Everton stunned by Wigan in the FA Cup
The Toffees were warm favourite to reach the last four of this season’s FA Cup although three quickfire first half goals from Wigan scuppered David Moyes’ hopes of winning a first trophy with Everton.
March 9th, 2013
When Maynor Figueroa headed in a 30th minute opener, you might have expected the home side to respond with a period of pressure, although the Latics quickly doubled and then trebled their advantage through Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez.
It was a far cry from the Wigan performance against Liverpool which has seen Roberto Martinez’s team meekly lose 4-0 at the DW Stadium, with no sign of the in-fighting that seemed to dog that particular performance.
Moyes fielded his strongest possible Everton line-up for this match although they never really got going and the concession of three goals knocked the stuffing out a side that had been eyeing a trip to Wembley next month.
David Moyes said: “Wigan played well and we didn’t. On the day, they were undoubtedly the better team. We never really got to grips with the game. We’ve not had many of those days this season.”
Meanwhile, Martinez was delighted with a performance which mirrored the team’s efforts at Huddersfield Town in the previous round, although this was against an Everton side who are currently in a Europa League spot.
Martínez said: “You have to be at your very best to keep a clean sheet at Goodison Park and we were today. Not only did we play well, we had incredible concentration levels. We defended well and we were sharp getting to the second balls, we coped with the threat from Everton, and to score three goals away from home in the manner that we did made it a complete performance.
“Unfortunately, we don’t always get the credit we deserve. If we lose it’s because we are Wigan, if we win it’s because the opposition have been poor. Everton weren’t poor. My players deserve a bit of credit for the way they stopped them playing. It’s very unfair just to say Everton had a bad day.”