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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05



Goodison Park | 30th August 2009 15:00

Everton v Wigan

Everton left it late to secure their first points of the Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win over Wigan.

Ex-Latic Leightion Baines slammed home an injury time penalty after Louis Saha had cancelled out Paul Scharner's second-half opener.

The scoreline was one that Everton fully deserved with the Toffees bossing proceedings for long periods of the game.

David Moyes gave a debut to Sylvain Distin and he and Joseph Yobo were largely untroubled in the first half, with Wigan taking the lead against the run of play after 56 minutes when Paul Scharner headed in.

Tim Howard celebrates the final whistle with new boy Sylvain DistinTim Howard celebrates the final whistle with new boy Sylvain Distin

The lead lasted only five minutes though, as Louis Saha was on target for the fourth time in as many games, himself heading home a Baines corner.

Earlier, Jack Rodwell dragged an effort wide inside four minutes after good work by Louis Saha, with Scharner's speculative effort for Wigan the next strike on goal.

Everton were the more adventurous of the two sides and soon Tim Cahill had a header easily grabbed by Mike Pollitt in the Latics' goal.

The Toffees forced a corner on the quarter hour and after it was half-cleared Rodwell's left foot strike was palmed over by Pollitt.

In way of a reply, Charles N'Zogbia saw his shot deflected wide by Rodwell but Everton were dominating proceedings.

Louis Saha heads home Everton's equaliserLouis Saha heads home Everton's equaliser

Soon, a flowing move begun by the teenage midfielder saw Cahill feed Saha, the Frenchman forcing a point blank save from Pollitt on the half hour.

Ten minutes before the break Goodison enjoyed a lighter moment as Moyes was felled on the touchline by a sliding Hendry Thomas. The manager took it in good spirit but the Toffees couldn't break the deadlock before half time.

After the break it was more of the same as Hibbert's centre was just too high for Rodwell and Emmerson Boyce blocked from Osman after a lovely move.

Wigan underlined their potential threat as first Hugo Rodallega and then N'Zogbia went close with curling efforts.

Relief is written all over Louis Saha's faceRelief is written all over Louis Saha's face

It should have been a warning for the Toffees but instead Scharner was able to score yet another goal against Everton with a point blank header at the back post.

Jordi Gomez then struck the post with half an hour to go but Everton hit back almost immediately, Saha heading in Baines' corner.

Marouane Fellaini emerged from the bench with 20 minutes left snd his first action was to observe Thomas head Yobo's effort off the goalline.

Rodwell skidded another long ranger wide as Everton pushed forward looking for a winner with Moyes also introducing Jo to the match.

Leighton Baines nets the injury-time winner from the spotLeighton Baines nets the injury-time winner from the spot

Then, with 15 minutes left Hibbert produced a perfect ball for Cahill to give Everton the lead, the Aussie's powerful header arrowed just wide though.

New man Jo was straight into the action as he was denied by Pollitt and Rodwell blazed the rebound over as Moyes' men had Wigan on the rack.

There was even a late debut for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov but it was Tim Howard who, tellingly,  thwarted a six-on-two breakaway at the death.

And there was still time for more drama as Jo was felled in the box by Boyce and Leighton Baines slammed home the penalty.



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