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Goodison Park (ATT 31,576) 17th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Walton

Everton Everton vs Wigan Athletic Wigan

Everton 3

P Jagielka (33)
A Vellios (84)
R Drenthe (90+8)


Wigan 1

F Di Santo (31)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 5:12 pm, September 17th 2011

  1. FULLTIME: So, Everton run out convincing winners against a stubborn Wigan side. Franco Di Santo gave the visitors a shock lead but Phil Jagielka levelled within 97 seconds. Then, deep into the second half Everton made the game safe thanks to goals from substitutes Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe.

  2. 90+7

    It's all over now, Drenthe is put clean through by Stracqualursi's flick and the Dutchman makes no mistake for a debut goal. He is calm and collected as he slides the ball past Al Habsi.

  3. 90+7

    GOAL: Everton 3 (Roysten Drenthe 90) Wigan 1

  4. 90+6

    Watson's long-range effort sails over the crossbar and that should be it!

  5. 90+5

    Now a clash of heads between Stracqualursi and Figueroa in the middle of the park and we have a minute left.

  6. 90+4

    Baines' cross just misses the stretching Stracqualursi in the box.

  7. 90+3

    Rodwell finds Osman and Everton are looking to keep possession as the clock ticks down.

  8. 90+1

    SUBSTITUTION: Maloney comes on for the injured Rodallega then.

  9. 90

    The fourth official holds up a board and we're going to have six minutes of stoppage time.

  10. 89

    Rodallega is coming off on a stretcher.

  11. 87

    Stracqualursi challenged Rodallega and the Wigan man is down and in need of some much needed attention.

  12. 85

    Off the crossbar! David Jones' shot takes a deflection off Hibbert and the ball strikes the woodwork. That would have been very shortlived by Everton after the previous equaliser.

  13. 84

    What a header by Apostolos Velliosby from Tony Hibbert's wonderful cross from the right. He got up to head the ball right into the bottom corner.

  14. 84

    GOAL: Everton 2 (Apostolos Vellios 84) Wigan 1

  15. 84

    SUBSTITUTION: So, Stracqualursi is on for his debut replaces Tim Cahill.

  16. 82

    Good take by Al Habsi after good work on the by-line by the new boy Drenthe as Denis Stracqualursi is preparing to come on for Everton as Drenthe wins a throw.

  17. 81

    Murmurings of discontent from the home crowd, not for the first time this afternoon as the referee awards Wigan a free-kick after a handball by Jagielka.

  18. 80

    High foot from Hibbert but the referee alows play on. Drenthe shows too much of the ball to Adrian Lopez, but back come Everton looking for that winner.

  19. 78

    Everton have had 15 attempts on goal to Wigan's six. But the crucial stat is the scoreline.

  20. 77

    Patrick Van Aanholt comes close. He drives forward and takes the ball onto his right foot before firing over the crossbar.

  21. 75

    The visitors have defended well in the second half as Osman's pass to Drenthe should have been better. It drives him wide which has annoyed the home fans.

  22. 74

    Patrick Van Aanholt has a dig with his left-foot and it takes a deflection for a corner.

  23. 73

    SUBSTITUTION: WIgan change now. David Jones, signed from Wolves in the summer, is on for his Premier League debut coming on for Jordi Gomez.

  24. 72

    Good touch from Roysten Drenthe and but crossfield ball is poor and Osman can't keep it in.

  25. 70

    Wigan seem to be growing in confidence as Hibbert runs into Gomez down the right hand side, approaching the area.

  26. 68

    Tony Hibbert wins a throw but Jordi Gomez gives the ball away to Vellios, who opts to shoot rather than play Osman clean in. Oh dear! The Greek star is so keen to make an impact, he didn't even think about making a pass there.

  27. 66

    SUBSTITUTION: Seamus Coleman is replaced by Apostolos Vellios for the Toffees which should see them go to a 4-4-2 formation.

  28. 65

    So, a free-kick on the edge of the box but Leighton Baines fails to get the ball up and down in time.

  29. 64

    The whole crowd want a free-kick as Cahill is pulled to the ground by Gary Caldwell.

  30. 63

    Jordi Gomez and Adrian Lopez combine before the ball slaps the face of Franco Di Santo which is greeted by cheers.

  31. 61

    Hugo Rodallega gets underneath the ball and that won't trouble Tim Howard.

