Player Ratings: Everton 0-3 Wigan Athletic
Premier League strugglers Wigan opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark when Maynor Figueroa rose unmarked to head in past Jan Mucha, who deputised for the injured Tim Howard once more.
A misplaced Phil Neville pass played in Callum McManaman, who scored against his boyhood club for the first time, and Jordi Gomez slotted home just a minute later to complete a remarkable 202 second spell.
While the Toffees were booed off after a third defeat in six, the Latics head to Wembley for their first ever FA Cup semi final.
Read on below for the player ratings from the match.
Jan Mucha – 6 – The Slovakian was not at fault for Wigan’s goals, except for some preoccupation with goal-line wrestling ahead of the first. Mucha made a number of decent saves, but three goals conceded means that he still has not kept a clean sheet between the sticks for the Toffees. With Tim Howard out for over a month, Mucha will have to improve.
Seamus Coleman – 5 – The normally roving right back was tamed with worrying ease and, despite his pace, was beaten consistently with ease by the lumbering Jean Beausejour. Missing an almost open goal with a woeful header capped off a limp performance.
Leighton Baines – 6 – Baines, unusually, never looked like delivering an accurate cross. He was at the back to keep Callum McManaman and Ryo Miyaichi in check – except when Phil Neville felt like playing McManaman in behind the left back – and was let down by atrocious passing from the men at the front.
Sylvain Distin – 6 – The lumbering Frenchman has struggled in recent weeks, especially without the calming presence of regular defensive partner Phil Jagielka. Everton have kept just four clean sheets this season, and none when Distin has partnered Johnny Heitinga. Distin was cultured and light-footed as usual, but McManaman outpaced him for Wigan’s second with absolute ease.
Johnny Heitinga – 5 – It’s astonishing to think that this is the same man who featured in the World Cup final, and whose strong performances earned him the Everton Fans’ Player of the Season award and a place in the Netherlands’ Euro 2012 squad. The Dutchman was, like in the 2-2 draw at the DW earlier in the season, made to look foolish by Arouna Kone. Surely even the inexperienced Shane Duffy or John Stones would make a viable alternative to the erratic Heitinga.
Phil Neville – 3 – An atrocious first half performance from the former Manchester United man has turned almost every Everton fan into a retirement planner, and such advice has been coming for a long time. Neville attempted a number of passes, and no ball played more than five yards reached its intended target. Wigan’s second goal was the crux of the Toffees captain’s poor play – Neville, who had inexplicably dropped into right back from centre midfield, played a perfect pass into the path of an onrushing striker. Unfortunately, that striker was Callum McManaman, and the game was up as of that moment.
Leon Osman – 5 – In all honesty, blame for Osman’s absence over 90 minutes should mostly be apportioned to Neville, who left him own his own in the centre of midfield. When the likes of Pienaar and Baines needed incisive runs going forward, however, Osman offered nothing. He had the best chance for the home side, striking a volley which was well saved by Joel Robles. This form will not encourage Roy Hodgson to give the Wigan-born midfielder a second England cap.
Steven Pienaar – 4 – The South African killed more Everton attacks than he created. A number of forays forward ended with Pienaar over-hitting a pass out to Baines, or losing the ball before being able to release Jelavic. Focus will be on the shambolic displays by Neville or Fellaini, but Pienaar’s poor form of late continued here, and doesn’t look like changing.
Marouane Fellaini – 3 – I sat in the Gwladys Street as Fellaini withdrew after almost 70 minutes; while booing one’s own player is reprehensible, it was in fact justified. It’s not that Fellaini was poor – the whole team was – but the pure lack of effort. The Belgian was often seen walking around the pitch and provided nothing to the attack. At one point he misplaced a pass and turned away in a show of unbridled frustration – problem was, play was progressing behind him. It was one of those lacklustre Fellaini performances that are becoming more common; rumours of a potential transfer are starting to sound less distressing to Everton fans – but off the back of this performance, who’d have him?
Kevin Mirallas – 6 – The Belgian, once again deployed on the wing, struggled to have an impact. Mirallas had scored two in two from a central position, but had just one shot all game – which hit Paul Scharner straight in the face. He was, however, one of the only Everton players who displayed any sort of urgency in an event-less second period, encapsulated by a crunching tackle on Ryo Miyaichi. But his bizarre habit of drifting over to the left to join Pienaar and Baines just hindered the Toffees’ efforts, and saw him withdrawn with goals needed.
