Wednesday December 26, 2012 Day 19 Finished Goodison Park

Everton 2 - 1 Wigan Athletic

  • Osman 52’
  • Jagielka 77’
  • Koné 82’

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  1. Premier League - Everton edge out Wigan

    Premier League - Everton edge out Wigan

    Everton secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park to move up to fourth in the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Everton
    • Wigan Athletic
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    • 90' Final whistle: Everton 2-1 Wigan. Everton secure the win that moves them into fourth and the UEFA Champions League qualification places, while Wigan stay in the relegation zone.
    • 90+4' Gary Caldwell is booked for going in late on Heitinga.
    • 90+3' Kone lays the ball off for McCarthy but the midfielder skies the ball over from just outside the Everton box.
    • 90+2' Boyce gets on the end of Maloney's cross but his header back across goal is handled by Di Santo to give a free-kick to Everton and relieve the pressure on the home side.
    • 90' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.
    • 90' Wigan press forward looking for the equaliser but Figueroa's long-range strike is charged down.
    • 90' Osman thought he had won a free-kick on the edge of the Wigan box, but nothing is given and Jelavic is booked for arguing against the decision.
    • 89' Maynor Figueroa is booked for a lunge on Naismith.
    • 87' Everton look to be cautiously pushing for a third - Naismith is closed down but does win the corner.
    • 84' GOAL FOR WIGAN ATHLETIC! EVERTON 2-1 WIGAN ATHLETIC (Arouna Kone). Well maybe it isn't over? A defensive mix-up between Distin and Jagielka, allows Kone to prod the ball home from just a couple of yards to give Wigan a way back into the match. It's the 14th consecutive game that Everton have failed to keep a clean sheet.
    • 81' Oviedo tries the spectacular volley from 30 yards, but it flies into row Z.
    • 80' Wigan sub: Ronnie Stam comes off for Jordi Gomez
    • 79' GOAL FOR EVERTON! EVERTON 2-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC (Phil Jagielka). Phil Neville picks out Jagielka from the resulting corner; the defender rising highest before planting an unstoppable header beyond Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal. Everton looking comfortable now.
    • 77' Jelavic makes his way down the right, and attempts to find Naismith, but Boyce cuts out the pass.
    • 76' Di Santo gets his first touch on the ball - a header which flies wide over Howard's goal.
    • 73' Wigan sub: David Jones comes off for Franco Di Santo.
    • 72' Neville sends a cross from the right, which is headed clear but only to Baines, whose driven attempt almost allows Naismith to get a foot on it. Instead, the ball travels wide of Al-Habsi's goal.
    • 71' Everton subs: Victor Anichebe comes off for Brian Oviedo, and John Heitinga replaces Thomas Hitzlsperger.
    • 70' Ronnie Stam receives the ball out on the right, but his cross balloons behind Howard's goal.
    • 69' Wigan look threatening going forward, and Maloney is at the heart of their attacking play.
    • 67' Phil Neville makes an excellent challenge to deny Kone a shooting opportunity from close in, after being picked out at the near post by Maloney.
    • 66' Now its Caldwell clutching his leg after being caught by Pienaar on his ankle.
    • 64' Jelavic and Figueroa slide in to win the ball, and it's the Croatian who is down receiving treatment.
    • 62' Maloney, fired up since that penalty claim, wins a Wigan corner off of Jagielka. But Caldwell's header from that set-piece drifts harmlessly wide.
    • 61' Maloney finds Kone out on the left, but the Ivorian mistimes his run and is flagged offside.
    • 59' Lee Mason could not have been in a better position to give it, and the replays seem to be back up the referee's decision. Jean Beuasejour is booked for protesting.
    • 58' Penalty claims from Wigan as Shaun Maloney goes down, claiming he was tripped by Osman. But referee Lee Mason is having none of it.
    • 56' Osman sends in an inviting cross from the right, but Jelavic and Anichebe are unable to get anything on it when darting forward.
    • 55' Everton firmly in control at the moment, with Wigan having lost their shape at the moment. Tough times for Martinez's men.
    • 52' GOAL FOR EVERTON! EVERTON 1-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC (Leon Osman). The goal was coming but there is more than a touch of fortune about it. Osman receives the ball centrally, before placing it onto his left. His strike at goal is deflected off Gary Caldwell's arm and beyond a helpless Al-Habsi.
    • 51' Neville picks out Anichebe with a deep cross from the right, but the striker's knockdown is hacked away by Wigan.
    • 50' Leon Osman receives the ball from substitute Naismith and his jinking run into the box almost bears fruit, but Al Habsi is alert to save. Much more purpose from Everton in this half.
    • 49' Thomas Hitzlsperger sends a rocket from 35 yards which bends beyond Al-Habsi and clips the Wigan crossbar as the ball flies over. That's brought proceedings to life.
    • 48' Maloney does well to find space to dart through the Everton middle, but Howard is quick to pounce on the ball at the Wigan midfielder's feet.
    • 47' Pienaar finds Jelavic, but his cutback from the byline is cleared by Wigan. Positive start from Everton to this half.
    • 46' Everton sub: Steven Naismith comes on for Darron Gibson for this half after appearing to suffer an jnury when striking that free-kick before half-time.
    • 46' And Everton get us back underway for the second half.
    • 45' Half-time: Everton 0-0 Wigan
    • 45' One minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of the half.
    • 44' Darron Gibson takes the free-kick and it deflects off the Wigan wall wide.
    • 43' Pienaar is tripped by Wigan's Caldwell and Everton have a free-kick from a promising position 25 yards out just off-centre.
    • 42' Wrestling in the box between both teams and we are now having a fifth Everton corner in succession. This time Al-Habsi is able to punch clear under pressure, but the ball appears to strike Maloney's arm as it comes out. However, Everton's penalty appeals are waved away.
    • 41' Wigan defending stoutly, as Everton have a fourth consecutive corner with Caldwell marshalling the defence to head clear and repel the deliveries.
    • 40' Anichebe tries to set up Jelavic, but Boyce deflects the pass. However, the ball finds its way back to the Everton striker whose follow-up strike is deflected wide for an Everton corner.
