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Awful Decisions End Run

Awful Decisions End Run

Wigan's recent unbeaten run came to a cruel end at Chelsea on Saturday afternoon, as they were denied right at the death in controversial circumstances. The Blues stole all three points deep into added on time when Juan Mata bundled the ball home from an offside position, following up on Fernando Torres' strike. Justice seemed to have been done when sub Mohammed Diame`s great solo strike levelled things up after Chelsea's contentious opener.

Branislav Ivanovic put the home side ahead, just after the hour mark, much to the disbelief of the away team. Three Chelsea players were offside when Raul Meireles flouted a pass into the box for the Serbian international Ivanovic to score. Despite the protests lead by Captain Gary Caldwell referee Mike Jones upheld his original decision.

Roberto Martinez who is the nicest man in the game did not hold back at full time, when he spoke to the press: "The linesman had a disgusting performance in my eyes. They aren't even difficult decisions. Both goals are clearly offside. Everyone says football can be cruel but from our point of view, that's as bad as it can get."

Martinez kept faith in the same XI that had picked up back to back wins over recent weeks, and his side dictated much of the game. Despite having much of the possession chances, once again, were at a premium and the Latics had to rely on keeper Ali Al Habsi who was called upon on a number of occasions. The Oman international put in an outstanding display to keep the Chelsea front line at bay.

Victor Moses continued with his impressive recent form, and was a constant threat all afternoon. He worked effectively alongside former Chelsea man Franco Di Santo and they both ensured the home sides backline were kept on their toes throughout.

Towards the end of the game Caldwell had a great chance to be the hero once again on the road, but wasted his chance after a barnstorming run. Within seconds Mata's late strike ensured that the Latics would leave London empty handed once again, and leave Latics fans wondering how they did not pick up anything from the game.

With two more visits to the capital to come in the run, they have to improve on their recent record. Since their 1-0 victory against Tottenham in August 2010, they have lost every encounter down South since.

Results elsewhere on Saturday were very kind. Bolton and Blackburn both lost 3-0 and Wolves remain cut adrift at the bottom following their narrow defeat at Stoke. They will take a lot of pride from the game and despite the defeat, Martinez and his backroom staff, will be keen to ensure that they continue with their recent performances against Manchester United on Wednesday.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Essien (Mikel 73), Mata, Drogba, Malouda (Torres 59), Meireles, Sturridge (Kalou 82), Cahill, Bertrand
Unused Subs: Turnbull, Romeu, Bosingwa, Ferreira

Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Figueroa, Caldwell, Di Santo (Sammon 79), Maloney, Moses, McArthur (Watson 70), Boyce, Beausejour (Diame 70)
Subs: Kirkland, Crusat, Gomez, Stam

Attendance: 40,651

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Writer:Niall Joseph Owens
Date:Sunday April 8 2012
Time: 1:19PM


The more you look back on those decisions the worst they look!
08/04/2012 13:23:00
Wigan has a blatant handball inside the box that goes ignored. Iva's offside goal evens out, so quit your moaning! If it you get relegated it won't be because Chelsea deservedly beat you. It will be for your rubbish season.
08/04/2012 14:37:00
It was two offside goals, and there was a blatant handball by Cahill you Cock!
08/04/2012 14:54:00
Two offside goals? Apparently you can't count. The ball hit Cahill in the side, just under the armpit, btw. Replays show this. Shall we look for a slow-motion video of the ball smacking your player's HAND inside the box? But that's empirical data; who needs that, right?
08/04/2012 15:44:00
Ball smacking the hand, NOT hand smacking the pen, poor decisions on the goals, or have we got that wrong also and Ivanovic and Mata were on side? Take your win with a but of dignity like the majority of Chelsea fans and let us have our moan, you have no idea!
08/04/2012 16:01:00
Oh, that's the rule? Well tell that to the innumerable referees who see little or no difference at all! And don't lecture me on taking a win with dignity. If anything, listen to your own rhetoric: take the defeat with a bit of dignity, eh? I have a great deal of respect for Wigan being able to survive the past few years in the EPL. Limited budget, limited appeal as far as attracting the best players, and yet you survive. For what it's worth, I'd much rather see you stay up and the likes of QPR and Blackburn go down with Wolves. But what's right is right; I don't take well to a club and a manager dismissing Chelsea's victory on the basis of so-called injustice. We weren't good yesterday but we were still the better side. Al-Habsi kept you in that match.
08/04/2012 16:10:00
Lecture? The moans are about the officials, not Chelsea, you're not for one moment telling me if it had been the other way round that there wouldnt have been an out cry from Chelsea fans, are you?
08/04/2012 16:16:00
To quote what you just wrote: "Take your win with a but of dignity." That sounds like a lecture to me on how I should behave. You can't even stay on point within your own argument. As for your last comment, of course certain Chelsea fans would complain if the shoe were on the other foot. Still doesn't make the complaint a fair assessment of the match, now does it?
08/04/2012 16:21:00
I'd say whinning on and on is a lecture. On point? What is the point? My point is that we are entitled to a moan, two dodgy decisions that cost two goals is enough to get anyone moaning
08/04/2012 16:28:00
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