Gomez scores late as Wigan holds Chelsea

Published December 17, 2011

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Jordi Gomez scored with 2 minutes remaining 1 draw Saturday at DW Stadium in the English Premier League.

Chelsea handed Manchester City its first EPL loss Monday, and was in position to post its third straight win and fourth in its last five matches when Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring after 59 minutes.

But Wigan piled on the pressure late, and was rewarded when Gomez slotted home a loose ball inside the 6-yard area in the 88th minute for his fourth goal in his last five games.

Chelsea wasted a chance to close within two points of idle Manchester United for second place, and could slip into fourth behind Tottenham on Sunday, ahead of its showdown with Spurs on Thursday.

After a scoreless first half, Sturridge continued to show he's a better option than Spanish striker Fernando Torres with his team-leading eighth goal. Torres has just two goals this season.

With Frank Lampard on the sideline receiving treatment for a facial injury, an impressive long ball from Ashley Cole sent Sturridge into the area alone. With a nice touch with his left foot, Sturridge settled and sent a half-volley back to the far post with his right foot from a tight angle.

Lampard pumped his fist while still receiving treatment but Chelsea was unable to escape with three points, as Wigan followed with the tying goal.

Franco Di Santo was unlucky to miss the equalizer in the 76th when he lofted a shot toward an empty net following a defensive mistake, only to see Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic head the ball away from the empty net.

Wigan converted its next good chance, as Hugo Rodallega's initial attempt was spilled by Chelsea goalie Petr Cech, and Gomez reached the loose ball with a sliding shot to score into an empty net.

Chelsea momentarily picked up the pace, but Wigan actually created a pair of half-chances during 4 minutes of stoppage time as it nearly sent the Blues to London with a loss.

Stoke City 2, Wolverhampton 1

Wolverhampton, England - Peter Crouch scored in the 70th minute as Stoke City overcame an early deficit to win its fourth successive English Premier League match, 2-1 over Wolverhampton on Saturday at Molineux Stadium.

Stephen Hunt's penalty after 17 minutes put Wolverhampton in front, but an own goal by Kevin Doyle on 58 minutes tied the game, and Crouch's 99th career goal in league play extended Stoke's winning streak.

Stoke has surged to eighth in the standings, just two points behind Liverpool for seventh, and only five behind Arsenal for a top-five place. Wolverhampton, which lost for the fourth time at home, is two points above the drop zone.

City started its comeback when Robert Huth's shot off a free kick took a big deflection off Doyle and left Wolves goalie Wayne Hennessey stranded.

Crouch added the game-winner off a cross from Matthew Etherington, as he moved in front of Wolverhampton's Stephen Ward at the far post to convert his fourth of the season and hand Stoke its first win at Wolverhampton in over 40 years.

Fulham 2, Bolton 0

London, England - Clint Dempsey scored and assisted on a Bryan Ruiz goal in a 2-minute stretch of the first half, as Fulham downed Bolton at Craven Cottage on Saturday in the English Premier League, 2-0.

Dempsey scored in the 32rd off a glancing header and U.S. international turned provider in the 34th for Ruiz with brilliant through ball that the Costa Rican finished with a great chip over Bolton goalie Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Fulham won for the second time in its last three EPL matches, and has just one loss in its last five in England. Fulham moved to 11th in the table, just one point out of the top half.

Bolton lost its fifth straight, as it remained pegged at the bottom of the EPL with just nine points from 16 games.

West Bromwich 2, Blackburn 1

Blackburn, England - Peter Odemwingie's 89th-minute goal lifted West Bromwich to a 2-1 win over Blackburn on Saturday at Ewood Park in the English Premier League, piling more pressure on Rovers coach Steve Kean.

James Morrison fired West Brom in front on 53 minutes, but Scott Dann pulled a goal back in the 72nd, only to watch Odemwingie curl a shot into the corner in the final minute of normal time.

West Brom snapped a three-game winless run, as it climbed to 13th on 18 points from 16 matches. Blackburn lost for the sixth time in eight home matches as it remained cemented in the bottom three with just 10 points from 16 games.

Kean recently signed an improved contract with Blackburn, but his run could be over in a few days, should Blackburn lose at home against Bolton on Tuesday.

Newcastle 0, Swansea City 0

Newcastle, England - Newcastle's woes continued Saturday, as it settled for a 0-0 tie at St. James' Park against Swansea City in the English Premier League.

Since opening the season on an 11-game unbeaten streak, Newcastle has not won over its last five matches. The skid started with a 3-1 setback to Manchester City when both clubs were still unbeaten, then a tie against Manchester United and a loss to Chelsea followed.

Newcastle then lost 4-2 to Norwich City last week, and was held scoreless for a fifth time this season, and for the second straight game at home. Newcastle did overtake idle Liverpool for sixth place, but could slip Sunday.

The Magpies had a few chances to snap the deadlock, including Demba Ba hitting the post, but Swansea - which is winless in England - earned its third draw on the road in the Wales side's first EPL season.

Everton 1, Norwich City 1

Liverpool, England - Leon Osman scored with 9 minutes remaining in normal time as Everton managed a 1-1 tie against Norwich City on Saturday at Goodison Park in the English Premier League.

Grant Holt's seventh goal of the season put Norwich in front just before the half-hour mark, but Osman split the points when he directed Royston Drenthe's pass into the bottom right in the 81st minute.

Everton, which had lost two straight, is winless in three games, while Norwich posted its third result in its last four matches. Norwich had won two of its last three.

Everton is 14th in the table, while Norwich sits in the top half in ninth.

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