• English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Goodison Park
  • Attendance: 38,749
  • Osman, 52
  • Jagielka, 77
  • Koné, 82

live commentary


89 mins:Everton just about deserve the victory here as they have dominated possession. However, the game has been far from pretty.

89 mins:Caldwell becomes the latest player to go into the book after his boot was high during a challenge with Heitinga.

89 mins:Wigan are still trying to score, to their credit, as McCarthy's shot sails harmlessly over the bar.

89 mins:Jelavic joins Figueroa in the book too, this time for unsporting behaviour.

89 mins:Wigan are pushing for the equaliser as Figueroa sees his shot blocked on the edge of the area.

89 mins:Figueroa is booked for a late challenge on Naismith.

87 mins:Baines whips the ball into the box but Wigan are resolute in defence and head clear.

86 mins:Everton win a corner after Naismith is halted by a good challenge in the Wigan box.

84 mins:At the other end, Gomez takes a shot which is blocked well by Osman.

83 mins:Clearly stung, Everton try a shot through Oviedo but his effort sails over the bar.

82 mins:GOAL: EVERTON 2-1 WIGAN ATHLETIC: And Wigan are back in it! Poor defending from Everton allows Koné to scramble home. Game on! Again!!

80 mins:Jordi Gomez replaces Ronnie Stam for Wigan.

79 mins:Oviedo takes a shot but that's not troubling anyone.

77 mins:GOAL: EVERTON 2-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC: Game over! A short corner is worked by Oviedo before the ball is whipped into the box by Neville. Jagielka climbs the highest and nods the ball beyond Al-Habsi from six yards out.

74 mins:Di Santo is making an immediate impact here, climbing highest in the box to head towards goal. He scored in the reverse fixture in October, could he prove to be the talisman here?

72 mins:A substitution for Wigan too - Franco Di Santo comes on for David Jones.

71 mins:It's almost 2-0 for Everton as Baines's cross-shot is almost met by Naismith who is sliding in at the back post.

70 mins:Two substitutions for Everton. Johnny Heitinga comes on for Thomas Hitzlsperger while Bryan Oviedo joins the field for Victor Anichebe.

67 mins:Another good move from Wigan sees the ball break to Koné but Neville is alert to get the block in.

66 mins:Almost an equaliser! A shot that is heading wide is miscued by Maloney. Disdin intervenes and luckily for him, Howard is alert and collects. Either side of the keeper and that would have been an own goal.

65 mins:Nasty challenge from Pienaar! He is lucky not to have been sent off after that studs-up challenge on Caldwell.

63 mins:Jelavic injures himself after an excellent tackle on Figueroa. After two minutes of treatment, the Croat is fine to continue.

61 mins:Caldwell rises expertly to meet the ball from the corner, but his header back across goal finds no-one.

60 mins:Maloney darts down the left but is tracked by Jagielka, who concedes a corner.

58 mins:The booking came from some controversy in the box as Maloney goes down. Osman didn't get the ball, taking the player in the process, which led to protests from the Wigan players.

57 mins:Jean Beausejour is booked for dissent.

54 mins:The Toffees look to double their lead through Jelavic. He is tackled but the ball almost runs to Naismith. Lucky escape for Wigan.

53 mins:Buoyed by the goal, Osman crosses the ball into the Latics box but it is comfortably cleared.

52 mins:GOAL: EVERTON 1-0 WIGAN ATHLETIC: Osman moved into the centre at half time and the move has paid dividends as his low driven shot takes a wicked deflection off Gary Caldwell to wrong foot Al-Habsi to break the deadlock.

48 mins:Woah! So close for Everton as Hitzlsperger blasts a shot from distance which cannons off the crossbar!

46 mins:The half has started brightly but much in the same vein as the first. Everton dart into the Wigan box but Pienaar cannot connect with Jelavic's deflected cross.

45 mins:One substitution for Everton at half time, Steven Naismith is brought on for Darron Gibson.

45 mins:The referee signals the start of the second half.


