Stoppage Time Winner Keeps Chelsea Above Newcastle


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!!



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167 comments so far

  • davybtoon

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #1

    off the last page yes abeid shud play if tiote is out

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  • t00ntime

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #2

    it doesnt matter, chelsea cant keep bribing the ref’s but the double demba train doesnt stop. when ba rests cisse takes over 😉 24 in 23 games for them 2 😉

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Chelsea given a helping hand, must say though Wigan were pretty gud and we will need to be fully on our game if we are to turn them over.

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Wigan are a decent side, like Swansea. They like to pass it about and have players that can hurt you, like Swansea. They try to get the ball down and pass around you, like Swansea.

    Remind me….how did we do against Swansea? 😉

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5

    repost, as it is a really gud point. honest…

    Would play Abeid in front of Gosling and Raylor, think the lad should be given a chance, Gosling has had a few and has not done anything (lacks a few key things for me, technoque,pace etc..), and raylor lacks energy to play CM, in fact Raylor lacks energy to play anywere, should have moved him on, bit harsh but my opinion, he will stop young uns getting a deserved pop at the first team, I like what i have seen from abeid, in cup games and the reserves.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Typical Chelsea!!!

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  • niafron

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Ok, i’m off.

    Bonne soirée messieurs.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #8

    For me Wigan shift the ball forward quicker than swansea, played much better against us at St James than Swansea did, however table doesnt lie, they cant be world beaters, Martinez did say thats as gud as they hav played so maybe not judging them on their whole season, no doubt we will hammer them, as Cisse is the best ever striker ever easy. Makes Shearer look like Bentner.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    I still think we have the form to see us through to 5th position, I really honestly do!

    We can get something at the bridge, Wigan have shown that today despite the result, and the pressure will be on chelski. 4-6 points in the next 2 games and we can do it. A man city win tomorrow and we can push for that 4th place and if spuds keep dropping points whose to say we can’t finish 3rd?!

    All it takes is a continuance of our form and play without fear and who knows?!

    Also we should sign Diame in the summer and make him number 1 priority. We would then have Tiote (Makalele), Diame (Yaya Toure) and Cabaye (Scholes)! Hoilett would then make us a top 4 team no qualms about it!!!

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #10

    Cisse off to barcelona next year, 45 milllion i reckon after he plunders 35 league goals next year, dont think im getting ahead of myself………….

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Rayor is decent, wouldnt complain seeing him anywhere in the team to be honest.

    Just think about this article lads…6 games to go and the talk is about chelsea, arsenal and spurs results….just sensational seeing as we were tipped to go down.

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  • G

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #12

    So my reading of the table is this, we have 56 points, and 3rd place yids have 59 points, so all we need to do is win by about 18 goals on Monday and we are 3rd? Sounds realistic to me?

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Too bad Chelsea took the 3 points, Wigan gave em a proper battle and perhaps deserved the win due to their play and overall controll of the game.
    But that’s quality for ya, we did the same yesterday.

    On the positive side, we pulled away 2 points from Liverpool and Everton and Scum. We gained 2 points on Tottenham and are keeping up with Chelsea.

    It’s a terrific day for us lad, but a Chelsea draw would be the cherry on the cake.

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #14

    @davy
    Yup, if Tiote is out i wanna see Abeid, but we’re gonna see Raylor.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Young Striker totally outshone Jordan Rhodes (5million rated striker) today, think he’s worth a punt, scored a great goal, hit the bar with a sublime lob, was a constant physical threat, pacey and was MOM, reckon we can get him for free as well, outshines Rhodes in every facet of play, name NILE RANGER, the boy defo has something, it would be Pardiola’s finest triumph if he could turn this lads life around, will be interesting to see how it pans out.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #16

    chelsea scumbag bastards hahaha

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  • alanrichie

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #17

    OFF TOPIC
    its unfortunate but i think if we want to move forward,Demba ba will have to be an impact sub.

    Dont get me wrong he is doing a job on the left but its not his natural position, Ben Arfa on the right is almost playing as an inside forward, so he can cut in and use his left foot, i think for us to move forward we need to sign a similar player to ben arfa but for the left, i.e Hazard or Kagawa (both dream signings but gives you and idea) and have Cisse in the middle and Ba for backup/rotate.

    I think this would be an unreal team and very doable…
    =========KRUL========
    SANTON DOUGLAS COLO PIETERS
    ========TIOTE=======
    ====CABAYE====MARVIN MARTIN
    =HBA= =CISSE= =*NEW I/F=

    *Left sided right footed good player with good finishing and dribbling.

    I think that would be an unreal team with the two french aces in the middle of the park and Benny and Papiss

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  • Phil K

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Wonder if the Liverpool fans will condemn Suarez diving ?
    Most of their media mates won’t mention it, thats for damn sure.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #19

    check – i hope ranger makes hes a talent he jus needs to sort himself out

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #20

    I am sad that there are only 6 games left. What a season! I’ve been angry, sad and more often than not overjoyed! Whatever happens in the last 6 the lads, coaches and directors deserve a standing ovation after the citeh game, our last home game of the season.

    I pray that we retain in the summer and add to the quality. I hope Tiote, Ba etc… give it at least 1 more season because with this team we are going places! If we can add to this team top 4 is more than possible and dare I say that in a few years we could even challenge the top?!

