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Everton   2 - 1   Wigan

Leighton Baines
Everton's Baines lashes in the injury-time penalty that broke Wigan's resolve

By Sam Lyon

Leighton Baines shattered former club Wigan with an injury-time penalty to earn Everton their first victory of the new Premier League campaign.

The left-back stepped up to smash home after substitute Jo had been felled by Emmerson Boyce as Everton made up for what had been a profligate display.

Wigan looked on course for a smash-and-grab win when Paul Sharner headed in.

But Louis Saha nodded in moments after Wigan's Jordi Gomez had hit the post, and Baines then snatched a late winner.

It was a dramatic finale to a match that only really came to life in the final half hour, but one that enabled Toffees boss David Moyes to go home happy despite a host of missed chances by his side.

Moyes hoping for two more players

In fact, those missed chances almost cost Everton dear when, pushing for a late winner at 1-1, they were caught napping at the back with the Latics counter-attacking five-on-two.

Scott Sinclair chose to go it alone instead of pass, though, with his shot saved by Tim Howard, and only moments later Boyce took Jo down from behind in the box and Everton were able to breathe a sigh of relief.

The result made it three league defeats on the bounce for Wigan, whose opening-day win over Aston Villa must seem like a lifetime ago.

But for Everton it meant they were able to kick off the post-Joleon Lescott era with a win - and replacement Sylvain Distin could hardly have looked more comfortable on debut.

Wigan, workmanlike and determined, were toothless in attack for large parts of the game, though the Toffees themselves could hardly be considered a tour de force up front until late in the game.

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In Tim Cahill and Steven Pienaar, though, the hosts did at least boast two players capable of invention and verve, and Wigan struggled to keep the pair quiet for much of the first half.

The former forced an early save from Wigan keeper Mike Pollitt, before his slide-rule pass across the box looked to have set up a golden chance for Louis Saha, only for the keeper to stand tall and beat his effort away well.

Pienaar also forced Pollitt into action with a 20-yard snap-shot, though Jack Rodwell forced the finest save of them all with a firm half-volley from the edge of the area that was tipped over.

However, in truth the opening half was a forgettable affair, notable from Wigan's point of view largely for the four bookings their hassle-and-harry approach earned.

That all changed just before the hour mark, though, when Wigan took the lead against the run of play.

We deserved something - Martinez

Sharner was the man to break the deadlock, heading in Charles N'Zogbia's cross at the back-post with Tim Howard stranded after Mario Melchiot had fed N'Zogbia down the right.

Gomez should have made it two moments later when he stroked Melchiot's pinpoint pass onto the post from 12 yards out - and that miss was duly punished when Saha rose highest to meet Baines's corner and draw Everton level just past the hour mark.

Everton were once again in the ascendancy, but first Cahill headed wide unmarked 10 yards out from Tony Hibbert's delicious cross, and then Jo fired straight at Pollitt after being put through by Marouane Fellaini, with Rodwell blazing the rebound well over.

It looked like costing Everton dear - especially when Sinclair looked well set to score a late Wigan winner - but Boyce afforded Baines the opportunity to save the day with his clumsy late tackle as the Toffees climbed off the bottom of the table with a precious win.


Everton manager David Moyes:
"It was a tough game all in all, Wigan made it hard for us, but I thought we controlled most of the game, created a lot of opportunities, and we were always on top.

"I think a lot of people were probably surprised when Wigan took the lead, but if you don't take your chances the opposition can always score and they did - and could've even got a second if I'm honest because they've then hit the post.

"But if we hadn't won it I think we'd have scratched our heads afterwards because we certainly controlled the game. We deserved the winner and from what I saw the penalty was correct."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez:
"Overall I look at the game and, if I'm honest, I would've been disappointed with a draw let alone a defeat. It (the penalty) was a soft decision, but then all afternoon not a single break went our way.

"I thought the players deserved a lot out of the game, but the key moments went against us. A defeat doesn't reflect the effort we put in at all.

"The character in the squad has never been in doubt. We're growing in every game and the results are not reflecting the good work of the players in the league, I don't think we're getting what we deserved.

"But you can see the progress on the pitch nonetheless and if we keep improving as we are, we'll be OK."

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Sunday, 30 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 2-1 Wigan FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Saha 62
  • Baines (pen) 90+4
  • Scharner 57

Everton

Substitutes

Wigan

Substitutes

Ref: ProbertAtt: 35,122
EVERTON
WIGAN

Possession

  • Everton 59%
  • Wigan 41%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 14
  • Wigan 7

