Saturday 12 January 2013, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Karagounis 22'
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic
1
Di Santo 71'
Franco Di Santo’s second-half equaliser saw Fulham held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by struggling Wigan Athletic at the Cottage.

22' Goal

Giorgos Karagounis
Assist by Sascha Riether

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Mladen Petric

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Baird
Off:Damien Duff

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

71' Goal

Franco Di Santo
Assist by Shaun Maloney

35' Yellow Card

James McArthur Card was given for a foul

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordi Gómez
Off:David Jones

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Ronnie Stam
Off:Iván Ramis

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Franco Di Santo’s second-half equaliser saw Fulham held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by struggling Wigan Athletic at the Cottage on Saturday.

Di Santo struck on 71 minutes to cancel out a fine first-half strike by Giorgos Karagounis. The Greek had thundered home a shot on 22 minutes to score his second goal in as many games and put the Whites in front.

But Wigan were improved after the break and took advantage of a lacklustre second-half display by Fulham, with Di Santo’s goal just reward for the visitors.

Fulham almost won it in injury time, though. Bryan Ruiz wriggled his way into the box but saw his shot somehow headed off the line in spectacular fashion by Maynor Figueroa.

Martin Jol made four changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Blackpool in the Third Round of the FA Cup with Budweiser last weekend. Mark Schwarzer returned in goal in place of David Stockdale, while Kieran Richardson was named at left-back, with no place in the matchday squad for Matthew Briggs. Damien Duff and Mladen Petric – both back from injury - also came into the starting XI, with Ashkan Dejagah dropping down to the bench and Steve Sidwell missing out with injury.

On a crisp January afternoon at the Cottage, Wigan started the brighter, knocking the ball around in the style that Robert Martinez demands. Long-range shots by Shaun Maloney and James McArthur were off target, however, while at the other end, Petric sent a free-kick over the bar. The same player then elected to shoot on 15 minutes and blazed his effort well over when a pass to the overlapping Alexander Kačaniklić might have been a better option.

But the game burst into life on 22 minutes – and how. Karagounis picked up the ball in midfield, dropped a shoulder to skip past a challenge and fired a 25-yard shot past Ali Al Habsi and in off the post. It was his second goal in as many games and another stunner after his sublime strike against Blackpool.

Wigan had a good chance to level on 26 minutes, but McArthur fired his shot straight at Schwarzer after robbing Ruiz, who was playing in a deep midfield role, of possession.

A fine flowing move involving Sascha Riether, Petric and Ruiz ended on 34 minutes when the Costa Rican was crudely hauled to the ground by McArthur, who was booked. From the resulting free-kick, Richardson sent his shot high, wide and into the Hammersmith End.

There was a let off for Fulham on 41 minutes. Emmerson Boyce worked his way to the right byline before whipping in a cross which the sliding Di Santo contrived to put over the bar from six yards. It was to be the final noteworthy action of the half.

Schwarzer kept Fulham in front on 55 minutes, brilliantly tipping a left-footed drive by Maloney onto the bar and out for a corner after Berbatov had misplaced a header in the middle of the park. Richardson then made a superb last-ditch tackle to deny James McCarthy as Wigan broke again. Just after the hour mark, Di Santo sent a snap shot inches wide of Schwarzer’s right-hand post.

Petric made way on 64 minutes as Jol made his first change, with former Latics striker Hugo Rodallega introduced in place of the Croatian. Seven minutes later Wigan were level. Di Santo picked up the ball on the left-hand touchline before cutting inside and unleashing a swerving shot from the edge of the box that flew beyond the reach of Schwarzer.

Two minutes later, Di Santo tested Schwarzer from just inside the box. Wigan were well on top at this point, but Richardson did well down the other end, floating in a hanging cross that was just too high for Rodallega.

Chris Baird was thrown into the mix on 81 in place of Duff as Jol looked to shore up a midfield that was being increasingly overrun, with Ruiz moving out to the right. Schwarzer then did well to deny Di Santo with his legs after a rare mistake by Aaron Hughes allowed the Wigan man a sight of goal.

