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Wigan Athletic gave high flying Everton a real scare, as David Moyes’ side needed a late penalty to earn a 2-2 draw at the DW.
The game started at a ferocious pace and goals started flowing within 10 minutes, as Arouna Kone completed a move he started, smashing home from close range after being teed up by Shaun Maloney.
But Latics celebrations lasted barely 60 seconds, as Everton caught the home side off guard. Steven Pienaar was off balance as he struck his shot, but it found the head of Nikica Jelavic who powered a downward header past Ali Al Habsi.
The goal didn’t throw Wigan off their stride though, and were by far the better side throughout the first half, deservedly in front at the break, after the returning Franco Di Santo latched onto a Kone pullback, to stun Tim Howard with a thunderous drive.
Everton clearly got a good talking to at half time and came out fired up after the break. Kevin Mirallas had two great chances in the opening 10 minutes, but smashed one over the bar and one straight at Al Habsi.
Down the other end Phil Jagielka kept his side in the game when he nipped in to steal the ball away from Kone as he was about to shoot, after Maloney had set him up.
And Latics ultimately didn’t have enough to withstand everything Everton threw at them, as Maynor Figueroa clipped the heels of Mirallas to concede a late penalty. Leighton Baines smashing home the spot kick against his former club to level the scores at 2-2.