Saturday October 29, 2011 Day 10 Finished DW Stadium

Wigan Athletic 0 - 2 Fulham

  • Dempsey 42’
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  1. Fulham send Wigan bottom

    Fulham send Wigan bottom

    Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele got the goals as Fulham won 2-0 at Wigan Athletic. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wigan Athletic
    • Fulham
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    • FT And that is all she wrote. Fulham have got the win. A bit of a smash and grab job but they took their chances. Wigan are going to be bottom of the table tonight.
    • 90+5 Caldwell has a chance to get a consolation but blazes miles over the bar.
    • 90+4 Wigan have a corner but even if they score it is too late.
    • 90+4 No outstanding performances today…but Andy Johnson's work-rate has been excellent so I'd just about give him the man-of-the-match award.
    • 90+3 Duff manages to get himself booked within seconds of coming on.
    • 90+2 Duff on for Dembele who hobbles off the pitch.
    • 90+1 We will have five extra minutes.
    • 90' Alcaraz dives in on Dembele and that is a yellow card.
    • 89' Wigan fans heading for the exits now.
    • 87' GOAL! DEMBELE WRAPS IT UP FOR FULHAM!!!! He calmly places the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the box after a nice little run. Poor defending from Wigan and it seemed like everyone was just waiting for him to slip in Dempsey.
    • 85' Di Santo now just can't get any power on a header from close range.
    • 84' OFF THE POST FROM WIGAN: Figueroa is allowed to walk and walk and walk and then fire a low shot from distance and it skims the outside of the post.
    • 83' Lack of belief you sense from both the Wigan players and fans that they could save this.
    • 81' Moses cuts onto his right boot and tries a shot from the edge of the area but it goes high and over again.
    • 80' Fulham are making a change. Zamora coming off for £10m-man Bryan Ruiz.
    • 79' Fourth Fulham booking of the game. Etuhu booked for persistent following despite only being on for less than 10 minutes.
    • 79' Nice defensive tackle from Johnson…it does lead to a Wigan corner but Fulham defend that.
    • 78' Rodallega gets it up over the wall and on target but the shot doesn't have the pace or direction and Schwarzer saves with ease.
    • 77' Wigan earn a free-kick about 35-40 yards out and central – too far to shoot?
    • 76' Johnson cuts in from the right but under pressure and from a tight angle he can only fire into the side netting.
    • 75' Rash tackle from Gary Cadwell on Dempsey. A booking every day of the week.
    • 73' Figueroa gets a knock to the head so a slight delay. He can't go off remember as Wigan have used all their subs.
    • 72' Crowd starting to get a bit impatient now as time ticks on.
    • 70' Danny Murphy coming off for Etuhu and he is not happy – he has arguably been Fulham's best player. Meanwhile Boyce comes off for Stam for Wigan – their final change.
    • 69' Al Habsi comes a long way and just gets there in time to slide in an deny Zamora.
    • 68' Game is going through a dull patch and that will suit Fulham just fine.
    • 67' Dembele unhappy he is charged with a foul – he has to be careful – he's been booked.
    • 66' Wigan have had 65 per cent of the possession in this second half so far.
    • 65' Two ironic cheers from the home fans – first as they referee let them play advantage and then again when Zamora misplaced a pass.
    • 64' Franco Di Santo comes on for Crusat
    • 63' Fulham fail to clear a Wigan corner but the secondary ball into the box from Watson has too much on it.
    • 62' OFF THE BAR FROM ZAMORA! Danny Murphy again cuts the Wigan defence with a long pass…it drops for Zamora who takes it first time on the half-volley and it just clipped the bar and went over.
    • 60' Great work from Dempsey to keep a Fulham attack alive down the right while under pressure but the ball then gets caught up underneath Andy Johnson's feet.
    • 58' Rodallega taken out by Hangeland and it is another Fulham yellow-card.
    • 57' Well Wigan have hardly been producing a hatful of chances but it is hard to imagine Fulham hanging on if they continue to play so poorly.
    • 55' Grygera with an awkward chest back that almost hit his hand. Schwarzer gathers just in time.
    • 54' OFF THE BAR FROM MOSES!!! Riise lets the ball bounce and then Moses muscles himself past and tries a looping half-volley that went over Schwarzer's head and hit the bar. So close.
    • 53' Nice cut inside from Moses but his shot is poor enough. Schwarzer gets down easily to save.
    • 53' Wigan pinning Fulham back again. No good if you can't create chances though.
    • 52' Dembele booked for leaving the boot in on Watson…he is limping.
    • 51' Watson now heads wide – the cross from Moses just came at him a little too quickly.
    • 50' Hangeland boots away a Crusat cross with Rodallega dangerously behind him.
    • 50' Zamora again peels well down the left and puts in a good low cross that Johnson just can't quite get on the end of.
    • 49' Wigan have started the brighter in this half again but they lack a creative spark in midfield. James McCarthy is a big loss.
    • 48' Another Rodallega shot but another poor one. Straight at Schwarzer again.
    • 47' Wigan stroking the ball around in the early stages of this half but when Rodallega finally got a shot away it was deflected safely into the arms of Schwarzer.
    • 46' Wigan get us back underway.
    • HT Nothing comes from that and soon after the referee blows for half-time. Fulham in front but they hardly deserve it.
    • 45'+2 Baird does well to close down a Crusat cross but Wigan still have a corner.
    • 45+1 Before Fulham fans get too excited we should say haven’t won any of the last eight PL matches away from home in which Clint Dempsey found the net. (Infostrada)
    • 45' We will have three extra minutes.
    • 44' Moses sticks a boot out and deflects a poor Watson shot closer to the net but it goes just wide.
    • 43' Worryingly for Wigan they have lost every game in which they have gone behind in this season.
    • 42' Simple goal…A lovely long ball over the top from Murphy set Zamora away down the left…he then rolled a low ball across Al Habsi's goal and Dempsey was there to side-foot home from close range.