    Im a proud toon fan and am glad that we have evolved in time to make a European push! Not a Europa league one, a champions league one.

    This shit just got real

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  • Ben3arfa

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Wigan have decent midfielders, too bad their defence is prone to brain explosions ..

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #22

    beattie well said this has been fantastic season n i still think it cud get better

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #23

    I watched the Chelsea game live here in Holland !

    Did,nt notice the off-side for their second goal!
    But for their first—– Ivanovic was so far off side it was clear to everyone except the Match officials! —– they must be really embarassed when they watch it back afterwards!

    And of course Chelsea are gonna keep stum eh! This is so typical of the big clubs being helped by the match officials and; leaves an extremely bad taste in your mouth!

    Not only that but the linesman insisted that he had made the right decision~! These people are supposed to be proffesionals!

    Add to this the post-match intervieuw by Martinez ! He will probably be fined by the F.A for his comments afterwards ~! But he was pefectly justified in what he said!

    Wigan played a blinder and we are going to have watch ourselves when we play them in a couple of weeks!
    It only remains to be seen what the Plonkers will say on MOTD this evening!

    @12: Newcastle 18 – Bolton Wanderers 0 !
    A simple 5-0 would do me to try and improve our Goal difference ! 18 would be nice too though!

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  • G

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #24

    @Post 23. I would do Lualua / Oba style backflips from one end of the country to the other if that was the scoreline!

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #25

    arsenal get beat tomorrow n we beat bolton we go 4th all be it a a few hours or days depending on chelsea n arsenal scores

    then in 2 weeks time its nufc v stoke, arsenal v chelsea n qpr v spurs, honestly got feeling its gonna got to last game of the season between us, chelsea, spurs n arsenal for the positions 3rd to 6th

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  • toonking

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #26

    @alan17
    there is stories going around about demba ba not being happy already due to not being given the role as main striker, wether those are true or not i don’t know,
    if you dropped him you will pose a very big risk of loosing him because after scoring 16 goals this season a striker does not expect to be dropped next season and besides teams will find it much easier to tempt him away.

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #27

    If linesmen are too bent or too incompetent to understand the simple rules of offside there are only two options:
    a) ban offside altogether
    b) bring in “after goal” camera technology if there is an obvious dispute.
    As a) will not happen, it has to be b). In rugby league they will even go as far back as possible to ensure everything leading up to the try was in order before awarding it.
    It might slow things down a little and be an inconvenience or insignificance to some but today’s Chelsea decision could actually cost us a Champions League spot at the end of the season and around £30 million that goes with it.
    Not so insignificant then is it?

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  • toonking

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #28

    with offside they should just simply bring back the old rule

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    god that was the most gutting thing, almost as bad as the 95th minute at the emirates. Would have been 2 points clear and it would have got wigan, who I like, out of the relegation spots. Seems my whole life I’ve been wound up by things like that!!!!!!!

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #30

    Dear me! That must be the biggest keeper blunder this season!?! That is a pathetic attempt for a save, get off.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #31

    Chelsea were gifted two points today!

    And yes! that could cost a CL place or even a place in the Europa league~!

    But if we keep just winning our games like we have the last four! Then barring the incompitence of the refs,linesmen and the F.A. we should be okay! At least the Scums result went our way today~!

    Both the Spuds and the Mackems were crap in that game!

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  • Hoovernose

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #32

    Shut up!
    It’s third place for us all the way!
    Sure
    The most together side in the league coming in to form.
    Only luck can help the other teams playing against us.
    Pardew clearly had the boys on a leash against the swans.
    He never had cause to press the button and let the dog go on the hare.
    We are a scary team going forward, right now, the most scary.
    This is such a class season.
    I’d just like to thank everyone at the club for getting it right.
    Thanks.

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  • Beattie25

    Apr 7, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Blooming heck

    Just seen Chelsea’s run in:

    Fulham (A) – London derby
    Arsenal (A) – London derby
    QPR (H) – London derby
    Newcastle (H) – Top 6 clash
    Liverpool (A) – tough game
    Blackburn (H) – potential 6 pointer

    Add to that a semi final against spurs in the fa cup and barca home and away in Europe and I think it’s ours to loose!

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  • toonking

    Apr 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #34

    looking at the next set of fixtures and providing arsenal loose tomorrow
    i can see the table look like this
    totty62
    arse 61
    new59
    chelshit 56 or 57

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #35

    FOR INDIANS

    NEW VS BOLTON

    MONDAY 7.25 PM

    LOVE ON STARSPORTS

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  • Dannyo

    Apr 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #36

    @Beattie
    We’ve had our feuds but u’re spot on with your #33 post.
    5th could well be ours to lose. I expect our last 3 to be tough tho, need to grab a win in all of our next 3, it’s well possible.

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  • JAMSHA

    Apr 7, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #37

    Live*

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Want Wolves to win…its embarrassing we are the only team that Terry Connor has picked up a point against…espeically being 2-0 up.

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  • toonking

    Apr 7, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #39

    robby
    that draw against wolve is looking such an annoying result and if pardew was more patient with subs who knows.
    but he has learned from mistakes like that and is still looking like our next bobby robson

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  • Phil K

    Apr 7, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #40

    I doubt Ba would be happy as backup, considering how potent he was/can be

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