43 mins:This does not deter Everton though, who dart forward. The move ends when Pienaar chips the ball into the grateful arms of Al-Habsi.

42 mins:Everton win a free kick some 35 yards out. Gibson takes it but it cannons off the wall.

41 mins:Replays suggest the referee was correct - the ball did hit Maloney's shoulder.

40 mins:The fifth corner is punched by Al-Habsi to Maloney. He appears to nudge the ball with the top of his arm but the referee judges shoulder and thus no penalty.

38 mins:At the other end, Everton win a succession of corners, five in total, but are unable to take advantage of the set plays. The first two are headed behind, the third is kicked behind and the fourth finds Pienaar beyond the far post, whose cross is turned behind too.

37 mins:Everton clear the ball after Wigan launch another attempt into the box. One slip and a goal could ensue.

36 mins:Everton are edging it in terms of possession and territory but Wigan are more than holding their own, not really allowing the Toffees to play.

34 mins:This game has been ruined by the weather, with neither side getting a foothold in the game. All chances have been from distance too.

32 mins:Jagielka attempts a shot from 25 yards which is blocked well by Figueroa.

31 mins:At the other end, Anichebe launches an attempt which is cleared for a corner. Nothing comes from Baines's set play.

30 mins:A little shimmy from Stam takes the Everton defence out of action before he launches a skimming shot across the floor. Howard comfortably smothers.

27 mins:Suddenly, the tackles have become good ones! Baines thwarts Maloney as the Wigan man tries to launch another attack.

25 mins:Koné darts towards the Everton goal but is stopped in his tracks by an excellently timed challenge from Jagielka.

23 mins:Anichebe slides in on McCarthy, adding to the number of niggly free kicks being awarded. Surely cards can't be far behind.

22 mins:Three Wigan players are around it but eventually Shaun Maloney takes a shot which is comfortably saved by Howard.

21 mins:Darron Gibson brings down McCarthy around 25 yards from goal. Dangerous position for the Latics here.

20 mins:Everton may be dominating this game but they have yet to challenge Ali Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal.

19 mins:Jelavic has his first chance of the game, getting high above the Wigan defence to head the ball, albeit waywardly, towards goal.

17 mins:Hitzlsperger crosses the ball into the box but Anichebe's header is poor, drifting well wide.

16 mins:Anichebe is lucky not to be booked after committing a sliding challenge on James McCarthy. Lucky, lucky man.

13 mins:Nothing comes from the corner as both sides are struggling with the conditions. More scrappy play ensues.

12 mins:Everton dart down the left, with Baines skipping past Ronnie Stam before finding Pienaar. Emmerson Boyce clears the ball past his own near post for a corner.

11 mins:The game has been catagorised by half-chances and stop-start play. The weather is hardly helping.

10 mins:An excellent Leighton Baines corner is whipped into the box, almost allowing Sylvain Distin to sneak in. However, some good crowding out by two Wigan defenders saves the day for Roberto Martinez's men.

9 mins:Leon Osman's cross is headed out by Maynor Figueroa for Everton's first corner of the game.

7 mins:A Jagielka mis-kick sees the awarding of the first corner of the game. The set play is a good one, with James McArthur's shot from the edge of the area being charged down by the Toffees' defence.

5 mins:A nasty challenge from Steven Pienaar on David Jones but the referee is sensible, accounting for the conditions and awarding just a free kick.

4 mins:The majority of the possession so far has been Everton's but Arouna Koné's shot demonstrates that Wigan can be very dangerous on the break. The Everton defending was shambolic though as Howard comfortably gathers.

2 mins:Wigan's first attack comes down the left through Jean Beausejour. His cross is whipped into the box and Tim Howard in the Everton goal gathers, albeit on the second attempt.

1 mins:The Toffees go straight on the attack, with an excellent lay-off from Nikica Jelavic being blasted over the bar by Victor Anichebe.

1 mins:It's a cold, rainy day on Merseyside, which could suit Wigan's battling style of play.

