Jordi Gomez earns Wigan a 1-1 draw against Chelsea
Jordi Gomez stunned Chelsea on Saturday, scoring an 88th-minute
equalizer to earn struggling Wigan a 1-1 draw against the Premier
League title hopefuls.
Monday’s victory over leader Manchester City on Monday had put
the Blues back in the title race but they created little against
Wigan until Daniel Sturridge tucked away Ashley Cole’s pass in the
That looked likely to settle things until goalkeeper 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.
”It is a disappointing result,” Chelsea manager Andre
Villas-Boas said. ”It was a hard-fought game with many chances on
both sides, maybe more from Wigan. They fought hard to get the
”I think Wigan had the momentum and the crowd was behind them
and they got the goal they deserved – 1-1 was a fair result.”
Chelsea scored six goals in last season’s corresponding fixture
but the Latics have shown encouraging form in recent weeks and had
the better of the game.
Wigan players felt they should have had a penalty when Branislav
Ivanovic pulled his left arm across his body and into a shot from
Victor Moses, but the referee was unmoved.
Gomez tried his luck with a volley that went just the wrong side
of the post before Cole was allowed to run into the Wigan half and
pick out Sturridge with a diagonal ball.
The striker took the ball down with one touch on the right of
the area before lashing it in.
But Wigan committed 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.
But the keeper later failed to hold a poke toward goal from
Rodallega and Gomez turned the ball into an empty net.