Saturday December 17, 2011 Day 16 Finished DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic 1 - 1 Chelsea

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  1. Cech blunder gifts Wigan unlikely draw

    Cech blunder gifts Wigan unlikely draw

    Petr Cech blundered badly as Wigan midfielder Jordi Gomez dented Chelsea's Premier League title hopes with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw. More

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    Time:90'
    • Wigan Athletic
    • Chelsea
    • 90+4' There goes the final whistle! A 1-1 draw. Cech the villain for Chelsea. Probably a fair result as Wigan grab an unlikely point.
    • 90+1' Di Santo heads wide from inside the box suddenly looking flustered at the back.
    • 89' Going to be four minutes added.
    • 88' Home fans suddenly bouncing in the stands. What a change in the mood of a match.
    • 87' Cech dropped the ball from Rodallega's tame shot and it broke kindly for Gomez. Looks like this could be heading for a draw.
    • 86' GOAL! Gomez scores his fourth goal in five games to level for Wigan. Awful goalkeeping by Cech. Wigan are level late on.
    • 85' Diame fouls Mikel, and Chelsea can waste a few more seconds at the back.
    • 84' Malouda takes up a decent position in the home box only to screw his shot wide of the target,
    • 83' Mose tries to dance into the area before an Alcaraz pass flies through a posse of players before going out of play. Goalkick to Chelsea.
    • 82' Diame thumps the ball out of the park from the back. Throw-in to Chelsea.
    • 81' Moses penalised the illegal use of an arm on Terry, and Chelsea have the free-kick that Cech will hammer long down the pitch.
    • 80' Chelsea looking to keep a clean sheet in their third consecutive Premier League match away from home, that would be the first time since September – December 2008 when they set the club record at seven.
    • 79' Meireles wins the ball from McCarthy. Wigan trying to push themselves up the park for an unlikely equaliser.
    • 78' Chelsea will be looking to see out this match as Cole bounds down a line, but he can't keep the ball in play. Goalkick to Wigan.
    • 77' Change for Chelsea as Sturridge departs to be replaced by Florent Malouda.
    • 76' Sturridge needing a spot of treatment with Cech not looking too happy after being clattered by Rodallega. Game coming to life late on.
    • 75' Ivanovic almost punished after Rodallega had nipped in on the blind side. Chelsea riding their luck there.
    • 74' Ivanovic heads over his own bar. Almost an equailser, but somehow Ivanovic nods the ball over the bar after Di Santo hammered a shot at goal with Cech out of his goal.
    • 73' Terry gets back on his feet. Looks to be ok after that initial challenge, and is playing on.
    • 72' Terry collides with Di Santo, and he is in a spot of bother. Terry looks in some pain out there.
    • 71' Jones departs to be replaced by Di Santo for Wigan with Sammon making way for Rodallega. Double change then for Martinez's men.
    • 70' Ivanovic tackles Moses and Wigan have their sixth corner of the night. Jones wallops the ball into the middle of the box, but an easy take for Cech.
    • 69' Wigan caught short at the back, but Sturridge can't make them pay. He fails to find a team-mate and the home side can break to the other end.
    • 68' Jones' corner finds McCarthy at the back post, but he drills a shot wide of the Chelsea goal in keeping with the pattern of the night.
    • 67' A brutal 50-50 challenge involving Drogba and Caldwell before Wigan win a corner.
    • 66' Bosingwa shows tremendous upper body strength to win the ball from Moses and launch it long.
    • 65' Wigan keeping the ball in their own half. Has not been classic fare, but Chelsea have the lead and don't really need to force the issue.
    • 64' Mata departs to be replaced by Obi Mikel.
    • 63' A blistering shot at goal by Figueroa. Got hold of that effort from 25 yards, but Cech dives to palm the ball wide. Fine stop by the keeper.
    • 62' Looks like Juan Mata is going to depart with John Obi Mikel stripped for action.
    • 61' Chelsea with eight attempts at goal compared to seven by Wigan. Chelsea set to make another change here.
    • 60' Jones on the rampage for Wigan, but he blasts wide of goal from 25 yards out.
