Ali Al Habsi
Pulled off a great save to deny Romeu to show why Roberto Martinez is right to stand by him despite his gaffe-prone ways but there was nothing he could do about Sturridge’s goal.
He would be forgiven for wondering why everyone is making such a fuss of Juan Mata because he generally kept the Spaniard quiet.
I bet he wishes he could face Didier Drogba every time the Ivorian has faced one of the Premier League’s big-hitters because overall he managed to get the better of the No.11.
He would have been forgiven for worrying that he would have nightmares about Daniel Sturridge because his momentary lapse of concentration proved so costly.
He was a steadying influence in the Wigan back four and was positionally sound.
The Latics will be lucky to keep hold of the former Crystal Palace forward who would not look out of place in the Chelsea squad with a veritable box of tricks.
The way he gave his back four a defensive shield was just what Wigan needed and he was effective in possession as well.
After a worrying start when he was turned inside-out by Sturridge on a couple of occasions he improved defensively and even helped put Wigan on the front foot with some clever passing.
He lacked the spark to make sure Wigan made the most of its spells of possession, but was in the right place at the right time to take advantage of Cech's spill in the 88th minute and equalize.
He did his best to frustrate Chelsea but lacked quality in possession.
The Irish striker might work his socks off but still he hardly got a look in against Chelsea center halves.
He had some good moments but his match will be remembered for the vital mishandling of Rodallega's stabbed effort in the 88th minute which he contrived to spill into Gomez's path for the equalizer.
He should consider asking Bosingwa for a share of his paycheck because he worked overtime to make up for his colleague’s shortcomings and diverted Di Santo’s late effort wide to preserve the lead.
Those in the know at Stamford Bridge don’t seem convinced that Cole has really been at it recently but they way he picked out Sturridge for the breakthrough goal would have eased concerns.
There was a time when the Portuguese full back would have had a player like Moses in his pocket but the way he was given the run-around show just badly things are going wrong for the defender.
The skipper used all his experience to make sure that Sammon was unable to make much impact.
He teed up Drogba with a delightful cross but otherwise lacked the creative spark Chelsea needed against defensively-minded opponents.
Did nothing to suggest that he will keep this starting slot when Chelsea faces Spurs on Thursday and was off the pitch receiving treatment for a goal when Sturridge struck.
The holding midfielder would have scored with a raking low shot but for Al Habsi’s ace save but was deemed surplus to requirements at halftime.
This lackluster show suggested that the win over City had taken its toll on the mercurial Spaniard whose set-pieces left a lot to be desired.
If it is the sign of a great player that he can do virtually nothing after fading following a bright start and still be a potential match-winner then Sturridge is a great player because after an aimless evening he ruthlessly punished a lapse in the Wigan defense for the opening goal. Deft control and an excellent low finish will have analysts raving.
He went close to breaking the deadlock with a diving header but otherwise looked to be nursing a hangover from the energy-sapping Manchester City win.
- 12 M. Pollitt
- 2 S. Gohouri
- 8 B. Watson
- 16 J. McArthur
- 7 Crusat
He was sent on to be a savior but struggled to get into the game.
F. Di Santo
He boosted Wigan’s survival chances as a sub with the winner at Sunderland but this time Ivanovic denied him the chance to be a hero by diverting his goal-bound effort wide.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 19 Paulo Ferreira
- 20 J. McEachran
J. Obi Mikel
He was sent on midway through the second-half to protect Chelsea’s lead.
The Frenchman scored in both wins against Wigan last season but did not have enough time to make a significant impact on this occasion.
He was sent on at half-time to energize his side and it worked as his teammates finally raised their game.
- 9 Fernando Torres