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Last ditch Gomez goal saves Wigan against much fancied Chelsea

The Blues were not at their best as they allowed Roberto Martinez’ relegation-threatened outfit to equalise in the final minutes.

Image: PA

A LATE, LATE goal from Jordi Gomez gave Wigan an improbable 1-1 draw against Chelsea at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

Daniel Sturridge had put the Blues in front after an hour, but a mistake by Petr Cech meant that Andre Villas Boas’ side dropped two previous points.

John Terry had the first opportunity of the match  but shot just wide of Ali Al Habsi’s goal on 14 minutes, while Wigan had a massive call for a penalty when Branislav Ivanovic clearly handled a shot by Victor Moses.

The home crowd were baying for a spot kick but referee Martin Atkinson remained unmoved.

Moses was causing Chelsea all sorts of problems but it was the London side that took the lead on 59 minutes.

Ashley Cole floated a fine ball over the Wigan backline and Sturridge did not need a second invitation, taking one brilliant touch and rifling the ball into the bottom corner.

The England striker was soon replaced by Florent Malouda – with Fernando Torres left on the bench throughout – and Chelsea were made to pay for removing their biggest goal threat when Franco di Santo crossed for Hugo Rodallega.

Cech saved at the feet of the Colombian but spilled the ball into the path of Gomez, who made no mistake.

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