Three goals in as many first-half minutes gave Wigan victory and a spot in the semis
Well, I've really enjoyed this FA Cup sixth round match and thanks for your emails. If you want more football coverage - which I am sure you do - I can recommend the Saturday football clockwatch with Mr Jacob Steinberg. And then we will have live coverage from Manchester City v Barnsley, which kicks off at 5.30pm. It just keeps coming, doesn't it? Enjoy.
The boos, predictably, ring out as Friend blows the whistle for full-time and Goodison nearly empty. Everton were poor, yes, but let's not take anything away from Wigan, who were irresistible in the first half.
That's it. Wigan have stormed into the semi-finals of the FA Cup after a superb display and three first-half goals. Everton have been stunned, at home, and it is a real blow to their season. Figueroa, McManaman and Gómez scored the goals.
90+3 mins: Only one minute remaining of this ordeal for Everton.
90+2 mins: And just to sum up Everton's day, Coleman misses a free header from about five yards out after Osman had tested Joel with a fine volley. Coleman's face says it all.
90+1 min: Roman Golobart comes on in place of Alcaraz.
Paul Staunton writes: "McCarthy is a lovely player.Right thing all the time,two footed,balanced.Would love to see him in a really good team.I'm biased because I just want any decent Irish player at this stage even if he's Scottish.
"As I am now sure I am in fact fully awake, I wonder if I could trouble you to spell my name right? I am trying to show off my new-found fame to my kids, but they just think it's funny that you got my name wrong..."
88 mins: Darron Gibson has now been booked as well.
86 mins: ITV gives man-of-match award to the towering Arouna Koné. My vote would have gone to Antolin Alcaraz, but there you go...
"Seems like Everton’s new goalie decided to put on a modern day version of Shakespeare’s comedy – “Mucha does about nothing”.
84 mins: Barkley shoots just wide with a right-footed shot after an Anichebe cross. Poor defending by Wigan for once.
82 mins: Wigan have been truly magnificent today. Alcaraz superb on his first start for six months and Martínez will be delighted he is back for the run-in in the league and for the FA Cup semi-final. A very good player.
and why should he be after such a chastening day. He writes: "Even should we miraculously turn this around imagine us going to that big wide field called Wembley and facing maybe United, Chelsea or City and them nodding at each other saying, 'Just remember Wigan lads 1st half.. at 'em!!!'.. end of our season after all that hope is the worst thing!"
80 mins: But maybe we should stop kidding ourselves. This game is over. Everton have hardly created anything all game (as I write that Barkley races into the area and nearly gets a chance to test Joel)...
79 mins: Everton make a substitution, Ross Barkley coming on for Kevin Mirallas.
what he thinks about the booing. He writes: "In answer to your Fellaini or Moyes booing question, I'm pretty certain the crowd were expressing their opinion about taking off our leading goalscorer for a centre circle holding player. Moyes might as well have 'DOUR SCOT' tattooed on his forehead."
"I really admire David Moyes, as I think everyone does, but he is leading in a weird little competition: Best Manager Ever Who Never Won a Thing. Are there any others on that list?"
Can't think of any myself at the moment as I try to forget the "There's no escape from Alcaraz" pun on ITV... Any thoughts from anyone else?
75 mins: Everton finally have the ball in the net but Mirallas is - rightly - adjudged to have been in an offside position. Good finish, mind, and he did not know the assistant referee had flagged. Kind of sums up Everton's day.
73 mins: Miyaichi can't continue. Such a shame for an injury hit player. James McArthur is on in his place. Miyaichi is carried out on a stretcher.
72 mins: Baines finally finds some space down the left but his cross is too close to Joel, who gathers easily. Not good enough.
71 mins: Baines sportingly puts the ball out of play after Miyaichi goes down following a hefty challenge from Mirallas. Crowd not happy with that though.
with some Everton baiting (I presume she is a red) but, frankly, I think Everton fans has suffered enough today. Let's leave it for another day, should we?
69 mins: Fellaini heads straight down the tunnel despite Neville's efforts to get the tall Belgian to watch the last 23 minutes plus added time of this Cup tie.
68 mins: Fellaini has been pretty poor it has to be said but were the boos for Fellaini or for Moyes taking off a player who can possibly score to get Everton back into this game.
66 mins: You are 3-0 down to Wigan at home with 25 minutes left. Who do you want to come on to save your team. Well, Leo Messi probably, but Everton do not have Messi in their ranks so Moyes is sending on, er, Darron Gibson in place of Fellaini - who appears to be roundly booed by the home fans.
65 mins: And the second shot on target in the second half comes from Wigan as well. Figueroa can't beat Mucha from distance but the fact that Wigan are doing the attacking is enough for the Everton fans to start booing their team.