    • 59' Sturridge scores his fourth goal in the last five Premier League matches, and has now netted five in his last seven away from home.
    • 58' The travelling fans suddenly in a party mood after that goal. First real shot at goal. Chelsea should be able to relax now as Lampard returns to the action.
    • 57' Lovely ball over the top by Cole for Sturridge to beat Al Habsi as Lampard celebrates on the touchline. Chelsea down to 10 men, but one goal up.
    • 56' GOAL! Sturridge scores for Chelsea. Fine finish and the visitors have the lead. Wigan pay the price for going to sleep.
    • 55' Kalou has added a bit to the Chelsea team since arriving on the park. Meanwhile, Lampard is in a spot of trouble. His mouth is bleeding.
    • 54' Kalou embarks on a nice run and cross down a flank. Plays in Drogba, but he can only prod the shot into the side of the net from inside the box.
    • 53' Chelsea's delivery so poor up to this point. Figueroa fortunate to avoid a yellow card for hauling back Mata.
    • 52' Salomon Kalou comes on as a substitute for the 59th time in the Premier League for Chelsea – only Joe Cole (61) and Eidur Gudjohnsen (60) have come on more often for the club in the division. Kalou has scored four career PL goals against Wigan, including two in their 6-0 win there last season.
    • 51' Moses does wonderfully well to beat Terry. Flicks the ball over the defender's head but can only whack the volley miles wide of the target. Another warning for Chelsea. Not as if they need any up to this point.
    • 50' Figueroa showing some nifty footwork to beat Drogba. This struggle shows no sign of ending for the visitors. Not a vintage performance.
    • 49' Caldwell doing just enough to get in ahead of Drogba. Corner to Chelsea, but another poor delivery by Mata is nodded away by Wigan.
    • 48' Kalou on for Romeu at the break for Chelsea as they seek this vital goal.
    • 47' Gomez clatters a shot into the side of the net from distance. Not really threatening to beat Cech, but a decent effort.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half.
    • 45+1' Moses almost on the end of Jones' cross, but just fails to connect. And that will be that. Chelsea are going to have to do more in the second period to win this match. Little doubt about that.
    • 44' A minute to be added to the half.
    • 43' Meireles smashes a volley wide of the goal after Drogba failed to challenge Alcaraz. All very frustrating as the locals head off for their half-time pies.
    • 42' Chelsea going to end this half as they started it. With plenty of possession, but with no sign of a goal.
    • 41' Moses taken out of the game late, and is awarded a free-kick. Home fans give the referee a bit of good-natured abuse after the Ivanovic call.
    • 40' Martinez making his feelings known to the fourth official. He is unhappy with that call. Little wonder. Has been a real struggle for Chelsea in this first period.
    • 39' Moses hammers a shot at the Chelsea goal. Certain use of the arm by Ivanovic to make the block, but the referee waves play on. That should have been a penalty.
    • 38' Ivanovic tackles Moses, and the home side have a corner to be taken by Jones. Caldwell tries to control the ball, but Chelsea clear the danger.
    • 37' Meireles dinks a lovely cross into the heart of the home area. Drogba arrives late, but nods wide of the Wigan goal. Chelsea's best move of the half.
    • 36' Mata trying to open his box of tricks, but is forced to switch the ball to Cole before Meireles' shot is charged down.
    • 35' Drogba fails to pick out Sturridge before Moses fails to outrun the powerful Ivanovic. Keenly contested in certain areas, but the first half does not seem to be going anywhere.
    • 34' Wigan have conceded at least three goals in their last two home matches. Conceding three today as well will mean their second three-match run, after April 2007. Chelsea show no signs of getting one so far.
    • 33' Diame decides to try his luck from 30 yards out, but the shot was always flying wide of the goal. Chelsea have the goalkick.
    • 32' Cech got just enough of a fist on the ball to direct Jones' corner away from Alcaraz. Wasn't the most convincing piece of goalkeeping by the big Czech.
    • 31' Ivanovic prods the ball away from Moses, and Wigan have a rare corner in this match.
