Saturday 22 September 2012, 3:00pm at DW Stadium, Wigan
Barclays Premier League
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic
1
Koné 90'+1
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Rodallega 31'; Duff 68'
Goals from Hugo Rodallega and Damien Duff saw Fulham survive a late scare to defeat Wigan Athletic 2-1 at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

90'+1 Goal

Arouna Koné

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mauro Boselli
Off:Jordi Gómez

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Callum McManaman
Off:Emmerson Boyce

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryo Miyaichi
Off:Gary Caldwell

31' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by Dimitar Berbatov

68' Goal

Damien Duff
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

45' Yellow Card

Aaron Hughes Card was given for a foul

70' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

90'+4 Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew Briggs
Off:Hugo Rodallega

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Goals from Hugo Rodallega and Damien Duff saw Fulham survive a late scare to defeat Wigan Athletic 2-1 at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Martin Jol named an unchanged team from the XI that defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at Craven Cottage last weekend.

That meant Rodallega partnered Dimitar Berbatov up top on his return to Wigan for the first time since his summer departure, as Jol welcomed forwards Mladen Petric and Bryan Ruiz to the Fulham bench following their recoveries from injury.

Wigan kicked off and had the first shot of the match after just 30 seconds when Arouna Kone’s fierce drive from distance drew a routine save from Mark Schwarzer.

Two Fulham corners in quick succession were not dealt with in the Wigan box in the seventh minute and the ball fell kindly to Berbatov whose low shot was well blocked in the end.

There was a break in play after quarter of an hour when Steve Sidwell and Ben Watson both slid in for a loose ball, taking out referee Lee Probert in the process. After receiving treatment – and jokingly showing Watson the red card – the man-in-the-middle was ready to resume his duties.

Fantastic link-up play between Duff and Berbatov four minutes later saw the Bulgarian burst into the box before picking out Rodallega with a dinked cross. Unfortunately, the former Latics hero’s header was too close to Ali Al Habsi.

Chris Baird headed goalwards from Duff’s corner not long after but the Wigan defender on the post acrobatically cleared to keep the scores level.

Wigan were failing to cope with Fulham and Berbatov again drew a save from Al Habsi, who was forced to palm his poked effort round the post for a corner. The set-piece dropped to Alexander Kacaniklic 25 yards from goal but the winger’s volleyed effort flew harmlessly over the bar to allow the home side some respite.

A rasping Berbatov drive from some 30 yards seemed to catch Al Habsi off-guard as the keeper spooned the ball over for yet another Fulham corner as the team in black and gold continued to dominate.

That said, we needed Aaron Hughes to be at his reliable best moments later to take the ball off Shaun Maloney who had burst into the box, before Emmerson Boyce's diving header flew just wide when he made a firm connection with Maynor Figueroa’s splendid deep cross.

The goal that Fulham’s play deserved came on 31 minutes when’s Berbatov’s inch-perfect cross hung in the area and Rodallega wanted it much more than any Wigan defender to power home the header. The striker’s celebrations were muted in respect to his former club, a gesture which drew emphatic applause from the home fans.

Roberto Martinez will have been pleased with his side’s reaction to the goal as the Latics began to enjoy more possession which culminated in a rasping effort from Jordi Gomez on 38 minutes which cannoned off the underside of the crossbar before the Fulham defence cleared to safety.

Kacaniklic had a golden opportunity to double our advantage a minute later when Duff’s cross fell to the Swede, unfortunately though his right-footed effort was wild and never likely to trouble Al Habsi.

The Latics were ending the half strongly, though, and Hughes was booked for a block on a Wigan man 40 yards from goal as the home side tried to commit bodies forward.

Wigan had the ball in the back of the net shortly after the restart but a combination of Gomez and James McCarthy were in an offside position as the ball was played through.

The home side were looking to start the second period as they ended the first and Watson made good contact with Boyce’s cross from the right, but couldn’t quite get enough of an angle on his header to test Schwarzer.

Great handling from the big Australian saw him claim a difficult cross from the left from Jean Beausejour. Our keeper was under a lot of pressure and the catch resulted in Captain Brede Hangeland needing treatment – luckily it was nothing the big Norwegian couldn’t run off.

Fulham hearts were in mouths on 57 minutes when Kone was put through on goal as he outpaced Hughes. but Schwarzer made a magnificent save to deny the Ivorian. Our number one made himself huge to put the striker off as he went through one-on-one.

Just before the hour mark Jol made his first change as Ruiz came on for Kacaniklic.

The irrepressible Rodallega was really haunting his old side and a bursting run saw him win a free-kick on the edge of the box on 63 minutes. Ruiz took the set-piece and it needed a fine sprawling save from Al Habsi to keep Wigan in the game.

Wigan countered from the resulting corner and Schwarzer could only parry McCarthy’s powerful effort, but fortunately for the Whites the follow-up lacked any kind of composure when it appeared easier to score.

It proved to be a monumental miss as Fulham doubled their lead on 68 with a magnificent goal. John Arne Riise’s exquisite first time pass down the left found Rodallega who cut inside to feed Ruiz. The Costa Rican had four defenders for company but still managed to squeeze the ball out to Duff who fired across the keeper with his right foot for his third goal of the season.

After earlier bringing on striker Mauro Boselli, Martinez played his final card of the afternoon when he replaced defenders Gary Caldwell and Emmerson Boyce with midfielders Ryo Miyaichi and Callum McManaman on 77 minutes.

