Lampard Sends Chelsea Second  (Sky Sports)

Chelsea 2 Wigan Athletic 1

Frank Lampard

Chelsea moved into second place in the Premier League due to a last-gasp goal from Frank Lampard.

John Terry gave Chelsea the lead against the run of play when he volleyed home a left-foot strike on 25 minutes and the home side began to dominate from thereon.

But Oliver Kapo levelled the match late in the second-half when he turned in a cross from Maynor Figueroa.

Frank Lampard headed over Kirkland in the dying minutes to score the winner amidst claims from the away side that Mario Melchiot was pushed by the England midfielder.

The contest began with a flurry of niggling challenges but referee Lee Probert refused to issue a yellow card until Chelsea defender Alex lunged at Paul Scharner in the ninth minute.

The fouls continued to interrupt the football and Probert found himself having quiet words with Michael Ballack and Wigan's Michael Brown after the pair clashed off the ball.

Chelsea had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank for keeping them on level terms in the 17th minute.


Melchiot's ball was helped on by Amr Zaki to put Scharner clean through with just Cech to beat.

However, the Wigan midfielder saw his low shot pushed around the post by the Czech Republic international.

Moments later Terry was booked for a foul on Zaki as Wigan continued to press for an opener.

Chelsea then survived a double scare when Ashley Cole cleared a Titus Bramble header off the line and Terry did likewise seconds later with a Charles N'Zogbia shot.

But Chelsea hit back and Chris Kirkland saved superbly to deny John Obi Mikel. The Nigerian midfielder let fly with a 25-yard shot that Kirkland did well to tip over the crossbar.

But Chelsea went ahead in the 25th minute. Emmerson Boyce partially cleared a cross by Lampard and captain Terry smashed home a volley on the edge of the penalty area to become the highest scoring defender in the club's history.

Lee Cattermole was lucky to escape with just a yellow card in the 28th minute when he left Mikel writhing on the ground with a reckless challenge.

Chelsea were now dominant for the first time in the game and Nicolas Anelka was just wide with a header from Lampard's 31st-minute corner.

Chelsea should have gone further ahead in the 35th minute but Lampard failed to finish when found superbly in the area by Salomon Kalou.

Lampard's shot was kept out by Kirkland and Michael Ballack was then deemed offside when his header from the rebound was cleared off the line by Bramble.

A shot from Didier Drogba was well-saved by Kirkland but when the ball rolled out to Terry, the Chelsea captain was too high with his shot.

In the 43rd minute Kapo brought down Drogba and Lampard tried his luck with the free-kick even though it was some 40 yards from Kirkland's goal.

However, the England midfielder managed to lift the ball over the defensive wall and get it to bounce awkwardly in front of the Wigan goalkeeper.

In the 47th minute, a long ball by Terry was handled by Bramble as Drogba looked to cash-in.

Bramble made-up for his error though minutes later when Lampard put Drogba in the clear.

The Ivorian striker's shot beat Kirkland but the retreating Bramble managed to clear the goalbound effort.


Wigan were finding it hard to keep pace with Chelsea but they occasionally managed to threaten.

In the 61st minute Cattermole sent a low drive wide of the target from 20 yards but generally, they could not rekindle the form they displayed in the early stages of the game.

A quick break in the 68th minute ended with the visitors winning a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

But substitute Hugo Rodallega's effort was charged down by Chelsea's defensive wall. In the 78th minute Wigan wasted a chance to equalise when a cross from Maynor Figueroa was headed over by Scharner.

Seconds later Zaki sent a curling effort just wide as Chelsea faded. Wigan levelled in the 82nd minute when Figueroa's cross was turned in by Kapo at the near post.

But with three minutes of injury time to be played, a long clearance was flicked on by Ballack and Lampard got ahead of Melchiot to loop a header over Kirkland for the winner.


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Chelsea  Cech, Mancienne (Quaresma 81), A. Cole, Alex, Terry, Ballack, Mikel, Lampard, Kalou (Belletti 75), Drogba, Anelka
Subs Not Used  Hilario, Ferreira Ivanovic, Malouda, Di Santo
Booked  Alex, Terry, Mancienne
Goals  Terry 25, Lampard 90

Wigan Athletic  Kirtland, Melchiot, Boyce, Bramble, Figueroa, Brown, Scharner, Cattermole (Rodallega 69), N’Zogbia, Kapo, Zaki (Sibierski 89)
Subs Not Used Kingson, Edman, Holt, Kupisz, Routledge
Booked  Cattermole, N’Zogbia
Goals  Kapo 82

Attendance 40,714

Referee L. Probert

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