A Chelsea player ended a two-and-a-half month goal drought but it was not Fernando Torres as Florent Malouda sealed an ugly 1-0 win over Wigan.
Malouda drove home through a crowd of players with 23 minutes remaining to ensure the stuttering Barclays Premier League champions moved back into third place, two points clear of Manchester City.
But Torres' misery continued, the Spaniard flopping again in front of goal after coming off the bench for the final half-hour against a Wigan side who remained rooted to the foot of the table.
Torres substitute role appeared to indicate he would definitely start Tuesday night's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Manchester United.
Yet Wigan seemed tailor-made for the £50million man to end his now-infamous 12-hour goal drought, with Chelsea having scored 14 times in the sides' last two meetings. The first of those saw Carlo Ancelotti clinch the Premier League title 11 months ago in a double-winning first season at Stamford Bridge.
It has all gone badly wrong since, with the Blues 11 points adrift of leaders United.