All change at the front with Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill and Victor Anichebe all starting in the fluorescent pink kit adding to the blazing spring sunshine. Beckford , Bily and Coleman dropped to the bench. For relegation candidates Wigan, Rodallega nearly got a shot in from an early through ball but could only drive wide. Distin gave away the first corner on 6 mins but it was dealt with. With Arteta back in form, the early attacks failed to get near the area unless Baines was played in down the left... but his crosses were not finding any of those delightful pink shirts.
Zonal marking seemed to fill the Wigan half with strategically placed defenders whenever Moyes's boys went forward, but they started to get more into it after 15-mins, building some attacks that showed signs of getting closer to the Wigan goal. Everton got lucky when Rodallega beat Baines but the linesman wrongly gave the ball as out of play.
But a strange pattern of play saw Wigan take the lead, a ball chipped forward to N'Zogbia beat the Everton defence but he looked to have missed the ball and stumbled when Howard challenged him, the crowd screaming for a penalty but N'Zogbia was back up and, as Baines stood off him, he spun around and from a difficult angle he scooped a brilliant shot over Howard into the far side of the goal. Poor defending, principally from Baines.
Up the other end and neat footwork saw Osman lash a shot at the Wigan goal that was palmed over by Al Habsi as Everton tried to respond immediately, but a quick goal did not come. Some sustained attacking led to Osman winning a free-kick on the right that Baines swung in, but the ensuing corner on the half-hour came to nought.
Osman won another corner and then won a penalty from it played short as he turned N'Zogbia on the corner of the penalty area. A glorious gift to equalize but Arteta's spot kick was not hit with sufficient power or height and Al Habsi anticipated it brilliantly to palm it away.
Diame went in the book for his poor tackle on Rodwell, who seemed to land awkwardly but came off better than the Wigan player, who limped heavily and then collapsed in a heap and finally was substituted. Next wounded Wiganer was N'Zogbia. Rodallega then pushed Distin in the face as he ran for a ball in the Everton area.
In stoppage time, N'Zogbia managed to get a shot in that Howard blocked away, but had not been smart emough at the other end to get anything from a first half that looked ominously like spoiling a surprising record: Everton are the only Premier League team not to loss back-to-back this season.
Neville started the second period with a Rory Delap throw from the left that almost surprised Al Habsi. Anichebe looked to get past his marker and set off for goal but was caught too easily and punted it pointlessly. N'Zogbia limped off on 53 mins replaced by Moses. Osman won another free kick but a bit far out, and Baines went square, getting another kick from a wider position that Baines hopelessly overhit. Anichebe, who had been poor looked to be on the end of a neat little through ball
Hibbert was given a poor yellow card when Figurora playacted well, adding to a lengthening list of poor decisions by the officials. Everton the n lived dangerously as Moses looked to score but Howard saved well after Jagielka had denied Rodallega a clear chance. Moses then power another one for Howard to palm over as Wigan threatened to overrun the Pinks and Moyes looked to change things, but not until Baines had taken a corner as the pace quickened . Osman, finally seemd to get a chance but it lacked power and almost bounced back to Cahill who had largley been a passenger.
When the changes finally came, Moyes's underperforming favourites Arteta and Cahill came off with Beckford and Coleman coming on... would that be 4-4-2??? Not exactly; Anichebe pushing out wide left. But it was Wigan who looked more like scoring, three vital blocks by Neville and Jagielka denied Moses then McArthur.
A series of corners and free-kicks finally put some serious pressure on Wigan and Rodelleag finally cracked, needlessly handling a corner from Baines when he mistimed his defensive leap. Beaines showed Arteta exactly how to take an unstoppable spot-kick, and gave a semblance of respectability to the scoreline. Martinez responded by pulling off Cleverly with 12 mins left for someone to claim all three points.
Rodwell picked up a yellow card for a 50-50 challenge and Anichebe was finally dragged off, Magaye Gueye on for the last 10 mins. Everton looked more intent and Coleman had a pop from a corner that was deflected, forcing a nice acrobatic save from Al Habsi.
Everton were finally playing better football but a good move was spoilt by Beckford being offside, and Wigan then attacked, forcing a good punch from Howard, who had to alert to catch a weak shot from Di Santo, the game set to go right to the finish with both sides getting increasingly keen. Rodellaga drove a good shot that Howard blocked. Watson looked to beat Howard from distance and Moses should have scored off the rebound but was offside as Wigan seemed more intent than Everton despoite the raucous Blues support.
So it finished 1-1, and left an all-too-familiar feeling for this disappointing season of two more points squandered with a draw that should surely have been a win.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa Y:87', Diame Y (44' McArthur), Watson, N'Zogbia, McCarthy, Cleverley, Rodallega. Subs: Kirkland, Gohouri, Di Santo, Moses, Gomez, , Sammon.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert Y: , Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Osman, Neville, Rodwell Y:81', Arteta, Cahill, Anichebe (82' Gueye). Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Beckford, Coleman, Vellios, Duffy. Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
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1 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:04:19
2 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:03:00
3 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:06:42
4 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:07:36
5 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:12:46
6 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:09:16
Good penalty though. Watch Carefully, Mikel.
