FA Cup: Anichebe crashes out with Everton

Wigan scored three goals in four minutes to defeat Everton.

Relegation haunted Wigan Athletics put up a stunning performance as they romped to a 3-0 victory on Saturday to send Victor Anichebe and his Everton teammates out of this year’s FA Cup.

Wigan’s victory at the Goodison Park earned them a place in the FA Cup semi-finals billed for the magnificent Wembley Stadium.

Roberto Martinez became the first manager to lead the Latics to the last-four stage of the FA Cup after his team became inspired at the Merseyside, effectively ending the game in the space of 202 seconds as Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman and Jordi Gomez all found the net within four minutes.

The win was completely deserved too, with Wigan enjoying the better of the chances even before the goal avalanche started. Shaun Maloney curled against a post after 10 minutes and Arouna Kone headed over soon after as Everton failed to wake up from their slumber.

James McCarthy saw his half-volley pushed round a post by Jan Mucha on the half-hour, but from the resulting corner Wigan finally got their reward. Figueroa climbed tallest at the back post and angled his header down for the opener.

Within seconds it was two as McManaman outpaced Sylvain Distin, clipping the ball beyond Mucha, as the stand-in keeper needlessly raced from his goal.

Everton were stunned but even worse was to follow, with Kone advancing down the left flank. He drew a defender before rolling square to Gomez at the edge of the area, and the midfielder made no mistake with an expertly guided strike that left the entire home support in disbelief.

Kevin Mirallas did find the net 16 minutes from time for the Toffees, but he was correctly flagged offside on a miserable day for David Moyes’ men. The introduction of Nigeria’s Victor Anichebe in the second half did little or nothing as Wigan kept their healthy 3-0 advantage all through the game.

The Latics will on Sunday know their opponent in the semi finals after the draws are conducted.


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