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Chelsea climbed to the summit of the Premier League table with a 1-0 victory at Wigan.

Deco followed up his supreme performance against Portsmouth last week by scoring the decisive goal with a sublime free-kick after just four minutes.

Wigan responded well and Amr Zaki twice forced Petr Cech into action as Luiz Felipe Scolari's side struggled to find their fluency before half-time.

Chelsea continued to labour after the break but Wigan tired and could not force an equaliser.

The Latics remain without a point following their defeat to West Ham on the opening day of the season, while the Blues have two wins out of two and are yet to concede a goal.
Perfect

Wigan were forced into a late change after goalkeeper Chris Kirkland injured his back in the pre-match warm-up.

Kirkland's late withdrawal saw Mike Pollitt promoted to the starting XI, while Titus Bramble was also handed a recall in place of key defender Paul Scharner who was not in the squad.

An early mix-up between Deco and Michael Ballack gave the hosts a chance to break clear but Wilson Palacios lacked support and the danger soon passed.

It was the only chance Wigan got before former Barcelona star Deco fired Chelsea in front with an inch-perfect free-kick.

Lee Cattermole was penalised just outside the box and, with just three minutes on the clock, Deco curled the ball past a helpless Pollitt.

To their credit, the Latics hit back hard. First Palacios and then Zaki forced Cech into smart saves at his near post, while Antonio Valencia was stretched just too far as he attempted to strike a loose ball from 18 yards.

Classic

The match continued at breakneck speed - a classic Premier League match for the watching Fabio Capello - with Jose Bosingwa creating and conceding chances down Chelsea's right flank.

Blues skipper John Terry was shown a yellow card in the 14th minute for impeding Emile Heskey and Wigan continued to threaten, with a speculative Cattermole effort briefly worrying Cech in the away goal.

Newly-crowned England skipper Terry went close himself after 17 minutes, heading over from six yards from a Frank Lampard corner.

Chelsea were looking uncomfortable at the back and needed a somewhat cynical foul by Bosingwa to prevent another Wigan counter in the 22nd minute.

Zaki was next to test Cech, forcing a good save after some fine build-up play from Cattermole and an unusually advanced Emmerson Boyce.

Mario Melchiot, Wigan's skipper and a former Chelsea player, was also a threat, overlapping busily down the right and spraying an impressive array of passes.

The Dutchman was called into action in defence after 35 minutes, heading clear a dangerous-looking Nicolas Anelka cross to deny Ballack a tap-in.

Anelka was then denied a penalty after crashing to the turf with Boyce and Melchiot in attendance.

A Terry error gave Wigan one more chance to go level before the break but Heskey was unable to fashion a shooting chance from Zaki's clever through-ball.

Nervy

Wigan boss Steve Bruce used the break to restructure, replacing an off-colour Jason Koumas with winger Daniel de Ridder.

Chelsea started the second half as nervily as they finished the first - a breakdown in communication between Ricardo Carvalho and Cech almost gifting the hosts the softest of chances.

There was room for improvement in their forward play too, Anelka and Ashley Cole conspiring to lose possession on the edge of the area after an incisive Deco breakaway.

Joe Cole, putting in one of his less effective displays, was replaced before the hour mark with Salomon Kalou, now back from the Olympics, getting a first chance to impress Scolari.

Lampard attempted to rouse Chelsea, scooping a high pass down the centre channel where Anelka, also struggling to make an impact, was jostled off the ball.

Michael Essien, having spent much of the afternoon anchoring the midfield, then had the half's first attempt on goal, screwing a low shot to Pollitt's right.

At last Chelsea started to create space and Wigan had Cattermole to thank for a superb saving tackle on the six-yard line in the 69th minute.

Carvalho was cautioned for a petulant kick at Zaki after 73 minutes but, in stark contrast to Deco, De Ridder's set-piece delivery was dismal.

Indeed, it neatly summarised the difference between the sides.

The increasingly impressive Zaki then carved his way between Bosingwa and Essien, earning a corner with an exhilarating run.

He followed up 10 minutes from time with a tantalising left-wing cross which just evaded Heskey and resulted in a tame effort from De Ridder.

Substitute Olivier Kapo had Wigan's best chance late on, making Cech dive full stretch to divert a skidding shot just wide of the post.
 

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Chelseas best player Peter Cech.
Besides the free kick Chelsea wasnt really that sharp. Cashly picked up an injury and was subbed. See, this is how interesting the game were for Chelsea. Todays 3 points must feel like 6 since they were so poor.

Wigan did battle well but were not really sharp enough at the final 3rd of the pitch. One could see why Bruce is looking to sign a new striker, Mido as they say.
 

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Wigan played well and deserved at least a draw.
Deco looks to be a great signing. Chelsea are definitely the team to beat this season.
 

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Palacios was immense in the first half even though he faded slightly before he was substituted. The double tackle he made was great.

I just loved it because Bosingwa is quick and Palacios just ran him down and the tackle was literally textbook perfect. Then he did it again a second later.


It reminded me of that scene in Men in Black where K is talking to Z about J. (Whoa. Letters.)

Z: He's got a real problem with authority.

K: So do I. The guy ran down a cephlapoid, Zed. On foot.

Z: I hope you know what you're doing.
 

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Chelsea looked ordinary yesterday....... lf Wigan would of had a better goal scorer they could easily have got something from this! Imagine if Chelsea would have won 3 or 4 nil, the papers would already call them champions wouldnt they.
Im glad i didn jump on the Chelsea band waggan, we will win this league.
Its ours to lose, we are the champions:)
 

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he is good but when nani will be back and soon Rona7do haha
we wont listen deco deco lol he will fuse down hahaha

well wigan merit a draw yesterday

and if cheski play like this with us hahaha lol 3 0 they will be beaten in their stamford
 

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yeah you are right but i dont think SAF will go their to lose 3 point and leave adv to them well cheski time will be like scousers now in all cheski man utd match the only man who make ???? was drogba but now he wont play against us thus cool hope we got ronaldo by that time with andersson hargo nani

steel def like vidic evra rio etc well cheski watch out the devils are out
 

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Ritesh MU said:
yeah you are right but i dont think SAF will go their to lose 3 point and leave adv to them well cheski time will be like scousers now in all cheski man utd match the only man who make ???? was drogba but now he wont play against us thus cool hope we got ronaldo by that time with andersson hargo nani

steel def like vidic evra rio etc well cheski watch out the devils are out

ronaldo played at stamford bridge before.we still couldn't beat them..just be a bit cautious.thats all i'm saying.we can't write chelsea off,or label them the same as the pool.:)
 

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yeah agree but the mantality he will have this time that count he will like to show that the penalty miss of c1 & his loyalty to our club and also win many heart again if he score in such a match and he is always a must for us and a threat for anyone you see

that i mean but nani will rock surely
 
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