Nikica Jelavic – 6 – It is impossible to fault the Croatian’s effort; while his team mates sauntered across the Goodison turf, Jelavic strived to chase down every Wigan defender, get onto the end of deliveries and try to score. Unfortunately, “try” is the word; Jelavic has scored just once this year, against League 2 side Cheltenham Town, and right now the ball isn’t falling for him like it used to. But he applies himself so much that, when a chance comes, Jelavic may put his cool, “one touch is enough” head on and put it away.
Victor Anichebe (for Neville, 46) – 6 – Got involved, held the ball up well, but couldn’t create anything.
Darron Gibson (for Fellaini, 67) – 6 – Not particularly involved in play, but it was enjoyable to see an Everton midfielder in the right position.
Ross Barkley (for Mirallas, 79) – 6 – Evertonians still see Ross Barkley as a beacon of hope, and the England youth international was positive in his play. With any luck, he will use the end of the season to stake his claim for a place in Everton’s future starting 11.
Joel Robles – 8 – Not many goalkeepers come to Goodison Park and keep a clean sheet; Michel Vorm is the only other keeper to do so this season. It was astonishing how little the on-loan Spaniard was called into action, but he saved smartly when needed.
Antolin Alcaraz – 7 – Wigan bade Alcaraz a warm welcome on his return to first team football after an injury which had ruled the Paraguayan out since August. And in all honesty, it seemed as if he had never been away. Alcaraz was a key member of the Wigan side that escaped relegation last season, and he will need to recreate today’s form in less comfortable games if Wigan are to do the impossible again.
Emmerson Boyce – 6 – Boyce was not threatened at all, which is amazing considering that he was up against the likes of Baines, Pienaar and Mirallas. A solid performance, which he needed after looking completely out of his depth against Liverpool last week.
Paul Scharner – 6 – Scharner will be shocked; Wigan notched up three goals against Everton, a side he makes it a habit of scoring past, but the Austrian failed to get on the scoresheet. Scharner put his face in the way of a thunderous Mirallas shot in the first half, and looked dazed from then.
Maynor Figueroa – 7 – Figueroa was allowed to attack Everton at will, and looked like he enjoyed it. He grabbed the first goal with a well-taken header, and it proved crucial in setting an extraordinary victory in motion.
Jordi Gomez – 7 – The Spaniard was anonymous in the second half, but his job was done by half time. A calm and cultured finish capped off the win for Wigan.
James McCarthy – 7 – Worked hard all afternoon, and went close to scoring just before Wigan went on their scoring rampage. His endeavours in midfield helped ensure there was no way back into the game for the Toffees.
Jean Beausejour – 7 – The Chilean has made a habit of terrorising the Everton defence, for both Birmingham City and now Wigan. Coleman, Neville and Heitinga were outdone in turn by Beausejour not for his pace – certainly not – but for his composure and excellent touch.
Shaun Maloney – 8 – The Scot recreated some of the form that made him a stand-out performer at both Celtic and Aston Villa; he started with an excellent curling shot that hit the post, and dictated Wigan’s attacking play.
Callum McManaman – 7 – The boyhood Evertonian, who was released by the club at age 16, took his big chance to score at Goodison with aplomb. His pace and fine finishing was certainly impressive, and the form he has shown in the FA Cup may persuade Roberto Martinez to deploy McManaman in the league. A Le Fondre-esque surprise package in the Latics side may be the key to their survival.
Arouna Kone – 8 – Man of the Match. The Ivorian was truly excellent; his pace constantly bamboozled the bewildered Heitinga and Distin, but it was his expert provision for his Wigan team-mates that secures the accolade for Kone. Roberto Martinez has pulled off a coup signing the forward from Levante; while his finishing needs improvement, he is not far from being the complete forward the struggling Latics need to ensure survival.
Ryo Miyaichi (for McManaman, 40) – 6 – Struggled to get into the game, as Wigan sat back in the second half. The Japanese winger returned from a lengthy lay off caused by an ankle injury, but he suffered a recurrence and may be out for a while longer.
James McArthur (for Miyaichi, 72) – 6 – Replaced Miyaichi and made little impact.
Roman Golobart (for Alcaraz, 90) – 6 – Golobart spent three minutes watching Everton toil in their own half, and didn’t get a touch as a result.