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  • Date:17 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:The DW Stadium
  • Attendance:18,320
  • Gomez (87)
  • Sturridge (58)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:31 +2.31

Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.

91:18 +1.18

Franco Di Santo challenges Mikel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Raul Meireles restarts play with the free kick.

90:47 +0.47

Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Franco Di Santo misses to the right of the target.

89:54

A cross is delivered by Ronnie Stam, Franco Di Santo has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the target.

87:16

A goal is scored by Jordi Gomez from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Wigan 1-1 Chelsea.Assist by Hugo Rodallega.

87:14

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

86:31

Unfair challenge on Mikel by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.

85:53

Effort from the edge of the area by Florent Malouda goes wide of the right-hand upright.

83:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Victor Moses. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.

83:09

Franco Di Santo has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

81:50

The ball is delivered by Ronnie Stam, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.

79:07

Hugo Rodallega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Daniel Sturridge leaves the field to be replaced by Florent Malouda. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

75:40

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jordi Gomez played to the near post, clearance made by Didier Drogba.

75:18

Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

71:50

Hugo Rodallega replaces David Jones. Franco Di Santo comes on in place of Conor Sammon.

70:54

Outswinging corner taken by David Jones, save by Petr Cech.

68:58

Corner taken left-footed by David Jones, Effort on goal by James McCarthy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

68:22

Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.

67:39

Foul by Frank Lampard on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.

65:12

(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Mikel coming on for Juan Mata.

64:05

Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Corner taken short by Mohamed Diame.

62:04

David Jones takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

58:04

Daniel Sturridge finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wigan 0-1 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Ashley Cole.

56:58

James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Juan Mata. Free kick taken by Branislav Ivanovic.

54:14

Didier Drogba produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

52:36

Maynor Figueroa concedes a free kick for a foul on Juan Mata. Direct free kick taken by Juan Mata.

50:59

Close range shot by Victor Moses goes wide of the left-hand upright.

49:00

Corner taken by Juan Mata from the left by-line, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

48:49

A cross is delivered by Jose Bosingwa, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.

48:23

Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

46:53

Corner taken by Frank Lampard played to the near post, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

46:43

Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Blocked by Mohamed Diame.

45:58

Shot from long distance by Jordi Gomez goes wide of the left-hand upright.

45:17 +0.17

Raul Meireles produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

45:01

Oriol Romeu leaves the field to be replaced by Salomon Kalou.

43:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Raul Meireles on Victor Moses. David Jones takes the free kick.

40:47

Unfair challenge on Raul Meireles by Conor Sammon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.

40:17

Victor Moses takes a shot. Blocked by Branislav Ivanovic.

39:06

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Jones.

38:03

Header from close in by Didier Drogba misses to the left of the goal.

37:54

Raul Meireles takes a shot. James McCarthy gets a block in.

33:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Conor Sammon. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

32:11

Mohamed Diame produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

31:28

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Jones, save by Petr Cech.

29:04

Jose Bosingwa produces a cross, clearance by Gary Caldwell.

28:05

Shot by Conor Sammon from 20 yards. John Terry gets a block in.

23:14

Didier Drogba produces a cross, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance.

22:23

The ball is sent over by Jose Bosingwa, David Jones makes a clearance. Oriol Romeu takes a shot from 25 yards. Ali Al Habsi makes a save. Juan Mata takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.

22:05

Short corner taken by Juan Mata.

21:18

Didier Drogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.

18:30

Antolin Alcaraz handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by John Terry.

17:32

Foul by Raul Meireles on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.

16:16

Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, James McCarthy makes a clearance.

13:37

John Terry takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.

12:35

The ball is crossed by Juan Mata, clearance made by David Jones.

9:50

The ball is delivered by Daniel Sturridge, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.

9:03

Daniel Sturridge delivers the ball, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.

6:06

Branislav Ivanovic challenges Victor Moses unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.

4:34

Corner taken short by Victor Moses.

