Wigan will have felt that they should have had more from this game after taking the lead through Franco Di Santo only to end up on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline and to add insult to injury Hugo Rodallega was stretchered from the field and looks set for a long spell on the sidelines.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE – Goodison Park – Saturday September 17th 2011
Jagielka 33
Vellios 84
Drenthe 90
Di Santo 31

Hugo Rodallega looks set for a lengthy lay off after the Latics frontman suffered knee ligament damage in the closing minutes of the game.

The Columbian international will have a scan to discover the extent of the injury but all signs points to mediate ligament damage which could see him out of action for up to three months.

Rodallega had started the game alongside Franco Di Santo, spearheading Wigan’s frontline and it was the young Argentinian that gave them the lead just after the half hour mark with another stunning strike albeit seemingly taking a slight deflection off Everton defender Tony Hibbert.

The travelling Wigan fans weren’t celebrating for very long however as Phil Jagielka was in the right place at the right time less than two minutes later as he headed home the rebound after Tim Cahill’s effort had come crashing off the crossbar.

The game had been sparked into life as prior to the two goals as bother keepers had hardly been troubled apart from Al Habsi in the Wigan goal who had been forced into a decent save from Seamus Coleman inside five minutes.

The young Irishman also went close in the opening moments of the second half with his attempt on goal this time a sailing narrowly past Al Habsi’s post.

Latics stood firm as their hosts piled on the pressure and as the second half wore on Martinez’s side began to stamp their authority on the game and looked most likely to grab the next goal of the game.

However it was the home side that seized the initiative through substitute Apostolos Vellios who showed just why David Moyes signed him during the January transfer window.

The 19-year-old Greek U-21 international collected the ball at the edge of the Wigan area before sending it out wide the Hibbert who in turn whipped in a pin point cross for Vellios to head past a helpless Al Habsi to send the Everton fans wild.

Wigan pushed for an equaliser and went close almost immediately only for David Jones to see his attempt take a slight deflection to send it over Tim Howard and onto the bar before being cleared to safety.

Another unsuccessful foray saw Rodallega crumpled in a heap 20 yards out and after attention from the physio and medics the Columbian was stretchered from the field to be replaced by new boy Shaun Maloney for his first league appearance in a Wigan shirt.

Latics continued to press for a leveller as the game entered six minutes of time added on but were finished off as the clock ticked down when Everton added a third through another substitute Royston Drenthe.

Wigan had pushed virtually everything forward and a long clearance up the park ultimately saw Drenthe going one on one with Al Habsi and he didn’t waste his chance to fire home his first goal for Everton since arriving on loan from Real Madrid at the end of the trasfer window.

The scoreline flattered Everton slightly and Wigan will be left wondering how they managed to lose this game and the loss of Rodallega will not have helped matters in the least.

After three straight defeats Roberto Martinez will need to be at his best to rally his troops ready for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
Attendance: 31,576
24 Tim Howard 26 Ali Al Habsi
2 Tony Hibbert 22 Patrick Van Aanholt
3 Leighton Baines 31 Maynor Figueroa
6 Phil Jagielka 24 Adrian Lopez
15 Sylvain Distin 5 Gary Caldwell
23 Seamus Coleman 4 James McCarthy
7 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov 8 Ben Watson
17 Tim Cahill 11 Victor Moses
21 Leon Osman 14 Jordi Gomez
25 Marouane Fellaini 9 Franco Di Santo
26 Jack Rodwell 20 Hugo Rodallega
1 Jan Mucha 12 Mike Pollitt
5 Johnny Heitinga 6 Hendry Thomas
10 Royston Drenthe 10 Shaun Maloney
18 Phil Neville 16 James McArthur
20 Ross Barkley 19 David Jones
11 Denis Stracqualursi 7 Albert Crusat
27 Apostolos Vellios 18 Connor Sammon
31′   GoalFranco Di Santo
33′ GoalPhil Jagielka
59′ Player OffDiniyar Bilyaletdinov
Player OnRoyston Drenthe
60′ Yellow Card Marouane Fellaini
65′ Yellow Card Gary Caldwell
67′ Player OffSeamus Coleman
Player OnApostolos Vellios
71′ Player OffJordi Gomez
Player OnDavid Jones
83′ Player OffTim Cahill
Player OnDenis Stracqualursi
84′ GoalApostolos Vellios
88′ Yellow Card Apostolos Vellios
89′ Player OffHugo Rodallega
Player OnShaun Maloney
90′ GoalRoyston Drenthe