Why Victor Anichebe Was Everton's Best Player Against Wigan

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIMarch 9, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08:  Victor Anichebe of Everton in action during the Pre-season Friendly match between Everton and AEK Athens at Goodison Park on August 8, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Wigan found their way to the FA Cup semifinal at the expense of Everton after a surprising 3-0 win.

The away side had a solid game plan and nullified their opponents before ending the tie with three goals within a four-minute stretch.

It's hard to find a positive note for Everton in what was a very poor team performance, but there were some bright spots here and there.

Kevin Mirallas worked hard throughout, Steven Pienaar showed bits and pieces of creativity and John Heitinga stepped up at various moments.

Leighton Baines was his usual solid self defensively and on set pieces, but wasn't able to influence things much on the attacking end.

Surprisingly, the standout for the home side was Victor Anichebe.

While fellow forward Nikica Jelavic was a frustrated figure for much of the game, Anichebe came in and provided a solid presence up front for the Toffees.

The Nigerian forward showed some good energy after he came on at half-time.

Anichebe provided the type of presence that Marouane Fellaini usually does for the Everton attack, as the Belgian did little in this game.

He had a few moments in the box that led to half-chances and held up the ball well in various situations.

There were definitely no clear-cut chances for the home side, but Anichebe did unsettle the Wigan defense a little.

He almost bagged an assist as well, with his cross being hit wide of the goal by fellow substitute Ross Barkley.

Anichebe was involved in many of Everton's more positive attacking moments in the second half and has to be given credit.

He may not have changed the game entirely or provided an assist or goal, but Anichebe did have a positive performance considering the circumstances.