    • 30' Chelsea struggling to find any momentum in their play as Sturridge fails to keep the ball in out wide. All a bit slipshod from a team of their standards. Villas-Boas applauds from the side of the park. More in encouragement.
    • 29' Not sure if home boss Roberto Martinez will be too worried the longer this match remains at 0-0. A draw for Wigan today would be like money in the bank. Long way to go right enough.
    • 28' Mata with a ball into the Wigan area. Can only find Caldwell, and so the pattern continues. Can Chelsea find some inspiration to break the deadlock?
    • 27' Fernando Torres warming the bench. Meanwhile, Wigan look to break as Stam collects out wide. Sammon tries a shot, but Ivanovic is ideally placed to make the tackle.
    • 26' Decent run by Stam before McCarthy makes a fine sliding tackle on Sturridge. Wigan yet to manage a shot of any sort on the visiting goal.
    • 25' Figueroa is on hand to clear the ball ahead of Drogba. Wigan certainly well organised as Sammon holds the ball up well.
    • 24' Chelsea go back and forwards with the ball. All very neat and tidy, but is lacking any sort of penetration. Chelsea fans must be getting a bit frustrated. Like a game of cat and mouse.
    • 23' Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish and his assistant Steve Clarke watching this match from the stands at the DW. Match continues with Chelsea on the ball.
    • 22' Gomez slides in on Bosingwa as Chelsea earn another corner. Ball breaks to Romeu seconds later, but his long ranger is tipped wide by the diving Al Habsi. At last, we have a shot on goal.
    • 21' A belated flag is raised to notify Mata that he has strayed offside. Free-kick to Wigan.
    • 20' In the last three Premier League meetings between these two teams matches, three goals were scored in the first half and 12 in the second (all by Chelsea).
    • 19' Andre Villas-Boas wanting a word with Sturridge. Chelsea yet to find the key to unlocking this Wigan rearguard, but the chances must surely come.
    • 18' Mata and Lampard fail to combine going forward, and Wigan get the chance to break up another visiting attack.
    • 17' A crowd of around 20,000 watching this one with 3,000 following Chelsea. Not much goalmouth action so far. Not that Wigan will be complaining.
    • 16' Chelsea dining out on over 60% of possession with Wigan tracking runners. Meireles fouls Gomez, and the home side have a free-kick.
    • 15' Jones knocks the ball behind for a corner with Sturridge on the run. Poor corner by Mata is headed clear by McCarthy.
    • 14' McCarthy picks up the loose ball from Ashley Cole. Gomez then collects as Wigan attempt to move forward, but Diame's pass finds Bosingwa as Chelsea mop up.
    • 13' Terry tries to join the party, but sees a thumping shot whizz inches wide from distance. Worth a bash from the Chelsea skipper.
    • 12' Diame picks up the loose cross from Meireles. Chelsea's final ball letting them down. Wigan chasing shadows. An obvious gulf in class.
    • 11' Diame hoists a hopeful ball up the park. Ivanovic makes a mess of a clearance, but no harm done as Chelsea win possession back seconds later, and on we go with more of the same. Pass, pass and pass with Wigan sitting deep.
    • 10' Caldwell back again to head out the cross from Cole. Chelsea attacking from both sides at the moment, and Wigan are toiling to get out of their own half.
    • 9' Chelsea all very deliberate at the moment. Content to take their time. Sturridge injects a piece of pace in speeding into the area only for Caldwell to clear his cross.
    • 8' Bosingwa tries to bend a cross around Gomez out wide, but succeeds only in sticking the ball into the palms of Al Habsi in the home goal.
    • 7' Wigan’s first ever Premier League match came at home against Chelsea. They lost 1-0 to Jose Mourinho’s champions with a 90th minute Hernan Crespo goal in August, 2005.
    • 6' Ivanovic penalised for a high boot in a challenge with Gomez. Bright enough start to the evening by Wigan. Can they keep it up..
    • 5' Cole furious with Gomez after the Wigan midfielder took a tumble in the box. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee doesn't want to know.
