It was a goal by Mata two minutes into stoppage time that gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Wigan at Stamford Bridge today, and put the London side back into 5th place, but level on points at 56 with Newcastle.
Branislav Ivanovic – after scoring Chelsea’s first goal
And their first goal, scored by Branislav Ivanovic was clearly offside, as the TV replays showed, but although the referee discussed it with the linesman he gave the goal – another poor decision by the officials.
Why do they always get offside wrong?
That goal came after 62 minutes, but Wigan came fighting back and Mohamed Diamé hit a great equalizer after 82 minutes, for Wigan who played with some skill and courage, and he looked to have secured a point for the visitors.
But then two minutes into the four minutes added on for stoppage time, Fernando Torres hit a great cross shot on the volley, and the rebound was slotted home by Juan Mata, to give Chelsea all 3 points.
And they remain above Newcastle, but only on goal difference.
Papiss Cisse please take note of the goal difference, and keep firing in those goals, and the same message goes to Demba Ba. 😀
Tottenham were held at the Stadium of Light earlier today by Sunderland, in a rather boring stalemate 0-0, and Sunderland seemed happy to sit back for the point, so Newcastle are now only three points behind Spurs.
Liverpool continued on their woeful way, and were 1-0 down to Aston Villa to a good goal from Chris Herd after just 10 minutes, his first ever in the Premier League.
But then Luis Suarez scored the late equalizer after 82 minutes to save the Reds’ blushes – but not before he had received a yellow card for cheating – I mean diving – or should that be simulation in today’s vernacular?
And Everton drew 2-2 at Norwich City and lost two more points on Newcastle, who are now 12 points ahead of Everton in 7th place and 13 points ahead of Liverpool.
Bolton Wanderers crashed 3-0 at home to Fulham, so will be looking for points at St. James’ Park on Monday and we don’t expect this game to be an easy one, with Bolton being a much better side on the road.
But all Newcastle have to do is concentrate on each of their final 6 league games of the season, and we must beat Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, and then we have almost a couple of weeks off before we meet Stoke City at St. James’ Park.
But it’s looking like a win on Monday could virtually guarantee Newcastle 6th place in the league, and that may or may not be good enough for a Europa League position.
If Liverpool beat Everton in the FA Cup semi-final next Saturday, then we could be in, but Liverpool again looked a poor side lacking in confidence today, against a team starting to fight relegation – Aston Villa.
It’s got to be upward and onward for the Magpies, and Newcastle may have to win their last six games to get into Europe.
That may sound almost impossible, but Glenn Roeder won six of the last seven six years ago, when Newcastle last qualified for Europe, and that’s the last time Newcastle won four games on the trot in the Premier League, before yesterday’s win.
There are some similarities between now and six years ago, and let’s hope we can somehow get into Europe this time too.
Howay The Lads!!