• Date: Sun 21 January 2007
  • Venue: The JJB Stadium
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 18,149
0 - 2


Arteta (65)P

Arteta (90)

Wigan Athletic vs Everton

Team Lineups

Wigan Athletic

Chris Kirkland
Leighton Baines
Emmerson Boyce
David Unsworth
Fitz Hall (Ryan Taylor, R, 65)
Kevin Kilbane
Denny Landzaat
Luis Antonio Valencia (David Cotterill, 78)
Josip Skoko
Emile Heskey
Lee McCulloch


Tim Howard
Phil Neville
Joseph Yobo
Joleon Lescott
Alan Stubbs
Tim Cahill (James Beattie, 89)
Leon Osman
Simon Davies
Lee Carsley
Mikel Arteta
Andrew Johnson, A (Victor Anichebe, 60)

Match Report
Relegation haunted Wigan slumped to their seventh Premiership defeat on the trot - the club's worst run of results since 1993 - as Mikel Arteta hit a double to fire Everton further up the table. But Everton were left counting the cost after record signing Andrew Johnson was carried off in the second half after he appeared to twist awkwardly and damage his left leg. Minutes later, the Toffees broke the stalemate when Arteta scored from the penalty spot. And Wigan's luck was out when Aussie Josip Skoko was robbed of a late equaliser by the woodwork before Arteta hit his sixth of the season from Phil Neville's cross. The Wigan line-up had a strong Goodison connection with three ex-Everton men in the squad - David Unsworth, Kevin Kilbane, and Leighton Baines - and the Latics were desperate to end their slide down the table. Lee McCulloch, unsettled after an approach from Rangers last week, was included with Paul Jewell confident that the Scot would do his job despite Friday's transfer request. Wigan also included Andreas Granqvist on the bench after his recovery from flu, and Antonio Valencia was back after a three-month absence. But they were still missing Henri Camara, Paul Scharner and Arjan de Zeeuw, who sees a specialist this week for a verdict on his toe injury. Everton - ten points ahead of Wigan at the start of play - had Arteta back after suspension and with veteran David Weir joining Walter Smith at Rangers the Blues were also missing Gary Naysmith and Alan Stubbs was restored to the starting line-up. Emile Heskey's presence in the box created the first half chance of the game creating space for Valencia, but his shot was deflected into the side netting. Unsworth came to Wigan's rescue with a timely tackle on Leon Osman after Fitz Hall gifted Everton possession with a poor clearance. With both defences looking shaky and the wintry conditions making life difficult, Wigan failed to test Tim Howard with long-range efforts from Kilbane and Denny Landzaat, both attempts failing to hit the target. Want-away McCulloch had better luck but his tame shot was easy for the Everton keeper and it was a similar story at the other end when Tim Cahill failed to get any power on the strike and Chris Kirkland took it easily. The Toffees twice gave away free-kicks in dangerous positions with Heskey fouled by Stubbs and then Joseph Yobo, but Skoko failed to cash in. He did better with a third free-kick just before half-time but Howard cleared the danger with a terrific punch. Everton had two chances in quick succession with Simon Davies having a shot deflected over the bar and Yobo heading wide at the back post from an Arteta corner, when he should have made it pay. The visitors suffered a blow when Johnson was stretchered off but the arrival of sub Victor Anichebe ironically gave Everton the breakthrough. He was brought down just inside the area by Unsworth and ref Howard Webb had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Arteta went for power, blasting home the spot-kick to give Kirkland no chance. Wigan piled on the pressure as they hunted an equaliser, but Skoko's shot rattled the crossbar and Heskey just failed to reach the rebound. Then in stoppage time, Arteta added to Wigan's agony with his second goal of the afternoon.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

FULL TIME: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0-2 EVERTON: EVERTON complete a 2-0 victory over WIGAN with MIKEL ARTETA grabbing a second-half brace - but Andy Johnson is taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle.


WIGAN ATHLETIC 0-2 EVERTON (ARTETA): ARTETA gets his second of the game with a neat left-footed finish from a Phil Neville cross.


James Beattie comes on to replace Tim Cahill


The fourth official signals three minutes of added time to be played


Wigan push forward in search of the equaliser but the visitors manage to clear their lines once more


Inswinging corner from Ryan Taylor causes confusion but is eventually cleared by Howard


Antonio Valencia is replaced by Dave Cotterill


Cahill lucky to escape a booking as he challenges late on Boyce


Davies with a snap-shot from 12 yards but again a shot flies wide of the target


McCulloch fires goalwards from 20 yards but misses wide of the left-hand post


Boyce returns the favour and brings down Anichebe with a hefty challenege


Foul by Anichebe on Boyce in the centre of the pitch


Fitz Hall replaced by Ryan Taylor


WIGAN ATHLETIC 0-1 EVERTON (ARTETA): ARTETA puts Everton 1-0 in front from the penalty spot after a foul from David Unsworth


Foul by David Unsworth on Victor Anichebe


Andy Johnson is replaced by Victor Anichebe after what looks to be a serious injury to his ankle


Wigan begin to exert pressure on the Everton goal but cannot find a way through


Lee McCulloch drills a header just over the bar from 12 yards


Shot by Denny Landzaat flies inches wide of Howard's right-hand upright

Second half

The second half gets underway

Half time

HALF TIME: WIGAN ATHLETIC 0-0 EVERTON: WIGAN and EVERTON grind out a goalless opening period with chances at a premium at the JJB Stadium.

Yellow Card

YOBO booked for unsporting behaviour


The fourth official signals two minutes of added time to be played


A decent first half is running out of time as both teams try to push forward in what has been an open game so far


A great strike from Andrew Johnson from 18 yards produces a good block from Josip Skoko


Valencia brings down Osman 25yards out from goal, free-kick from Alan Stubbs is lumped into the area


Emmerson Boyce crosses well but Joseph Yobo with a towering header clears for the home side


Leighton Baines with a decent effort from range saved comfortably by Howard


Osman with a drilled right-footed effort from the left side of the area but the keeper saves well


A good challenge from Leon Osman wins the ball back for Everton


A right-footed curler from McCulloch is saved well by Howard


Shot by Denny Landzaat, the Wigan man volleyed right-footed from the right channel, missing inches left of the post.


Boyce clears well after good work on the edge of the area from Simon Davies


Arteta looks dangerous as he links up well in midfield with Valencia


Shot by Antonio Valencia drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area, great save from Tim Howard


A heavy challenge from Lee Carsley on Lee McCulloch results in a free-kick in their own half for Wigan


Kick off at the JJB Stadium.