Match Analysis: Everton 0-3 Wigan Athletic

Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa celebrates making it 1-0 against Everton on March 9, 2013
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Sports Mole casts an eye over Wigan Athletic's 3-0 win over Everton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Three unanswered goals during the first half at Goodison Park saw Wigan Athletic advance through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup at the expense of Everton this afternoon.

Maynor Figueroa opened the scoring with a headed goal, before Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez put the game beyond the home team's reach.

Everton pushed forward after the restart for a route back into the tie, but no goals were forthcoming.

Sports Mole looks back over the clash to determine if the scoreline flatters the victors in any way.

Match statistics:

Everton:
Shots 14
On target 6
Possession 52%
Corners 7
Fouls 16

Wigan:
Shots 13
On target 6
Possession 48%
Corners 6
Fouls 10

Was the result fair?

A resounding yes! From the first whistle to the last, Wigan were the better of the two teams. Sometimes when a underdog prevails in the FA Cup a lot of luck is involved, but that was not the case here. They made the most of their goalscoring chances and defended their own goal with great stubbornness.

Everton's performance

The hosts never really got started and as soon as Wigan went 1-0 up, there was only ever going to be one winner. It's hard to put your finger on why Everton were so poor, although Wigan should take a lot of the credit. What will have disappointed David Moyes is the fact that the majority of his team looked to be lacking in desire - something that the Scottish boss demands as a minimum.

Wigan's performance

Roberto Martinez must be wondering why his team cannot perform like that every week - they certainly wouldn't be threatened by relegation if they did. The first half was full of attacking intent and they scored three really good goals from their point of view. After that, it was all about how well they could defend and they managed to thwart any danger with ease.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Shaun Maloney: He may not have scored, but without Maloney, Wigan may not have won so convincingly today. There has always been a touch of class about the Scot's play and he showed just how good he can be with a faultless display. His passes always found a teammate and only an unlucky rebound off the inside of the post prevented him from finding the net.

Biggest gaffe

Moyes usually depends on Phil Neville but his captain made a massive error today. Having just gone 1-0 behind, the Everton skipper needlessly gave away possession inside his own half. McManaman benefited by racing through to score his side's second goal in as many first-half minutes.

Referee performance

A decent outing from Kevin Friend, who allowed the game to flow whenever the opportunity arose. It was easy to understand why he booked the players that he did, while at the same time he also showed leniency when he felt it was necessary.

What next?

Everton: The Toffees are back in Premier League action next Saturday when champions Manchester City travel to Goodison Park.

Wigan: Like Everton, Wigan are also at home next weekend, with Newcastle United the visitors to the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa celebrates making it 1-0 against Everton on March 9, 2013
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