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Chelsea 4 Wigan 1

Chelsea 4 Wigan 1

Chelsea got back to winning ways, at Stamford Bridge, although they left it late to wrap up the points.

Team News - With John Terry out injured, Rafa Benitez started with Azpilicueta at right-back, with Ivanovic partnering Cahill at the heart of the defence. In midfield, fresh from his exertions with Brazil in midweek, was given a place in midfield with Hazard returning from suspension to also claim a place. Up front, Torres was given the nod ahead of broken nose victim Demba Ba who was on the bench. Juan Mata was also on the bench after struggling with a virus. Petr Cech, despite fears to the contrary, started between the posts despite that broken little finger picked up last time out.

First Half - Wigan started a little brighter than Chelsea keeping possession better and had the first chance when Di Santo saw his effort, from ten yards out, kept out by the foot of Cech. The keeper then had to save well to deny Maloney as Wigan continued their bright start.

Chelsea responded with a Lampard shot that flew over before Hazard, who had started brightly, saw an effort blocked by Figueroa. Wigan wouldn`t concede ground and a cross from Beausejour just evaded Espinoza.

Torres, latching onto a Lampard free kick, saw his header go the wrong side of the post with Al Habsi stranded. Torres then beat Scharner, with a neat turn but his shot lacked any decent power.

Against the run of play, probably, Chelsea took the lead when Luiz broke forward, a deft touch from Torres found Ramires and the Brazilian curled his effort into the top corner. Torres and Cole, trying to get on the end of a Ramires ball, were denied by Caldwell and from the resulting corner Oscar`s delivery almost found Ivanovic.

Azpilcueta then provided a great cross that Torres met only to see Al Habsi turn the ball over the bar. Chelsea now had the impetus and Lampard saw a shot sail over the bar as they continued to push forward.

As half time approached, Maloney delivered a lovely cross but Azpilicueta rose to the occasion to produce a clearance to deny McCarthur.

Second Half - Neither side made any changes at half time. Pushing for that crucial goal it was to be Eden Hazard, with his 9th goal of the season who was to get it we he turned in a ball from the advancing Azpilicueta.

But those defensive frailties returned shortly afterwards, two minutes later to be precise, when Shaun Maloney beat the offside trap, evaded Cech and, from an acute angle, found the net with Cahill desperately trying to retrieve the situation.

Boosted by the goal Martinez brought on another striker in the shape of Kone. As Chelsea pushed forward Luiz had an effort that cleared the bar before a shot from Lampard skipped past the post. Wigan then had a penalty appeal waved away when Cole looked to have handled after the ball was struck at him from very close range by Stam.

With concerns about Chelsea letting yet another lead slip, Benitez introduced Juan Mata in place of Oscar on the 77th minute. Kone, freed by Caldwell, shrugged off the challenge of Azpilicueta but his shot, thankfully for Chelsea, was straight at Cech.

Chelsea put the game to bed, with a Frank Lampard goal, the 198th of his Chelsea career, with the veteran midfielder beating Al Habsi with a shot from the edge of the box after Mata stepped over Hazard`s cut back.

Chelsea netted a fourth win Marin headed home his first Chelsea goal, very late-on, from a chance that was created when Azpilicueta saw his effort parried by Al Habsi.

There could have been a fifth but Al Habsi did very well to deny Ramires and Torres. Three welcome points.

Chelsea - Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill (Benayoun-88), Ivanovic, Cole, Lampard, Luiz, Ramires, Oscar (Mata-77), Hazard (Marin-90), Torres

Unused Subs - Turnbull, Ferreira, Bertrand, Ba,

Chelsea Scorers - Ramires (23), Hazard (56), Lampard (86), Marin (90)

Chelsea Yellow Cards - Marin

Chelsea Red Cards - Nil

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Writer:Merlin
Date:Saturday February 9 2013
Time: 4:56PM

