Chelsea 1-1 Wigan
Wigan shattered Chelsea’s title aspirations by snatching an injury-time equalizer courtesy England striker Emile Heskey. The draw left Chelsea with a mountain to climb as Manchester United took a five-point lead at the top of the Premiership with just four games to go.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech made a comeback for Chelsea in the game after recovering from a freak training ground accident. However in the end his presence did not make any difference for Chelsea. Boss Avram Grant had rung in seven changes, but at the end of it all he was a clueless man.
The game began in a sedate fashion with Chelsea dominating the initial exchanges at Stamford Bridge. Salomon Kalou had a great chance on the 5th minute, but his header flew wide. Nicolas Anelka then had a chance on 11 minutes, but Kirkland foiled his attempt.
Antonio Valencia then took the first shot for Wigan on 19 minutes, but Cech was alert enough to spoil his bid. Thereafter neither side imposed itself on the game although Chelsea had more chances.
After the break Michael Essien finally broke the deadlock for Chelsea on 55 minutes when he collected a neat pass from Anelka off Joe Cole's cross and slotted it past Kirkland.
Wigan substitute Antoine Sibierski had a great chance to equalize in the 87th minute, but Cech was on hand to ward him off. Wigan did break the Blues' hearts in the 90th minute when Jason Koumas crossed into the box and Heskey easily beat Cech.
Tags: Wigan, Emile Heskey, Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, Michael Essien