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Chelsea 4 Wigan Athletic 0 

Lampard and Drogba celebrateChelsea got back to winning ways in the Premiership with a 4-0 victory over Wigan at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Frank Lampard, Arjen Robben, Didier Drogba and a Chris Kirkland own goal were enough to give Jose Mourinho's men all three points and keep them six points behind leaders Manchester United.

For Wigan it was their sixth successive Premiership defeat and the loss will have them nervously looking over their shoulders.

After a quiet start Chelsea fashioned the first opportunity of the game on 11 minutes when Arjen Robben sent Wayne Bridge clear down the left and he crossed towards Didier Drogba who flashed his left-footed shot over the crossbar.

Chelsea broke the deadlock two minutes later with Lampard scoring direct from a free-kick.

There looked very little danger on when Lampard curled his free-kick goalwards from fully 40 yards out, but the ball flew into the net past the flat-footed Kirkland.

Leighton Baines came to Wigan's rescue on 16 minutes when he produced a vital tackle to prevent Salomon Kalou getting on the end of Drogba's pass inside the box.

Chelsea continued to call the tune as Wigan struggled to mount any serious attacks and Paulo Ferreira tried his luck on the half hour with a shot from the edge of the area which flew wildly off target.

The home side went close to doubling their lead on 32 minutes when Lampard worked a clever free-kick on the edge of the box with Drogba to allow the midfielder a shot on goal, but Kirkland got down well to turn Lampard's strike round the post.

Two minutes later Robben had a half chance when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the area, but the Dutchman dragged his half volley well wide of the target.

Lampard tried his luck from another free-kick two minutes before the break, but his effort flew over the crossbar.

Wigan created an opening right on the stroke of half-time with Fitz Hall heading the ball down to Lee McCulloch who saw his shot deflected over the top.

Chelsea had the first chance of the second half with Michael Ballack curling a free-kick from the edge of the box over the top.

The lively Robben wasted a good opening on 57 minutes when he shot straight at Kirkland when well placed.

Chelsea were gifted a second goal on 63 minutes when a terrible backpass from Kristofer Haestad sent Robben clear on goal and the Dutchman coolly rounded Kirkland before tapping the ball into the empty net.

Kirkland kept Wigan in the contest on 68 minutes when he tipped Robben's curling shot round the post after the Dutchman had been teed up invitingly by Kalou.

Chelsea added a third on 70 minutes with an unfortunate own goal from Kirkland.

Robben burst into the box past Kevin Kilbane and in trying to cut out his cross Kirkland deflected the ball into his own net with his arm.

Josip Skoko had a rare chance for Wigan in the closing stages with a left-footed shot from long-range which flew well wide of the target.

Drogba completed the rout in the final minute when he headed substitute John Obi Mikel's superb cross into the top corner to seal a good day for the reigning champions. 


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Wigan Athletic





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Chelsea  Hilario, Bridge, Carvalho, Ferreira (Geremi 86), Ballack, Essien, Lampard, Makelele, Drogba, Kalou (Mikel 82), Robben (Sahar 82)
Subs Not Used  Cudicini, Wright-Phillips
Booked  Drogba
Goals  Lampard 13, Robben 63, Kirkland (og) 70, Drogba

Wigan Athletic  Kirkland, Baines, Boyce, Hall, Unsworth, Haestad (Landzaat 73), Kilbane, Skoko, Cotterill (Taylor 66), Heskey (Johansson 77), McCulloch
Subs Not Used Filan, Cywka
Booked  McCulloch, Cotterill, Haestad

Attendance  40,846

Referee   M. Atkinson

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