7 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:13:51
8 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:09:07
Most of the teams below us have better strikers and we have definitely relied on the defenders almost the whole of the season....we have drawn so many games its incredible !!!!!
How is it that nearly all the so called smaller sides can 'FIND' strikers like Odemwingie at WBA....and the likes of Sturridge can be taken by yet another 'smaller side' while we loan OUT all ours and bring in...zilch....
I know that the Yak is a lazy sod and even had to be dropped at Leicester to motivate him and Vaughan is a non starter for the premier...but we have loaned out a full team plus !!
We are literally staggering through until the end of the season without any future so long as we are with the same board in control.
I dont think we would have scored at all without getting a second penalty.....
9 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:14:09
10 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:07:40
11 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:20:30
12 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:25:14
Also, Everton did not create a single clear scoring chance in this game. Not one. The best shot we got was Osman?s, and both penalties were gifts from Wigan. At one point early on, we strung together 24 straight passes and didn?t even get a cross in, let alone a shot. Meanwhile, Wigan spent the last ten minutes peppering away with more conviction than we showed in the entire game.
Finally, I will never understand how Moyes can give 80 minutes to a ?striker? who never strikes, never scores, never even looks like scoring, never even gets a decent shot on goal, never creates opportunities for anyone else. Ridiculous.
This was an undeserved point, a flat-out gift from Handball Hugo.
13 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:23:01
14 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:28:57
Also when you spend the game hoofing long balls to Beckford it ain't going to get you anywhere. He needs it on the floor and played into space, something our team seem incapable of doing.
15 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:30:46
Utter rubbish and at times Wigan pissed all over us
Apart from Ossie and Howard everyone else was on an early summer holiday
Thank God for that 10 milion rated idiots handball or else we would have deservedly lost.
As i said on the forum Moyes will play the "Should have won with the 2 pens" and it was a "hard shift put in by the players" etc, efuckingtc
Crap from start to finish and very interesting to hear our fans booing players Mid 2nd half (Rodwell and Arteta i think but could be wrong)
Not heard that since Alan Harper's 2nd stint in the early 90's and knowing how loyal and hardcore our away fans are i was i bit shocked
Not as bad as the Bolton game but very close, Jesus this season's been alot of fookin shite
16 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:30:57
17 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:41:42
And yeah, we are short on forwards, but why couldn't Vellios or Gueye be options?? Vellios has played only about fifteen seconds all season but has managed to impress me far more than Anichebe. Gueye can be good and can disappear but he won a corner with his first touch of the ball and did more than Vic managed to do in 80mins.
There was maybe one or two times during the game where I thought "fuck me! Anichebe might actually do something here!" when he had made a decent turn or run and had the ball played onto his feat. But he just managed to fall over every time again.
Yeah, baines was poor but I am reluctant to give him any stick because he has been one of/the most valuable player of the season so far.
I have been a big fan of Arteta and Cahill over the years, but was really confused as to how they managed to get starting places. Neither performed well and are not looking fully fit or anywhere near good form.
Why is it that when we have a long list of injuries we hit the best form of the season, buy as soon as our 'star players' start coming back we look really shit again? It has to be down to the manager.
Was that THE most lackluster performance of the season, or just one of them?
18 Posted 30/04/2011 at 18:10:52
19 Posted 30/04/2011 at 18:25:12
20 Posted 30/04/2011 at 18:11:03
Why people want to shit on Rodwell continues to baffle me. He started his career as a centre half. He has been moulded into a midfielder, and given his age, will have time to develop into the role. We used to be known as a club famous for being patient with young lads, so why the fuck the hysterical criticism of the lad? Its not his fault he has been touted as a potential target for Manure, or that his mooted price is £20m.
21 Posted 30/04/2011 at 18:20:36
"We missed some opportunities, including the penalty, and you think is it going to be one of those days. But credit to the lads they showed great resolve and resilience.
"I thought we could go on and win it but credit to Wigan they didn't lie down." Did he watch the same game as me?
22 Posted 30/04/2011 at 17:31:04
with Baines as ML and Coleman as MR.
23 Posted 30/04/2011 at 18:40:12
24 Posted 30/04/2011 at 18:55:06
25 Posted 30/04/2011 at 18:45:11
26 Posted 30/04/2011 at 19:26:23
Anichebe is fucking useless and as likely to score as Hibbert
Rodwell was anonymous and no-one in their right mind would offer double digits for his signature, he did so little today you wondered at times if he was still on the pitch.
Arteta and Cahill were piss poor, if they are still injured then get them well and fitter before you play them Moyes
Who decided Arteta should take any set pieces anymore and that includes pens, he showed the keeper the way he was going and having watched the replay a few times in my mind wasn't a great save that brummy twat Trevor Francis claimed it was, Arteta can't beat the first man from set pieces, turns out that goes for pens too.