Comments

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ceasar man of the match !!!
I hate CR7
09/02/2013 17:00:00
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That's 100 goals scored by chelsea so far this season. Thought I'd throw that stat in
Chelsea ken
09/02/2013 17:02:00
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Luiz in midfield and azpi on the wing made the difference. I think Azpi had 2 assists and won duels with Di Santo and Kone. Has to play every game, or at least 1st choice RB. We were not caught on the counter in this game - our major bane and that is because we had a presence in midfield. Hazard is awesome, Oscar had a terrific game. Lampard was pinging passes like Alonso from deep, Ramires had space to run into, Torres didnt score but did play well, amazing stop denied him at the end. Ivanovic had an eventless game - as it should be. Finally a Chelsea matchday after which i could sleep soundly. Moses in place of Ramires makes us even better.
Mia Maynard
09/02/2013 17:02:00
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It was so nice watching the game.time to celebrate with 3 pnts in the bag.
blue5
09/02/2013 17:03:00
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Lampard is a rubbish player.Only 3 goals from outside the box in 7 days.Önly 98 goals from the midfield him.Sell him.
cfc250
09/02/2013 17:09:00
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Glad for Marin maybe rafa will think twice about playing a left back on the left wing, have a change of heart and play him ahead of bert on the left wing instead. well just maybe!
pego sama
09/02/2013 17:11:00
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relieved
ansh04
09/02/2013 17:13:00
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Lol @cfc250
Chelsea ken
09/02/2013 17:16:00
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Marin is the shortest player to score a header in the history of the premier league - maybe. Did Wright Phillips score a header?
Mia Maynard
09/02/2013 17:16:00
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Frank situation is becoming a serious issue.from his performance,i think the board should atleast give him one year
blue5
09/02/2013 17:19:00
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Glad for the win first of all. Need to sure up third. Wigan were in no way outplayed overall and gave us a game to the limits of their ability.Cesar, Torres, Hazard and Oscar played really well and created all the chances. Torres of course will never be acknowledged by the mob for his contributions. Luiz was very positive in midfield for me and made some key interceptions. He also allowed Ramires and the other "midfielder" to player higher up without the consequences that a better team would have ensured we felt. If you can stroll about on a pitch for 90 plus minutes doing next to nothing and get a goal then you must excellent teammates. I would like to see a lot more of Yossi, he's a player I have lots of respect for...not only because of the gesture at Juan's arrival but his good honest work rate and commitment to any team he plays for. He can pass and keep posession and we need a midfielder like that right now. More of this please Rafa and sort the midfield out when Mikel and Moses return.
had2bg
09/02/2013 17:21:00
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It was not a comfortable win, we looked vulnerable to counter attacks as always, if they had better attacking players then score could have been different. I was so hoping to see Ba play this match, Cesar still needs to keep improving as Di Santo went around him too easily & Kone nearly scored.
B2K420
09/02/2013 17:22:00
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Lamps, Cahill, Terry, Azpi, Cole, Hazard, Ba, & Moses should be rested for the City game. Rafa should play Cech Paulo-Iva-Luiz-Ryan Oscar-Mikel Yossi-Mata-Marin T9 on Thursday.
SameX
09/02/2013 17:23:00
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Lampard is going to score a hat-trick in the next 30 days.
cfc250
09/02/2013 17:23:00
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Feels really good to be back in winnin ways..oh 3points! how i missed u
Ken4CFC
09/02/2013 17:24:00
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Rami should also be rested
SameX
09/02/2013 17:27:00
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If we play Benayoun in his proper position (no. 10) then he will find Torres more times (with his first time passes) than other Chelsea players do, the issue is they think he is too old for Chelsea. We should play Marin against Brentford so that he can teach them a lesson on a proper football pitch and let Ba start in that game as Marin had a stinker at Brentford.
B2K420
09/02/2013 17:28:00
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Agree 100% with that line-up SameX.
cfc250
09/02/2013 17:29:00
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Perhaps Ake instead of Luiz or Ivan?
CalculatedKalou
09/02/2013 17:29:00
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Scousers at Anfield,United at OT,City at the Ethiad,Spurs,Swansea and Evertön at the Bridge.Looking at the fixtures and our manager,I would be surprised if we finish in the top four.
cfc250
09/02/2013 17:35:00
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