Thursday 25 May 2017

Everton escape after howler

Wigan 1 Everton 1

Eleanor Crooks

Wigan benefited from one of the more bizarre goals the Premier League will see this season but had to settle for a point against Everton at the DW Stadium.





It had been a thoroughly forgettable affair until the 76th minute when Phil Neville blocked a Jean Beausejour cross and the ball somehow found its way past Tim Howard for a hugely embarrassing own goal.

But the hosts' lead lasted only seven minutes, substitute Victor Anichebe heading in the equaliser to ensure Everton followed up their win over Manchester City on Tuesday with a point on the road.

Darron Gibson was the Everton hero on Tuesday but he spurned a good chance five minutes before the break, sending his shot way over.

Wigan have been short on luck this season but they certainly got a huge slice of it in the 76th minute.

There seemed little danger when Neville got a foot to Beausejour's cross and the ball headed straight for Howard but the 'keeper let it bounce and the spin on the ball took it past him and into the net.

Anichebe came on for Tony Hibbert in the 81st minute in David Moyes' final throw of the dice, and within two minutes he had levelled, leaping above the Wigan defence to head in Leighton Baines' cross.

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