A late penalty from Leighton Baines earned Everton a point after Wigan Athletic threatened to dent their outstanding start to the season.
Everton started the game in second place in the Premier League but only got to grips with Wigan's intensity in the second half to get the draw their pressure ultimately deserved.
Arouna Kone looked suspiciously offside as he gave Wigan an early lead but the prolific Nikica Jelavic headed Everton level within seconds.
Franco Di Santo restored Wigan's advantage before the interval - and Baines ensured the points were shared with his former club from the spot three minutes from time after Maynor Figueroa brought down Kevin Mirallas.
Everton manager David Moyes will settle for the point after being behind for so long and will have been satisfied with the battling qualities shown by his players.
But this was not the fluent Everton that have risen so high in the table and credit must go to Wigan as they fought ferociously, taking the game to the Merseysiders in the first half before they were eventually pushed so far back that they were punished in the dying minutes.
The Toffees also had a succession of penalty appeals ignored by referee Kevin Friend before finally being awarded the late spot kick from which Baines scored their second equaliser.
Everton were unchanged after their fine opening to the campaign - but they carried an air of complacency until picking up the pace as half-time approached.
"David Moyes might just have a word to say to the referee, while Wigan will be disappointed, having led twice and led for so long, that they didn't take maximum points. Everton will be upset their mini-winning run is over. There were four goals but lots more than the goals to talk about."
Wigan were determined not to let Everton settle, particularly Marouane Fellaini, and the pace of Kone was utilised as he troubled John Heitinga whenever he was able to isolate the Netherlands defender.
It was Kone who put Wigan ahead, turning in at close range after Shaun Maloney escaped from Everton defender Seamus Coleman. Everton instantly protested and replays suggested that the striker was offside when he converted the chance.
Everton were level just 72 seconds later and the source was no surprise. Steven Pienaar's wayward shot turned into an inviting cross for the predatory Jelavic to head in at the far post.
For all the expansive style Everton have shown this season, they looked horribly vulnerable at the back and Wigan regained their lead midway through the first half. Di Santo had already tested Everton keeper Tim Howard from long range and he made no mistake from 12 yards after Kone once again got away from Heitinga.
Everton did show signs of life as Ali Al Habsi saved superbly from Leon Osman's deflected shot and Mirallas fired just wide after another effort from 20 yards took a touch off a Wigan defender.
The half ended with Wigan fans demanding the dismissal of Fellaini - who had earlier swung a kick at Gary Caldwell in the area - after he floored Figueroa in an aerial challenge. Wigan players and manager Roberto Martinez protested that the Belgian had used his elbow but referee Friend showed the yellow card.
Moyes put Heitinga out of his misery by replacing him with Sylvain Distin for the start of the second half. He also made the tactical adjustment of pushing Mirallas alongside Jelavic.
And the lively young Belgium forward almost made it work twice as he shot just over then forced a fine low save from Al Habsi as Everton applied more pressure than they had previously done.
Wigan were adopting a direct style to test Everton and it needed a superb saving tackle from Phil Jagielka to stop Kone adding a second before Pienaar's shot was pushed away by Al Habsi.
- Everton have scored more headers than any other team in the Premier League this season (six)
- Leighton Baines has scored all nine penalties he has taken in the Premier League
- Wigan have conceded two goals in each of their last five Premier League games at the DW Stadium
Just as Wigan looked to have survived for a victory, Mirallas fell under a challenge from Figueroa and Baines lashed the penalty high past Al Habsi.
It was a fitting reward for the outstanding Baines, who struck the post in the first half, but Maloney's deflected shot was only inches away from snatching victory in stoppage time in a rousing finale to a frenetic encounter.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez:
"It was a very good performance. When you play against this Everton side you're really going to be tested to the full. I'm really pleased with the amount of opportunities we created, in the first half I thought we were superior.
