Talking Points: Wigan Athletic

Monday 30 September 2019 10:30

Tom Cairney's scoring stats and the Wigan manager's humble assessment - just two of the talking points from Friday's win.

1. Clinical Cairney

Tom Cairney’s stunner took his tally for the season to three, meaning he’s now netted once every three outings. His best scoring campaign came when he hit 13 in 47 Championship appearances in 2016/17 – at a rate of one goal every 3.6 matches. If he continues with his current form all season, he will beat that total by hitting 15-16 goals come the end of the campaign.

2. Unbeaten in four

Before the game, Scott Parker emphasised how one match can quickly change perspective: “We’ve not won in five. But how different it is if we get a result on Friday; it means we’ve not lost in four.” He also stressed the importance of turning draws into wins, so the Head Coach will hopefully have enjoyed his weekend after seeing his side manage to do just that against Wigan.

3. Mitro’s movement

Aleksandar Mitrović was not on the scoresheet against the Latics, but it certainly wasn’t for the want of trying. His movement off the ball created several chances for the striker, and on another day he could have had a hat-trick. When he keeps causing those sorts of problems for defenders, though, the goals will soon come.

4. Four points from the summit

It may have been Fulham’s first win in five league outings, but the six points gained in our last four has kept us in the chasing pack. With the way other results went at the weekend we now sit just four points from the top of the table, giving us plenty of motivation for the two fixtures prior to the international break this week.

5. Cook’s reaction

Wigan boss Paul Cook was humble in his assessment of Friday night’s proceedings, confessing that Fulham deserved the points for how we played. “It was a fair result,” he said in his post-match press conference. “I've no problems with the result in any shape or form. I think Fulham are a very, very good side and they played very well tonight and deserved the win.”

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