Belfast Telegraph

Toffees fight back to win

Substitutes Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe scored late goals to secure Everton's first home victory of the season with a 3-1 win against Wigan.

Franco di Santo's deflected shot had put the visitors ahead in the first half only for Phil Jagielka to equalise just 97 seconds later.

After the break Everton pressed for a winner and Vellios headed in with six minutes remaining before Drenthe clinched it deep into injury time.

Everton had dominated from the off but after Seamus Coleman's stooping header was turned around the post by Ali Al Habsi, Di Santo's lack of vision saw him squander Wigan's chance to take an early lead.

Marouane Fellaini's stumble on the halfway line gave the Argentinian a free run at Jagielka, but with the unmarked Victor Moses in acres of space to his right the striker blazed a hopelessly optimistic 30-yard shot well wide.

But he made amends with the opener. Di Santo was allowed to collect Ben Watson's corner, casually wander back towards the flag before turning inside Leon Osman and firing in a shot which deflected off Tony Hibbert and past Tim Howard.

The lead lasted just 97 seconds as Osman's inswinging corner was met by a powerful Tim Cahill header which crashed against the crossbar, rebounding to Jagielka four yards out who nodded home.

When Hibbert whipped over a cross from the right the 19-year-old Vellios rose highest to head into the far corner of the net.

Even then Everton could not relax with Wigan substitute Dave Jones hitting the crossbar from long range.

However, when Drenthe raced through to poke past Al Habsi in the eighth minute of injury time the points were finally secured.


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