The three musketeers
Paul Merson pays tribute to Everton's super-subs who made the difference in their win against Wigan.
Last Updated: 17/09/11 8:02pm
Everton 3-1 Wigan
Soccer Saturday analysis
Franco Di Santo gave Wigan a lead at Goodison Park with a stunning angled strike that beat Tim Howard all ends-up, albeit courtesy of a deflection off Tony Hibbert.
It was a lead they were unable to hold onto though as Phil Jagielka restored parity before the break after Tim Cahill's towering header from a corner had fell to him after coming off the crossbar.
Everton manager David Moyes made three substitutions which practically changed the game as Roysten Drenthe, Apostolos Vellios and Denis Stracqualursi were all involved in Everton's late goals.
"When you look back at it it was weird," explained Paul Merson on Soccer Saturday.
"At 4.45pm the Wigan fans would have been sitting there thinking they were going home with a comfortable point. Everton fans would have been sitting there thinking we can't beat Wigan at home and we don't even look like scoring.
"All of a sudden David Moyes brings on his substitutions and all three of them for were outstanding and they win the game for Everton. Everyone is going home happy; even I am sitting here thinking Everton will be alright.
"Those three were very good indeed. It was not just the goals, it was their play, they looked like three very good signings. Bar the last ten minutes Wigan were very comfortable - they did not look like scoring themselves, but then again nor did Everton."