Saturday, 26 September 2009

Emphatic Latics check Chelsea

By Paul Rhys

Thorn in the side: Bramble set Wigan on their way to a Premier League first [GALLO/GETTY]Wigan Athletic grabbed their first win against the 'Big Four' teams of the English Premier League with a slick 3-1 win over table-topping Chelsea as Carlo Ancelotti slumped to his first defeat as manager of the London side.
The northwest side had never achieved more than a draw against Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea in four years since their promotion in 2005.
But the shock of the day in England saw Titus Bramble power them into a first-half lead with a thumping header from a well-worked corner and Hugo Rodallega scored from the penalty spot after Didier Drogba had levelled minutes after half time.
Petr Cech was sent off for bringing down Rodallega, who was through with the open goal gaping when he was tripped by the Chelsea keeper's trailing leg.
Rodallega fired the spot kick straight down the middle of substitute Hilario's goal and Paul Scharner scored an injury-time clincher to give new Wigan manager Roberto Martinez a famous win at the DW Stadium.
"We showed a great attitude and great determination to win the game and we fully deserved it," Spaniard Martinez, a talisman at Wigan after playing for them in the lower leagues in the 90s, told Sky Sports.
"The intensity and concentration was fantastic."
Torres hat-trick
In other matches Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Hull City 6-1, United bagged a 2-0 victory away at Stoke to go top and Tottenham beat Burnley 5-0 including four goals from Robbie Keane.
Portsmouth lost their seventh game in a row 1-0 to Everton to remain bottom, Bolton beat Birmingham 2-1 away and Blackburn snatched a late 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Fulham play Arsenal in the late London derby.
"I'm very happy today because it's the first time we beat a top four team," Wigan's Austrian midfielder Scharner told the BBC.
"I'm happy mainly for the supporters. We try very hard in training to employ Roberto Martinez's philosophy and each week we get better."
Ancelotti was philosophical about Chelsea's first loss since March.
"Today was not a good day for us, we didn't play well and they deserved to win," Ancelotti told Sky Sports, adding that he had no complaints with referee Phil Dowd's decision to red card Cech.
Man Utd go level on points with Chelsea at the top after Dimitar Berbatov and John O'Shea gave them a 2-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.
"It's always good to win away from home. You can never relax at Stoke but it was a good performance by us," United manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports.

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