Saturday 21 April 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Pogrebnyak 58'; Senderos 89'
Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic
1
Boyce 57'
A late header from Phillipe Senderos gave Martin Jol's Fulham all three points in dramatic fashion at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

58' Goal

Pavel Pogrebnyak
Assist by Clint Dempsey

89' Goal

Philippe Senderos
Assist by John Arne Riise

87' Yellow Card

Kerim Frei

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Danny Murphy

57' Goal

Emmerson Boyce

53' Yellow Card

Gary Caldwell Card was given for a foul

63' Yellow Card

Emmerson Boyce Card was given for a foul

33' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Conor Sammon
Off:Franco Di Santo

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shaun Maloney
Off:Jordi Gómez

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ben Watson
Off:James McArthur

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Martin Jol made two changes to the side that drew with Chelsea 12 days previous with Senderos replacing the injured Stephen Kelly and the fit-again Pogrebnyak coming in for Kerim Frei who dropped to the bench.

The game started brightly and Fulham fans thought the Whites had been awarded a penalty in the first minute when Gary Caldwell went through Clint Dempsey but the referee was instead pointing for a goal-kick. The Texan had been sent through by a lofted Pogrebnyak pass and Caldwell was fortunate his clumsy challenge went unpunished, although the contact was outside of the area.

Fulham were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area eight minutes later and Damien Duff perhaps should have done better from Murphy’s square lay-off. Wigan responded with Victor Moses’ well-struck shot but it was too close to Mark Schwarzer who collected comfortably.

Pogrebnyak was looking dangerous and won a corner after his fierce strike from range was deflected wide on 18 minutes and Brede Hangeland’s glancing header went the wrong side of the post from the resulting set piece.

Dempsey was at the heart of Fulham’s best moves and on 29 minutes he was on the end of a lovely one-two with John Arne Riise but nobody could meet his teasing cross as he fizzed the ball along the six-yard line.

Fulham had dominated the half but were almost sucker-punched just before the interval when Wigan countered quickly through Moses. The Nigerian international ran half the pitch before finding Jordi Gomez whose shot was well kept out by Schwarzer who got down quickly at his near post.

The start of the second half was uneventful until a frenzied two minutes when both sides found the back of the net with well-taken finishes. 57 minutes were on the clock when a ricochet fell kindly to Emmerson Boyce who drilled the ball into the corner of the goal to hand the visitors the lead before Pogrebnyak responded almost instantly.

The Russian linked up well with Dempsey, as he had all game, before making space for himself and coolly squeezing the ball inside the right-hand post from 20 yards out.

The equaliser galvanised the Whites and Pogrebnyak almost doubled his tally five minutes later when he got on the end of Riise’s cross but, unfortunately for Fulham, his effort came back off the underside of the crossbar.

Fulham’s number seven was clearly in the mood and hit the woodwork again in the 78th minute after Al-Habsi had parried Dempsey’s left-footed strike straight to him – the pace with which it arrived made it difficult for Pogrebnyak to compose his shot though as he hit it into the ground before it grazed the post.

It looked as though the Whites would have to settle for a point but with a minute remaining Philippe Senderos rose highest to head home Riise’s pinpoint free-kick for his first Fulham goal. Kerim Frei, an 81st minute replacement for Danny Murphy, had been brought down in a wide position by Boyce and Riise’s cross from the set piece was begging to be attacked with the Swiss international duly obliging to secure maximum points for his Team.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 21 April 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,689

Referee: Lee Probert

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Hughes, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Diarra, Murphy (Frei 82'), Dempsey; Dembélé; Pogrebnyak

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Baird, Briggs, Kasami, Etuhu, Andrew Johnson

Manager: Martin Jol

Wigan Athletic

Line-up: Al-Habsi; Boyce, Alcaraz, Gary Caldwell, Figueroa, Beausejour; Moses, McCarthy, McArthur (Watson 76'), Jordi Gómez (Maloney 56'); Di Santo (Sammon 33')

Unused substitutes: Pollitt, Gohouri, Jones, Diamé

Manager: Roberto Martinez

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 34 82
2 Manchester City 34 77
3 Arsenal 35 65
4 Newcastle United 34 62
5 Tottenham Hotspur 33 59
6 Chelsea 34 58
7 Everton 33 47
8 Liverpool 33 46
9 Fulham 34 46
10 Sunderland 35 44
11 Swansea City 35 43
12 Norwich City 35 43
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 42
14 Stoke City 34 42
15 Aston Villa 34 36
16 Wigan Athletic 35 34
17 Queens Park Rangers 34 31
18 Blackburn Rovers 35 31
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 30
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 23
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
14
10
Shots On Target
4
4
Passing Accuracy
87%
85%
Fouls
11
16
Corners
4
0
Offsides
2
1
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Wigan Athletic (5-4-1)
  • 26Ali Al-Habsi
  • 17Emmerson Boyce
  • 3Antolin Alcaraz
  • 5Gary Caldwell
  • 31Maynor Figueroa
  • 22Jean Beausejour
  • 11Victor Moses
  • 4James McCarthy
  • 16James McArthur
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 9Franco Di Santo
Substitutes
  • 12Michael Pollitt
  • 2Steve Gohouri
  • 8Ben Watson
  • 10Shaun Maloney
  • 19David Jones
  • 21Mohamed Diamé
  • 18Conor Sammon
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