Chelsea vs Wigan Player Ratings

Chelsea put their defeat to Newcastle last week behind as they recorded a 4-1 win over Wigan at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard scores the second goal for the Blues!
By FOX Sports Staff

The first half was a cagey affair from both sides until Ramires broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute on the counter attack after a lovely through ball from Fernando Torres. The floodgate opened in the second half when Hazard scored 10 minutes after the restart and Shaun Maloney replied with a goal two minutes later.

Wigan continued to search for an equaliser but the nervy finish to the match ended in Chelsea's favour when Frank Lampard and substitute Marko Marin struck late in the game to seal the win for Chelsea.

Chelsea

Petr Cech - 6.5
Cech rose to the occasion when he was called upon to deny both Franco Di Santo and Shaun Maloney in the opening exchanges of the match. He was largley untested otherwise and would have felt he could have done better in the one-on-one situation when Maloney broke free to score in the second half.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 8
Steady in defence and reliable in attack, Azpilicueta had an excellent game in keeping Beausejour quiet while providing an option for Chelsea on the attack. His delivery in the box always looked promising and it was helped by the fact that he was comfortable to play the ball on either foot. An improving full back, he will be one to watch in the coming matches.

Branislav Ivanovic - 7
Always relishing a physical challenge, Ivanovic's presence was vital in helping Chelsea hold Wigan at bay with crucial challenges on their strikers while his adventurous nature also aided in their attack. However, he was also responsible for letting Maloney slip behind for Wigan's goal.

Gary Cahill - 6.5
Cahill looked nervous in the game and wasn't at his best. While it was not his most reassuring performance, Cahill will be relieved to not concede more goals against an equally skittish Wigan attack.

Ashley Cole - 6
Cole had little to do defensively due to Stam's impotence and Espinoza's tendency to drift inwards. He wasn't particularly effective self going forward as well, which ended one of the quieter games for the usually-effervescent left back.

David Luiz - 8
Luiz again proved his usefulness as a defensive midfielder for the Blues. He frequently dropped deep to help the outnumbered defence and was equally useful on the attack as well when he spearheaded the counter attack which led to the opening goal with a brilliant pass to Torres.

Frank Lampard - 7.5
It seems like Lampard is still hell bent on showing that he is Chelsea's most consistent player despite is age with yet another goal. He put in an hardworking shift throughout the game and ended a quiet outing with a bang when he scored lashed home another trademark goal from outside the box.

Ramires - 7.5
Ramires was having an anonymous game until he scored the opening goal with a lung-busting run to latch onto Torres' through ball and calmly slotting the ball past Al Habsi. He faded back to the periphery of the match as the game wore on.

Oscar (Off 76') - 7.5
Taking over Mata's mantle as the main creative outlet for Chelsea, Oscar had a tense start to the game with a few misplaced passes. He grew steadier as the game wore on but did not have a major impact on the game.

Eden Hazard (Off 90') - 8.5
Hazard was easily Chelsea's best player on the pitch with his mazy jinking runs always leaving Wigan's defenders backpedalling. The Belgian always looked likely to score or create a chance when he had the ball around the box and eventually scored the crucial second goal that doubled his side's lead.

Fernando Torres - 7.5
Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Torres did well for his side by constantly running and pressuring Wigan's back three while tracking back while needed. He also set up the opening goal with a lovely weighted through ball on the first time pass with his back to the goal - a glimpse of the intelligent footballer he is.

Substitutes
Juan Mata (On 76') - 6
Came on for Oscar and made sure Chelsea didn't waste their possession.

Marko Marin (On 90') - N/A

Wigan

Ali Al Habsi - 6.5
The Oman international has failed to keep a clean sheet against Chelsea throughout his career in seven attempts and extended the unwanted record after the defeat. However, he can be proud of his performance, the highlight of which was a split-second reaction save to tip over Torre's goal-bound shot just over the crossbar at full stretch.

Maynor Figueroa - 5.5
Figueroa was overwhelmed by Chelsea's attack but did the best he could, putting hin five tackles and six interceptions - the highest tally of any player in the match.

Gary Caldwell - 5.5
Caldwell stuck to his task of deny Torres the chance to score well with a few key interceptions but could have done better in the air, where he won only 25% of his headers.

Paul Scharner - 4.5
Scharner started the match strongly but faded as the game wore on, which is evident by Hazard taking advantage of his weariness to set up a goal and grab one himself.

James McArthur - 4
McArthur had a poor game holding the defensive side of the midfield as he was slow to close down shots from outside the box and he seemed unsure of who or what area he is in charge of.

James McCarthy - 5.5
McCarthy did slightly better than his abovementioned namesake by pushing Chelsea's midfielders early and managing to win a few tackles before it developed into a threat on the Wigan goal. However, he had a poor game offesively with a few sloppy passes under no pressure.

Ronnie Stam (Off 82') - 4.5
Probably the worst player on the pitch, Stam found himself pinned back by Hazard's run most of the time and having little idea on how to win the ball off the fleet-footed Belgian. He didn't contribute much on the attack as well. Roberto Martinez would be hoping for the energetic Emmerson Boyce to return from injury soon.

Shaun Maloney - 7
Maloney proved to be Wigan's best outlet on the attack with smart runs and moves to create space to go for goal. He was handful for Ivanovic from the start and was duly rewarded with a goal when his perfectly-timed run was matched by a calm finish to tuck the ball from a difficult angle past an onrushing Cech.

Roger Espinoza (Off 58') - 6.5
The Honduran was very impressive with his driving runs and close control to drive the ball up the pitch for Wigan but lacked the creativity and fellow creative talent to play off when the ball reached Chelsea's box. He looked tired as the game progressed and was taken off for Kone in the 58th minute.

Jean Beausejour - 5.5
Beausejour had a poor game defensively with Azpilicueta running past him like a ghost running through a wall. The Chile international maintained his standard of crossing from the left but couldn't find a team mate in the box with Chelsea's defence up for the aerial battle.

Franco Di Santo - 5
Former Chelsea man Di Santo was shy and awkward in front of Chelsea's goal. His runs were ineffective and easily picked up, which resulted in him being unable to carve out a meaningful chance on goal.

Substitutes
Arouna Kone (On 58') - 6
Back in England after Ivory Coast's unsuccessful outing at the Africa Cup of Nations, Kone was equally unsuccessful at Stamford Bridge as well. He had a half-decent chance which fell to him late in the game but he contrived to send a tame shot which was easily dealt with.

David Jones (Off 82') - N/A



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