• Date: Sat 30 January 2010
  • Venue: The JJB Stadium
  • Ref: Probert, L
  • Attendance: 16,869

Wigan Athletic vs Everton

Team Lineups

Wigan Athletic

Vladimir Stojkovic
Gary Caldwell, G
Emmerson Boyce
Titus Bramble
Maynor Figueroa
Hendry Thomas (Garcia Jordi Gomez, 88)
Charles N'Zogbia
James McCarthy
Mohamed Diame (Paul Scharner, 58)
Jason Scotland (Scott Sinclair, 80)
Hugo Rodallega


Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga
Philippe Senderos
Tim Cahill
Phil Neville
Steven Pienaar
Leon Osman
Marouane Fellaini
Louis Saha (James Vaughan, 90)
Landon Donovan (Victor Anichebe, 75)

Match Report
Tim Cahill's header six minutes from time left Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez anxiously looking over his shoulder at the dreaded drop-zone as Everton collected maximum points at the DW Stadium after securing a 1-0 victory. Despite being outplayed in the second half, Wigan could and probably should have stolen a point as Charles N'Zogbia hit the crossbar with the last kick of the game and was also denied a penalty. Wigan were unable to battle back as Cahill scored his 21st headed goal in professional football late on and his sixth goal of the season to stop Martinez's men earning a point. You just never know what you're going to get from Wigan Athletic and so it proved once again as Martinez's men produced a mixed display. Despite outplaying Wigan in the opening 45 minutes Everton, and in particular Louis Saha, were left frustrated at the DW Stadium. The injury-plagued French striker saw a deflected first-half shot hit the post, while Vladimir Stojkovic made a fantastic diving save to keep the scores level. Everton should have scored early, but after Australia international Cahill appeared to handle the ball in the build-up, Leon Osman could only shoot straight at Stojkovic. The miss of the first half though fell to Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega who, after racing clear on goal, fired straight at Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard. Wigan striker Jason Scotland also had a couple of sights on goal, blazing over midway through the half before firing high over the bar just before the interval. Everton started the second half the stronger, and Stojkovic had to be alert to parry away a free-kick from old-boy Leighton Baines. Moments later Wigan were furious when N'Zogbia was tripped by Johnny Heitinga, with referee Lee Probert giving the free-kick an inch outside the area instead of pointing to the spot. Everton were somehow denied a penalty in the final quarter when Marouane Fellaini was wrongly flagged offside after Osman and Cahill had created an opening. But with six minutes remaining the Latics were not as lucky when Baines sent over an inviting cross for Cahill to head home.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The whistle goes for full-time as Everton extend their unbeaten run while Wigan rue their missed chances.


Charles N'Zogbia hits a fine shot but it rattles the crossbar and ricochets out.


James Vaughan replaces Louis Saha.


Louis Saha goes down injured and eventually Titus Bramble knocks the ball out of play.


There are four minutes of added time.


The Wigan players are looking tired as they chase the game.


Garcia Jordi Gomez comes on for Hendry Thomas.


Tim Cahill is flagged offside as the Everton fans celebrate their lead.


Maynor Figueroa was injured while that corner was being taken and has limped off the field.


Leighton Baines sends in the corner and it's headed past Vladimir Stojkovic by Tim Cahill.


Hendry Thomas is working hard and has conceded another corner.


Everton are getting more set-pieces now, another Leighton Baines corner is dealt with by Vladimir Stojkovic.


Leighton Baines sends in a corner which is eventually claimed by Vladimir Stojkovic.


Jason Scotland is replaced by Scott Sinclair.


Jason Scotland almost gets in ahead of the Everton defence from the corner but Johnny Heitinga does well and Tim Howard can make the clearance.


Hugo Rodallega drills the ball into the wall and Wigan have a corner.

Yellow Card

Steven Pienaar is booked for breaking out of the wall too early.


Marouane Fellaini pulls back Charles N'Zogbia and Wigan have a free-kick 10 yards outside the area.


Victor Anichebe is on for Landon Donovan.


Vladimir Stojkovic fumbles at a Steven Pienaar effort and the ball ends up in the net but the offside flag is up.


Paul Scharner's shot is straight at Tim Howard and he might have been better finding a colleague.


