Baines leveller denies lowly Latics
Former Wigan star Leighton Baines smashed in a late penalty to deny his old club a vital victory in the Barclays Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton.
The relegation-threatened Latics looked on course for three much-needed points as they clung onto a 21st-minute lead given to them by Charles N'Zogbia at the DW Stadium.
Yet after Ali Al Habsi saved one Mikel Arteta spot-kick, their luck ran out as Baines struck from 12 yards on 77 minutes following a Hugo Rodallega handball.
Wigan finished strongly but Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was outstanding in the closing minutes.
Wigan were the more adventurous side early on and fully deserved to go ahead. Their breakthrough came after James McCarthy picked out N'Zogbia in the area with a delicate chip over the defence.
The Frenchman's control initially let him down and he then stumbled as Howard challenged, but he recovered quickly and turned to curl the ball home from a tight angle.
Everton almost grabbed an immediate equaliser through Leon Osman, but Al Habsi palmed over a fierce shot.
The visitors were handed a glorious chance to equalise in the 35th minute when N'Zogbia was caught out by a short Baines free-kick and tripped Osman in the corner of the area. Despite Baines having scored the Toffees' last two penalties, Arteta took responsibility and he was denied as Al Habsi saved superbly to his left.
N'Zogbia was forced off early in the second half with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Victor Moses, who brought two good saves out of Howard within minutes of coming on.
But Wigan were punished for another error as Rodallega needlessly handled at a corner and referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot again. This time Baines ensured there was no let-off as he blasted the ball into the roof of the net.