63 mins: It must be said, however, that Everton do not appear to have much a gameplan to get back into this game. There are a lot of long balls heading into the Wigan area but they are not won by Everton players.
62 mins: There has been a break in play as Figueroa received treatment after a clash of heads with Jelavic. When play resumes, Wigan thump the ball well into Everton's half to get some breathing space.
for Everton, according to Howard, who writes: "Hi. I'm watching the TV with the radio commentary on, and the radio's about half-an-hour ahead of the TV picture. So if you're watching telly, it's now 3 - 2 and there's 10 minutes left. One day someone will explain to me why there's such a difference!!"
60 mins: Another corner but again Everton fail to even get an effort on target as Figueroa beats Jelavic to the ball and heads away the ball.
59 mins: But both of them come to nothing with the second evading every blue shirt in the penalty area. The crowd groans and Moyes barks new orders. This is not a happy place at the moment.
59 mins: At last some Everton pressure as Everton win two corners in succession.
57 mins: But there are no goals, just bookings for Everton so far as Fellaini finds himself in Freinds' book for a challenge on Maloney.
55 mins: Well, I wonder when Everton will have to score their first goal if they are to stage an unlikely comeback. We have just gone past that point in Istanbul when a team in red started their comeback against Milan. Still, it only took six minutes to score three goals so there is plenty of time left for Everton.
54mins: But that is arguably the worst corner I have seen all season. Terrible effort by Maloney. Everton clear.
54 mins: And now a corner for Wigan.
"As a Wiganer in Ottawa, I got up early to watch this. I strongly suspect, however, that I am still asleep and it is all a dream. I expect to soon wander onto the pitch with no pants on, desperately trying to outrun an angry mob of circus clowns while Mick Hucknall tries to lure me into a game of Ludo."
51 mins: Wigan have hardly touched the ball in the second half so far and Fellaini comes close to getting the ball under control near the penalty spot but the ball escapes him and rolls kindly into Joel's outstretched hands.
50 mins: Fellaini then tries his luck with the outside of his right boot but the effort goes wide of Joel's post. This is better from Everton, however.
49 mins: Baines takes the free-kick, from 25 yards out, but, while the effort goes through the wall, Joel gathers with ease.
49 mins: Maloney scythes down Mirallas and is shown a yellow card. A free-kick in a decent position for Everton.
48 mins: ITV says that one Everton supporter left Goodison at half-time for the first time, having watched the team for 36 years.
47 mins: The first shot on target in the second half, however, is Wigan's - even if Mucha is not threatened at all by Koné's speculative long-range effort.
46 mins: And Everton have got the second half underway. It will be very interesting to see how the home team perform in the final 45 minutes.
Half-time: Everton have been out on the pitch for a few minutes now. Moyes is also making a change: Victor Anichebe is coming on for Phil Neville. The start of a remarkable comeback? Well, let's find out.
some Sean Ingle accumulator out there. John Dean writes: "I wonder if AC Jimbo is wishing he had taken that Sean Ingle Cup accumulator - all away teams to win - £10 wins £24k."
I presume those odds are slightly worse at the moment.
Andrew Benton from Beijing writes: "Dear Marcus, Looks as though Wigan are now peerless.... More importantly, goalies seem to chew less than they used to - Jens Lehmann was a regular goalmouth masticator - gum, I suspect. How can this be?"
Good question. Any answers out there? Just remember seeing Fergie work his chewing gum quite magnificently after Nani's sending off in midweek... I pity that chewing gum.
more suggestions for what Moyes can do over the next 45 minutes: "45 mins for Moyes to prove he is a freewheeling tactical genius. Or to draft his resignation letter for the end of the season."Dear Bill, it is with a heavy heart and wallet that I...."
"He's got to go and go now. Half time would do."
Oh, and the email was labelled: "Moyes"
Half-time: The pundits in the ITV studio, Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate are, quite rightly, describing Wigan as "magnificent" and Everton as "miserable".
He writes: "The missus just said to me after the third "This is ridiculous. It's like they're just showing highlights."
"On the first goal we had exactly what I was complaining about.
McManamanaman didn't care where the ball was at all and simply
prevented the keeper from moving as Figueroa headed it in. As for the rest of the half, all I can say is ***? (Am I allowed to say *** on here?) I kind of hope Everton come back to win just to stick it to the
people who left early."
Hmmm, there seems little chance of the last bit happening...
I'm guessing the Everton players will be staying on the pitch at half-time so as not having face the wrath of. Mr Moyes, they might even sneak out of the ground.
Kevin Friend blows for half-time after a stunning first 45 minutes. Wigan lead 3-0! Goodison is absolutely stunned. A fuming Moyes heads straight down the tunnel. Poor players. They are in for some team-talk...
