Cole has plenty of time to bring the ball forward from left back and get his head up, eventually dropping a perfectly weighted ball over the top for Sturridge to run on to. Sturridge has taken up a position between centreback and fullback, and Figueroa is slow to push up in line with the rest of his back line as the ball is played. He is also square on to the play, seemingly unaware of Sturridge who has already started his run in behind.
As Sturridge shoots from a narrow angle, Al-Habsi makes a critical error; instead of trying to block the ball with his right foot, which would have been easy as the ball passes right next to it, he instead attempts to dive down and use his right hand which means he can only dive over the top of the ball and concede.
At 1-0 down in the 88th minute, still Wigan look to play their way up the field instead of reverting to low percentage long balls, and they are rewarded for it. Di Santo is released on the left, and he cuts inside Ivanovic and plays a perfectly weighted reverse throughball to Rodallega which cuts out Bosingwa.
Rodallega can only toe-poke it towards goal as Terry comes out to close him down, but that’s enough to cause confusion as Cole creates the latest Koscielny-Szezesny or Collins-Given confusion, putting Cech off and the ball runs to Gomez to tap in. In these situations the keeper has to second-guess whether or not the defender is going to get a touch on the ball, which makes it much more difficult to deal with than it looks.
Terry and Bosingwa can only Morris Dance in disbelief in the background of the image.
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