Mata scored the winner against Wigan / PHOTO: www.chelseafc.com

Goals from Ivanovic and Mata allowed Chelsea to come away with a vital victory (2-1) against Roberto Martínez’ Wigan, second to last in the Premier League. Wigan came into the Stamford Bridge clash with two wins on the trot, one of which was in Anfield against Liverpool.

The Chelsea manager made seven changes to the line-up he sent out against Benfica mid week. Amongst others, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry were not named to the squad.

Controversial and exciting finish

The league showdown with Wigan started off with the home side determined to take the three points. Drogba’s shot on goal halfway through the first half was Chelsea’s first warning. Abdullah did well to save Mata’s shot after a magnificent play from the Spaniard. Víctor Moses showed himself to be Wigan’s most dangerous man on offence.

At the start of the second half, the home side came out swinging. The match was decided by the linesman, unfortunately, as he didn’t see that Ivanovic was offside when he headed the ball into the back of the net after a great cross from Meireles. Wigan’s response was immediate. If it hadn’t been for Ivanovic, who cleared the ball off the goal line, Wigan would have scored.

Mohamed Diamé, with only minutes left on the clock, brought Wigan level with a shot from just outside Chelsea’s area. However, the Champions League semifinalists were not to be outdone: Mata scooped up the rebound after a terrific shot from Torres to score the winner to the delight of the home crowd. This was Chelsea’s 16th win this season in the Premier League. The London side, two points adrift of a Champions League spot, are currently level on points with Newcastle.

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