  32. 60

    YELLOW CARD: Marouane Fellaini is the first player in the book after bringing Franco Di Santo down and Wigan have a free-kick in a dangerous position. Just on the edge of the box.

  33. 59

    SUBSTITUTION: So, Drenthe replaces Bilyaletdinov, whose had a quiet game.

  34. 57

    The Toffees are looking to bring on Roysten Drenthe in a minute. The Dutchman is preparing to come on now.

  35. 56

    Baines whips over a free-kick from the right and Di Santo , coming back towards his goal makes a fine clearance.

  36. 55

    A poor start to his second half fans and the fans are showing their anxiety. It's certainly nothing like it was last week against Aston Villa.

  37. 53

    Everton can no way afford to be complacent at the back as the crowd vent their anger at the negative nature of the game thus far.

  38. 51

    Jordi Gomez whips over a corner from the left but Tim Howard plucks the ball out of the air. No problem for the big stopper.

  39. 48

    Wigan are in no rush to get the ball forward as Seamus Coleman attempts to drive his left-foot curler to the back post but it's just wide.

  40. 46

    Referee Peter Walton gets the second half underway then and Everton are immediately on the attack.

  41. 1604

    We're back. Sorry for the technical problems this afternoon. If you'd like to air your views, email Raz...that's me! at and I'll publish the best.

  42. HALF TIME: So, honours even at the break. Franco Di Santo opened the scoring thanks to his third goal of the season, against the run of play. His fierce shot took a deflection off Tony Hibbert and flew past Tim Howard into the top corner. But just 97 second later, Leon Osman's corner kick was met by the towering Tim Cahill and his header struck the crossbar but defender Phil Jagielka did the rest from 6-yards.

  43. 45+1

    We're into the first of the two minutes of stoppage time. Everton have had 12 attempts on target so far this afternoon.

  44. 45

    Ben Watson whips the ball in from the right but Everton head clear as Roberto Martinez shouts orders from the touchline.

  45. 43

    Nice play by the hosts as Osman finds space down the left and looks once again for Cahill but the Latics clear their lines once again.

  46. 41

    Marouane Fellaini's pass to Leighton Baines is lazy allowing Wigan to clear.

  47. 39

    Gomes felt he was felled by Rodwelll as Cahill wins the header and is now feeling the side of his face. Looked like he took a slight knock.

  48. 37

    Leon Osman tries a curler from the edge of the area but it's well blocked.

  49. 35

    Everton haven't drawn 0-0 in the Premier League since they met Wigan at Goodison Park in December 2010.

  50. 33

    Equaliser! That didn't take long. Tim Cahill's towering header strikes the crossbar but Phil Jagielka is there to head home the loose ball, just 97 seconds after Wigan took the lead. That's got the crowd going!

  51. 33

    GOAL: Everton 1 (Phil Jagielka 33) Wigan 1

  52. 31

    Franco Di Santo scores a peach. Some bad defending by Leon Osman allows the striker to turn away on the edge of the box before lashing his right-foot shot via a slight deflection off Tony Hibbert and into the back of the net. And he celebrates with a dance in by the corner flag...interesting!

  53. 31

    GOAL: Everton 0 Wigan 1 (Franco Di Santo 31)

  54. 29

    The game is dying of death at the moment unfortunately. The Toffees are not moving the ball as fast as they do.

  55. 28

    Ben Watson is in need of some attention from the Wigan medical staff after a tackle in the middle of the park. He seems ok and is back in the action.

  56. 27

    Leon Osman pops up in a dangerous position and drills his long-range effort over the crossbar.

  57. 21

    Tim Cahill's pass to Osman is a poor choice as it allows Athletic to clear, but he really should have linked up better on that ocassion.

  58. 20

    Victor Moses is caught by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and referee Peter Walton decides not to go to his pocket.

  59. 18

    Leighton Baines looks to get more involved in the game. What a good signing he has been since his move from the Latics.

  60. 16

    Wigan's progress is slow as Leon Osman shopws fine pace to set up Tim Cahill, but the attacker's shot is well blocked.

  61. 11

    David Moyes urges some urgency from his side but Marouane Fellaini gives the ball away allowing Franco Di Santo a pop at goal, but it's well over the crossbar and doesn't bother Tim Howard.

  62. 9

    The Toffees are starting to dominate possession. The Latics have won just once at Goodison park and that was back in 2005.