Jol’s final throw of the dice was to bring on Ashkan Dejagah in place of Kačaniklić. And in stoppage time, the Whites looked set to win it when Ruiz bundled past Gary Caldwell and into space in the left-hand side of the penalty area. His drive beat Al Habsi but was incredibly headed off the line by Figueroa before proceedings came to a close.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 12 January 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,442

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Richardson; Duff (Baird 82'), Ruiz, Karagounis, Kacaniklic (Dejagah 87'); Berbatov; Petric (Rodallega 65')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, John Arne Riise, Senderos, Kasami

Manager: Martin Jol

Wigan Athletic

Line-up: Al-Habsi; Caldwell, Ramis (Stam 90'), Figueroa; Boyce, McCarthy, McArthur, Jones (Jordi Gómez 66'), Beausejour; Maloney; Di Santo

Unused substitutes: Pollitt, Golobart, McManaman, Henriquez, Boselli

Manager: Roberto Martinez

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 21 52
2 Manchester City 21 45
3 Chelsea 21 41
4 Tottenham Hotspur 22 40
5 Everton 22 37
6 Arsenal 20 34
7 West Bromwich Albion 22 33
8 Liverpool 21 31
9 Swansea City 22 30
10 Stoke City 22 29
11 West Ham United 21 26
12 Norwich City 22 26
13 Fulham 22 25
14 Sunderland 22 25
15 Southampton 21 21
16 Newcastle United 22 21
17 Wigan Athletic 22 19
18 Aston Villa 22 19
19 Reading 22 16
20 Queens Park Rangers 22 14
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
12
16
Shots On Target
2
7
Passing Accuracy
82%
81%
Fouls
9
17
Corners
6
8
Offsides
2
0
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 10Mladen Petric
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Wigan Athletic (3-5-1-1)
  • 26Ali Al-Habsi
  • 5Gary Caldwell
  • 21Iván Ramis
  • 31Maynor Figueroa
  • 17Emmerson Boyce
  • 4James McCarthy
  • 16James McArthur
  • 6David Jones
  • 22Jean Beausejour
  • 10Shaun Maloney
  • 9Franco Di Santo
Substitutes
  • 12Michael Pollitt
  • 23Ronnie Stam
  • 25Roman Golobart
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 15Callum McManaman
  • 11Angelo Henriquez
  • 19Mauro Boselli
Manager
  • Roberto Martinez
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, Fulham 1, Wigan Athletic 1.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Wigan Athletic 1.
  • 90'+6' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 90'+6' Attempt blocked. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Ronnie Stam replaces Iván Ramis because of an injury.
  • 90'+2' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 90' Delay in match Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.
  • 88' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gary Caldwell.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 87' Hand ball by Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic).
  • 86' Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).
  • 86' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 85' Attempt saved. Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James McCarthy.
  • 84' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 83' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 82' Substitution, Fulham. Chris Baird replaces Damien Duff.
  • 81' Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
  • 81' Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 80' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
  • 79' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.
  • 75' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic).
  • 75' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic).
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Franco Di Santo with a headed pass.
  • 74' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 74' Attempt saved. Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.
  • 73' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic).
  • 71' Goal! Fulham 1, Wigan Athletic 1. Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.
  • 71' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 71' Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).
  • 69' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 69' Foul by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic).
  • 67' Attempt missed. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Franco Di Santo.
  • 67' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 67' Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 66' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Iván Ramis.
  • 66' Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jordi Gómez replaces David Jones.
  • 65' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Mladen Petric.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James McArthur.
  • 62' Foul by Mladen Petric (Fulham).
  • 62' Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
  • 60' Mladen Petric (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).
  • 60' Hand ball by David Jones (Wigan Athletic).
  • 58' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 58' Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).
  • 57' Attempt saved. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.
  • 56' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.
  • 56' Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic).
  • 55' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 55' Attempt saved. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by James McCarthy.
  • 54' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 54' Foul by Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic).
  • 49' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 49' Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Wigan Athletic 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Wigan Athletic 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 44' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 41' Attempt missed. Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Emmerson Boyce with a cross.
  • 36' Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 35' James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 35' Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).
  • 35' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 33' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.
  • 33' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Iván Ramis.
  • 32' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 32' Foul by Iván Ramis (Wigan Athletic).
  • 31' Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Mladen Petric is caught offside.
  • 30' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 30' Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 28' Attempt blocked. Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 27' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 27' Maynor Figueroa (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 26' Attempt saved. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James McCarthy.
  • 22' Goal! Fulham 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sascha Riether.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sascha Riether.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.
  • 20' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Iván Ramis.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 11' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.
  • 10' Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic).
  • 10' Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
  • 8' Foul by Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic).
  • 8' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 6' Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Iván Ramis following a fast break.
  • 5' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 5' James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 4' Attempt saved. Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Maloney.
  • 4' Attempt missed. Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James McCarthy with a cross.
  • 3' Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
  • 3' Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 2' Offside, Fulham. Brede Hangeland tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 2' Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan Athletic).
  • 2' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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