Friday 27 September 2019, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Bryan 47'; Cairney 83'
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic
0

47' Goal

Joe Bryan

83' Goal

Tom Cairney

58' Yellow Card

Harrison Reed Card was given for arguing during match

66' Yellow Card

Aleksandar Mitrovic Card was given for arguing during match

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Off:Ivan Cavaleiro

80' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Harry Arter
Off:Stefan Johansen

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Onomah
Off:Anthony Knockaert

5' Yellow Card

Sam Morsy Card was given for a foul

46' Yellow Card

Cheyenne Dunkley Card was given for a foul

66' Yellow Card

Joe Williams Card was given for arguing during match

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kal Naismith
Off:Michael Jacobs

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe Garner
Off:Kieffer Moore

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe Gelhardt
Off:Jamal Lowe

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Fulham returned to winning ways with a complete 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Friday night.
Fulham returned to winning ways with a complete 2-0 victory over Wigan Athletic on Friday night. 

A Joe Bryan goal just after the start of the second set us on our way before Tom Cairney rifled home to seal the victory in the 82nd minute.  

Scott Parker made one change from the side that was denied victory late on a week ago in Sheffield. Stefan Johansen, returned to the starting XI in place of Bobby Decordova Reid to play alongside Tom Cairney & Harrison Reed in the middle of the Fulham midfield. 

It had been a putrid few days in the capital weather wise but as the referee got the match up and running under the Cottage lights the skies were clear, albeit with a stiff breeze whipping off the Thames. 

It was the visitors who started the brightest. Confident in possession and looking to exploit the flanks the first chance fell to the feet of Nathan Byrne. A clever run in behind the Fulham back line saw him unmarked in the box. After taking a touch he tried to fire home at the near post with a left-footed effort. However, Marcus Bettinelli was on hand to snuff out the danger. 

After the positive start from the visitors it was Fulham who began enjoying the lion’s share of possession and in 19th minute after some slick build-up we earned a corner. From the resulting set piece Joe Bryan swung in a dangerous ball to the near post which Alfie Mawson looked to direct on target. However, his effort went over the bar. 

The momentum continued to shift and in the 28th minute a lovely flick from Johansen in the middle of the park initiated a Fulham counter attack. With bodies surging forward Cairney slipped a neat pass into the path of Reed who unleashed a strong right-footed effort. Despite it possessing plenty of power the shot lacked precision and the keeper gathered with ease. 

With time ticking down in the first half with very little incision from either side the next clear chance fell to Mitro. After some dangerous balls into the box a poor clearance was latched upon by Johansen. Seeing the Serbian striker making a run to the front post he swung in a nice ball to the chest of the powerful striker. After controlling he put an effort on target which again lacked power and was saved. 

Minutes later the deadlock was almost broken once again. Cairney, dictating the play far more than in the opening quarter slipped a neat ball into the box and directly into the path of Anthony Knockaert. With David Marshall rushing off his line the winger looked to power one past the keeper, but the experienced Scot stood tall and parried the effort behind. 

With five minutes remaining in the half Knockaert turned provider and sent a teasing ball into the box, behind the flat-footed Wigan back line. Stealing a march on the opposition Mitro looked to hook it in with his left foot. His effort went agonisingly over the bar as Marshall watched on.

It wasn’t to be and the first half played out without any further events. 

The second half in the perfect fashion to put the frustrations of the first half behind us. A lofted free kick was swung into the area by Knockaert. A clearance fell to the feet of Bryan just inside the area. Without hesitation he looked to fire home with his favoured left foot. His shot was blocked but once again fell kindly for him. This time he looked to rifle home with his right foot and the ball flew into the bottom corner. A just reward for a player who had been in fine form in recent weeks. 

Fulham sensed blood in the water and looked to build on their lead. However, the next major incident occurred in the 57th minute. A rush of blood to the head from Reed after a sturdy challenge on Bettinelli in the box saw the tidy midfielder push over a Wigan player following the foul. Thankfully he only received a yellow card and Betts carried on unscathed. 

After the fracas it was another clinical Fulham counter which almost saw the lead doubled.  Johansen again produced a superb flick to free Cavaleiro in the middle of the pitch. Without hesitation the Portuguese winger fired a quick ball to the feet of Bryan. In turn the goal scorer played a free Kncoakert in down the left wing. The tricky winger beat his man with ease and lashed an effort on target. Marshall once again stood tall and parried it clear. 

The tired legs of the visitors began to show and in the 82nd minute the match was put beyond doubt. Another flowing counter led by Knockaert resulted in the skipper Cairney producing another sensational goal. Receiving the ball just outside the Wigan box, TC picked out the top right hand corner with a sublime left-footed strike. 