  63. 7

    Leighton Baines' cross is a good one from the left and Al Habsi is forced into making a save from Bilyaletdinov's header at the back post.

  64. 6

    Diniyar Bilyaletdinov combines with Jack Rodwell but Wigan win the ball back and they look for Rodallega, but once again, he's caught offside.

  65. 5

    Wigan keep some possession and Hugo Rodallega is through but the assistant raises his flag for offside. Replays show it was a tight call.

  66. 3

    Ali Al Habsi lanches a long ball downfield. The atmosphere is quiet although the crowd pick up when Jack Rodwell collects the ball but his effort on goal is not one of his best.

  67. 1

    Everton get the game underway then. The pitch is immaculate as ever and the sun is shining. Gary Caldwell was over on the far side changing his boots which delayed the kick-off.

  68. 1459

    The teams are out and we're just about ready for kick-off. Keep those emails coming in folks.

  69. 1458

    It is understood Saha was at Goodison Park this afternoon but left the ground soon after discovering he was not in the squad. The 33-year-old Frenchman has played just 41 minutes this season, both as a substitute, and has not featured since the Carling Cup win over Sheffield United on August 24.

  70. 1457

    Big news coming out of Goodison Park as Everton striker Louis Saha has voiced his disappointment at being left out of the squad to face at Wigan by expressing his frustration on Twitter. He has said: "I am not good enough. Absolutely destroyed," Saha tweeted. "It's coz I'm confident in my ability that I'm gutted." What do you think of that Everton fans?

  71. 1454

    Don't forget fans, if you'd like to air your views during the match, email Raz...that's me! at and I'll publish the best.

  72. 1453

    Let's have a quick look at the odds with SKYBET: Everton are 1/2 to claim victory, who make Wigan 6/1 and the draw at 3/1. Toffees attacker Tim Cahill is favourite to bag the first goal at 11/2, while Leon Osman is a good outside bet at 8/1. Latics' Franco di Santo is a 8/1 shot for the visitors. I'm going for a pre-match prediction of 2-1, which is 15/2. Head now to to place your bets.

  73. 1442

    Wigan midfielder James McCarthy returns to Wigan's starting line-up for his first Premier League appearance in almost a month. The 20-year-old comes back from a knee injury in the midweek Carling Cup defeat to Crystal Palace and is one of three changes, alongside on-loan Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt making his league debut and Jordi Gomez.

  74. 1438

    So, Everton boss David Moyes names the same side which drew 2-2 with Aston Villa last week, meaning captain Phil Neville is left on the bench again.

  75. 1437

    EVERTON: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Bilyaletdinov, Osman, Cahill. SUBS: Mucha, Heitinga, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Neville, Barkley, Vellios.

  76. 1436

    WIGAN: Al Habsi, Van Aanholt, Caldwell, Lopez, Figueroa, Gomez, Watson, McCarthy, Moses, Di Santo, Rodallega. SUBS: Pollitt, Thomas, Crusat, Maloney, McArthur, Sammon, Jones.

  77. 1436

    REFEREE: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

  78. 1435

    Sorry folks, a few gremlins in the system. Here come the teams...

  79. 1426

    Right the teams are here come the line-up's.

  80. 1421

    Everton themselves haven't exactly begun all cylinders firing. They lost to QPR and only managed a draw with Aston Villa last week. And don't forget they lost their prized asset Mikel Arteta to Arsenal on transfer deadline day although having watched them last week against Villa, it didn't really seem to affect their style. Let me know what you think Evertonians?

  81. 1420

    Last season, Athletic salvaged a draw at Goodison Park and also managed a home point against them as well. Sadly, Wigan have a bit of a see-saw record against the Toffees and have won just twice against them in the Premier League.

  82. 1419

    Wigan, meanwhile, have suffered two defeats in a week. The first came at the Etihad Stadium when they lost 3-0 to Manchester City, before going out of the Carling Cup in midweek against Crystal Palace. The defeat at City was their first in eight games.

  83. 1411

    David Moyes' men are aiming for their first home win of the season but they have lost just four of their last 33 home league matches - an impressive record.

  84. 1409

    If you'd like to air your views before or during the match, email Raz...that's me! at and I'll publish the best, so come on you Evertonians and Latics' fans, get writing in.

  85. 1407

    Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute text commentary from this afternoon's Premier League clash between Everton and Wigan from Goodison Park.



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