Saturday December 11, 2010 Day 17 Finished Goodison Park

  1. Wigan cling on for draw at Everton

    Wigan cling on for draw at Everton

    Wigan Athletic fought their way to a goalless draw against fellow Premier League strugglers Everton at Goodison Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Everton
    • Wigan Athletic
    • 90+5' The final whistle goes, and Everton will wonder how on earth they managed to only get a draw.
    • 90+3' distin clears as Rodallega was looking to turn and head for goal. Is there a winner in this match?
    • 90+1' Five minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 90' Wigan break and they have men forward. The ball is played the Mcarthur on the right of the box and he aims a shot for the far corner... tipped round the post by Howard! Fabulous save!
    • 89' Figeuroa dives in with a rash tackle on Coleman on the wing. Just a booking from the Honduras defender.
    • 88' Anichebe plays a lovely first-time ball into the path of Cahill who fires over... but again the flag was up for offside.
    • 86' This time the ball goes all the way over to the other side, and Everton clear.
    • 85' Wigan have a corner now. Watson's free-kick is headed behind for another on the other flank.
    • 84' Bines swings in another delivery. Headed clear but the second ball coems over the top for Beckford... Al Habsi is off his line to gather.
    • 83' Gohouri has his shins kicked by Anichebe as he makes a clearance, and is receiving treatment. Martinez will be happy to see Everton's momentum disrupted.
    • 81' Coleman surges into the box from the right and wins a corner. The young Irishman has really helped drag Everton's performance up since the break.
    • 80' Anichebe and Caldwell tangle, with the free-kick going the Everton man's way.
    • 79' The sense of frustration in the crowd is beginning to creep into the players. If Wigan escape with a point then Everton will wonder how.
    • 77' Coleman roams inside and squares to Rodwell, who drags a strike just wide of the far post!
    • 76' Some of the impetus of Everton's play since the break has left their play now. The BLues remain on top, but wigan have got their act together at the back.
    • 74' Beckford gets the ball from Baines and curls a quick shot from the edge of the box but it's an easy stop for Al Habsi.
    • 72' A poor clearance gifts possession back to Wigan. Rodallega drills a low shot from the edge of the box that howard gets down to stop.
    • 71' Diame sneaks through into the Everton box and gets ready to strike... great last-ditch tackle from Jagielka! Wigan almost ahead there!
    • 70' Beckford latches on to a through ball and he's one-on-one with Al Habsi. He calmly sidefoots intot he bottom corner... but the offside flag is up!
    • 69' Baines's free-kick is eventually cleared, but the left-back sends in another cross that Fellaini heads back across goal. Al Habsi manages to hold on to it as Beckford was waiting at the far post
    • 67' N'Zogbia hauls down Coleman as he fights to latch on to a forward pass.
    • 66' Everton substitution: Victor Anichebe replaces Pienaar, who appears to have picked up a groin injury.
    • 66' Rodwell plays a ball over the top for Beckford, who is miles offside.
    • 65' Rodallega flicks on a throw-in but there is no one in support, and Everton can pour men forward again.
    • 64' Wigan substitution: James McArthur replaces Thomas.
    • 62' After 18 fouls in the first half, there has only been one so far in the second.
    • 61' Everton substitution: Jermaine Beckford replaces Saha.
    • 60' Everton come again and Pienaar blazes a shot over the bar! Only one team in this match at the moment.
    • 59' Great cross from Distin and Cahill heads on to the post! Everton come again and Pienaar plays in Coleman... Al Habsi off his line to smother the shot!
    • 58' Pienaar slips a great ball into the path of Saha, who fends off Alcaraz and toe-pokes a shot on goal that Al Habsi parries!
    • 57' Watson plays Cleverley into the box with a great slide rule pass, but the on-loan midfielder is taken away from goal by his run.
    • 56' Jagielka does well to keep N'Zogbia in check in a rare foray forward from Wigan.
    • 55' Fellaini shields the ball inside the area and is unfortunate not to win another corner.
    • 54' Roberto Martinez must be wondering how his team can respond to this step up in gear from Everton. At this rate a goal for the home side looks inevitable.
    • 52' Great link-up from Everton! Coleman and Cahill exchange passes before Saha backheels into the path of the Australian. The ball rebounds off his shins but he still manages to get a shot away that flew wide of the far post!
