Everton 2-1 Wigan Athletic: Last Gasp Baines Penalty Hands Hosts The Points

L Saha

A stoppage time penalty from Leighton Baines gave Everton a morale boosting 2-1 Premier League victory over Wigan Athletic at Goodison Park.

The home side shaded the first 45 minutes but it was a quiet half that lacked much exciting goalmouth action – the drama was to come after the break.

Paul Scharner gave the visitors a lead with an excellent diving header, but within five minutes Louis Saha had equalised with a header of his own from a Baines corner. Both sides wasted chances to get a decisive third goal, but just as it looked like the points would be shared, Jo won the penalty in stoppage time and Baines made no mistake from twelve yards.

As a result, the Toffees picked up their first win of the season after losing their two opening fixtures, while the Latics have now registered four consecutive defeats in all competitions.

New defensive signing Sylvain Distin came straight into Everton’s starting line-up to partner Joseph Yobo in central defence at the expense of Marouane Fellaini, whose place on the substitutes’ bench prompted a tactical re-shuffle from David Moyes, with Phil Neville returning to a midfield berth.

Meanwhile, fellow new arrival Diniyar Bilyaletdinov had to settle with a place on the substitutes’ bench.

Wigan brought in goalkeeper Mike Pollitt for the injured Chris Kirkland, while Emmerson Boyce replaced Jason Koumas for Roberto Martinez.


~ by footballdirecta on August 30, 2009.

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