Attempts off target

  • Everton 12
  • Wigan 5

Corners

  • Everton 12
  • Wigan 5

Fouls

  • Everton 11
  • Wigan 24
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:18 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+3:51 Effort from deep inside the area by Joao Alves Jo misses to the left of the goal.
  • 90:00+3:07 Joao Alves Jo provided the assist for the goal.
  • 90:00+3:07 GOAL - Leighton BainesEverton 2 - 1 Wigan Penalty taken left-footed by Leighton Baines and scored. Everton 2-1 Wigan.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:48 Assist by Joao Alves Jo.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:48 GOAL - Leighton BainesEverton 2 - 1 Wigan Power penalty scored by Leighton Baines. Everton 2-1 Wigan.
  • 90:00+2:21 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Joao Alves Jo by Emmerson Boyce.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:21 Foul by Emmerson Boyce on Joao Alves Jo, Penalty awarded.
  • 90:00+2:10 Joao Alves Jo is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Pollitt.
  • 90:00+0:38 Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • Correction - 88:37 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Blocked by Emmerson Boyce. Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Maynor Figueroa gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines, Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Michael Pollitt makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance by Paul Scharner.
  • 88:37 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Blocked by Emmerson Boyce. Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Maynor Figueroa gets a block in. Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Emmerson Boyce manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Michael Pollitt makes a save. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance by Paul Scharner.
  • 87:56 Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
  • 87:56 Substitution Steven Pienaar leaves the field to be replaced by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 87:56 Foul by Won-Hee Cho on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded.
  • 86:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Titus Bramble. Free kick taken by Michael Pollitt.
  • 86:09 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Blocked by Mario Melchiot. Short corner taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 85:57 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Blocked by Mario Melchiot.
  • 83:57 Unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Paul Scharner results in a free kick. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Tim Cahill. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jordi Gomez, Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 82:03 Unfair challenge on Titus Bramble by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Titus Bramble restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:39 Save by Michael Pollitt.
  • 80:39 Substitution Scott Sinclair replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 80:39 Phil Neville takes a shot. Blocked by Titus Bramble. Corner taken by Steven Pienaar from the left by-line,
  • 79:29 Marouane Fellaini crosses the ball, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Emmerson Boyce. Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Close range header by Joao Alves Jo goes over the crossbar.
  • 79:00 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
  • 78:11 Tony Hibbert delivers the ball, blocked by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 77:15 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Michael Pollitt. Effort on goal by Jack Rodwell from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 76:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mario Melchiot by Steven Pienaar. Michael Pollitt restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordi Gomez on Joseph Yobo. Tony Hibbert restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:10 Substitution Joao Alves Jo replaces Louis Saha.
  • 75:10 Tony Hibbert delivers the ball, Tim Cahill produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 74:10 Free kick crossed right-footed by Phil Neville, clearance made by Mario Melchiot.
  • 74:10 Booking Charles N'Zogbia is booked.
  • 73:52 Foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded.
  • 72:40 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Emmerson Boyce.
  • 72:40 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Won-Hee Cho coming on for Hendry Thomas.
  • 72:40 Jordi Gomez concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini.
  • 72:07 The ball is crossed by Tim Cahill, Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 71:06 Jack Rodwell has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 71:06 Effort from outside the penalty box by Jack Rodwell goes wide right of the goal.
  • 69:11 Joseph Yobo takes a shot. Hendry Thomas manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:11 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Marouane Fellaini coming on for Leon Osman.
  • 69:11 Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line,
  • 65:31 Hendry Thomas fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mario Melchiot.
  • 64:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Neville on Jordi Gomez. Charles N'Zogbia has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Phil Neville.
  • 61:55 Assist on the goal came from Leighton Baines.
  • 61:55 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 1 - 1 Wigan Louis Saha scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Everton 1-1 Wigan.
  • 61:26 Tony Hibbert produces a cross, Maynor Figueroa gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line,
  • 60:26 The ball is crossed by Mario Melchiot, Jordi Gomez takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty box and hits the post.
  • 57:38 Free kick taken by Michael Pollitt.
  • 57:38 Booking The referee cautions Leon Osman for unsporting behaviour.
  • 57:33 Leon Osman challenges Hugo Rodallega unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 56:25 Assist on the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 56:25 GOAL - Paul ScharnerEverton 0 - 1 Wigan Paul Scharner grabs a headed goal from close range. Everton 0-1 Wigan.
  • 56:24 Charles N'Zogbia produces a cross,
  • 54:39 Effort from the edge of the box by Louis Saha goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • Correction - 51:49 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Tony Hibbert gets a block in. Short corner taken by Jordi Gomez from the right by-line. Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Louis Saha. Corner from the left by-line taken by Jordi Gomez, clearance made by Tony Hibbert. Right-footed shot by Emmerson Boyce went wide left of the goal.
  • 51:49 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Blocked by Tony Hibbert. Corner taken short by Jordi Gomez. Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Louis Saha. Jordi Gomez takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Tony Hibbert. Emmerson Boyce takes a weak shot and missed to the left of the goal.