    • 51' Well done to Everton for emerging from the break with renewed purpose. The first five minutes of the second half have been better than the entire first 45! Cahill meets another corner but al Habsi catches.
    • 50' Make that a fourth. Al Habsi beats it away, and clutches on to the cross that comes back into the box.
    • 49' Coleman's endeavours win Everton a corner on the other flank. Distin earns them a third successive set piece.
    • 48' Pienaar picks the ball up some 30 yards from goal, turns and fires a fizzing strike that Al Habsi beats away!
    • 47' Coleman drifts in from the right, gets into the box with a stepover and sneaks the ball through for Cahill.... both Cahill and Saha were offside.
    • 47' Everton start the half brightly and win a corner. Baines's delivery is put behind. Jagielka got the final touch, so a goal kick.
    • 46' The second half is underway. The only way is up!
    • 45+3' The half-time whistle goes, mercifully you might say. A thriller this ain't!
    • 45+3' Pienaar scoops a ball over the top for Cahill, but Alcaraz is well positioned to get in front of the Everton man.
    • 45+2' Thomas strikes the latest blow in his ongoing ding-dong with Pienaar, barging the winger over on the halfway line.
    • 45+1' Three minutes of added time to be played at the end of the first half.
    • 45' Everton have plenty forward following a Baines free-kick. They retain possession as Wigan repel cross after cross.
    • 43' Coleman surges through the centre but his attempted through ball doesn't make it through to Saha.
    • 42' Thomas is down on the turf after a high tackle by Pienaar. There is a bit of a scuffle as Wigan players demand retribution, but the referee calms things down and has a word with Pienaar. Should have been a booking there.
    • 41' Fellaini comes downt he left and squares a ball across the box for Cahill... the Australian slid in a fraction too late to meet it!
    • 40' Gohouri has his clearance charged down by Pienaar, but has his revenge in the form of a solid and fair challenge as the South African surged down the wing.
    • 39' Plenty of drive and fight from Fellaini as he breaks up a Wigan attack.
    • 38' Baines comes forward with Pienaar on the overlap. He cuts inisde and loses the ball though. Poor choice.
    • 37' Al Habsi has to come out of his area after Neville's long ball dropped an awkward distance in front of him. Cahill charges down the clearance but he is offside.
    • 36' Baines wants the one-two from pienaar but then checks his run as the winger plays the return pass down the channel.
    • 35' Cahill is a cut above everyone else on the field. His skill initiates an Everton move up the field. How he could do with Mikel Arteta to back him up.
    • 33' Finally the tempo lifts a little as play goes from end-to-end. Chances still very much at a premium though.
    • 32' Al Habsi gets a strong punch to Baines's corner.
    • 31' The free-kick is met by Fellaini. Headed back across for Rodwell... his header is deflected over by Ben Watson!
    • 31' Thomas goes into the referee's book for a late foul from behind on Pienaar.
    • 30' Pienaar and Saha exchange quick passes but, again, the key pass is blocked.
    • 29' Mohamed Diame and Rodallega play a nice one-two before Phil Jagielka puts in a good tackle.
    • 28' Saha is brought down on the halfway line now. Neville's long free-kick is cleared and Wigan try to counter, but Everton haven't left themselves exposed from that set piece.
    • 27' Cleverley surges forward before being brought down on the halfway line by Pienaar.
    • 25' Yakubu, on the Everton bench today, has scored three goals in five Premier League appearances against Wigan.
    • 24' Sylvain Distin marshalls Rodallega well and passes back to Tim Howard. The keeper miscues his clearance but fortunately for him the ball runs to a team-mate.
    • 23' Rodwell charges down the wing past Alcaraz and gets his cross in, but Steven Caldwell is on hand to cut out the cross.
    • 22' Cahill is penalised for backing into his marker there, but in truth he did little wrong.
    • 21' This is better from Everton now. Plenty of good link-up play through the middle before Saha is caught offside.
    • 20' Plenty of long balls being sent from one end to the other by the two teams' defenders.
    • 18' Referee Michael Oliver is letting a lot go in this match. He'll have to clamp down eventually or someone will get hurt.
    • 17' Fellaini is down on the ground after jumping with Hendry and getting an elbow in the face! Thomas definitely led with his elbow, and Fellaini looks dazed and confused on the floor!