"I haven't seen [the penalty decision] again. But it seemed from where I was that there was a slight contact. I haven't seen it well enough to comment, but it looked as though it was a penalty live.
"We managed to stop Everton being a real threat and the amount of chances we created against this Everton side showed how good we are."
Everton boss David Moyes:
"It was a hard-earned point - we worked really hard to get back in to the game. We didn't start well, but Wigan did.
"We kept at it and deserved to get a goal back. I thought we had another penalty shout with Nikica Jelavic in the second half which should have been given.
"Leighton Baines was outstanding today. At times he was unplayable he was that good."
- 26 Al Habsi
- 05 Caldwell
- 17 Boyce
- 21 Ramis
- 31 Figueroa
- 04 McCarthy Booked
- 10 Maloney Booked
- 16 McArthur
- 22 Beausejour
- 02 Kone
- 09 Di Santo (McManaman - 84' )
- 12 Pollitt
- 06 Jones
- 08 Watson
- 14 Gomez
- 15 McManaman
- 19 Boselli
- 32 Miyaichi
- 24 Howard
- 03 Baines Booked
- 05 Heitinga (Distin - 46' )
- 06 Jagielka
- 18 Neville Booked (Anichebe - 81' Booked )
- 23 Coleman
- 21 Osman
- 22 Pienaar
- 25 Fellaini Booked
- 07 Jelavic Booked
- 11 Mirallas (Naismith - 90' )
- 01 Mucha
- 15 Distin
- 34 Duffy
- 08 Oviedo
- 14 Naismith
- 19 Gueye
- 28 Anichebe
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.90:00 +3:37
Shaun Maloney concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Free kick taken by Leon Osman.90:00 +2:25
Free kick taken by Tim Howard.90:00 +2:25 Substitution
Substitution Steven Naismith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Mirallas.90:00 +2:25
Leon Osman fouled by Jean Beausejour, the ref awards a free kick.90:00 +1:45
Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.90:00 +1:45 Booking
Booking Victor Anichebe shown a yellow card.90:00 +1:33
Maynor Figueroa fouled by Victor Anichebe, the ref awards a free kick.90:00 +0:16
Callum McManaman takes a shot. Steven Pienaar gets a block in. Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.89:16
Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Blocked by Seamus Coleman. Jean Beausejour takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Nikica Jelavic makes a clearance.86:34
The assist for the goal came from Kevin Mirallas.86:34 Goal scored
Goal! - Leighton Baines - Wigan 2 - 2 Everton Leighton Baines scores a power penalty. Wigan 2-2 Everton.85:26
Penalty awarded for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on Kevin Mirallas.85:06
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Blocked by Maynor Figueroa.83:23 Substitution
Substitution Callum McManaman on for Franco Di Santo.81:20
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McCarthy on Steven Pienaar. Strike on goal comes in from Nikica Jelavic from the free kick.80:11 Substitution
Substitution Phil Neville goes off and Victor Anichebe comes on.79:38
Shaun Maloney takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.78:28
Unfair challenge on Ivan Ramis by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ivan Ramis.76:35
Effort from inside the area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the right of the goal.