The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the match.

It's fifth versus 18th at Goodison Park as Everton take on Wigan. The Toffees are looking for three points to keep them in touch with the top four, while the Latics will be looking to escape the dreaded drop zone.

Philip Neville has been drafted into the Everton side so he makes his 500th Premier League appearance. He will be at right-back so Phil Jagielka will switch to the centre. Thomas Hitzlsperger replaces Johnny Heitinga.

Wigan make one change from the side that lost against Arsenal at the weekend, with Gary Caldwell replacing Franco Di Santo.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Goodison Park
  • Attendance: 38,749
  • Osman, 52
  • Jagielka, 77
  • Koné, 82

match report

Phil Jagielka's header proved crucial as Everton edged out valiant Wigan 2-1 at a rain-drenched Goodison Park.

David Moyes' men retained fourth place in the Premier League with victory - Leon Osman's deflected opener and Jagielka's excellent effort rendering Arouna Kone's late response mere consolation.

The hosts were wayward with several early attempts with Sylvain Distin the first to fail to find the target from Thomas Hitzlsperger's 11th-minute corner.

A clearer opening presented itself quickly when Leighton Baines scampered towards the by-line and cut back invitingly for Steven Pienaar - only for the South African's shot to deflect wide.

Strikers Nikica Jelavic and Victor Anichebe wasted half-chances in the air while at the other end, Ronnie Stam eventually worked home goalkeeper Tim Howard with a tame long-range drive.

The second half was a far livelier affair and Everton displayed a renewed sense of urgency from the outset - epitomised by a fantastic effort from Hitzlsperger in the 47th minute.

The Germany international neatly nutmegged the advancing James McCarthy just inside Wigan territory and pushed the ball forward before unleashing an arrowing 30-yard drive that crashed off the top of the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Goodison finally erupted - albeit to celebrate a goal reliant on fortune - when Osman's effort deflected off the under-arm of Gary Caldwell to wrong-foot Ali Al-Habsi and open the scoring.

Wigan quickly set about their search for an equaliser and were adamant they had earned a penalty on the hour-mark as Shaun Maloney bamboozled Osman in the box with a lightning step-over and went to ground.

There was little doubt that Osman had stuck his leg out late and that he had been beaten by the trick, but there appeared to be little actual contact as Maloney fell and referee Lee Mason decided the Scot's protests warranted a caution rather than a spot-kick.

Pienaar was guilty of stepping on Caldwell's leg moments later but Wigan continued to pour forward with Toffees captain Phil Neville producing a timely block to prevent Kone from levelling.

Neville was becoming the seventh player to make 500 Premier League appearances and he went on to mark the occasion with an assist 13 minutes from time - his floated cross perfectly met by Jagielka's powerful leap for a goal that seemingly buried the game.

Still Wigan would not lie down and Kone ensured a nervy final eight minutes when he held off both Distin and Jagielka to toe-poke home and halve the deficit, but Everton clung on to ensure the Latics' winless run stretched to six games.

team line-up

24Tim Howard
3Leighton Baines
15Sylvain Distin
18Philip Neville
6Phil Jagielka
22Steven Pienaar
16Thomas Hitzlsperger70
4Darron Gibson45
21Leon Osman
28Victor Anichebe70
7Nikica Jelavic


19Magaye Gueye
1Ján Mucha
20Ross Barkley
5Johnny Heitinga70
8Bryan Oviedo70
14Steven Naismith45
27Apostolos Vellios


Lee Mason

team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
17Emmerson Boyce
5Gary Caldwell
31Maynor Figueroa
23Ronnie Stam80
22Jean Beausejour
4James McCarthy
6David Jones72
10Shaun Maloney
16James McArthur
2Arouna Koné


19Mauro Boselli
25Roman Golobart
14Jordi Gómez80
9Franco Di Santo72
15Callum McManaman
21Iván Ramis
12Michael Pollitt


Lee Mason

match stats

possession %4752
shots on target33
shots off target72
tackles won119