Having twice let two-goal leads slip recently, there was no repeat this time as Chelsea made sure of the points. Here’s how we rated the players in their 4-1 victory at Stamford Bridge.
Petr Cech: 6
At fault for Wigan’s goal, making a poor decision to rush from his line towards Shaun Maloney. But Cech played a big part in Chelsea’s win by producing early saves to deny Maloney and Franco di Santo.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 8
Excellent defensively and going forward. Produced a number of good crosses from the right, including a great delivery which almost led to a goal for Fernando Torres. Was also the driving force for Chelsea’s second and fourth goals.
Branislav Ivanovic: 6
Sloppy at times, not least when allowing Maloney away from him for Wigan’s goal. Redeemed himself though with some important defensive work as Chelsea absorbed spells of second-half pressure.
Gary Cahill: 6
Not at his best and picked up a knock before going off in the second half.
Ashley Cole: 6
Another player short of his best. His passing was wayward at times.
David Luiz: 7
Played very well in midfield. Dropped deep to protect the defence and was also effective going forward. Produced a great pass in the build-up to the opening goal.
Frank Lampard: 7
Quiet in spells, but overall had a good game and took his goal really well. Was unlucky with a couple of other chances too.
Effective drifting in from the right and took his goal well.
Steady rather exciting on this occasion. Caused Wigan problems with his movement and his link-up play was tidy.
Eden Hazard: 7
A constant threat to the Latics defence with his mazy runs and range of passing. Created Chelsea’s all-important third goal.
Fernando Torres: 6
Set up the first goal and produced other moments of quality. Missed chances to score though, including a sitter when he shot tamely at Ali Al Habsi after the keeper had parried Ramires’ shot.