Ali Al Habsi
The Oman international had very little to do in the first half as Everton failed to test him, however he was called in to action when N’Zogbia brought down Osman inside the penalty area to give away a penalty. And the on-loan keeper made a fantastic save from Arteta’s spot kick to keep his side ahead and save his team-mates' blushes.
The Wigan captain worked well with Alcaraz to keep Everton’s chances to a minimum and they protected Al Habsi excellently. The defender was very vocal both with his defensive colleagues and the rest of his team as he pushed them on to record a crucial victory.
The full back returned to the starting line-up after serving a three game suspension and looked comfortable despite being kept busy by the attacking threat of Osman and Hibbert. However the Ecuadorian coped well with their pace and trickery and limited the number of crosses they were able to send towards Cahill and Anichebe.
The Paraguayan central defender kept a close eye on both Anichebe and Cahill in attacking roles for the visitors. Alcaraz dominated Anichebe in the air and never gave the striker a moment's peace.
The defender had to keep a close eye on Baines as the Everton full back looked to get forward down the left, and Boyce marked him well for the majority of the game and only allowing him a few crosses into the penalty area. Boyce also provided an excellent option going forward and nearly created a second for N’Zogbia in the final moments of the first half.
The central midfielder controlled the game for the home side with his calm manner, neat passing and composed character. He constantly kept his passing simple and looked to drive his team forward at every given opportunity.
He was strong in midfield, and worked hard alongside Watson to give Neville and Rodwell a tough time. However his game was ended early after he collided with Rodwell towards the end of the first half and he was replaced by James McArthur.
The young Ireland midfielder looked to give Wigan the creative spark from midfield but he found most of his time was spent battling against Neville and Rodwell. When he was able to break forward he showed what creativity he has to create opportunities for Rodallega and Moses.
The on-loan Manchester United star was everywhere for Wigan as he tried to create chances for Rodallega. He spent the majority of his time on the left wing, running at Hibbert whenever he could. Was replaced by Di Santo as Wigan went in search of a winner.
The lively Frenchman was the Wigan hero with his opening goal but he nearly turned to villain when he gave the penalty away. He is undoubtedly Wigan’s star man and they were disappointed to see him substituted in the 54th minute due to an injury, he was replaced by Moses.
The Colombian striker led the line well but had very little to feed off as chances were at a premium. When he was able to get away from Distin he was unable to find that opening to test Howard but he ran his socks off for his side and created space for N’Zogbia and Moses to run into. Unfortunately he did gift Everton a way back into the match when he gave the second penalty away, and he was not able to thank Al Habsi as Baines smashed the spot kick home.
The American goalkeeper was tested on a number of occasions, particularly by Moses, but he was equal to almost everything Wigan threw at him. His only problem was for the Wigan goal, he attempted to collect the chipped pass but N’Zogbia took the ball away from him before firing into the back of the net.
The experienced full back had a tough day against Cleverley who was lively throughout. Although the Wigan youngster had more pace than Hibbert he was able to marshal him well and restrict him to a few crosses and very few through balls for Rodallega.
The Frenchman handled the Wigan attacks well although he was given more to think about when Moses came on the pitch. He communicated well with Jagielka and Baines to ensure that they always covered the Wigan attacks, and when Moses did escape Baines’ attentions Distin cleared the danger well.
The England international had a solid game at the back, he stuck close to Rodallega when he needed to but otherwise dealt with most of what Wigan threw at him very well. He was strong in the air, neat in possession and put his foot through the ball to clear when he needed to.
The former Wigan man had a good game on his return to the DW Stadium and he scored the crucial penalty to get Everton back in this game. He had delivered some poor free-kicks before that but his penalty kick was emphatic as it flew into the roof of the net. He struggled against Moses when the youngster came on, his trickery and pace caused the full back all kinds of troubles.
The experienced Everton captain had a solid game, without really shining he did all the dirty work in midfield against Watson and McCarthy. He led his side well and constantly pushed his side forward for an equaliser, which they were eventually able to come up with.
The talented youngster had a busy game in central midfield, he gave Neville lots of support in the battle with Watson and McCarthy and he looked to support the strikers where he could. It wasn’t Rodwell’s best performance for Everton as he occasionally struggled to deal with the pace and power of Wigan but when it mattered he was there for his team.
The Australian made his first start after injury, after making a substitute appearance against Manchester United, but he struggled to put his stamp on the game. He worked hard to link play between midfield and attack but he was unable to create anything for Anichebe to feed off.
Making his return from injury the Spaniard gave Everton a much needed bit of composure in midfield and guile going forward. However his penalty miss seemed to affect his confidence and he struggled to inspire his team after that. He was replaced by Coleman in the 66th minute.
The midfielder had a solid game down the right for the visitors, he continually ran at Figueroa and looked to take on his marker whenever he could.
The youngster ploughed a lone furrow up front and rarely looked like testing the Wigan defence. He worked hard to try and find room and create a chance but he was well marshalled by the Wigan defenders, leading to a frustrating afternoon for the striker. He was replaced by Gueye in the 82nd minute.
- 1 C. Kirkland
- 2 S. Gohouri
Replaced N’Zogbia in the 54th minute and gave Wigan a new dimension going forward. His pace and trickery were on show in abundance as he terrorised the Everton defence after his introduction. He could have scored twice in the 60th minute but Howard made two excellent saves to deny the youngster.
- 14 Jordi Gómez
Replaced Diame after the midfielder clashed with Rodwell with minutes of the first half remaining. The Scot worked hard and very rarely left the side of Phil Neville.
- 18 C. Sammon
F. Di Santo
Replaced Cleverley and came close to winning the game in the dying minutes with an acrobatic volley but Howard was able to save well and deny the young striker.
- 1 J. Mucha
- 34 S. Duffy
Replaced Arteta in 66th minute and gave Everton a new impetus going forward but the midfielder was unable to find the decisive pass for his team-mates to test Al Habsi.
- 7 D. Bilyaletdinov
- 27 A. Vellios
Was brought on for Cahill in 66th minute to try and give Everton something more up front but he was rarely involved and struggled to make an impact.
Replaced Anichebe with eight minutes to go but was rarely involved.