Saturday 29 October 2011, 3:00pm at DW Stadium, Wigan
Barclays Premier League
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Dempsey 42'; Dembélé 87'
The Whites recorded their first away win of the season after goals from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele saw them run out 2-0 winners in a fine performance at the DW Stadium.

75' Yellow Card

Gary Caldwell Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Antolin Alcaraz Card was given for a foul

13' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:James McArthur
Off:Mohamed Diamé

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Franco Di Santo
Off:Albert Crusat

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ronnie Stam
Off:Emmerson Boyce

42' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Bobby Zamora

87' Goal

Moussa Dembélé
Assist by Steve Sidwell

2' Yellow Card

Zdenek Grygera Card was given for a foul

51' Yellow Card

Moussa Dembélé Card was given for a foul

59' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

80' Yellow Card

Dickson Etuhu Card was given for a foul

90'+2 Yellow Card

Damien Duff Card was given for a foul

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dickson Etuhu
Off:Danny Murphy

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Bobby Zamora

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Damien Duff
Off:Moussa Dembélé

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90

Fulham manager Martin Jol called for his team to be more efficient in the final third on Saturday and opted for a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Mousa Dembele handed a roving role behind Bobby Zamora. Jol’s decision paid dividends with Dempsey and Dembele scoring the goals to secure Fulham a valuable 0-2 away win at the DW Stadium.

Fulham made a bright start to the game and there was no shortage of full-blooded commitment from Jol’s team early on. First Grygera picked up an early booking after an over exuberant challenge on Figueroa after just three minutes before Diame was forced to retire after feeling the impact of Steve Sidwell’s challenge.

Wigan moved up a gear after a quarter of an hour’s play with David Jones serving the first clear effort on goal with a 25-yard strike that Schwarzer saved with ease. A Victor Moses cross-come-shot a few moments later almost skimmed Fulham’s cross bar but it was not until 24 minutes until Wigan fashioned another chance, when McArthur side-footed the ball wide of goal from 15 yards.

For their part Fulham saw plenty of possession early on but could not find a clinical edge to their build-up play. Andrew Johnson, playing at right midfield, looked the most potent threat, racing behind Wigan’s defence on several occasions.

After 27 minutes Rodallega highlighted his technical prowess with a fine overhead kick that flew over Schwarzer’s bar from 15 yards. Moments later Fulham’s keeper kept the score level with a magnificent fingertip save to deny Watson volley from 18 yards.

Fulham’s first serious effort on goal came after 33 minutes when Zamora slipped Johnson clear through down the right flank. Johnson fired in a right footed strike but Al Habsi was well positioned at the near post to collect with ease.

Wigan grew in confidence as the break approached and Fulham had Schwarzer to thank again after 40 minutes when Moses’ cross from the right was deflected towards goal by Hangeland. Somehow Schwarzer managed to turn the ball over the bar with an outstretched leg.

Fulham’s good fortune continued before half-time when Clint Dempsey earned Martin Jol’s team the lead against the run of play. Bobby Zamora broke free down the left flank and delivered an inch perfect pass to Dempsey who fired past Al Habsi from six yards. It was the perfect end to the first half with Jol’s team on course to claim a rare away win if they could retain their advantage in the second half.

There were no changes for the second half but the pace of the game was far higher as Wigan opted for a shoot-on-sight policy. The home side’s goal deficit saw Martinez’ men push forward at every opportunity and Fulham almost doubled their lead with another counter attacking move down the left flank. On this occasion Johnson was offered a half-chance on the six yard line but failed to find a finishing touch.

After 50 minutes Dembele was booked following an innocuous challenge on Watson in the middle of the park. Four minutes later Fulham rode their luck again when Moses’ 25 yard volley came back of the underside of the cross bar and away from goal.

Just before the hour mark Brede Hangeland was booked for a heavy challenge on Moses as Fulham looked to stem the flow of the pressure from the home side. There was certainly a stubbornness and bite to Fulham’s game that was required in the second half to retain a 1-0 lead.

Bobby Zamora almost doubled Fulham’s lead with a blistering volley from the left hand side of Wigan area after 62 minutes that skimmed the top of Al Habsi’s cross bar.

Roberto Martinez made his second change of the game a minute after Zamora’s effort, replacing Crusat with Di Santo in attack. Martin Jol followed suit shortly after, bolstering his midfield wall with the introduction of Dickson Etuhu for Danny Murphy.

Fifteen minutes from time Andrew Johnson caught Wigan on the counter attack down the right and fired his effort into the side netting. It was good work from the striker who put in a hardworking shift on Saturday afternoon.

With nine minutes remaining Jol introduced Bryan Ruiz as Fulham fought to hold on to their lead. But it was at the other end of the pitch where the action was set for the final minutes of play as Wigan threw everything at Fulham in search of an equaliser. On 84 minutes Figueroa clipped Schwarzer’s far post with a powerful 30-yard drive.

With Wigan pushing forward Fulham had room to manoeuvre on the counter attack and Mousa Dembele put the game beyond doubt with four minutes left, stroking the ball past Al Habsi from 12 yards to double Fulham’s lead.

Fulham saw out the five minutes added time comfortably to secure a well earned away win that will set the team up nicely for next Sunday’s home match against Spurs.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 29 October 2011
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: DW Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 15,796

Referee: Michael Jones

Wigan Athletic

Line-up: Al-Habsi; Boyce (Stam 71'), Gary Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Watson, Jones, Diamé (McArthur 13'); Moses, Rodallega, Crusat (Di Santo 64')

Unused substitutes: Pollitt, Maloney, Jordi Gómez, Sammon

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Grygera, Baird, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dembélé (Duff 90'), Sidwell, Murphy (Etuhu 71'), Dempsey; Andrew Johnson, Zamora (Ruiz 81')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Kelly, Briggs, Kasami

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 10 28
2 Manchester United 10 23
3 Chelsea 10 19
4 Newcastle United 9 19
5 Tottenham Hotspur 8 16
6 Arsenal 10 16
7 Liverpool 9 15
8 Norwich City 10 13
9 Aston Villa 10 12
10 Swansea City 10 12
11 Stoke City 9 12
12 Queens Park Rangers 9 12
13 West Bromwich Albion 9 11
14 Sunderland 10 10
15 Fulham 10 10
16 Everton 9 10
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 8
18 Blackburn Rovers 10 6
19 Bolton Wanderers 10 6
20 Wigan Athletic 10 5
Goals
0
2
Total Shots
20
6
Shots On Target
6
3
Passing Accuracy
82%
78%
Fouls
18
13
Corners
9
0
Offsides
3
1
Bookings
2
5
Sending Offs
0
0
Wigan Athletic (4-3-3)
  • 26Ali Al-Habsi
  • 17Emmerson Boyce
  • 5Gary Caldwell
  • 3Antolin Alcaraz
  • 31Maynor Figueroa
  • 8Ben Watson
  • 19David Jones
  • 21Mohamed Diamé
  • 11Victor Moses
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 7Albert Crusat
Substitutes
  • 12Michael Pollitt
  • 23Ronnie Stam
  • 10Shaun Maloney
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 16James McArthur
  • 9Franco Di Santo
  • 18Conor Sammon
Manager
  • Roberto Martinez
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 26Zdenek Grygera
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 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