Everton 2 Latics 1
11/08/2007 3 pm
Latics first day blues continued against an ordinary Everton team who really should have been there for the taking
Latics failure to gain anything from their first game of the season, again, puts added pressure on Wednesdays game against Middlesbrough
The game started off in glorious sunshine and saw Bramble, Melchiot and Koumas start a league game for the first time in Latics colours and Sibierski also came on in the second half to make his a scoring debut
Everton took the lead on 26 minutes when Leon Osman headed home from all of 14 yards
It is a goal that wont please Hutchings and questions will be asked about Kirklands positioning
Shortly afterwards Arteta burst into the box and fell under a Bramble challange, referee Clattenburg waived away penalty appeals and replays showed he was correct to do so
At the other end Heskey and Folan both went close with long range efforts
In the second half both teams had limitted chances before Everton increased their lead.
Johnson crossed the ball into the box and Anichebe knocked the ball in with his shin
On 66 mins Sibierski made his Latics debut replacing Folan and it was the Frenchman who scored Latics goal
Sibierski threw Latics a lifeline on 80 mins, turning in Paul Scharner's cross from close range.
A full stretch save from Everton keeper Howard kept out a Scharner shot late on but that was it
Mario Melchiot 6
Andreas Granqvist 8
Titus Barmble 7
Kevin Kilbane 6
Antonio Valencia 6
Denny Landzaat 6
Paul Scharner 6
Jason Koumas 7
Emile Heskey 6
Caleb Folan 6(Antione Sibierski 66 mins)
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