Chelsea 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Game Comments

First Half

Field slick: both Meireles and Romeu slipped in quick succession (1:30).

Things quiet, too quiet (4:00).

Bosingwa fails sending in a good cross; in fact, it went straight towards the goal (7:30).

Sturridge easily gets to the biline but ensuing cross is blocked (9:00).

Cole gets to biline but ensuing cross is blocked (9:30).

Bosingwa stops Wigan from taking advantage of Ivanovich’s poor clearing (11:30).

Meireles early cross headed away (12:30).

Terry long shot but goes wide and low (13:30).

Sturridge cheeky control gets him down the sideline but couldn’t thread the needle at the biline (16:30).

Bosingwa cross knocked out where Romeu strikes it one time volley, saved by keeper (22:30).

Mata early cross knocked out (28:00).

Bosingwa cross to no one in particular (29:00).

Bosingwa very early cross to no Blue but to Wigan (32:30).

Mata cross to no one, knocked away (34:00).

Drogba outstretched header just wide of the goal (38:00).

Bosingwa crosses towards Drogba for once; Drogba shies away; ball cleared to Meireles for one time volley, but it was off target (45:00).

Second Half

Romeu off, Kalou on.

Kalou steps over once, twice, and ensuing cross is knocked out for a corner (46:30).

Wigan keeping Cech in check (48:30).

Bosingwa with early cross at Drogba, but Wigan flick it out of Drogba’s reach (49:00).

Sturridge shot doesn’t make it past Wigan’s defensive line (50:00).

Kalou gets biline but Drogba’s shot just wide (54:00).

Sturridge collects the ball out of the air and puts it farpost! Goal! 1-nil Blues! (58:00). Great pass from Cole.

Mikel on for Mata (65:30).

Sturridge got into the box with a lot of space, but he sent a pass without a purpose towards the spot to be knocked away (70:30).

Ivanovich messed up in a major way but Cech did well to keep it out, but it fell to the defensive line to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line (75:00).

Sturridge off, Malouda on (79:30).

Wigan scores (86:00). Bosingwa fails to drop back and lets Wigan in. The ball escapes Cech, and Wigan capitalize. 1-1.

Game over (94:00).

Summary

First half was very unproductive. Biline and early crossing either inaccurate or supremely locked down by Wigan. Unfortunately, the tactics didn’t change at all; the Blues did not adapt. First half goalless.

Second half was boring at first. AVB’s tactical change seemingly backfired. We lost control of the game without Romeu. Lampard was as ineffectual as ever, and it was when he stepped off the pitch for medical attention that Cole launched a brilliant pass across the pitch to Sturridge to collect and score. AVB’s tactical changes backfired yet again when his taking off Mata and Sturridge found chelsea lacking offensive genius after Wigan equalized. Wigan’s goal was a collaborative Chelsea defensive failure: Ivanovich dived in; Bosingwa didn’t drop; Cech didn’t hold onto the ball; the rest of the defense sucked over, leaving Wigan open to clean up the teash; with no Blues from midfield dropping back, Wigan were free to score. Ivanovich had a rephrehensible game overall. Bosingwa was his usual distasteful self. Sturridge looked good. Mata was silent. Drogba was seemingly absent. As a team, we simply did not rise to the occasion, and we dropped points, walking away with 1 instead of 3.

Goals:

  • Anelka: 1
  • Bosingwa: 1
  • David Luiz: 1
  • Drogba: 5
  • Ivanovich: 1
  • Kalou: 3
  • Lampard: 8
  • Malouda: 1
  • Mata: 4
  • Meireles: 2
  • Sturridge: 9
  • Ramires: 5
  • Terry: 4
  • Torres: 4
  • Goals for: 48
  • Goals against: 26
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