Wigan FC Vs. Everton (3-0) All Goals Highlights 9/3/2013
Wigan FC Vs. Everton (3-0) All Goals Highlights 9/3/2013 HQ
If David Moyes leaves Everton at the end of the season, Wigan FC Roberto Martínez is a good bet to replace him and auditions come no more impressive than this. The Spaniard’s team advanced to the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in their modest history by demolishing their more celebrated opponents with three goals in four first-half minutes.
Everton were odd-on favourites, and not just because they were at home. The numbers, too, were heavily in their favour. They are sixth in the Premier League, with 45 points, Wigan 17th with 24. And Everton were appearing in the sixth round for the 28th time, Wigan FC had reached this stage once before, when they lost to Leeds. So much for stats.
Wigan deployed what amounted to a back five, using Jean Beausejour as an ersatz wing-back on the left to mark Steven Pienaar, but nobody could say they were cautious in approach. Quite the opposite. It was the underdogs who were tantalisingly close to taking the lead after 10 minutes when Shaun Maloney, shooting left to right, struck the far post with Jan Mucha rooted and beaten. Arouna Koné, their leading scorer, might have put them in front before that, but headed wastefully over from Maloney’s left-wing cross.
Everton flattered but to deceive early on, when Sylvain Distin and Nikica Jelavic threatened Joel Robles, the second-choice goalkeeper Wigan continue to play in the Cup. The initiative then changed hands decisively.
Wigan FC had the lead they deserved in the 30th minute, when Mucha turned a shot from James McCarthy behind for a corner and the kick, taken by Jordi Gómez, was headed in by Maynor Figueroa, who was a major influence throughout. The lead was doubled within a minute when Phil Neville’s careless loss of possession enabled Callum McManaman, on the run, to shoot over the advancing keeper, from right to left. And after 33 minutes the Latics fans were pinching themselves in euphoric disbelief when Gómez, set up by Koné, made it 3-0 sidefooting the ball low inside Mucha’s right-hand post from 15 yards.
The tie was effectively over by half-time, but Moyes couldn’t accept that of course, and sent on an extra striker, Victor Anichebe, after the interval. When that failed to produced the desired effect, Darron Gibson replaced Marouane Fellaini midway through the second half. Despite those changes, Wigan remained comfortably in control, with man of the match Maloney impressively industrious in midfield.
Kevin Mirallas did get the ball in the net but from an offside position and Everton went out with a whimper, more than a bang. Their fans had voiced the disapproval at half-time, and did so again at the end. Disappointment didn’t begin to cover it.
Summary: Everton were odd-on favourites, and not just because they were at home. The numbers, too, were heavily in their favour. They are sixth in the Premier League, with 45 points, Wigan 17th with 24. Well Done Wigan