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Goodison Park | 9th March 2013 12:45

Everton v Wigan Athletic

Everton suffered a horrific first half spell at Goodison Park to crash out of the FA Cup at the quarter final stage.

Wigan struck three lethal blows inside three-and-a-half first half minutes to end the Blues' cup hopes at the last eight stage.

First Maynor Figueroa headed in a corner before Callum McMananaman and Jordi Gomez produced cool finishes to stun the home side.

Despite being deprived of the services of the influential Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka through injury, Everton had started well and Sylvain Distin headed narrowly wide after Kevin Mirallas and Leighton Baines had worked a short corner routine in the fourth minute.

Martinez MoyesThe managers on the touchline

Soon though Shaun Maloney served notice of the visitors' danger when he cut infield and curled an effort against the inside of the post with stand in keeper Jan Mucha rooted to the spot.

Arouna Kone went close to extending Wigan's lead with a near post header and at the other end Nikica Jelavic capitalised on James McCarthy's slip to fire in a left-footed snapshot which Joel Robles saved well.

Mucha saved from the Scottish midfielder before the killer three minute period began. From the corner Figueroa rose unmarked at the back post to head in and straight away the Latics were two up when McMananan took advantage of Neville's misplaced back-pass and calmly beat Mucha.

Then on their next attack Wigan scored again when Gomez stroked Kone's pass into the net from the edge of the box. Goodison was stunned while the visiting Wigan supporters were in dreamland.

Everton Players WiganThe Everton players look dejected

At half time David Moyes introduced Victor Anichebe for Neville with Leon Osman assuming the captaincy.

The home side had no choice but to pile forward and that was largely how it played out.

But clear-cut chances did not arrive. Baines tested Robles with a long range free kick before Fellaini flashed a volley past the post.

And with just over 15 minutes left Mirallas did have the ball in the net but the flag was long since up for offside.

Darron Gibson and Ross Barkley were on by now but neither could help start a comeback, despite the latter firing wide late on.

 

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