45+2 mins: Everton are getting nowhere. This time Mirallas sends a cross into no man's land.
45 mins: But the way Everton are playing they may need another 300 minutes to score. They again waste possession.
45 mins: There will be three minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
45 mins: And it is a cracking free-kick, dipping right at the end to force Mucha into making a half-smart save.
44 mins: Everton keep fouling the Wigan players and the ref, Kevin Friend, pulls over captain Neville so that he can tell the players to calm down somewhat. Maloney stands over the free-kick...
42 mins: Maloney takes the corner but it comes to nothing. Still, Everton can't clear and Wigan keep possession. Everton, in fact, are all over the place and can't get out of their own half.
41 mins: Wigan now have a corner while Leon Osman has also been booked. Very few things going Everton's way at the moment.
39 mins: Phil Neville is booked for a reckless challenge on Beausejour while Ryo Miyaichi comes on to replace goalscorer McManaman.
38 mins: The tempo drops somewhat for the first time as McManaman receives treatment after picking up a knock.
36 mins: A shell-shocked Everton are trying to make some sense of what has just happened but it is not working for them, Marouane Fellaini sending an aimless cross into the Wigan area.
34 mins: Incredible. The boos ring out as Wigan make it 3-0 with just a shade over half an hour gone at Goodison. There are some fans leaving. And no wonder. The third Wigan goal was arguably the best. Koné setting up Gómez, who hits it first time to leave a stranded Mucha with no chance.
34 mins: And Jordi Gómez makes it three!
32 mins: What a spell by Wigan. They are two up after two well-taken goals in two minutes. First Figueroa heads in a corner and then McManaman profits from a Neville-mistake, runs clear and finishes past Mucha with a right-footed shot.
31 mins: Another minute and another goal, this time by Callum McManaman
30 mins: A great header from the defender puts away side in the lead.
29 mins: Wigan win a free-kick after Coleman's clumsy attempt to win an aerial challenge against Maloney.
26 mins: It has all gone a bit quiet now but @iainmacintosh rightly points out on Twitter that "David Moyes always looks like he's just taken a swig of 'corked' wine". And considering Everton's performance so far today he's got every right to look a bit miffed.
24 mins: Everton finally putting some pressure on Wigan. Baines and Pienaar combine nicely before the full-back tests Joel with a shot. Neville pikcs up the rebound but his speculative shot goes wide.
Why do they keep letting players intentionally impede the keeper on
corners, like Heitinga was doing a couple minutes ago? It's very
irritating. (Also, if you think Everton will win I suggest you alter your
prediction to 3-2 because I think you overlooked the part where
Heitinga is going to be solely responsible for giving up two goals.)
Well, this is nothing compared to Lichtsteiner v Hooper the other week...
22 mins: Maloney nearly sends Koné clear but the Ivorian is adjudged to be in an offside position. Harsh as Koné was actually waiting on the half-way line before making his run (as every youth coach will tell you you should do).
21 mins: Baines takes a free-kick from near the corner flag but his effort is cleared determinedly by Boyce.
20 mins: Good opportunity for Everton. Jelavic finds himself with space just outside the Wigan area but his low, left-footed shot is palmed away by Joel in the Wigan goal.
19 mins: Another great chance for Wigan but Koné heads over from a good position. It all started with Seamus Coleman slipping and Maloney being given a free run down the left.
17 mins: Jean Beausejour sends in the corner and it is met by Alcaraz but the Paraguayan's header is weak and high. Everton have a goal-kick.
16 mins: Wigan now have a corner in this helter-skelter game after yet another attack down the left.
15 mins: Everton's corner comes to nothing as Nikica Jelavic is put under pressure by the Wigan defence.
"30 years ago, I was at Old Trafford for a quarter-final that we lost 1-0 to a
last minute goal from Frank Stapleton - such an empty feeling. But it was worth it, a hundred times worth it, for what was to come over the seasons that followed. FA Cup quarter-final day was huge back then. Today, a Premier League relegation match gets more coverage. I'm old aren't I?"
Meanwhile there is a corner for Everton.
13 mins: No one is picking up Maloney on the flank and Wigan are completely dominating possession at the moment. They test Everton again with some intricate passing but Figueora then sends a shot wildly over.
11 mins: Maloney runs down the left, cuts inside and hits the post with a beautiful curling shot! Mucha nowhere near the ball. A lucky escape for the home side.
9 mins: Wigan again go down the left but Maynor Figueroa's pass to Maloney is a poor one. Maloney looks somewhat disgusted while Martínez applauds the thinking - if not the execution - of his full-back.
