Saturday 29 October 2005, 12:45pm at DW Stadium, Wigan
Barclays Premier League
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic
Chimbonda 90'
Fulham FC

90' Goal

Pascal Chimbonda

30' Yellow Card

Graham Kavanagh Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andreas Johansson
Off:Alan Mahon

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve McMillan
Off:Leighton Baines

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gary Teale
Off:Jimmy Bullard

42' Yellow Card

Moritz Volz Card was given for a foul

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Collins John

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ahmad Elrich
Off:Claus Jensen

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam Rosenior
Off:Carlos Bocanegra

It was another frustrating afternoon for the Whites who, having seen through ninety minutes, conceded an added time goal which took Wigan up to second in the table whilst Fulham were once again left to rue their luck.

Fulham travelled north looking for their first win in Wigan since August 1992 when they won 3-1 at the Latics’ old Springfield Park ground.

The starting line up showed just one change from the side that faced Liverpool with the fit again Tomasz Radzinski replacing Ahmad Elrich. It was the Canadian who had the first chance, his shot going just wide of the goal In the 4th minute Claus Jensen put in Malbranque but the Frenchman pulled his shot narrowly wide of FIlan’s right hand post.

Wigan almost took the lead after 14 minutes. Camara skipped inside Goma and saw his cross was headed down by Ryan Taylor, a goal looked certain but Damien Francis was unable to touch the ball into goal.

Much of the play, at this stage, was taking place in the midfield area with both sides struggling to find that vital through ball, there was a half chance when Moritz Volz found Collins John unmarked in the box but his header failed to trouble Filan. Niklas Jensen then hooked the ball high into the six yard box; it was cleared as far as Malbranque whose centre saw a shout for handball against the Wigan defence. Soon afterwards a free kick from Niklas Jensen was headed onto the roof of the net by Collins John.

The 35th minute brought a moment of controversy as Collins John sprinted onto a long punt up field from Diop; the Wigan goalkeeper sprinted outside his box, diving at the feet of John who appealed for handball.

Referee Andre Marriner waved play on. Five minutes from half time Collins John again got in behind the home defence from Claus Jensen’s cross but his downward header lacked the pace to trouble FIilan.

In the 42nd minute Fulham should have been awarded a penalty when a Volz surge into the box saw him fouled, Mr Marriner amazingly booked the German full back for simulation.

Fulham had the upper hand for much of the opening of the second period but again neither goalkeeper was seriously troubled. Wigan produced a rare break after 65 minutes when Damien Francis cross was headed over by Ryan Taylor.

Wigan now began to step up a gear and Camara burst past Goma but no one was on hand to convert his cross and Warner collected easily. A corner from Jimmy Bullard was headed over by Henri Camara as Wigan continued to pressurise.

Wigan appealed for a penalty when a McMillan centre bounced up and struck NIklas Jensen but again the referee was unimpressed. After a flurry of substitutions Wigan had the best chance so far when Camara bulldozed his way past Niklas Jensen, rounded Tony Warner but shot into the side netting.

Wigan scored a dramatic winner when a long free kick from Graham Kavanagh found Pascal Chimbonda who stooped to place a header into the corner of the net despite a brave attempt by Tony Warner to keep the ball out.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 29 October 2005
Kick-off: 12:45pm

Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 17,266

Referee: Andre Marriner

Wigan Athletic

Line-up: Filan; Chimbonda, Henchoz, De Zeeuw, Baines (McMillan 74'); Ryan Taylor, Bullard (Teale 84'), Mahon (Johansson 62'), Kavanagh, Francis; Camara

Unused substitutes: Pollitt, Jackson


Line-up: Warner; Volz, Bocanegra (Rosenior 90'), Goma, Jensen; Malbranque, Diop, Claus Jensen (Elrich 82'), Boa Morte; John (McBride 82'), Radzinski

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 10 28
2 Wigan Athletic 10 22
3 Charlton Athletic 9 19
4 Tottenham Hotspur 10 19
5 Manchester United 9 18
6 Manchester City 10 17
7 Bolton Wanderers 10 17
8 Arsenal 9 16
9 West Ham United 9 15
10 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
11 Newcastle United 10 12
12 Middlesbrough 10 12
13 Liverpool 8 10
14 Fulham 11 9
15 Aston Villa 10 9
16 West Bromwich Albion 10 8
17 Portsmouth 10 7
18 Birmingham City 10 6
19 Sunderland 10 5
20 Everton 9 4
Wigan Athletic (4-5-1)
  • 1John Filan
  • 2Pascal Chimbonda
  • 6St├ęphane Henchoz
  • Arjan De Zeeuw
  • 26Leighton Baines
  • 2Ryan Taylor
  • 21Jimmy Bullard
  • 14Alan Mahon
  • 8Graham Kavanagh
  • 7Damien Francis
  • 27Henri Camara
  • 12Michael Pollitt
  • 3Steve McMillan
  • 4Matt Jackson
  • 11Andreas Johansson
  • 20Gary Teale
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 8Claus Jensen
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 15Collins John
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 27Ahmad Elrich
  • 20Brian McBride