    • 16' A low ball from wide on the left goes flying across the face of the Everton goal, but no Wigan player took the gamble.
    • 15' Everton have won six and lost one of the last seven Premier League meetings with Wigan.
    • 14' The cross comes in from Everton after a short corner and Saha heads wide at the far post!
    • 13' Plenty of rough and tumble in this match so far. Now Cleverley bundles Baines over.
    • 12' Jack Rodwell goes in late on Maynor Figeuroa. The midfielder escapes without so much as a booking but that was a rash lunge.
    • 11' Baines swings in a teasing delivery from a free-kick. Fellaini rises highest and heads wide! First clear chance of the match falls to Everton. Fellaini should have made Al Habsi work there.
    • 10' Watson's corner is headed away by Saha. N'Zogbia's second ball evades Rodallega.
    • 9' Good work by N'zogbia down the left, and his run earns Wigan their first corner of the game.
    • 8' N'Zogbia's strike from the dead ball rebounds off the wall, and Everton clear the second ball. Cahill shoves over Alcaraz as the pair fight for the ball.
    • 7' Wigan build their first meaningful attack and Phil Neille brings down N'Zogbia. That is a booking for the Everton skipper.
    • 6' Louis Saha has had more shots without finding the net than any other player this season in the Premier League (30 – including blocked shots).
    • 6' Hendry Thomas goes through the back of Steven Pienaar. Everton take the free-kick short and Pienaar bends a cross in for Louis Saha, but the striker can't get a touch to steer it past Al Habsi.
    • 5' The set piece is headed to the edge of the box where Seamus Coleman blazes his strike over the bar.
    • 4' Leighton Baines fires a free-kick from deep ont he left for Marouane Fellaini... Al Habsi is off his line and palms the ball away! Tom Cleverley concedes a corner.
    • 3' A skilful turn from Charles N'Zogbia allows him to put in a through ball for Hugo Rodallega, but the Colombian was offside.
    • 2' Tim Cahill takes a long ball on his chest and scuffs his shot on the turn as Antolin Alcaraz slides in to challenge! The ball rolls to Ali Al Habsi.
    • 1' Wigan kick off and we're underway on Merseyside!
    • 14:58 The teams are out on the Goodison field now. We're almost ready to go...
    • 14:55 Everton can move five points clear of the bottom three with a win this afternoon. Wigan are only in the relegation zone on goal difference, but they could really do with a victory today. Premier League table
    • 14:50 If Everton lose today they will be the first club in Premier League history to lose 100 matches at home.
    • 14:45 This is one of five Premier League games at 3pm UK time, and you can follow all the scores from the rest of the division by clicking here.
    • 14:40 David Moyes is one of many managers to come out in support of the sacked Chris Hughton this week: Moyes backs 'brilliant' Hughton
    • 14:35 Steven Pienaar comes through a fitness test on his dodgy ankle, but Johnny Heitinga's stiff knee rules him out. Striker Hugo Rodallega returns to Wigan's starting line-up after a three-match suspension.
    • 14:30 Wigan have not won in their last nine Premier League visits to Merseyside (seven defeats), losing the last four. Their only ever Premier League victory came in their first ever visit - a 1-0 win at Everton in September 2005. No win in their last three Premier League matches. Their only victory in the last nine was 1-0 at home to West Brom on November 13.
    • 14:25 Everton have 17 points from their 16 Premier League matches – the same points total they had at this stage of last season. It is 13 years since they last had fewer points at this stage of a PL season – picking up 12 points from their 16 matches in 1997-98.
    • 14:20 Everton and Wigan Athletic have met 10 times in the league. Everton have won six, Wigan two and there have been two draws. Everton have won their last three Premier League matches against Wigan. Their only defeat in the last nine was 1-0 at the DW Stadium in November 2008. Henri Camara scored the only goal.
    • 14:15 EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha... Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Osman, Yakubu, Anichebe, Duffy... WIGAN: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Steven Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, N'Zogbia, Watson, Cleverley, Rodallega... Subs: Pollitt, Gary Caldwell, Boselli, Gomez, McArthur, Stam, McManaman... Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
  • Summary