7 mins: Wigan have done most of their attacking down Everton's right so far. This time Shaun Maloney crosses but it goes over the head of Koné and Everton can clear.
5 mins: This has been a very open and eventufl start to the FA Cup weekend. Now Paul Scharner is down after a Mirallas shot hits him right in the face. The referee, Kevin Friend, stops play, much to the annoyance of the Everton fans.
4 mins: Distin comes very close to giving Everton the lead. Mirallas plays the corner short to Baines before whipping in a cross that the Frenchman heads just wide.
2 mins: Steven Pienaar, from a central position, is allowed to pick his spot but his pass to Baines on the left flank is overhit. Everton, however, have a corner.
1 min: Wigan conjure the match's first attack with Emerson Boyce crossing for Arouna Koné, who is unable to trouble Ján Mucha with his header.
Wigan get the game under way.
give you the substitutes:
Everton: Springthorpe, Gibson, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Anichebe, Duffy.
Wigan: Al Habsi, Di Santo, Henriquez, McArthur, Stam, Golobart, Miyaichi.
And the referee is Kevin Friend
out on to the Goodison pitch to the kind of roar you expect - and hope - to hear for an FA Cup sixth-round tie.
"Wigan have been playing well. They haven't always got the results but we have been playing well ourselves and we said the other week that we are coming into a bit of form again."
"All the teams we put on a pitch are strong. I expect the players picked today to perform well and we look forward to this match. "
that the players will be trying to get to Wembley for themselves - and for Dave Whelan: “They are well aware of the chairman’s story, which is incredible from a footballing point of view,” he said.
“What happened in 1960 was a career-changing moment for the chairman, who then had to look into a new life in business.”
but it is only to improve further as a player, he hastens to add.
“I have a company which prepares all these montages for me, not just to look good but working on how many times I lost it, that sort of stuff,” he explained.
He adds: “Do I get much grief off the wife for watching them? Not too much! I make sure I have time to do it. I don’t lock myself away, I look at it on laptop when I have my son on my knee and wife’s in the kitchen or whatever."
has been talking about the possibility of Everton repeating the achievements of the class of 1995 and win the FA Cup but has warned (wisely) that... “If you don’t achieve anything then you are not going to get remembered”
The full-back, who went to the 95 final, added: “If anyone wants to stake a claim to being better than them well then prove it because they went there and did it and unless we do that we can’t talk about being better than them."
with the Wigan owner Dave Whelan, who broke his leg while playing for Blackburn against Wolves in the 1960 FA Cup final.
David Moyes starts with Darron Gibson on the bench with Phil Neville preferred in midfield. Also good to see Wigan's Antolín Alcaraz make his first start for more than six months after suffering a groin injury while on international duty. He has played 37 minutes in two substitute appearances since making his return and Wigan are yet to concede with him on the pitch.
from Simon McMahon with the following question: "Hello Marcus. Do you have a prediction for us? Doesn't have to be related to the football of course."
Well, in that case, I predict the following things will happen today: Everton will beat Wigan 2-1 after a nervy finish, Kevin Mirallas will have another good game and ... the blood oranges I brought into the office today will prove a bigger success than Andy's millionaire shortbreads. Oh, and Scotland will most certainly lose to Wales in the rugby.
will be under the spotlight today with Ján Mucha having played only three games for Everton and the Spaniard Joel Robles having made only two appearances for Wigan before today. He joined the club on loan from Rayo Vallecano in January.
Everton start with: Mucha; Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Baines; Mirallas, Osman, Neville, Pienaar, Fellaini; Jelavic
while Wigan line up as follows: Robles; Boyce, Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa; McManaman, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour; Maloney, Koné
to this minute-by-minute report on an intriguing FA Cup sixth-round match between Everton and Wigan at Goodison Park. Everton are the favourites but Leighton Baines has warned his team against any complacency.
Marcus will be here shortly. In the meantime, here's a brief preview, plus our match pointers:
Yet again the FA Cup presents David Moyes with a realistic chance of winning a trophy as the Everton manager and coming up against a team that has won just once at Goodison Park and is embroiled in relegation trouble, the Scot will fancy his team's chances of reaching a third semi-final in five seasons. The hosts are without regular goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is injured, but it would still represent a shock if they lost, especially as Wigan's manager Roberto Martínez is likely to rest a host of first-team players for this tie.
• Wigan have only won two of their past 12 FA Cup games against top-flight sides
• Everton have only lost two of their past 12 FA Cup home games, winning eight and drawing two
• This is the second time in the club's history that Wigan have reached the FA Cup quarter-final – the last time was in 1987 and they lost 2-0 to Leeds United
• This is Everton's 28th time in the quarter-final; they've won 17 of the previous 27
• Everton have scored and conceded in 13 of their past 17 FA Cup games