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  • Cahill (84)
  • Date:2010-01-30
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The JJB Stadium
  • Attendance:16869
  • Referee:Probert, L

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

James Vaughan replaces Louis Saha.

90mins

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

90mins

There are four minutes of added time.

89mins

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

88mins

Garcia Jordi Gomez comes on for Hendry Thomas.

87mins

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

85mins

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

84mins

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

83mins

Hendry Thomas is working hard and has conceded another corner.

82mins

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

81mins

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

80mins

Jason Scotland is replaced by Scott Sinclair.

78mins

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.

78mins

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

77mins

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

76mins

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

76mins

Victor Anichebe is on for Landon Donovan.

75mins

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

73mins

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

72mins

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

70mins

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

68mins

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

66mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

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.

63mins

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

60mins

Paul Scharner is flagged offside.

59mins

Paul Scharner replaces Mohamed Diame.

58mins

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

56mins

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

55mins

Everton have a corner in front of their fans.

53mins

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

51mins

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

50mins

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

50mins

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

48mins

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

46mins

Everton kick off the second half.

45mins

The whistle goes for half-time.

45mins

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

45mins

There is one minute of added time.

44mins

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

42mins

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

41mins

Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.

40mins

Everton clear Charles N'Zogbia's corner.

40mins

Emmerson Boyce wins a corner for the home side.

38mins

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

35mins

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

33mins

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

31mins

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

29mins

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.

28mins

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

26mins

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

25mins

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

23mins

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

20mins

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

19mins

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

18mins

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

16mins

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

15mins

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

13mins

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

11mins

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

10mins

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

9mins

Everton have the first corner of the game.

8mins

Louis Saha is flagged offside.

7mins

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

5mins

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

3mins

Leon Osman shoots but the ball goes wide.

2mins

Everton have started well and are knocking the ball about.

0mins

Wigan get the game underway.

0mins

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

0mins

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

Match Preview

Wigan Athletic will be looking to put their midweek disappointment behind them as they prepare to face Everton at DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Latics went down 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday night with Nikola Kalinic's strike settling the bout after Gary Caldwell had equalised Morten Gamst Pedersen's opener.

Wigan's defeat sees them sit in 14th position and just two points from the relegation zone and boss Roberto Martinez will be striving for his side to ease their growing concerns as they continue to loiter around the wrong end of the table.

With Paul Scharner (knee) only causing Martinez problems in his team selection, Wigan are otherwise at full strength.

Everton have claimed back-to-back wins in the Premier League after successes at Goodison Park against Manchester City and Sunderland.

This has helped propel David Moyes' side into ninth position after a tough start to the campaign and they are enjoying an eight game unbeaten run on their domestic front.

They will want to improve on their average return on their travels that has yielded just two wins in ten fixtures to date.

Moyes is still without the services of Joseph Yobo (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (groin) and Phil Jagielka (knee).

Powerhouse forward Victor Anichebe (knee) is nearing the end of his injury lay-off, but this fixture may come too soon for him.

With new signing Landon Donovan breaking his goalscoring duck in the 2-0 midweek win against Sunderland, the America international will want to further continue his growing reputation ahead of the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.

The hosts claimed a 1-0 victory over the Toffees in their DW Stadium meeting last term.


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.

Wigan Athletic

Everton

Corners

47

Fouls

1912

Goal attempts

710

Shots off target

54

Offsides

25

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