Ali Al Habsi
The keeper had to be on his toes throughout as the visitors posed a threat going forward, he should have done better with Jelavic’s goal but the ball went through his legs at the back post. He redeemed himself just after the half-hour though as he made a superb reaction save from Leon Osman’s deflected shot.
A proper captain at the heart of the Latics' back line, he was constantly talking to Ramis and Figueroa to make sure they knew their roles when the visitors attacked. For a central defender his distribution is good and it was his accurate long pass that led to the second Wigan goal.
The movement of Jelavic gave him plenty to deal with but in the main he handled the Croatian well, the real trouble came when Steven Pienaar ran at him at pace. The South African caused him problems and there were a few crosses from the left which threatened but luckily for the Spaniard didn’t result in a goal.
Trying to stay with the effervescent Pienaar was a tough task for the wing-back and one that he struggled with at times as the South African provided a real threat for the visitors. Going forward he stretched the play well by hugging the right touchline but he was never a threat to the Everton defence.
The Honduran has made the transition to central defender well and looks very comfortable alongside Caldwell and Ramis, however he does have a tendency to leave things a little to the last minute at times but he was lucky not to be caught out too often by the Everton forward line. His mistake in the closing minutes gifted Everton a penalty which Baines equalised from.
The Chilean threatened down the left hand side and linked up well with Maloney in the attacking third of the pitch. Defensively he did his best to negate the threat of Coleman and Mirallas, limiting both to very few opportunities to create chances.
He brings a real zip and energy to Wigan’s play with neat touches and dangerous runs, he floated between midfield and attack which meant he was hard to pick up and a real threat. He was instrumental in the lead up to the opening goal as he left Coleman on the floor before crossing to Kone.
Worked well with McArthur in the centre of midfield and did his best to dictate the play when he could whilst also trying to break up any promising Everton moves. Definitely at his best when going forward but he was restricted to a handful of breaks by the threat of the visiting forward line.
Had a good battle in the middle of the pitch against Osman, Neville and Fellaini which gave Wigan a good hold on the game at times. His passing was neat and tidy, with some very well-timed challenges thrown in to win back possession.
He ran and ran for his side and often ploughed a lone furrow against the Everton backline but he was a real danger throughout. He got his name on the scoresheet in the 10th minute as he met Maloney’s cross at the front post to nod past Howard. And he was involved in their second goal as he tormented Heitinga before finding Di Santo inside the penalty area.
F. Di Santo
The Argentine led the line well and held the ball up very well when it was played long up to him. His reward was his third goal of the season in the 24th minute goal, he supported Arouna Kone’s break well and lashed home the Ivorian’s pull back. That boosted his confidence and moments later he was cut inside Mirallas and fired a 25-yard strike which looked destined for the back of the net only for Howard to tip round the post. He was replaced by McManaman with six minutes to go.
Could do nothing about Kone’s opening goal as the Ivorian was right next to him as he headed home, and couldn’t react quick enough to save Di Santo’s strike midway through the first half. Constantly talking to his back four and when required screaming at any players not doing what was expected of them.
He struggled in the first half as Beausejour caused him real problems, especially when combining with Maloney. And it was the Scot he was unable to stop in the build-up to the opening goal, slipping at a crucial moment which allowed the Scot to set up Kone to score. He improved in the second half but didn’t have many opportunities to get forward.
Struggled against the pace and strength of Di Santo and Kone, and he was outpaced by the latter in the 24th minute which led to Di Santo’s goal. His first-half showing clearly didn’t please David Moyes who replaced him with Sylvain Distin for the second half.
The fluidity of the Wigan front line caused him a few problems in the first half but with Distin alongside him in the second he coped much better. He was solid in the air against Di Santo and made some important challenges, none more so than from Kone in the second half just as the Ivorian was about to pull the trigger.
The former Latic was unable to provide a real attacking threat and spent most of his time in defensive situations. When he did have possession going forward his combinations with Pienaar were excellent, and his delivery into the penalty area was second to none. He got the equalising goal in the closing minutes, making no mistake from the penalty spot.
The experienced midfielder had a solid game in the centre of the pitch and battled well with McArthur and McCarthy. His passing was well thought out which meant he very rarely gave the ball away. Was replaced by Anichebe in the 81st minute.
The figure of controversy again as plenty of the home support felt the Belgian used his physical strength too much to gain an advantage. There was nothing illegal about what the Belgian was doing however it appeared to affect him a little bit as he struggled to get into the game.
Everywhere for the visitors in a good performance full of running and neat link-up play. He was the real threat for Everton and anything good they did tended to go through him in some way. He showed his vision and ability to find a team-mate in the 11th minute as he fired a left wing cross to Jelavic who scored.
Keen to get on the ball whenever he could in the middle of the pitch, he found room effortlessly and kept his team going forward whenever he could. He linked up particularly well with Pienaar and was unlucky not to get his side level late in the first half when Al-Habsi made a great point blank save.
The summer signing had a quiet first half, but had two chances in the opening 10 minutes of the second half which he should have done better with. His first was blasted over the bar following excellent work from Baines and his second was well saved by Al-Habsi.
The Croat worked very hard to create space and pull the Wigan defence around when he could, however he was given very close attention and real chances were hard to come by. When he did have a clear sight of goal in the 11th minute he fired a header through the legs of Al Habsi at the back post.