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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
14:50 9th March 2013
By  Nick Taylor

WE'RE GOING TO WEMBLEY!

Que sera sera... Wigan Athletic's spell of three minutes and 22 seconds midway through the first half sunk the Toffees and sent Latics to Wembley for their first ever FA Cup semi-final.

The rout was started by Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman then made it 2-0 moments later on turf he once called his own as a supporter and then Jordi Gomez stepped up to put the game beyond Everton.

A history making day saw Roberto Martinez ring the changes from the league game against Liverpool last weekend, most notably Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz, Gomez and McManaman in and they all played their part.

Shaun Maloney set the tone for the afternoon after just 11 minutes when Latics worked the ball out into space down the left hand side.

The Scotsman used his magic touch to cut inside, run along the edge of the area and curl his effort towards goal, it cracked off the post and behind Jan Mucha as the travelling fans jumped to their feet.

Latics' danger didn't stop their and every time they ran forwards with possession Everton looked to be on the back foot.

On 20 minutes Everton's best chance came and Joel Robles came to the rescue.

James McCarthy slipped on the edge of the area as he failed to clear and Nikica Jelavic sniffed out the ball, forcing Robles to dive low to his left and tip the ball away.

It wasn't long though until the onslaught began and Latics had been pushing for it.

Gaps were opening up in the Everton defence and free kicks were being given away all over the place.

McCarthy would have put Latics ahead were it not for a fine save by Jan Mucha who tipped the Irish internationals half volley out of his top corner.

The corner would be Everton's downfall though as the floodgates opened with Figueroa rising in the six yard box to power his header home from Jean Beausejour's corner.

Figueroa went wild as he ran away to Latics' 2000 plus supporters, realising that he had just put them on their way to Wembley.

Everton restarted, pumped the ball long and then got caught on the counter by a former season ticket holder of theirs Callum McManaman.

A stray pass from captain Phil Neville went straight to McManaman who began a foot race with Sylvain Distin, he brushed him aside and with Mucha to beat he kept composed and looped the ball into the back of the net, a euphoric moment for the forward.

Two wasn't enough for Latics on their march and three minutes and 22 seconds after the opener Jordi Gomez made it three and sent the fans wild once again.

Everton were drawn apart in defence and as the ball came across the edge of the box from Kone, Gomez was given far too much space and first time he simply picked his spot low to Mucha's right and stroked the ball in for 3-0.

The hosts were battered and bruised and chants of 'We want four' were ringing around Goodison Park.

Things got worse for Everton as influential players Phil Neville and Leon Osman both received yellow cards as frustrations grew.

Half time 3-0 and Latics were flying.

Everton came out for the second half having taken off Phil Neville to bring on Victor Anichebe for some more fire power but it didn't have the effect it needed.

Premium quality chances were at a minimum in the second half for both sides but Latics continued to impress with the way they held Everton off.

Frustrations continued for the Toffees as Fellaini and substitute Darron Gibson both saw yellow cards for trips on Maloney and Gomez.

Latics threatened on occasion but it didn't matter to them with their dominant 3-0 lead.

The second half belonged to Antolin Alcaraz on his first start since August last year and his goalkeeper Joel Robles who were superb and ensured the clean sheet.

History made, more to come? Latics are going to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final.