Wigan secure Wembley place

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:38

Wigan secure Wembley place

Roberto Martinez’s men stunned the home side as Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez all found the net to end the Toffees’ hopes of silverware this season and secure a first-ever semi-final place in the competition for the Latics.
The opening half-hour was an even affair with Sylvain Distin flashing a header wide and Nikica Jelavic forcing back-up Latics goalkeeper Joel Robles into a diving save, while Paul Scharner’s superb tackle denied Leighton Baines.
Shaun Maloney curled a shot from the edge of the area against the inside of the post with Jan Mucha beaten, before the Everton goalkeeper had to be alert to push away a neat half-volley from James McCarthy from the edge of the area.
But from the resulting corner in the 30th minute, Wigan took the lead and never looked back, with Figueroa climbing above Leon Osman at the far post with relative ease to break the deadlock.
Everton were then complicit in their downfall as Phil Neville’s horrendous pass only succeeded in releasing McManaman, with the boyhood Toffees fan bursting clear to beat Mucha with a composed finish.
And it was 3-0 moments later thanks to a sublime finish from Gomez, with the Spaniard curling a precision first-time effort from outside the box around two defenders and into the bottom corner of a static Mucha’s net after Arouna Kone’s astute pull-back.
Everton manager David Moyes made a change at the interval, sending on Victor Anichebe for Neville and the home side pressed forward in the second period as they searched for a route back into the contest.
Former Wigan man Baines fired a free-kick straight at Robles from long range in the 50th minute before the strangely subdued Marouane Fellaini powered a shot narrowly wide from just outside the penalty area.
Fellaini’s poor pass in his own box then gifted a shooting chance to Figueroa, but the Wigan man failed to get any real power on his shot and Mucha was able to save comfortably, with the Belgium international replaced by Darron Gibson soon before heading straight down the tunnel.
The Latics suffered a blow in the 71st minute when unfortunate substitute Ryo Miyaichi, who had been sent on for the injured McManaman for his first appearance since November after a long-term absence of his own, was stretchered away with an ankle injury after a full-blooded challenge from Kevin Mirallas.
Mirallas had the ball in the net in the 75th minute, but the assistant referee’s flag had long since been up for offside, substitute Ross Barkley drilled wide late on, before Osman forced a fine save from Robles in injury time and Seamus Coleman headed the follow-up wide to sum up Everton’s day.

Everton Team Statistics Wigan Athletic 0 Goals 3 0 1st Half Goals 3 3 Shots on Target 6 8 Shots off Target 5 2 Blocked Shots 0 7 Corners 6 19 Fouls 11 4 Offsides 1 4 Yellow Cards 1 0 Red Cards 0 75.6 Passing Success 76.7 15 Tackles 18 66.7 Tackles Success 55.6 53.5 Possession 46.5 54.2 Territorial Advantage 45.8 422 Total Passes 373 30 Total Crosses 17 168 Lost Balls 159 58 Recoveries 57 52.7 1st Half Poss. 47.3 53.5 2nd Half Poss. 46.5

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