    • 38' Stam's cross from the right is headed clear by Jagielka, and the Dutchman then catches Baines late to the anger of the home crowd.
    • 36' Wigan look threatening when coming forward and, although Kone fails to get a shot away, the ball does find its way to Maloney. His cross-come-shot travels wide of Howard's goal, however.
    • 34' Jagielka's long-range attempt is blocked by Figueroa, with Everton seemingly running out of ideas.
    • 33' Anichebe dallies on his shot, but he gets the corner for Everton. However, they are unable to threaten from the resulting set-piece.
    • 32' Wigan break through Anichebe who delivers a sweeping square pass to Ronnie Stam. The Wigan full-back cuts onto his left, before sending a low driver towards the Everton goal which Howard gets down well to smother.
    • 30' Wigan are closing Everton down well, and holding firm in the middle of the park. Roberto Martinez will be happy with what he has seen so far.
    • 28' Jelavic and Osman are unable to link up successfully on the edge of Wigan's box and that allows the visitors to recover.
    • 26' Anichebe again goes in late on McCarthy, and the Everton man is on his final warning before receiving a booking.
    • 24' Shaun Maloney takes the free-kick, and Howard is called on to make the save - it was a good height for the American goalkeeper to claim without too much difficulty.
    • 23' Howard unconvincingly punches clear Figueroa's cross from the left, with Gibson then flying in late on McCarthy to give Wigan a free-kick from a promising position; 25 yards out centrally.
    • 22' Everton have a couple of half-chances - Jelavic is unable to shake off his marker to fashion a header at goal while, moments later, his strike partner Anichebe does, after making contact with Thomas Hitzlspergers' left-wing cross, but his header flies over.
    • 19' Anichebe flies in late on McCarthy, and the Everton striker is lucky not to receive a yellow card for that incident.
    • 17' Beausejour's cutback from the left is far too deep and evades the Wigan midfield making those attacking runs into the box.
    • 14' Leighton Baines does well to beat his man down the left before cutting the ball back to Pienaar. The South African's low strike at goal deflects out, having hit the side-netting, for an Everton corner.
    • 12' Maynor Figueroa heads clear Leon Osman's right-flank cross for an Everton corner. The delivery evades everyone but Distin, who left his marker, should have made contact with it from just a couple of yards out.
    • 11' Wigan have started strongly and have prevented Everton from getting into any early rhythm.
    • 9' Jagielka will receive treatment on the sidelines after falling heavily trying to clear Beausejour's corner. He should be ok to continue though.
    • 8' Phil Jagielka and Howard sloppily allow the ball to slip behind at the expense of a Wigan corner - Beausejour's outswinging delivery finds its way back to James McArthur but his shot is charged down.
    • 7' Arouna Kone strays offside as the ball makes its way through to him past several Everton players, and Howard will restart play.
    • 6' Steven Pienaar mistimes his sliding tackle on David Jones as Wigan win a free-kick.
    • 5' Wigan have settled into their stride, but Beausejour dallies on the ball centrally and Everton reclaim possession.
    • 3' Jean Beausejour wins the ball off Phil Neville down the Wigan right, but his cross is gathered by Everton's Tim Howard.
    • 2' Everton make a flying start to the match as Nikica Jelavic receives the ball with his back to goal, before laying it off to Victor Anichebe who blazes well over.
    • 1' And Wigan get the first-half underway at a rain and windswept Goodison Park...
    • 14:55 Today marks the first set of reverse fixtures in this season's Premier League, with Wigan and Everton playing out a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium back in October.
    • 14:50 Looking ahead, Everton, who are on a six-game unbeaten run, have three of their next four games at home - including a clash with Chelsea at the weekend - and will be looking to make the most of those opportunities starting today. As will Wigan though, who after today's contest, have three of their next six games against sides clustered just above them.
    • 14:45 It's been more than seven years since Wigan Athletic last won at Goodison Park - way back in their first season as a Premier League club in the middle of a stunning nine-game unbeaten run which took them up to second. Fast forward to today, and Roberto Martinez's side have accumulated just four points from their last eight, with another fight for survival beckoning.
    • 14:40 In contrast, Wigan are without a victory in five and need a swift return to winning ways in aiding their attempts to pull clear of the relegation zone. They're currently in 18th on 15 points, level with Southampton who are away at Fulham today and have played one game less.
    • 14:35 A win for Everton could see them end the day in third, should Chelsea lose at Norwich City and with Arsenal's game against West Ham United postponed. David Moyes' side have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games.
    • 14:32 Wigan, meanwhile, make one change to the side that lost 1-0 to Arsenal on Saturday with Gary Caldwell replacing Franco Di Santo to add defensive solidity. James McCarthy starts despite doubts over an ankle problem, but Ivan Ramis (hamstring) is only fit enough for a place on the bench.
    • 14:30 Neville becomes only the seventh player to play 500 Premier League appearances joining Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Sol Campbell, David James, Frank Lampard and Emile Heskey in reaching that landmark.
    • 14:25 For Everton, Phil Neville plays in his 500th Premier League match today, with Thomas Hitzlsperger coming in for Johnny Heitinga. Everton start Darron Gibson, after successfully appealing the red card which the Irishman received at West Ham. But they are without Marouane Fellaini who serves the second game of a three-match ban.
    • 14:15 Team News - Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Gibson, Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe.... Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios /// Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Jones, McArthur, Beausejour, Maloney, Kone... Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Ramis, Golobart. Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).
    • 14:10 Hello and welcome to live text commentary of this afternoon's Premier League clash between Everton vs Wigan Athletic.
  • Summary