  • 51:10 The ball is swung over by Leon Osman.
  • 50:22 Leon Osman takes a shot. Emmerson Boyce gets a block in.
  • 49:55 A cross is delivered by Tony Hibbert, Michael Pollitt makes a save.
  • 48:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Maynor Figueroa. Free kick crossed right-footed by Leon Osman from right wing, clearance by Hendry Thomas.
  • 48:36 Louis Saha sends in a cross, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
  • 48:07 Tim Cahill crosses the ball, Hendry Thomas gets a block in.
  • 46:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Neville on Paul Scharner. Titus Bramble restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:40 Tony Hibbert sends in a cross, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Mario Melchiot.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:28 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:34 Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
  • 45:00+1:00 The assistant referee signals for offside against Hugo Rodallega. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 43:49 The ball is delivered by Paul Scharner, Joseph Yobo manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Mario Melchiot. Michael Pollitt takes the free kick.
  • 42:20 The ball is crossed by Steven Pienaar, save by Michael Pollitt.
  • 41:18 Leighton Baines produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Michael Pollitt.
  • 41:18 Booking Hendry Thomas is booked.
  • 39:48 Paul Scharner concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Rodwell.
  • 39:29 Centre by Leighton Baines.
  • 37:19 A cross is delivered by Phil Neville, Headed effort from inside the area by Sylvain Distin misses to the left of the target.
  • 37:19 Booking Emmerson Boyce booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 37:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Emmerson Boyce.
  • 36:37 Handball decision goes against Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
  • 36:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Jason Scotland. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 35:01 Substitution Mohamed Diame goes off and Jason Scotland comes on.
  • 34:34 Leon Osman crosses the ball, clearance by Titus Bramble.
  • 32:23 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
  • 32:23 Booking The referee shows Mario Melchiot a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 32:10 Mario Melchiot gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar.
  • 31:46 Tim Cahill delivers the ball, Emmerson Boyce gets a block in.
  • 30:44 Shot from outside the area by Jordi Gomez misses to the left of the goal.
  • 29:58 Tim Cahill produces a cross, Louis Saha takes a shot. Save by Michael Pollitt.
  • 29:39 Foul by Hugo Rodallega on Tony Hibbert, free kick awarded. Joseph Yobo takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:38 The ball is sent over by Maynor Figueroa, Joseph Yobo makes a clearance.
  • 26:38 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Jack Rodwell gets a block in. Jordi Gomez takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Tim Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 25:27 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save made by Michael Pollitt.
  • 24:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hendry Thomas on Jack Rodwell. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
  • 23:38 Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Charles N'Zogbia gets a block in. Leon Osman takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
  • 23:00 Foul by Emmerson Boyce on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Phil Neville from right channel, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
  • 20:04 Foul by Paul Scharner on Leighton Baines, free kick awarded. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
  • 19:33 The offside flag is raised against Tim Cahill. Michael Pollitt takes the free kick.
  • 18:54 Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from right wing, clearance made by Jordi Gomez.
  • 18:54 Booking The referee books Mohamed Diame for unsporting behaviour.
  • 18:44 Phil Neville fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 18:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Jordi Gomez. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 15:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Mohamed Diame. Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
  • 13:27 The ball is crossed by Tim Cahill, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa. Corner taken by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Jordi Gomez. Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save made by Michael Pollitt. Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jordi Gomez.
  • 12:23 Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Mario Melchiot results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Steven Pienaar from left wing, clearance made by Mohamed Diame.
  • 12:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Paul Scharner. Free kick taken by Steven Pienaar.
  • 9:06 Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Jordi Gomez, blocked by Leon Osman. Outswinging corner taken by Jordi Gomez, Hugo Rodallega challenges Sylvain Distin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 6:24 Mohamed Diame concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Pienaar from right channel, clearance made by Titus Bramble. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, Tim Cahill takes a shot. Michael Pollitt makes a save.
  • 5:45 Long distance shot from Paul Scharner misses to the left of the net.
  • 5:23 Titus Bramble fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Titus Bramble takes the free kick.
  • 3:42 Jack Rodwell has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 3:31 Steven Pienaar delivers the ball.
  • 2:46 Louis Saha is ruled offside. Michael Pollitt takes the indirect free kick.
  • 1:57 Mohamed Diame is penalised for a handball. Joseph Yobo restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:00 Emmerson Boyce concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. Tony Hibbert restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Jack Rodwell. Direct free kick taken by Mario Melchiot.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Premier League results

30 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham R
Everton 2-1 Wigan R
Portsmouth 0-1 Man City R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 30 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 8 12
2 Tottenham 4 7 12
3 Man Utd 4 6 9
4 Man City 3 4 9
5 Stoke 4 -1 7
6 Arsenal 3 7 6
7 Liverpool 4 2 6
8 Aston Villa 3 2 6
9 Sunderland 4 -1 6
10 Burnley 4 -3 6
11 West Ham 3 1 4
12 Birmingham 4 -1 4
13 Wolverhampton 4 -2 4
14 Hull 4 -4 4
15 Fulham 3 -3 3
16 Everton 3 -5 3
17 Wigan 4 -5 3
18 Blackburn 3 -3 1
19 Bolton 3 -3 0
20 Portsmouth 4 -6 0

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