Wigan Secures Its First Premiership Win as Chelsea Beats Stoke to Stay Top

Wigan beat Tottenham 1-0 for its first win in English soccer’s Premier League, while defending champion Chelsea maintained its perfect start to the season.

Hugo Rodallega scored the only goal as Wigan rebounded from an embarrassing opening to the campaign which saw it concede 10 goals in two defeats. Goals from Florent Malouda and Didier Drogba lifted Chelsea to its third straight win.

Manchester United defeated West Ham 3-0, Arsenal beat Blackburn 2-1, Fulham rallied to tie at promoted Blackpool 2-2, and Newcastle drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton.

Wigan took some pressure off manager Roberto Martinez by stunning Tottenham, which this week qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time. The Latics also avenged a 9-1 loss at White Hart Lane last season.

Rodallega scored in the 80th minute with a shot past goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, starting in place of injured Heurelho Gomes. Younes Kaboul had a chance to tie in stoppage time but headed wide with goalkeeper Ali Al Hasabi out of position.

Chelsea, which won its first two games 6-0, faced a sterner test from Stoke at Stamford Bridge.

The visitor’s goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen saved Frank Lampard’s penalty kick in the 10th minute after Ryan Shawcross brought down Malouda, who gave the Blues the lead in the 32nd minute. Drogba clinched the win with a penalty 14 minutes from time after Sorensen tripped up Nicolas Anelka.

Wayne Rooney, Nani and Dimitar Berbatov had the goals as as Manchester United handed West Ham its third straight loss. Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin scored as Arsenal won at Blackburn, which goal a goal from Mame Diouf.

Dickson Etuhu’s goal for Fulham in the 87th minute spoiled Blackpool’s first home game in the Premier League. Andy Carroll’s 62nd-minute goal gave promoted Newcastle the draw at Wolves, which got a score from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Aston Villa hosts Everton, Birmingham visits Bolton, Liverpool is home for West Brom and Manchester City is at Sunderland in tomorrow’s games.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net

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