Fulham almost wrapped things up four minutes later but Al Habsi again got down well to keep out Berbatov’s placed effort.

With two minutes remaining, Rodallega went off to a fantastic reception from both sets of supporters as he was replaced by Matthew Briggs. The Colombian had put it another great shift and thoroughly deserved his first Fulham goal.

Wigan were given a lifeline in stoppage time as Fulham failed to clear their lines and Kone turned and fired home in the box to reduce the deficit.

The home side went pushing for the equaliser and were awarded a late free-kick following a foul by Baird. Al Habsi went up for the set-piece but it came to nothing as Fulham held on for our first away win of the season.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 22 September 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 19,284

Referee: Lee Probert

Wigan Athletic

Line-up: Al-Habsi; Ramis, Caldwell (Miyaichi 77'), Figueroa; Boyce (McManaman 77'), McCarthy, Watson, Beausejour; Jordi Gómez (Boselli 62'), Koné, Maloney

Unused substitutes: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, McArthur

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic (Ruiz 59'); Rodallega (Briggs 89'), Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Karagounis, Petric

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 5 13
2 Everton 5 10
3 West Bromwich Albion 5 10
4 Fulham 5 9
5 Manchester United 4 9
6 Arsenal 4 8
7 Manchester City 4 8
8 West Ham United 5 8
9 Swansea City 5 7
10 Tottenham Hotspur 4 5
11 Newcastle United 4 5
12 Sunderland 4 4
13 Stoke City 5 4
14 Aston Villa 5 4
15 Wigan Athletic 5 4
16 Norwich City 4 3
17 Southampton 5 3
18 Liverpool 4 2
19 Queens Park Rangers 4 2
20 Reading 4 1
Goals
1
2
Total Shots
19
12
Shots On Target
5
7
Passing Accuracy
83%
74%
Fouls
7
13
Corners
9
7
Offsides
4
0
Bookings
0
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Wigan Athletic (3-4-3)
  • 26Ali Al-Habsi
  • 21Iván Ramis
  • 5Gary Caldwell
  • 31Maynor Figueroa
  • 17Emmerson Boyce
  • 4James McCarthy
  • 8Ben Watson
  • 22Jean Beausejour
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 2Arouna Koné
  • 10Shaun Maloney
Substitutes
  • 12Michael Pollitt
  • 6David Jones
  • 7Albert Crusat
  • 15Callum McManaman
  • 16James McArthur
  • 32Ryo Miyaichi
  • 19Mauro Boselli
Manager
  • Roberto Martinez
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 17Matthew Briggs
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 1, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 90'+4' Chris Baird (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+4' Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Goal! Wigan Athletic 1, Fulham 2. Arouna Koné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 90'+1' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 90' Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 89' Substitution, Fulham. Matthew Briggs replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 85' Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 83' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
  • 83' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 80' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 78' Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 78' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 77' Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces Emmerson Boyce.
  • 77' Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ryo Miyaichi replaces Gary Caldwell.
  • 76' Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).
  • 76' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 73' Attempt saved. Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross.
  • 73' Arouna Koné (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 73' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 72' Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 72' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 71' Attempt missed. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Caldwell following a set piece situation.
  • 70' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 70' Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arouna Koné.
  • 68' Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Fulham 2. Damien Duff (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 67' Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic).
  • 67' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Mauro Boselli (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left.
  • 65' Attempt saved. James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 64' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.
  • 64' Attempt saved. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 63' Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).
  • 63' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 62' Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Mauro Boselli replaces Jordi Gómez.
  • 59' Substitution, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 57' Attempt saved. Arouna Koné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.
  • 55' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 54' Delay in match Brede Hangeland (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 52' Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 52' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 52' Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emmerson Boyce with a cross.
  • 51' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 48' Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic).
  • 48' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 48' Offside, Wigan Athletic. James McCarthy tries a through ball, but Jordi Gómez is caught offside.
  • 46' Offside, Wigan Athletic. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but Jean Beausejour is caught offside.
  • Second Half begins Wigan Athletic 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 45' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 45' Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45' Foul by Aaron Hughes (Fulham).
  • 44' Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 44' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 44' Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James McCarthy.
  • 41' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 40' Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 40' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 40' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 38' Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jean Beausejour with a cross.
  • 38' Foul by James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic).
  • 38' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Attempt blocked. James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Watson.
  • 31' Goal! Wigan Athletic 0, Fulham 1. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov with a cross.
  • 31' Offside, Wigan Athletic. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but Jordi Gómez is caught offside.
  • 30' Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).
  • 30' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Arouna Koné following a fast break.
  • 28' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James McCarthy.
  • 27' Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).
  • 27' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 26' Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maynor Figueroa.
  • 26' Attempt blocked. James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Aaron Hughes (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
  • 24' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 21' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ali Al-Habsi.
  • 21' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Chris Baird (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross following a corner.
  • 20' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Iván Ramis.
  • 19' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov with a cross.
  • 16' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 14' Delay in match (Wigan Athletic).
  • 13' Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 13' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 13' Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 12' Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 12' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 6' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.
  • 6' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gary Caldwell.
  • 4' Offside, Wigan Athletic. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but Jordi Gómez is caught offside.
  • 1' Attempt saved. Arouna Koné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Maynor Figueroa.
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.