    • 4' Mata back to pick up deep in his own own half. Chelsea trying to get on the ball before Caldwell sticks a boot in. Wigan set to play on the break at home judging by the early moments of this match.
    • 3' Wigan enjoying an early spell of possession on the ball. Cech comes to the edge of his box to win the ball before clearing. The big Czech keeper certainly alert.
    • 2' Ivanovic nudges the ball back to Cech, who knocks it long down the park. How much confidence has that win over Man City given Chelsea? That is the question the fans are asking today.
    • 1' Not exactly a full house in for this one. But never seems to be in Wigan these days. Wigan doing their huddle. Chelsea ready and waiting, and the visitors get us off and running.
    • 17.25 Teams out on the park. Glorious night for football with Chelsea looking to close to only four points behind Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. Huge night for Wigan too. A win here would carry the home side out of the drop zone.
    • 17:20 Today's referee is Martin Atkinson.
    • 17:15 Frank Lampard returns to the Chelsea team after his late penalty earned a 2-1 win against Manchester City on Monday night. He replaces replaces Ramires in their only change.
    • 17:10 Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz has been passed fit. The Paraguay international, making his return from suspension, suffered a rib injury in last week's defeat of West Brom and that allows Martinez to name an unchanged team.
    • 17:05 TEAMS: Wigan: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam, Jones, Diame, McCarthy, Moses, Gomez, Sammon. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Crusat, Watson, Di Santo, McArthur, Rodallega. /// Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Romeu, Lampard, Meireles, Sturridge, Drogba, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Ferreira, McEachran, Kalou.
    • 17:00 Martinez is determined to approach the festive programme positively, though, and said: "I just feel these games are great opportunities for us to try to get something where nobody expects us to. I don't like to go into a game thinking about it being damage limitation or just trying to get through unnoticed. It is a unique opportunity to go and try to express yourself and test yourself to the maximum."
    • 16:55 Wigan ultimately only avoided relegation from the Barclays Premier League on the final day of the campaign and they head into this game again in deep trouble. The Latics lifted themselves off the bottom of the table with victory at West Brom last week, but their Christmas schedule is tough with Liverpool and Manchester United coming next.
    • 16:50 The Londoners routed Roberto Martinez's men 6-0 on their last visit to the DW Stadium in the second game of last season.
    • 16:45 Welcome to our coverage as third-placed Chelsea travel to struggling Wigan Athletic in the Premier League.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL! Gomez scores his fourth goal in five games to level for Wigan. Awful goalkeeping by Cech. Wigan are level late on.
    • 74' Ivanovic heads over his own bar. Almost an equailser, but somehow Ivanovic nods the ball over the bar after Di Santo hammered a shot at goal with Cech out of his goal.
    • 63' A blistering shot at goal by Figueroa. Got hold of that effort from 25 yards, but Cech dives to palm the ball wide. Fine stop by the keeper.
    • 56' GOAL! Sturridge scores for Chelsea. Fine finish and the visitors have the lead. Wigan pay the price for going to sleep.
    • 54' Kalou embarks on a nice run and cross down a flank. Plays in Drogba, but he can only prod the shot into the side of the net from inside the box.
    • 47' Gomez clatters a shot into the side of the net from distance. Not really threatening to beat Cech, but a decent effort.
    • 39' Moses hammers a shot at the Chelsea goal. Certain use of the arm by Ivanovic to make the block, but the referee waves play on. That should have been a penalty.
    • 37' Meireles dinks a lovely cross into the heart of the home area. Drogba arrives late, but nods wide of the Wigan goal. Chelsea's best move of the half.
    • 22' Gomez slides in on Bosingwa as Chelsea earn another corner. Ball breaks to Romeu seconds later, but his long ranger is tipped wide by the diving Al Habsi. At last, we have a shot on goal.
    • 17:05 TEAMS: Wigan: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Stam, Jones, Diame, McCarthy, Moses, Gomez, Sammon. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Crusat, Watson, Di Santo, McArthur, Rodallega. /// Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Romeu, Lampard, Meireles, Sturridge, Drogba, Mata. Subs: Turnbull, Torres, Mikel, Malouda, Ferreira, McEachran, Kalou.

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