Wigan 1-1 Everton

As they did to start the season, Wigan and Everton met on a sodden afternoon to end the calendar year. The two clubs go into the game at the DW Stadium a point apart, sandwiching everyone’s least-favourite football club (Stoke) in 6th and 8th respectively.

Barclays Premier League
Saturday 29 December 2012

3 pm at DW Stadium, Wigan
Wigan (1) 1 – 1 (1) Everton
Ramis 21                Baines 28

One change for hosts, Boselli replaces injured Koné as CF. Wigan continuing their 3-4-3 diamond formation.

TEAMTalk.com don’t rate Wigan (6th) vs Everton (8th) today, pointing at Koné and Figueroa as big misses for the hosts.

01′ Anthony Taylor gets us underway at the DW Stadium as the hosts kick-off against Everton.

09′ No action of note until Everton win the first corner of the match. Wigan don’t deal well and it ends with a shot drilled at Al-Habsi.

20′ Just typing how nothing of note has happened and PENALTY DECISION! Di Santo hacked down by Hibbert, no hesitation from the ref.

21′ Mario BOSELLI places the ball on the spot and…

…it’s well-saved by Tm Howard. Perfect height and it’s palmed away for a corner. Wigan 0-0 Everton

21′ 1-0 WIGAN. Ramis slams home from the corner after Beausejour’s cross evades everyone until the far post.

26′ The ball rolls into the Everton net but has been pulled background an earlier free-kick, which, predictably, is wasted.

28′ 1-1 EVERTON. Former Latic Leighton BAINES erases himself from Xmas cad lists by curling home a beautiful 25-yard free-kick to level.

GS 35′ Everton’s first corner as Evatt heads behind. Headed away and Wigan break 3-on-2 but comes to nothing.

45′ Half looks set to fizzle out at 1-1 until Guidetti smashes a shot a yard wide from 20′ yards. Second half concludes tomorrow. Zzzzz.

— GS falls asleep on sofa, ten hours later he re-emerges and plays the second-half. —

After the longest half-time in recorded history (10 hrs), we’re back at the DW where Wigan and Everton look to repeat their 0-0 opening day.

HT’ Everton have made a change at the break, Vellios replacing Duffy at centre-back.

What am I even talking about? It’s 1-1, not 0-0. It feels like a 0-0.

50′ Jean Beausejour receives a lecture from the referee after a couple of fouls since half-time, he’s getting frustrated down the left.

56′ John Guidetti finds space down the right and forces a smart save from Tim Howard and the second half tempo starts to increase.

58′ Beausejour has another foul drawn from him, nothing more than a free-kick but there’s action on the Wigan bench. Maloney the likely replacement.

59′ The ball is the back of the Wigan net but Everton’s celebrations are premature. Gibson yards offside at the far post.

59′ First yellow of the match to Jordi Gomez for a flailing arm jumping for a header in the Everton box. Wigan look handy down the right.

65′ Latest Premier Scores: Che 3-0 Ful, Liv 2-0 Sou, Nor 2-2 AV, Stoke 1-0 QPR, Sun 1-1 Swa, WBA 2-1 Rea, WHam 0-2 Man Utd.

70′ Two changes for Wigan in five minutes. Watson replaces Gomez who has picked up a yellow and a knock, McCarthy replacing Boselli. 4-4-2

73′ Gibson, a handful today down the right, clatters Garcia and earns a stern lecture from the referee.

79′ Another foul, another lecture from the lenient referee as Wigan manager GS issues the instruction to boot Gibson and Anderson up the A.

81′ Leighton Baines is caught in possession and holds his man back by the shirt to level the cautions count at one apiece.

Into final five here, all square at 1-1, but there’s enough attacking action that you suspect a late winner. Everton look the most likely.

90′ Wigan work a free kick well across the penalty area but Boyce takes one touch too many and his shot is charged down and gathered safely.

93′ Two of 4 minutes played, Garcia nearly wins it. They pour forward and and feed the left back whose curler beats Howard but not the post.

FINAL SCORE: Wigan 1-1 Everton. Wigan drop t0 7th, Everton stay 8th.

Match Statistics
Wigan A. 1 – 1 Everton
20       Shots       11
15   On Target   6
48%  Possession  52%
Man of the Match: Baines (EVE)

POST MATCH: News is filtering in that after their 4-2 defeat at Norwich, former Canaries boss Paul Lambert has been sacked by Aston Villa.

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