Free kick taken by Ivan Ramis.74:29 Booking
Booking Phil Neville booked.74:24
Unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Phil Neville results in a free kick.71:55
Effort on goal by Arouna Kone from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.69:12
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, save made by Ali Al Habsi.67:42
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Blocked by Ivan Ramis.66:14
Kevin Mirallas concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Caldwell. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.64:26
Short corner worked by Steven Pienaar.63:41
Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.62:16
Unfair challenge on Tim Howard by Gary Caldwell results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.61:05
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jean Beausejour, comfortable save by Tim Howard.59:08 Booking
Booking Nikica Jelavic booked for unsporting behaviour.57:56
Jean Beausejour takes the direct free kick.57:56 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Leighton Baines for unsporting behaviour.57:42
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leighton Baines on James McCarthy.56:58
The ball is swung over by Jean Beausejour, Close range headed effort by Franco Di Santo misses to the right of the target.55:18
Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.55:18 Booking
Booking James McCarthy shown a yellow card.54:43
Marouane Fellaini fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick.53:11
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi. Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.51:11
Leighton Baines crosses the ball, Kevin Mirallas produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.50:39
Kevin Mirallas fouled by Ivan Ramis, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Neville takes the free kick.49:43
Effort on goal by Leon Osman from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.47:55
Phil Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Maloney. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.46:59
The ball is delivered by Steven Pienaar, save made by Ali Al Habsi.46:21
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, clearance made by Emmerson Boyce.45:35
Short corner worked by Jean Beausejour.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:01 Substitution
Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Sylvain Distin coming on for Johnny Heitinga.45:00 +2:13 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.45:00 +1:20
Handball decision goes against Marouane Fellaini. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.43:01
Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.43:01 Booking
Booking The referee shows Marouane Fellaini a yellow card.42:50
Marouane Fellaini challenges Maynor Figueroa unfairly and gives away a free kick.41:54
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jagielka on Franco Di Santo. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.41:21
Effort from inside the six-yard area by Leighton Baines bounces off the post.39:25
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines, Emmerson Boyce makes a clearance.38:49
Marouane Fellaini challenges Gary Caldwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.38:14
Leighton Baines takes a shot. Maynor Figueroa gets a block in.37:41
Steven Pienaar fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Leon Osman restarts play with the free kick.36:28
Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, Nikica Jelavic makes a clearance.34:27
James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Steven Pienaar.33:16
Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Comfortable save by Ali Al Habsi.32:38
Nikica Jelavic fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.30:56
Leon Osman takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save. Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Emmerson Boyce.29:17
Shot from just outside the box by Shaun Maloney misses to the left of the target.27:19
Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on James McCarthy. Ivan Ramis restarts play with the free kick.26:20
Shaun Maloney has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.25:54
Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the left by-line.25:38
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.24:36
The referee blows for offside against Arouna Kone. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.24:15
Leighton Baines sends in a cross, save made by Ali Al Habsi.22:15
Arouna Kone provided the assist for the goal.22:15 Goal scored
Goal! - Franco Di Santo - Wigan 2 - 1 Everton A goal is scored by Franco Di Santo from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Wigan 2-1 Everton.21:44
Arouna Kone is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.20:30
Effort from outside the penalty area by Kevin Mirallas goes wide left of the goal.19:50
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar from the left by-line to the near post, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.18:25
Steven Pienaar crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Maynor Figueroa.18:25 Booking
Booking The referee books Shaun Maloney for unsporting behaviour.18:13
Shaun Maloney challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick.17:20
Arouna Kone is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.15:15
Foul by Kevin Mirallas on Jean Beausejour, free kick awarded. Jean Beausejour takes the direct free kick.14:42
Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.14:25
Leon Osman fouled by Franco Di Santo, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.13:29
Leighton Baines takes a shot. Leighton Baines gets a block in. Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Arouna Kone, free kick awarded. Ivan Ramis takes the free kick.11:49
Jean Beausejour takes a outswinging corner.10:18
The assist for the goal came from Steven Pienaar.10:18 Goal scored
Goal! - Nikica Jelavic - Wigan 1 - 1 Everton Nikica Jelavic grabs a headed goal from close range. Wigan 1-1 Everton.9:06
The assist for the goal came from Shaun Maloney.9:06 Goal scored
Goal! - Arouna Kone - Wigan 1 - 0 Everton Arouna Kone grabs a headed goal from close in. Wigan 1-0 Everton.7:32
Foul by Ivan Ramis on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.6:30
Marouane Fellaini sends in a cross.4:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.2:24
Leon Osman fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.2:08
Handball by Leon Osman. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.0:49
Kevin Mirallas concedes a free kick for a foul on James McArthur. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Maloney.0:00
The referee gets the game started.
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