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Foul by Nikica Jelavic on Jean Beausejour, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Albert Crusat is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Corner taken left-footed by David Jones.
Maynor Figueroa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic. Maynor Figueroa receives a yellow card. Leighton Baines has an effort direct from the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Victor Anichebe. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
Victor Anichebe finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Wigan 1-1 Everton.Assist on the goal came from Leighton Baines.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Landon Donovan from the left by-line, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in. Gary Caldwell fouled by Steven Pienaar, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Johnny Heitinga is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Victor Anichebe replaces Tony Hibbert. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Phil Neville. Wigan 1-0 Everton.Assist by Jean Beausejour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Landon Donovan on Jean Beausejour. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Leighton Baines is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Leighton Baines fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
Inswinging corner taken by David Jones.
Albert Crusat is brought on as a substitute for Franco Di Santo.
The official flags Marouane Fellaini offside. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Hugo Rodallega on for Jordi Gomez. David Jones is brought on as a substitute for Ronnie Stam.
Nikica Jelavic handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Franco Di Santo. (Everton) makes a substitution, with Nikica Jelavic coming on for Denis Stracqualursi. Indirect free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
Darron Gibson takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by James McArthur results in a free kick. James McArthur is shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
Franco Di Santo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Johnny Heitinga takes the indirect free kick.
Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Marouane Fellaini challenges Jean Beausejour unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jean Beausejour restarts play with the free kick.
Tim Cahill goes off and Phil Neville comes on.
Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Emmerson Boyce, free kick awarded. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.
Jean Beausejour concedes a free kick for a foul on Landon Donovan. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
Steven Pienaar is adjudged to have handled the ball. James McArthur restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Jordi Gomez. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Darron Gibson misses to the right of the goal.
Franco Di Santo challenges Tony Hibbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Franco Di Santo on Darron Gibson. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Ronnie Stam, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Denis Stracqualursi. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Steven Pienaar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Landon Donovan.
Johnny Heitinga concedes a free kick for a foul on Franco Di Santo. Jordi Gomez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
Tim Cahill is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Denis Stracqualursi by Emmerson Boyce. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.
Denis Stracqualursi fouled by Jean Beausejour, the ref awards a free kick. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jordi Gomez from the right by-line, save made by Tim Howard.
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
The official flags Denis Stracqualursi offside. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Jean Beausejour fouled by Landon Donovan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Denis Stracqualursi takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
Ronnie Stam challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
The referee blows for offside against Denis Stracqualursi. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Tim Cahill fouled by Emmerson Boyce, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
Tim Cahill has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jean Beausejour, Tim Howard makes a save.
The official flags Denis Stracqualursi offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
Franco Di Santo is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Martinez has survival in focus
Roberto Martinez feels Wigan's position may prove beneficial in the long run because their predicament is all too clear.
A 3-1 defeat by Tottenham on Tuesday left the Latics three points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table and five points off safety.
There is no doubt about their target for the last 15 games of the season and Martinez, who saw his side escape relegation on the final day of the last campaign, believes the single focus will help.
He said: "It's not where we are in the table now, it's where we're going to finish in May and what we do know is what we've been through in the last two seasons is not a position we want to be in.
"We all understand that we want to progress as a football club and get into a position where we can be an established Premier League team, but we're in a situation we have to get out of.
"We've got 15 opportunities to get as many points as we can and there's nothing else we can do. For me it's easier to be in this position rather than in another position in the table where you feel that you've achieved your aim and you haven't.
"We've got a really strong focus on the next game, for us Everton is a cup final in the middle of the season and we need to make sure we treat it that way."
Wigan have picked up three points from their last eight games, a run interrupted only by an FA Cup defeat at npower League Two Swindon, while Everton go into the match at the DW Stadium on a high following Tuesday's victory over leaders Manchester City.
Martinez said: "Winning a game against the league leaders is probably the best dose of confidence and belief that you can add to a group, so they are in a very good moment, they got a very good win against Fulham as well in the FA Cup, so they are on a very good run of results.
"But it doesn't matter what run of results Everton are on, you know you'll always find it difficult. They're always competitive, always really difficult to play against and it's going to be no different on Saturday.
"But I do think probably the advantage we've got being in the position that we're in now is we don't have to worry too much about the opposition.
"Every game we need to be perfect, every game we need to be brave, arrogant and believe in ourselves and try to be as good as we can to get results."
The Latics will have key midfielder Mohamed Diame back after his return from the African Nations Cup while Hugo Rodallega, Franco Di Santo and David Jones are expected to be fully fit and Antolin Alcaraz (groin) could also be involved.