    • 90' Wigan break and they have men forward. The ball is played the Mcarthur on the right of the box and he aims a shot for the far corner... tipped round the post by Howard! Fabulous save!
    • 77' Coleman roams inside and squares to Rodwell, who drags a strike just wide of the far post!
    • 71' Diame sneaks through into the Everton box and gets ready to strike... great last-ditch tackle from Jagielka! Wigan almost ahead there!
    • 60' Everton come again and Pienaar blazes a shot over the bar! Only one team in this match at the moment.
    • 59' Great cross from Distin and Cahill heads on to the post! Everton come again and Pienaar plays in Coleman... Al Habsi off his line to smother the shot!
    • 58' Pienaar slips a great ball into the path of Saha, who fends off Alcaraz and toe-pokes a shot on goal that Al Habsi parries!
    • 52' Great link-up from Everton! Coleman and Cahill exchange passes before Saha backheels into the path of the Australian. The ball rebounds off his shins but he still manages to get a shot away that flew wide of the far post!
    • 48' Pienaar picks the ball up some 30 yards from goal, turns and fires a fizzing strike that Al Habsi beats away!
    • 31' The free-kick is met by Fellaini. Headed back across for Rodwell... his header is deflected over by Ben Watson!
    • 11' Baines swings in a teasing delivery from a free-kick. Fellaini rises highest and heads wide! First clear chance of the match falls to Everton. Fellaini should have made Al Habsi work there.
    • 14:15 EVERTON: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Pienaar, Cahill, Saha... Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Osman, Yakubu, Anichebe, Duffy... WIGAN: Al Habsi, Gohouri, Steven Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Thomas, Diame, N'Zogbia, Watson, Cleverley, Rodallega... Subs: Pollitt, Gary Caldwell, Boselli, Gomez, McArthur, Stam, McManaman... Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • T. Howard
      • P. Neville Yellow Card
      • P. Jagielka
      • S. Distin
      • L. Baines
      • M. Fellaini
      • J. Rodwell
      • S. Coleman
      • T. Cahill
      • S. Pienaar Yellow Card Substitution Out (66′)
      • L. Saha Substitution Out (60′)

      Subs

      • Y. Aiyegbeni
      • L. Osman
      • V. Anichebe Substitution In66′
      • D. Bilyaletdinov
      • J. Beckford Substitution In60′
      • S. Duffy
      • J. Mucha
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Al Habsi
      • S. Gohouri Yellow Card
      • S. Caldwell
      • A. Alcaraz
      • M. Figueroa Yellow Card
      • H. Thomas Yellow Card Substitution Out (65′)
      • M. Diamé
      • T. Cleverley Substitution Out (45′)
      • B. Watson
      • C. N'Zogbia Yellow Card
      • H. Rodallega

      Subs

      • M. Pollitt
      • J. Gómez
      • J. McArthur Substitution In65′
      • R. Stam Substitution In45′
      • C. McManaman
      • M. Boselli
      • G. Caldwell
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