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6 October 2012
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: K. Friend
• Attendance: 18759
A. Koné 10'
F. Di Santo 23'
N. Jelavić 11'
L. Baines 87'
Shots on Target
So that's it from me on what in the end was a slightly disappointing day for Roberto Martinez's Wigan. That game had everything, goals, controversy and a bagful of passion -a fantastic advert for the Premier League - but the Latics still have just the one win this season. Everton drop to third but their excellent unbeaten run goes on. This is Nicholas McGee signing off!
There will be no final sting in the tale as Kevin Friend blows for Full-Time. Leighton Baines late penalty keeps Everton's unbeaten run alive but Wigan must been given huge credit for a superb battling display.
90' + 3'
Steven Naismith makes his third and final substitution - the first one seemingly enforced on him at half time - as Steven Naismith replaces the disappointing Mirallas.
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
Anichebe brings down Figueroa and then proceeds to launch a verbal volley at the referee, Kevin Friend is suitably unimpressed and shows the Nigerian the yellow card.
90' + 1'
Yellow CardVictor Anichebe
90' + 1'
There will be five, yes FIVE minutes of added time at the DW. I don't want this game to end.
Massive chance goes begging for Wigan! Kone plays Maloney in through on goal. the Scot checks past the last defender before lofting an effort just over the bar. Agony for the Latics!
That equaliser has blown the game wide open. There is space galore in the midfield both sides appear to have bundles of energy. Pick a winner.
Penalty GoalLeighton Baines
Everton finally do have a penalty as Caldwell hauls down Anichebe in the box. Leighton Baines steps up against his former club and lashes the spot kick into the top corner. All square once again.
Franco Di Santo
A special moment for Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman as the boyhood Everton fan replaces Franco Di Santo.
More appeals from the Everton fans as Jelavic is again felled in the box, Kevin Friend is unconvinced however and waves away the protests.
Changes are afoot as Victor Anichebe replaces Phil Neville for Everton. David Moyes knows his side can still get at least a point and takes his first throw of the dice.
Huge shout for a penalty for Everton, Jelavic controls the ball expertly in the box and appears to be clipped in the act of shooting by Maynor Figueroa. The away fans are apoplectic but referee Kevin Friend refuses to point to the spot.
You really can't praise Wigan highly enough, this has been a spirited and combative performance from Roberto Martinez's men and if the do go on to clinch the win it will be richly deserved.
Yellow CardPhil Neville
Arouna Kone could have had a hat-rick this afternoon, Emerson Boyce plays a well-placed pass into the striker's path but he can do little with it and lashes a shot high over the bar.
Play is brought to a halt briefly as Al Habsi receives treatment from the Wigan physio. The keeper appears in some discomfort after landing awkwardly on his shoulder but looks to be fit enough to carry on.
Everton are struggling to find an opening at the moment, Wigan are defending excellently and doing a good job of frustrating the Merseysiders. Fellaini floats a cross well over the head of Jelavic.
Arouna Kone is definitely the most exciting player in this Wigan team, the Ivorian sets off a slaloming run, beating several Everton players in the process before delivering a cross-field pass which is just too strong for Beausejour. Wonderful skill from the former Levante forward.
Al Habsi has been in brilliant form so far this afternoon, but the Wigan keeper nearly hands Everton a goal as he spills a long-range effort from Pienaar, however the home defence is alive and quickly clear the danger.
Superb defending from Phil Jagielka as he produces a fine sliding tackle to rob Kone of the ball six yards from goal following more neat link-up play from the Wigan front three.
Yellow CardNikica Jelavic
Nikica Jelavic is slightly annoyed after the Croatian striker is booked for apparently elbowing Ivan Ramis. The Spaniard did seem to go down rather easily in fairness to the former Rangers man.
Yellow CardLeighton Baines
Wigan have been hanging on the last few minutes but fire a warning sign to Everton as Di Santo heads wide from a high Beausejour cross.
Yellow CardJames McCarthy
The Toffees are laying siege to the Wigan goal, Mirallas curls a shot towards the corner, but Al Habsi produces a fine save to deny the Belgian once more.
Everton really should be level, Baines and Pienaar combine beautifully on the end of the box to tee up Mirallas, who balloons a shot well over the bar from eight yards.
Decent chance for Everton as Leon Osman turns on the edge of the area and fires a half-volley a few inches over the bar.