Everton manager David Moyes hopes the last few days have given his players and fans a lift which will carry them through to a successful finish to the season.
Victory over Manchester City was accompanied by the signing of Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic for #5.5million and the return of midfielder Steven Pienaar, on loan, from Tottenham.
After a month of transfer speculation, discussion about the club's finances and indifferent results - including defeats to Bolton and Spurs and draws with Aston Villa and Blackburn - Moyes thinks this week has made a real difference.
"It is long time since I have been able to talk positively," said the Scot. "Nearly every question I've had has been of a negative nature about what is happening off the pitch or results.
"But the players certainly gave the fans something to shout about in midweek and the performance against Manchester City was great - we've not had many days like that recently.
"What a difference it makes if you win one which maybe you are not expected to and you play above your station and the players respond, it gives everyone a lift.
"Hopefully the last few days shows, with a little bit of cash, we can try to make something work and give the supporters something to be excited about.
"It (signing players) definitely gives everyone a lift but if we hadn't brought anyone in and beaten Manchester City it would still have given everyone a lift.
"Obviously we don't know how Nikica will do, there is no manager in the country who can guarantee when he brings in a player he will work - no matter whether you pay #50million or #5million.
"I am hoping Steven and Nikica can give us that little bit and keep everyone on a high because we want to try to finish the season strongly and over the years we have tended to do that."
Anichebe rescues point for Toffees
Wigan benefited from one of the more bizarre goals the Barclays Premier League will see this season but had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Everton at the DW Stadium.
It had been a thoroughly forgettable affair until the 76th minute when Phil Neville blocked a Jean Beausejour cross and the ball somehow found its way past Tim Howard for a hugely embarrassing own goal.
But the hosts' lead lasted only seven minutes, substitute Victor Anichebe heading in the equaliser to ensure Everton followed up their win over Manchester City on Tuesday with a point on the road.
Toffees boss David Moyes fielded one of his deadline-day signings, Steven Pienaar, who rejoined the club on loan from Tottenham on Tuesday, but striker Nikica Jelavic had to settle for a place on the bench.
Denis Stracqualursi was the man keeping Jelavic out of the team after impressing against City and he had the first decent sight of goal in the 13th minute, but the ball got stuck under his feet and he could only poke it tamely at Ali Al Habsi.
Pienaar was making his first start in the Barclays Premier League this season but was quickly up to speed and causing trouble for the Latics, who were just about holding firm.
Scoring goals has been a major problem for Wigan and Franco Di Santo could not make the most of a golden chance in the 20th minute. A long ball from Maynor Figueroa caught out the Everton defence but the striker placed his shot too close to Tim Howard.
It was a very scrappy game and Jordi Gomez could only curl a free-kick well over from 25 yards after Johnny Heitinga had hauled down Di Santo, while at the other end Wigan just about managed to scramble a Landon Donovan corner clear.
The Latics were failing to capitalise on good positions, with Victor Moses the latest culprit as his control let him down at the crucial moment as he lined up a shot.
Darron Gibson was the Everton hero on Tuesday but he spurned a good chance five minutes before the break, sending his shot way over the bar after Leighton Baines had done well to get to the goalline and pull the ball back.
Everton made a change at half-time, Neville replacing Tim Cahill, but it did little to improve the quality, with both goalkeepers virtual spectators.
Gibson did manage a half-decent effort but it was easily saved by Al Habsi, and on the hour mark Moyes sent on Jelavic for Stracqualursi. The Croatian was prolific at Rangers and his arrival was greeted with a huge roar from the vocal Everton fans.
Roberto Martinez had also seen enough and in the 65th minute the Wigan manager made a double change, Rodallega replacing Gomez and David Jones coming on for Ronnie Stam, while moments later Di Santo hobbled off and Albert Crusat entered the fray.
The hosts wanted a penalty when Jones' shot deflected behind off Pienaar's arm, but referee Anthony Taylor waved their claims away.
Wigan have been short on luck this season but they certainly got a huge slice of it in the 76th minute as Everton gifted them the softest of goals.
There seemed little danger when Neville got a foot to Beausejour's cross and the ball headed straight for Howard but the keeper let it bounce and the spin on the ball took it past him and into the net, to the disbelief of players and fans alike.
Anichebe came on for Tony Hibbert in the 81st minute in Moyes' final throw of the dice, and within two minutes he had levelled matters, leaping above the Wigan defence to guide in a header from Baines' cross after the hosts had not dealt well with a corner.
Wigan pushed for a winner and almost found it from a late corner but they could not force the ball in as it pinged around the Everton box.
The point did at least end a run of five successive defeats for the Latics, who remain five points adrift of safety.
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