Kirkland grateful for reprieve
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan's Chris Kirkland has admitted he was lucky not to be sent off against Everton.
Wigan Athletic's Chris Kirkland has admitted he was lucky not to be sent off against Everton and says he will learn from his mistakes.
The Liverpool goalkeeper, currently on a six-month loan with The Latics, was guilty of raising his hands to Toffees midfielder Tim Cahill on the 20 minute mark.
But he went on to make a string of outstanding saves to earn his side their first away point of the campaign, and the 25-year-old knows he it could have been a very different outcome.
"I was pleased with some of my saves but more disappointed with the way I reacted to the incident," Kirkland told the Sun.
"I shouldn't have done it and I apologise for it. It isn't a place to come and wind the crowd up. It put us on the back foot for a while.
"I didn't think he was getting the ball. Any keeper is favourite in that position and I felt he went in with his elbow.
"But really I suppose I should have been sent off. If you raise your hands you know what can happen and as I was standing there, I thought I was going."
Referee Alan Wiley decided to book the shot-stopper instead, and Kirkland is keen on improving his temperament following his good fortune.
"I'll learn from it and move on. It happens before you think about it and we both apologised to the lads at half-time," he added.
"I know I was lucky not to be sent off."
Andy Johnson put Everton 1-0 up with his fifth goal of the season before Paul Scharner pulled one back for Wigan.
James Beattie then converted his penalty to make it 2-1 after Leon Osman was fouled by Gary Teale.
But Austrian Scharner struck his second of the campaign to level proceedings and earn the JJB side a point ahead of their crunch home game to Watford on Saturday.