3:18

Ronnie Stam challenges Juan Mata unfairly and gives away a free kick. Juan Mata takes the direct free kick.

2:23

Raul Meireles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez. Free kick taken by David Jones.

Match Preview

Martinez ready to attack Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is prepared to risk another 6-0 thrashing by Chelsea in search of a win. The Londoners routed Martinez's men by that scoreline on their last visit to the DW Stadium in the second game of last season. Wigan ultimately only avoided relegation from the Barclays Premier League on the final day of the campaign and they head into the home meeting with Chelsea 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. 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. "That means sometimes that will leave you exposed and you could end up on the end of a difficult scoreline but I think we need to be prepared to do that. "I think the only way you can get a positive result against the top sides is if you take risks. "You need to score goals and that is the only way you can do that. "I would rather give everything we've got and be heavily challenged and see what the outcome is. "If you look back, we had a heavy defeat with Chelsea at home and then we had a victory. "I would rather that than losing both games by minimal scorelines." Martinez is not fazed by the prospect of facing Chelsea at a time when they have started to find their form. Their manager Andre Villas-Boas had found himself under pressure after a difficult start to the campaign but the past fortnight has seen that change. Martinez said: "After the performance at West Brom - and the manner we had to get those three points where we were heavily tested in every aspect of our game - I just feel we are ready to go and compete with one of the top teams in the league and a team that probably have turned their season around. "They have had two unbelievable moments in their season, qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League and then being the first team to beat the impressive Manchester City this season. "So, we know they are going to be on top of their moment of form but we are ready to be ourselves and enjoy a good footballing day." Villas-Boas has claimed Chelsea have no plans to sign a striker despite the prospect of losing Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou in January. Villas-Boas has been linked with signing more than one forward when the transfer window reopens, including Chile prospect Eduardo Vargas, Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain and Napoli's Edinson Cavani. Anelka will join Shanghai Shenhua at the turn of the year while Drogba and Kalou could be unavailable for up to four weeks if Ivory Coast go far in the African Nations Cup. That would leave Fernando Torres, Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku as Villas-Boas' only recognised strikers and with the former still in the doldrums and the latter very much a raw teenager, Chelsea could end up short of goals during a crucial period of the season. Yet, Villas-Boas shrugged off these concerns when asked if that meant he needed to bolster his forward line next month. "I don't think so," said the Portuguese, who also pointed out that his side were not overly-reliant on a single goalscorer, unlike some of their title rivals. "Sometimes teams generate more goalscoring opportunities for certain people. "We are within Man City's range as the most attacking team. But we created for different players. That's why we have our goal sheet spread out through everybody, from (Frank) Lampard, to Sturridge, to Raul (Meireles), to (Juan) Mata. It's pretty diverse." Drogba looks certain to keep his place at Wigan, where victory would move Chelsea to within four points of leaders Manchester City, who host Arsenal on Sunday.

Formation:352Manager: Roberto Martinez

Wigan

Formation: 433Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Chelsea

  • Ali Al Habsi
  • Gary Caldwell
  • Antolin Alcaraz
  • Maynor Figueroa
  • Ronnie Stam
  • David Jones
  • Mohamed Diame
  • James McCarthy
  • Victor Moses
  • Jordi Gomez
  • Conor Sammon
  • SUBS
  • Michael Pollitt
  • Steve Gohouri
  • Albert Crusat
  • Ben Watson
  • Franco Di Santo
  • James McArthur
  • Hugo Rodallega

