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Fire Power Failure Costs Wigan

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Everton 1 1 1

DW Stadium, Wigan

30/01/2010 3pm

Attendance: 16,869


This week Wigan pulled the plug on signing an exciting young striker who wanted to join the club because they couldn't agree termns with the selling club.

On todays performance it would be advisable to restart talks immeadately as both( indeed the only) strikers at the club performed poorly when given opportunities to score and at the end,a much improved team performance was ruined by a late Cahill strike to give Everton an undeserved victory.

Wigan made two changes from the poor performance at Blackburn in midweek, bringing in Boyce and Scotland for Melchiot and Scharner respectively.

Latics looked a more balenced side and their passing game was much improved against an Everton side who competed for every ball and contributed fully to an entertaining game.

The first real chance of an entertaining first half fell to Everton, when Stojkovic dove well to save a Cahill shot. He was in action again shortly afterwards when he had to move smartly to tip away a Saha header.

Latics were not overawed although once again their only creative outlet for much of the game was N'Zogbia, who gave Baines a testing afternoon. Rodallega gave Howard his first test but he saved wellin the Everton goal.

Both sides had shouts for penalties in the first half, with Everton the most aggrevied when Saha appeared to be clearly fouled in the area but the ineffectual Mr Probert waved play on.

At the other end, twice Scotland was through on goal and he blazed high and not very handsome and then his striking compatriot, Rodallega showed how off form he is by also blasting over when through on the keeper.

At the other end ,Everton hit the post and the talk at half time was how the game remained at nil a piece.

The second half weas much of the same but for all both sides attacking intent there were very few clear cut chances.

Everton had a goal disallowed for offside whilst N'Zogbia was cruelly hacked down on the edge of the penalty area with the home players protesting to no avail that the foul was in the area.

Th winning goal when it came was once again at a set play. The diminutive Cahill rose unchallenged to head past Stojkovic.

The reaction of the Latics players was disturbing as with the exception of Scharner all heads dropped. Wigan pushed forward in search of an equiliser but their only effort on target in the second half came in the final minute of time added on , when a fierce drvie from N'Zogbia hit the upright.

Martinez can take comfort from a much improved team performance but the lack of goals from the only two strikers on the books with seven defeats out of the last eight games shows that Wigan are in a relegation dogfight, whatever the plaudits are regarding the attractive football of a Martinez team.

Star Player

Emerson Boyce..showing hitherto unseen attacking prowess at right back and on this showing must keeop Melchiot out of the team

Date:Saturday January 30 2010
Time: 5:58PM

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30/01/2010 18:15:00
Boyce and McCarthy both had good games for me, felt like we'd been mugged at full time, to say Everton didnt deserve the win is the understatement of the year
30/01/2010 19:29:00
Baffling really why you think that from an Everton perspective we should have had a pen, and had a goal wrongly ruled out. Granted you had a fair amount of chances on the counter attack, but without even including the pen we should have had or the goal ruled out, Saha hit the post and had a header brilliantly saved. We had much the better of the attempts on goal, it's not our fault Scotland wouldn't be able to hit a barn door from a yard out.
30/01/2010 19:53:00
Scotland is not premiership quality. I wish people would stop saying he will be good in time. He's had his chance, now get rid of him. Sad to say, buy Latics are heading for the Championship
30/01/2010 22:21:00
We had 80% of the play and Penalty shout turned down too. Everton lost the battle of open play. Had ure goal not come from a set peice it had draw all over this game.
31/01/2010 01:55:00
I thought we know long ago we have power failure upfront and seriously Jodi Gomez and Scotland are not premier league qaulity. Martinez should start using McCarthy or Ben instead.
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