Ruiz Reflects

Saturday 12 January 2013 18:40

Bryan Ruiz saw three points flash before his eyes in the last minute of stoppage time against Wigan Athletic.

With Fulham locked at 1-1 with Wigan, the creative Costa Rican broke through the Latics backline on 95 minutes and drove his shot across the helpless Ali Al Habsi’s goal. But, somehow, Maynor Figueroa scrambled back to agonisingly hook the ball off the line.

Starting out in a more withdrawn central role, Ruiz was able to dictate play from deep and the Whites were in control when his midfield partner Giorgos Karagounis fired us into a half-time lead on 22 minutes.

But the visitors upped their game after the interval and struck back through Franco Di Santo on 71 minutes, and the match culminated with both sides striving to snatch all of the points.

“I think that we had the better of the first half and they came back and played better than us in the second half, so a draw is probably a fair result,” Bryan told the official website.

“But a draw is not what we want when we are playing in our own house. We want to get more points at the Cottage to improve our league position and maybe we could have won the match.

“In the last minute of extra time I had a chance from a narrow angle, where I came inside and aimed to hit the ball inside the second post but I don’t know how Figueroa kicked the ball off the line.

“It was difficult to say exactly what changed in the second half. We are still missing Mahamadou Diarra and Steve Sidwell from the midfield, who are very important players for us.

“It meant the Manager asked me to play in a different position, which was not easy for me because I am not used to playing there, so it was a challenge.

“We did well at the start of the match with myself and Karagounis playing in the centre, he covers a lot of ground, but Wigan are very well organised and they caused us problems in the second half.

“It was a very good goal by Karagounis to put us 1-0 ahead and we were happy with the performance at half-time. In the second half Wigan came at us and made it difficult for us to play.”