'
And that's the end of the first half. Goalless so far, with both sides likely to be satisfied with their work so far. Neither team has created many chances, but despite the driving rain will be hopeful of creating more in the second period.
One minute of added time is indicated by the fourth official, as both sides will be keen not to concede this late in the first half.
Alex Fisher reports from the DW Stadium: “The phrase 'war of attrition' springs to mind when describing the first half here at the DW Stadium. Neither side have dominated with possession being exchanged in the middle of the pitch in the first 37 minutes. It's not been a game to help keep the fans warm, and something tells me the half-time Bovril will have to provide that service!”
The home side definitely look the strongest as the first half draws to a close, but Darron Gibson has the best chance of the half for Everton. He's in the box in acres of space, but it goes well wide.
A superb cross from Ronnie Stam into the Everton penalty area nearly reaches Franco di Santo, but he is alone and the chance is snuffed out.
A dangerous-looking inswinging cross from Leighton Baines nearly finds Fellaini, but Heitinga picking up the pieces, cannot find a good shot and his touch goes straight to Al-Habsi.
The game is beginning to open up, as Victor Moses has a half-chance for the home side but cannot get good purchase on his shot, and Everton then break away but are stopped by the Latics' defence.
An Everton corner causes some confusion in the Wigan area, as no-one clears the ball after a dangerous cross from Pienaar. It almost happened in slow-motion, as perhaps Al-Habsi should have made it his, but the ball was cleared regardless.
Free kick to Wigan as di Santo is hauled down 25 yards out by Heitinga. After some debate, Jordi Gomez runs up, and disappointingly puts the ball straight over the bar.
Cheers from the Wigan fans, as they finally get a free-kick after a number of soft decisions go Everton's way. However, the away side are definitely beginning to gain a foothold in the game, with Landon Donovan playing a big role in their attacks.
Everton's Darron Gibson goes for one his trademark piledrivers from outside the penalty area, but his shot goes so far wide it is a Wigan throw-in.
After another good ball from Maynor Figueroa, di Santo takes a touch past Sylvain Distin, has a left-footed shot, but it is straight at Tim Howard in Everton's goal.
Wigan try and start a decisive breakaway of their own, but the long pass to Franco di Santo is too far in front and is cut out by Johnny Heitinga.
The wonderfully named Argentine Denis Stracqualursi has Everton's first shot on target, but it is harmless and straight at Wigan's Ali Al-Habsi.
Everton string a few passes together through prodigal son Pienaar and Fellaini, but Tim Cahill's shot from the D goes harmlessly over the bar. the away side look useful on the attack, even in these early stages.
Jordi Gomez unleashes a very testing first-time cross, which is cut out by Sylvain Distin and cleared for a Wigan corner.
Ronnie Stam gets an early cross in from the right for Wigan, with both sides looking to establish themselves in the game early.
The home side kicks off, and we’re underway in the first half!
It’s Roberto Martinez’s 100th game in charge of the Latics today, and he will be hoping that they can start a winning run as they hunt for Premier League survival. They are five points behind 17th-placed Bolton Wanderers, and in great danger of being cut adrift in the relegation zone.
One change for the home side, with James McArthur coming in for Ben Watson in the midfield. Meanwhile, Everton’s new signing Nickica Jelavic can only make the bench, while Steven Pienaar starts after his deadline-day loan return from Tottenham Hotspur.
The teams are in, and they are as follows: Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi; Boyce, Caldwell, Stam, Figueroa; Di Santo, McCarthy, Gomez, McArthur, Beausejour; Moses, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Alcaraz, Crusat, Watson, Jones, Rodallega, Diame. Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Heitinga, Baines; Pienaar, Fellaini, Gibson, Cahill; Donovan, Stracquialursi. Subs: Mucha, Jelavic, Drenthe, Neville, Gueye, Anichebe, Duffy.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com’s live text commentary from the DW Stadium as Wigan Athletic take on an Everton that are looking to capitalise on their last result, a superb 1-0 victory over Manchester City.
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