Marouane Fellaini clips the ball over the top but it's too far ahead of Tim Cahill.


Phil Neville sends in a cross but it's far too deep and goes out for a goal-kick.


The referee is trying his best to let the game flow by playing advantage but there are a lot of niggly fouls now.


Emmerson Boyce puts in a couple of good crosses but again Wigan can't find the target.


Now James McCarthy breaks foward but overhits the ball and allows Philippe Senderos to make the challenge.


There are ironic cheers around the DW as Hendry Thomas wins a free-kick but Wigan don't make the most of it and Everton can clear.


Paul Scharner breaks forward and has options but overruns the ball.


Paul Scharner is flagged offside.


Paul Scharner replaces Mohamed Diame.

Yellow Card

Leon Osman is booked for a late tackle on Charles N'Zogbia.


The corner is cleared and Wigan get a free-kick after Landon Donovan is penalised.


Everton have a corner in front of their fans.


The Wigan fans still aren't happy about the Charles N'Zogbia challenge, claiming they should have had a penalty.


Tim Cahill gets his head on Charles N'Zogbia's free kick and Wigan have a corner, which is cleared by Marouane Fellaini.


Charles N'Zogbia goes down in the box but the referee gives a free-kick just outside the area.


Charles N'Zogbia gets in behind Leighton Baines but Tim Howard is quickly out to concede a throw-in.


Leighton Baines sends in a free-kick which is punched away by Vladimir Stojkovic and Wigan counterattack but Hugo Rodallega 's shot goes wide.

Second half

Everton kick off the second half.

Half time

The whistle goes for half-time.


Leighton Baines sends in a free-kick which is deflected behind for a corner, which is eventually cleared by Wigan.


There is one minute of added time.


Landon Donovan goes down holding his face and the physios are on the pitch.


There's a bit of a lull at the moment after almost non-stop action.


Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.


Everton clear Charles N'Zogbia's corner.


Emmerson Boyce wins a corner for the home side.


Jason Scotland has a good opportunity from the edge of the box but blasts the ball into the crowd.


Tim Cahill crosses the ball and Titus Bramble is there to make the clearance.


It's end-to-end stuff, Steven Pienaar racing forward but well challenged by Hendry Thomas who sets Wigan on their way.


The Everton fans shout for a penalty after Louis Saha goes down in the area but nothing is given.


Landon Donovan's corner is whipped in and Titus Bramble does enough to put the Everton attack off, the ball going out for a goal-kick.


Louis Saha gets a touch on Leighton Baines's cross but Vladimir Stojkovic does well to deflect the ball for a corner.


Wigan have a corner and the ball is flashed across goal but no-one can get on the end of it.


Jason Scotland has a great chance one-on-one with the keeper but doesn't even hit the target.


Louis Saha makes some space for himself on the edge of the area and his shot is deflected and hits the post.


Hugo Rodallega forces a save from Tim Howard after some good play from Wigan.


Charles N'Zogbia sends in the free-kick from just outside the area but it's too high and Everton have a goal-kick.


Philippe Senderos concedes a free-kick for a push on Jason Scotland and Wigan need to make the most of chances like this.


Tim Cahill volleys right-footed from six yards out but Vladimir Stojkovic makes the save.


The tackles are flying in with much of the play taking place in midfield.


The Wigan players aren't giving Everton any time on the ball, Hendry Thomas is doing a good job closing down in midfield.


Everton have brought a lot of fans the short distance to the DW Stadium and they're making themselves heard.


The corner comes to nothing, Tim Cahill takes a shot which is easily dealt with by Vladimir Stojkovic.


Everton have the first corner of the game.


Louis Saha is flagged offside.


Mohamed Diame puts in a good cross but it's well dealt with by Philippe Senderos.


The crowd howl for a handball from Phil Neville as Wigan go on the attack but the referee isn't interested.


Leon Osman shoots but the ball goes wide.


Everton have started well and are knocking the ball about.


Wigan get the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Emmerson Boyce comes into the Wigan defence while Jason Scotland plays up front.

Awaiting Kickoff

Loan signing Philippe Senderos is handed his Everton debut due to an injury to Sylvain Distin.