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Match Report

Gomez stuns Blues Jordi Gomez stunned Chelsea with an 88th-minute equaliser to earning struggling Wigan a vital point from a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium. Victory over Manchester City on Monday had put Chelsea right back in the Barclays Premier League title race but they huffed and puffed and had created little before Daniel Sturridge tucked away Ashley Cole's pass in the 59th minute. That looked to be that, but two minutes from time Petr Cech fumbled a weak effort from Hugo Rodallega and Gomez guided the ball into an empty net for his fourth goal in five games. Frank Lampard returned to the Chelsea starting line-up for the first time in three games in place of Ramires, who missed out with a bruised leg, while Wigan boss Roberto Martinez kept faith with the side that beat West Brom last weekend. Last season, Chelsea put six past their hosts at the DW Stadium but the Latics have shown encouraging form in recent weeks and they had the better of the game in the early stages. Victor Moses again stood out with his pace and trickery, and he played a part in a move that ended with Gomez tumbling in the penalty area, although contact from Cole seemed minimal and referee Martin Atkinson waved away the muted penalty claims. At the other end, Gary Caldwell did well to block a dangerous cross from Sturridge while John Terry had Ali Al Habsi diving with a well-struck shot from 30 yards that flew a yard past the post. Chelsea had settled and were pushing for the breakthrough, which they nearly achieved in the 23rd minute when a cross was only cleared as far as Oriol Romeu, who let fly with a volley that was pushed round the post by Al Habsi. Didier Drogba was a fraction away from the opener seven minutes before the break when he got his head to a lovely Raul Meireles cross but, under pressure from Ronnie Stam, he could not keep his effort on target. Wigan then felt they should have had a penalty when Branislav Ivanovic pulled his left arm across his body and into a shot from Moses, but again Atkinson was unmoved. The Latics ended the half on the offensive as Moses just failed to get a toe to David Jones' dangerous low cross. Salomon Kalou came on for Romeu at the start of the second half and took up position on the left, allowing Juan Mata to move into a central role behind Drogba. Gomez tried his luck with a volley that was always just the wrong side of the post, while Kalou made his presence felt straight away with a jinking run and shot that was blocked by Stam. The game was a bit more open now and Kalou set up Drogba for a shot into the side netting before the deadlock was broken in the 57th minute with a simple goal superbly executed by Chelsea. Cole was allowed to run into the Wigan half and pick out Sturridge with a pinpoint diagonal ball. The striker took the ball down with one touch on the right of the area before lashing it past Al Habsi for his ninth goal of the season. Wigan now had to commit more men forward and Figueroa's low shot from the edge of the box was heading into the far corner before Cech got a hand to it. Martinez made a double substitution with 19 minutes remaining, sending on strikers Rodallega and Franco Di Santo for Jones and Conor Sammon. There was a worrying moment for Chelsea when Terry landed awkwardly after a challenge on Di Santo but the skipper was able to continue after treatment. Some poor defending from Ivanovic then presented Wigan with a golden chance as his weak backpass let in Rodallega. Cech was out sharply to block but the keeper was stranded as Di Santo shot only for Ivanovic to make amends with a header off the line. Time was ticking away but Wigan did not give up and they got their reward in the 88th minute when Cech failed to hold a poke towards goal from Rodallega and Gomez turned the ball into an empty net.

Form Guide

    LLDWLW
  • Wigan
  • VS
  • Chelsea
  • LWLWWW

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 09/04/2011
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 6
  • Chelsea
  • 21/08/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 8 - 0
  • Wigan
  • 09/05/2010
  • Wigan
  • 3 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 26/09/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 1
  • Wigan
  • 28/02/2009
  • Wigan
  • 0 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 24/08/2008

Top Scorers

Wigan

  • F Di Santo 4
  • M Diame 2
  • G Caldwell 1
  • AD Crusat 1
  • B Watson 1
  • J Gomez 1
  • V Moses 1

Chelsea

  • D Sturridge 7
  • F Lampard 5
  • J Terry 4
  • JM Mata 3
  • DN Ramires 3
  • D Drogba 2
  • FJ Torres 2
  • N Anelka 1
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • RJ Meireles 1
  • S Kalou 1

Goals

Wigan

    • Total goals 43
    • Goals per game 14
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Chelsea

    • Total goals 62
    • Goals per game 33
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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