With victory assured both teams sat back and the math ran its course. We are back in action Tuesday night away at Reading. 
 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Friday 27 September 2019
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,253

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Steven Sessegnon, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; Johansen (Arter 80'), Reed; Knockaert (Onomah 87'), Cairney, Cavaleiro (De Cordova-Reid 69'); Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Rodák, Odoi, Le Marchand, Kamara

Manager: Scott Parker

Wigan Athletic

Line-up: Marshall; Byrne, Dunkley, Mulgrew, Robinson; Williams, Sam Morsy; Lowe (Gelhardt 74'), Evans, Jacobs (Naismith 45'); Moore (Garner 69')

Unused substitutes: Jones, Fox, MacLeod, Massey

Manager: Paul Cook

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Leeds United 8 17
2 Swansea City 8 17
3 Preston North End 8 16
4 West Bromwich Albion 8 16
5 Queens Park Rangers 8 16
6 Fulham 9 15
7 Nottingham Forest 8 15
8 Bristol City 8 15
9 Charlton Athletic 8 14
10 Sheffield Wednesday 8 13
11 Blackburn Rovers 8 13
12 Birmingham City 8 13
13 Cardiff City 8 12
14 Hull City 8 9
15 Middlesbrough 8 9
16 Millwall 8 9
17 Brentford 8 8
18 Derby County 8 8
19 Wigan Athletic 9 8
20 Reading 8 7
21 Luton Town 8 7
22 Barnsley 8 5
23 Stoke City 8 2
24 Huddersfield Town 8 1
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
21
5
Shots On Target
6
0
Passing Accuracy
86%
73%
Fouls
14
16
Corners
7
4
Offsides
0
4
Bookings
2
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 21Harrison Reed
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 14Bobby De Cordova-Reid
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Wigan Athletic (4-2-3-1)
  • 1David Marshall
  • 2Nathan Byrne
  • 22Cheyenne Dunkley
  • 16Charlie Mulgrew
  • 3Antonee Robinson
  • 20Joe Williams
  • 5Sam Morsy
  • 9Jamal Lowe
  • 8Lee Evans
  • 17Michael Jacobs
  • 19Kieffer Moore
Substitutes
  • 23Jamie Jones
  • 6Daniel Fox
  • 4Lewis MacLeod
  • 11Gavin Massey
  • 33Kal Naismith
  • 14Joe Garner
  • 38Joe Gelhardt
Manager
  • Paul Cook
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 2, Wigan Athletic 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 0.
  • 90'+5' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).
  • 90'+2' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.
  • 88' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.
  • 87' Offside, Wigan Athletic. Charlie Mulgrew tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Josh Onomah replaces Anthony Knockaert.
  • 86' Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).
  • 86' Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Goal! Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 0. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 83' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 83' Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 80' Substitution, Fulham. Harry Arter replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.
  • 79' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).
  • 77' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Foul by Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic).
  • 76' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Gelhardt following a fast break.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 74' Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Gelhardt replaces Jamal Lowe.
  • 74' Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Kal Naismith.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 71' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 69' Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Kieffer Moore.
  • 69' Substitution, Fulham. Bobby De Cordova-Reid replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a corner.
  • 68' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.
  • 66' Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
  • 66' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 65' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 65' Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 63' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 63' Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 62' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 61' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 61' Charlie Mulgrew (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 60' Foul by Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic).
  • 58' Harrison Reed (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 56' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).
  • 56' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Tom Cairney.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Byrne.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nathan Byrne.
  • 52' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 52' Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 50' Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).
  • 48' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 48' Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 47' Goal! Fulham 1, Wigan Athletic 0. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.
  • 47' Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 46' Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 46' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 46' Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Wigan Athletic 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Kal Naismith replaces Michael Jacobs.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Wigan Athletic 0.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jamal Lowe with a cross.
  • 41' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Marshall.
  • 39' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 37' Attempt saved. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross.
  • 36' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 35' Alfie Mawson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 35' Foul by Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic).
  • 35' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 35' Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).
  • 32' Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 32' Foul by Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic).
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 30' Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross following a corner.
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.
  • 29' Foul by Steven Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 29' Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 28' Attempt saved. Harrison Reed (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 27' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 27' Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 26' Foul by Alfie Mawson (Fulham).
  • 26' Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 25' Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).
  • 24' Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).
  • 24' Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Attempt missed. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Harrison Reed (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 20' Offside, Wigan Athletic. Charlie Mulgrew tries a through ball, but Kieffer Moore is caught offside.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Alfie Mawson (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross following a corner.
  • 18' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.
  • 17' Steven Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).
  • 15' Offside, Wigan Athletic. David Marshall tries a through ball, but Lee Evans is caught offside.
  • 13' Hand ball by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 12' Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).
  • 12' Jamal Lowe (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Alfie Mawson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic).
  • 7' Offside, Wigan Athletic. Sam Morsy tries a through ball, but Kieffer Moore is caught offside.
  • 5' Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 4' Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).
  • 4' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic).
  • 3' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Kieffer Moore (Wigan Athletic).
  • 2' Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.