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

59th minute.

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

result here.

”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.