Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday March 1 2009
Wigan Athletic came to face Chelsea with a mini injury crisis but you would never have guessed by the way they set about the task and in the end were desperately unlucky not to get at least a point following Frank Lampards 91st minute winner.
With time ticking out at the end Lampard rose at the far post and looped a header over Chris Kirkland though there was a suspicion of a shove on Mario Melchiot the referee, Lee Probert, allowed the goal to stand, much to the annoyance of Latics boss Steve Bruce.
Latics started off well and had the first real chance of the game when Paul Scharner, playing in midfield for the suspended Ben Watson, found himself through on goal with only Cech to beat, N`Zogbia was to Scharners left totally unmarked but no one could dispute Scharners choice to go for goal himself, only the execution.
A tame drive was easily turned round the post by the Chelsea keeper and the chance for an early lead drifted away.
The first 20 minutes were all the Latics as they forced six corners and from one of these Bramble saw a goal bound header cleared of the line by Chelsea left back Ashley Cole, the home side looked shell shocked.
Chelsea though took the lead against the run of play when a corner from the left was cleared to John Terry on the edge of the area who hit a first time lob come shot that was heading into the hands of Latics keeper Chris Kirkland until the ball deflected off Emerson Boyce and past the stranded keeper into the net.
The goal rocked Latics for a while and Chelsea grew in confidence but the first half ended 1-0 to the home team.
The second half was very well contested by both sides and there were chances at either end, Bramble doing magnificently to turn away a Drogba shot after the striker had rounded Kirkland and at the other end Scharner placing a bullet header high wide and handsome when he had more time to control his effort.
Latics finally got the equaliser in the 82nd minute when Maynor Figueroa cut inside on the left and crossed for Olivier Kapo, who had a good game, to turn in the effort at the near post, that looked like that and with the game drifting to a draw Chelsea stole in at the death with Lampard heading in at the far post to give Chelsea all three points.
All in all a good performance by two teams who were committed to playing open attractive football
Date:Sunday March 1 2009
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