The two sides quickly trade set pieces in the first 90 seconds of the second half, the end to end nature of this game looks set to continue.
We're underway for the second half here at the DW, Everton have made one changed, Sylvain Distin replacing John Heitinga.
Kevin Friend blows for Half-Time in Lancashire, Wigan have the lead and on the balance of play you have to say they deserve it. Ivorian striker Arouna Kone has been a constant thorn in the Everton side, but the Toffees are still very much in this and look threatening when they go forward.
45' + 1'
Two minutes of added time in the first half here at the DW.
Yellow CardMarouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini is a lucky boy, the Belgian appears to elbow Maynor Figueroa as he attempts to win a high ball, the home fans are calling for a red card but Kevin Friend decides to exercise caution and brandishes Fellaini with a yellow instead.
Wigan breathe a huge sigh of relief as Everton go agonisingly close to finding an equaliser. Baines and Pienaar play a neat one-two before the former Wigan man takes the ball past Al Habsi and flicks an effort against the post.
James McArthur hasn't had the best of halves for the Latics, the midfielder sends a stray pass into the feet of Steven Pienaar and then receives a booking for bringing down the Everton man in an effort to atone for his error.
If Everton are going to level again, then Steven Pienaar looks sure to be involved, the South African is at the heart of every Blues' move.
Everton appear to have recovered a little to going behind for a second time. Pienaar bends a shot from the edge of the area which is easily caught by Al Habsi.
Tremendous save from Ali Al Habsi! James McArthur gives the ball away in midfield and Everton quickly counter, the ball is eventually worked into the path of Leon Osman, whose deflected effort appears destined for the top corner, however Wigan's Omani stopper produces heroics to acrobatically turn the ball over the bar.
The latter of that trio, Shaun Maloney, will feel that he should have done better as he drags a shot wide from the edge of the area.
Everton seem a bit shell-shocked at the moment, Wigan are well in command and their front three of Kone, Di Santo and Maloney are causing the visitors all sorts of problems.
Another chance for Wigan as Di Santo cuts in from the left-hand side and fizzes a curling effort towards the top corner. Tim Howard is equal to it however and turns the ball wide with a flying save.
GoalFranco Di Santo
Just as Everton were starting to dominate, Wigan re-take the lead against the run of play. Gary Caldwell's long ball down the right flank is collected by Kone, who skips past Heitinga before pulling the ball back for Franco Di Santo, who lashes into the roof of net from six yards.
Kevin Mirallas is unlucky to see his effort go wide of the post after deflecting off team-mate John Heitinga.
Yellow CardShaun Maloney
Good spell of pressure for Everton, the visitors are beginning to control possession and look the more likely to net a third goal.
Replays suggest that Arouna Kone may have been offside in the build-up to Wigan's opener. Irrelevant now but David Moyes may have cause to feel slightly aggrieved.
Wigan's lead lasted a matter of seconds as Everton quickly level with a bizarre goal. Pienaar bursts into the box, and his deflected effort falls in to the path of Nikica Jelavic, who nods past Al Habsi from close range.
Wigan are in front inside the first 10 minutes! Arouna Kone plays in Shaun Maloney down the left hand side, the Scot beats Seamus Coleman and delivers a superb near-post cross which Kone heads in.
A promising move for the visitors fall to nothing as Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar exchange passes before the Belgian drifts a cross wide of the far post.
Wigan are up for this, they are showing great commitment and the tackles are flying in. The Latics fans have responded and are creating a bit of a din.
Little to report so far, plenty of early possession for Everton, but Wigan are pressing high.
Pre-match pleasantries dispensed with, and we're underway at the DW Stadium!
It's all smiles as David Moyes and Roberto Martinez shake hands on the sidelines.
The two teams emerge from the tunnel, Wigan in their familiar blue and white stripes, Everton in their all black away kit.
We're just five minutes away from kick-off, Everton can go top of the table this afternoon if they win and Chelsea lose at home to Norwich
So Everton are unchanged from the side that beat Southampton last weekend, while Franco Di Santo comes into the starting line-up in place of Jordi Gomez.
Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Gueye, Anichebe, Duffy.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic
Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Watson, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Miyaichi.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo, Maloney.
We start, as always, with the two teams...
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Wigan's clash with Everton. I'm Nicholas McGee and I'll be taking you through the next 90 minutes as David Moyes' Toffees look to continue their strong start to the campaign.
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