    • 84' GOAL FOR WIGAN ATHLETIC! EVERTON 2-1 WIGAN ATHLETIC (Arouna Kone). Well maybe it isn't over? A defensive mix-up between Distin and Jagielka, allows Kone to prod the ball home from just a couple of yards to give Wigan a way back into the match. It's the 14th consecutive game that Everton have failed to keep a clean sheet.
    • 79' GOAL FOR EVERTON! EVERTON 2-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC (Phil Jagielka). Phil Neville picks out Jagielka from the resulting corner; the defender rising highest before planting an unstoppable header beyond Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal. Everton looking comfortable now.
    • 67' Phil Neville makes an excellent challenge to deny Kone a shooting opportunity from close in, after being picked out at the near post by Maloney.
    • 52' GOAL FOR EVERTON! EVERTON 1-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC (Leon Osman). The goal was coming but there is more than a touch of fortune about it. Osman receives the ball centrally, before placing it onto his left. His strike at goal is deflected off Gary Caldwell's arm and beyond a helpless Al-Habsi.
    • 49' Thomas Hitzlsperger sends a rocket from 35 yards which bends beyond Al-Habsi and clips the Wigan crossbar as the ball flies over. That's brought proceedings to life.
    • 42' Wrestling in the box between both teams and we are now having a fifth Everton corner in succession. This time Al-Habsi is able to punch clear under pressure, but the ball appears to strike Maloney's arm as it comes out. However, Everton's penalty appeals are waved away.
    • 40' Anichebe tries to set up Jelavic, but Boyce deflects the pass. However, the ball finds its way back to the Everton striker whose follow-up strike is deflected wide for an Everton corner.
    • 24' Shaun Maloney takes the free-kick, and Howard is called on to make the save - it was a good height for the American goalkeeper to claim without too much difficulty.
    • 12' Maynor Figueroa heads clear Leon Osman's right-flank cross for an Everton corner. The delivery evades everyone but Distin, who left his marker, should have made contact with it from just a couple of yards out.
    • 14:15 Team News - Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Hitzlsperger, Gibson, Pienaar, Jelavic, Anichebe.... Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Naismith, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios /// Wigan Athletic: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Jones, McArthur, Beausejour, Maloney, Kone... Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Ramis, Golobart. Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire).
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