Gomez strike shocks Chelsea
Jordi Gomez stunned Chelsea with an 88th-minute equaliser to earn struggling Wigan a vital point in a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.
Victory over Manchester City on Monday had put Chelsea right back in the Barclays Premier League title race but they huffed and puffed here and had created little before Daniel Sturridge tucked away Ashley Cole's pass in the 59th minute.
That looked to be that but two minutes from time Petr Cech fumbled a weak effort from Hugo Rodallega and Gomez guided the ball into an empty net for his fourth goal in five games.
Victor Moses stood out for Wigan with his pace and trickery, and he played a part in a move that ended with Gomez tumbling in the penalty area, although contact from Cole seemed minimal and referee Martin Atkinson waved away the early penalty claims.
At the other end, Gary Caldwell blocked a dangerous cross from Sturridge while John Terry had Ali Al Habsi diving with a well-struck shot from 30 yards.
Didier Drogba was a fraction away from the opener seven minutes before the break when he got his head to a lovely Raul Meireles cross but, under pressure from Ronnie Stam, he could not keep his effort on target.
The game was a bit more open after the break, and the deadlock was broken in the 57th minute with a simple goal as Cole was allowed to run into the Wigan half and pick out Sturridge with a pinpoint diagonal ball. The striker took the ball down with one touch before lashing it past Al Habsi.
Wigan now had to commit more men forward and some poor defending presented them with a golden chance as a weak backpass let in Rodallega. Cech was out sharply to block but Branislav Ivanovic headed Franco Di Santo's follow-up off the line.
Time was ticking away but Wigan did not give up and they got their reward in the 88th minute when Cech failed to hold a poke towards goal from Rodallega and Gomez pounced.