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17 December 2011
• The DW Stadium, Wigan
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 18320
Jordi Gómez 88'
D. Sturridge 59'
90' + 4'
Full time at the DW Stadium, and it's finished Wigan 1-1 Chelsea. The hosts battled bravely to salvage a point ahead of a run of tough fixtures; for Chelsea, it's a bitter blow to their title hopes after that great win over Manchester City last time out.
90' + 2'
Wigan break forward and Moses plays the ball across to Di Santo, who was clattered by Bosingwa on the edge of the area but the referee waves play on. That looked a definite foul on the Italian.
Four minutes of added time to be played, and it's Wigan who look the more likely to get a winner as they push forward in numbers.
Assist Hugo Rodallega
Goal Jordi Gómez
GOAL!! 1-1!! Di Santo plays in Rodallega who pokes the ball at Cech. The Chelsea 'keeper commits a howler, spilling the ball across goal for Jordi Gomez to fire in to an empty net!
Moses tries to trick his way inside the box but Chelsea clear. Alcaraz attempts a difficult through-ball from the edge of the area but the ball runs harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
Lampard concedes possession in his own half. The ball is played out wide to Stam, but the England veteran atones for his error by clearing the cross out for a throw.
The game is getting a little scrappy now as the hosts fight for an equaliser. Chelsea, meanwhile, are making their third and final change, with goalscorer Sturridge making was for Florent Malouda.
Great chance for Wigan! A mistake by Ivanovic let Rodallega in on goal. Cech made a great challenge, and Di Santo's follow-up was deflected wide for a corner. The 'keeper looks hurt after that one.
Concern here for Chelsea as skipper John Terry lands awkwardly after jumping with substitute Di Santo and collapses to the ground, holding his knee.
Franco Di Santo
A chance for Wigan as Diame and Sammon force a corner off Ivanovic. The delivery falls at the feet of McCarthy, who hits a shot just wide of the left-hand post.
A second substitution for Chelsea as Juan Mata makes way for John Obi-Mikel. It looks like Wigan are going to counter with an offensive change, with top-scorer Franco Di Santo and Hugo Rodallega set to enter the fray.
John Obi Mikel
Another long-range effort from Wigan as Figueroa is allowed to come forward and hit a left-footed shot from the edge of the box, forcing Cech to turn behind for a corner. The resulting delivery is cleared.
Wigan attempt to stir themselves after that goal, as Jones strides forward and unleashes an effort but fails to trouble Petr Cech.
Assist Ashley Cole
Goal Daniel Sturridge
GOAL!! 0-1 CHELSEA!! A simple long ball from Ashley Cole finds Sturridge in space behind the back four. The youngster controlled the ball expertly before slotting home beyond Al-Habsi with his right foot.
Chance for Chelsea this time, as Sturridge drives along the goal-line in to the area and cuts back for Drogba, who stabs a right-footed effort high in to the side netting. A few fans thought that one had nestled in to the inside of Al-Habsi's net...
Great chance for Wigan! Bosingwa makes a has of clearing Diame's cross. The ball drops for Moses, who lifts it over the heads of Ivanovic and then Terry before smashing a volley away for a throw in when only a yard or two from goal. In fairness, the angle was against him.
Instant impact from Kalou as he wins a corner off Caldwell before glancing the resulting delivery over the bar. At the other end, Figueroa tests Cech at the near post with a low left-footed effort.
Wigan get the second half underway against a changed Chelsea side, with Salomon Kalou on at half-time for Oriol Romeu for the visitors.
45' + 1'
Half-time at the DW. Martin Atkinson brings a tight first half to a close just as Moses comes closest to scoring for Wigan from a cross. The teams depart to a chorus of boos from the home fans after their penalty appeal went unheeded.
Another half-chance for Chelsea as Bosingwa's cross is headed away to Meireles on the edge of the area, but the Portuguese man's half-volley spins away wide.
Big penalty shout for the hosts. The ball drops to Victor Moses in the area, and he rifles a shot left-footed straight at Invanovic. The Serb appeared to bring his left elbow down to block the shot, but Martin Atkinson waved away the appeals.
Chance for Chelsea as Meireles plays in a teasing cross towards the far post for Drogba, whose diving header glances wide of Al-Habsi's near post.
Great play down the left between Jones and Diame releases Moses. The former Crystal Palace man runs straight at Ivanovic who eases him aside and wins a goal kick, much to Moses' annoyance.
Good pressure from Wigan as Cech deals with a corner rather unconvincingly before Diame cuts inside and smashes a shot wide of the left-hand post.
Gary Caldwell has been in commanding form in the opening half-hour here. He clears a dangerous-looking ball in from Mata before heading clear from a floated Bosingwa cross.
A bit of respite for the visitors as they enjoy their first spell of possession for some minutes.
A nervy moment for Petr Cech as he almost gives the ball away on the edge of the area, but his defence tidy up the danger.
Boswinga gets a cross in and Romeu volleys the rebound from 22 yards, forcing a nice diving save from the Wigan keeper. Resulting corner is cleared, though.
The visitors are enjoying plenty of the ball but as yet have lacked any cutting edge in front of the home side's goal. Wigan look like they may have some joy on the counter-attack, with Moses in particular looking dangerous.
Chelsea are starting to get a grip on the game now, with Meireles and Lampard finding plenty of space to dictate possession in the middle of the park.
Spaniards Mata and Romeu try to pick their way through the Wigan defence but their intricate passing yields nothing. Terry then has a go from distance and worries Al-Habsi for a moment.
Not much action in front of goal so far, with both sides finding it difficult to keep hold of the ball on a somewhat suspect-looking pitch at the DW.
The wide areas look to be a cause for concern for both sides in these early exchanges, with the pace of Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge looking like good attacking outlets for either side.
Wigan press early on, with Jordi Gomez making a good run in to the box only to go down a little too easily for the referee's liking.
And we are underway at the DW!
And for the visitors Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cole, Bosingwa, Terry, Romeu, Lampard, Meireles, Mata, Drogba, Sturridge Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Mikel, Malouda, McEachran, Torres, Kalou
Team news is in: Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, caldwell, Stam, Figueroa, McCarthy, Moses, Gomez, Jones, Diame, Sammon Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Crusat, Watson, McArthur, Di Santo, Rodallega
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