Wigan aren't great shakes as the season has shown but they showed a lot more pace and movement on and off the ball than Everton did all day, N'Zogbia, Rodallega and Moses all had more shots on target than we did for the whole game
27 Posted 30/04/2011 at 19:42:30
28 Posted 30/04/2011 at 19:56:49
29 Posted 30/04/2011 at 20:52:19
30 Posted 30/04/2011 at 21:30:48
31 Posted 30/04/2011 at 22:00:04
32 Posted 30/04/2011 at 22:21:04
33 Posted 30/04/2011 at 23:18:44
34 Posted 01/05/2011 at 01:17:38
Half the squad out!
(most importantly) kenwright out!
35 Posted 01/05/2011 at 01:31:36
Only Osman and Distin put in a shift, Beckford didn't do anything either when he came on, he wouldn't even jump two inches off the ground to try and win a header.
36 Posted 01/05/2011 at 04:08:27
The fuckin ref was a tosspot today as well, their fullback only getting booked after 86 mins was a joke, he should've been booked early doors first half for challenges on Osman, along with a couple of others, Baines should've been carded first half for his challenge on N'Zogbia as well.
Tell you what though, I would have N'Zogbia on the left wing next season, especially if they go down. Maybe we could give them Big Vic in part-ex...
37 Posted 01/05/2011 at 06:51:32
38 Posted 01/05/2011 at 09:53:51
39 Posted 01/05/2011 at 10:24:58
With Cahill: W 5 ? L 6 ? D 13
Without Cahill: W 8 ? L 5 ? D 5.
40 Posted 01/05/2011 at 11:12:48
Cahill is too predictable and defenders have got him well sussed. Arteta does not seem to care anymore, especially after signing a new deal.
41 Posted 01/05/2011 at 12:16:11
42 Posted 01/05/2011 at 12:31:20
43 Posted 01/05/2011 at 12:48:17
44 Posted 01/05/2011 at 12:52:20
The rules are supposed to be the rules and the goalie has gained an unfair advantage whether it was a shit penalty or not.
45 Posted 01/05/2011 at 13:46:55
46 Posted 01/05/2011 at 17:00:43
47 Posted 01/05/2011 at 17:03:59
48 Posted 01/05/2011 at 17:30:54
49 Posted 01/05/2011 at 19:04:41
2. If Baines is unfit, let Jagielka take them.
3. If both are unfit, let Neville take em.
4. If and only if none of the above are fit, then let Arteta take them.
There... problem solved!
50 Posted 01/05/2011 at 19:15:14
Wigan are a poor side who ship goals at an alarming rate, they were made for Beckford IMO. WHY!!! OH WHY? was Anichebe picked? he's not good enough and thats the long and short of it. But I will no longer aim my frustration at him but instead question the "Moyseiah" -- he picks him, watches him train and gave him a new contract. Do you expect Anichebe to say "Boss dont pick me, I am League 1 maybe Scottish Prem level at best" Sorry, Mr Moyes, but I would love to hear your thinking behind this one.
Leon Osman was Everton's best player by a country mile yesterday. He was put out wide by the genius that is David Moyes after playing so well off the striker in previous games. This was done to accomodate Arteta.....FFS he wasnt even fit, and he walks back into the team and was doing his best impression of the invisible man.
He doesnt seem to get it tho. NINE YEARS AND STILL MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES. His stubborness and downright refusal to change anything esspecially away from home infuriates me and is unnaceptable.
We were poor yesterday as a team but guess what? not as poor as our manager.
51 Posted 01/05/2011 at 19:58:07
Our midfield is very predictable and every team in the league know how we play because we dont have any alternatives!! Our strikers collectively are among the worst in the league with many better strikers playing for teams BELOW us.
Saha is the only striker who deservedly got a MotM for his four goals against Blackpool... unfortunately he is very fragile and ageing (that is why he was allowed to leave Utd)... I suppose we will take Owen next when Utd dump him or even Bellamy is being mooted.
Nugent has been exposed at premier level so I suppose we will go for him!!
Davies, Elmander, Sturridge, Odemwingie, Cole, Bent, Zamora, Kenwyn Jones etc etc etc are all better than any we have and they all play for teams below us.
God only knows how we have managed to remain safe with the squad we have. We have loaned out more than a football team and now with the amount of injuries we have we cannot find decent stand ins for the injured. If Baines was injured I don't know what we would have done??? The only saving grace is its almost seasons end!!!
I reckon that the pre-season JOLLY to the states be cancelled and DM use his time in clearing out the dead wood and bringing in fresh faces to re-invigorate the team and excite the fans.
52 Posted 02/05/2011 at 10:43:24
53 Posted 02/05/2011 at 10:48:54
54 Posted 02/05/2011 at 11:37:50
How about John Terry's best mate, Wayne Bridge.
We can afford a seasons loan deal.
55 Posted 02/05/2011 at 12:34:39
Sadly i think we may have had our last win of the season and now see us finishing 8th or 9th. Not that it makes much difference.
Might as well play the youngsters how about next match?
Coleman Jags Duffy Baines
Arteta Rodders Neville Gueye
56 Posted 03/05/2011 at 07:01:47
We should go for Bellamy. Great attitude.
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