CHARLES GRAHAM - No need to panic?

NOT the ideal start to a new season, but Wigan were playing the champions of Europe.

And bar the first seven minutes, when the Latics were caught napping by an aggressive Chelsea storming out of the blocks, they held their own against one of the title favourites.

No-one is predicting that season eight is going to be any easier for Roberto Martinez’s team than most of the previous ones in the top flight, but fans shouldn’t be too discouraged after this first result, especially as Wigan have so often before proved slower season starters but spectacular finishers.