    • 41' GOAL FULHAM!! Dempsey against the run of play.
    • 40' Moses puts in a low cross…it deflects off Hangeland but Schwarzer had his wits about him and managed to deflect it away for a corner with his boot. Again it came from the Wigan right.
    • 39' Hangeland with a wasteful ball behind the Wigan defence. Nobody there.
    • 38' Jones does shoot but can only find the Fulham wall.
    • 37' Hangeland now gives away a free on the edge of the box though – over to the right side of the box but definitely a shooting chance – look for Jones's left foot here.
    • 36' Hangeland makes a great defensive header while off balance after Crusat had whipped in a dangerous cross.
    • 35' Watson's free is so dreadful it almost bounces up and causes problems but Sidwell heads away.
    • 34' Wigan win a free down the right and that is where most of their good work has come from.
    • 33' Great strength from Zamora to hold up the ball and then feed Andy Johnson…tough angle for Johnson but he really should have done better than the tame shot he fired straight at Al Habsi.
    • 32' Fulham seem to have dosed that Wigan fire that was burning for five minutes or so. Pretty even again.
    • 31' From the resulting corner Caldwell has a free header but he ends up putting it over the bar. Poor stuff, great chance.
    • 30' GREAT SAVE SCHWARZER! Lovely spell of play from Wigan all set up by a bursting run from Figueroa down the right – it eventually falls on the edge of the box for Watson and he fires it towards goal and the Aussie stopper has to tip it over the bar.
    • 29' Rodallega tries an over the shoulder volley…he gets a decent contact on it but it goes well wide of the target.
    • 27' Wigan continue their spell of pressure with a corner and a few other crosses into the box. Still waiting for our first clear chance though.
    • 25' Boyce chips in a decent ball and Jones has a chance to place a shot on target but he puts it well wide.
    • 24' Zamora chips a ball in behind the defence but it just can't quite rind Sidwell who had burst into the box.
    • 23' Moses skips past a couple of players and Murphy has to toe-poke it away – a definite sea change with Wigan getting on top now.
    • 22' Wigan starting to press more and Fulham are finding it harder to string passes together as a result.
    • 21' Watson whips a great ball into the box but Rodallega just can't quite get on the end of it.
    • 20' Yet another low cross by Johnson that doesn't find a white shirt. It might be time to try standing a few balls up.
    • 19' Johnson pushed off the ball and Fulham have a chance to whip a free into the box…but instead they play it short.
    • 17' Wigan getting more and more into this now but in truth it has been pretty ordinary stuff so far from both teams.
    • 16' Danny Murphy gives the ball cheaply and Jones tries a killer ball to Crusat but Fulham just about manage to defend it.
    • 15' Jones flashes a shot from the edge of the D and it is a Wigan shot on target but Schwarzer was able to gather without even having to even dive.
    • 14' Andrew Johnson has scored five career PL goals against Wigan – more than any other club he has faced, including four in his last five.
    • 13' Diame has had to go off due to that injury. He could not run it off. Looked like an ankle problem. On comes James McArthur.
    • 13' Fulham are really playing 4-2-3-1 – with Johnson, Dembele and Dempsey in a line behind Zamora – Debele playing in the central role of those three.
    • 12' Zamora flicks on a long throw from Grygera but it goes safely into the arms of Al Habsi.
    • 11' Crusat steals the ball from Sidwell in midfield but then he loses track of the ball himself as he aimed to burst forward.
    • 10' Johnson with another low cross from the right that Wigan have to defend.
    • 9' Rodallega gives the ball away cheaply ending a rare Wigan attack.
    • 8' Johnson looking very busy in the early stages – he keeps peeling off to the right side.
    • 7' Diame has come back on having shaken off that injury.
    • 6' Fulham bossing possession in these early stages – they look the better side.
    • 5' It is early days but Rodallega is looking very isolated up front on his own for Wigan.
    • 4' We continue with Diame on the sidelines. Still not sure if he will be able to continue.
    • 3' Diame on the ground again after another aggressive tackle this time from Sidwell – he escapes without a booking though.
    • 2' Early yellow card for Grygera for clattering into Diame. No complaints.
    • 2' Some nice neat passing by Fulham in the opening moments – Johnson just saw his cross blocked though when looking for the killer pass.
    • 1' And Fulham have got us underway at a less than full DW Stadium.
    • 14:58 The teams out now – we are about to get underway.
    • 14:55 Smart money is on a draw today: This fixture at the DW Stadium has ended in a draw for the past five seasons
    • 14:50 Today's referee is Mike Jones (Cheshire)
    • 14:45 Wigan are second from bottom going into this match but will leapfrog their visitors from South West London with a win today. Premier League
    • 14:40 Andy Johnson starts for Fulham despite Fulham manager Martin Jol admitting the length of contract is the stumbling block in their negotiations with Johnson as they look to agree an extended deal with the striker.
    • 14:35 Wigan have also named the same team that played last week in a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.
    • 14:30 Fulham have named the same starting XI that lost 3-1 against Everton last week.
    • 14:25 Teams - Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Diame, Watson, Jones, Moses, Rodallega, Crusa; Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, Maloney, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon, Stam /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Grygera, Baird, Hangeland, Riise, Dembele, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Zamora, Johnson; Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Kasami, Ruiz, Duff, Etuhu, Briggs
    • 14:20 Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants his players to reward the fans who have stayed loyal to them through a difficult couple of months with victory over Fulham. Martinez wants to repay loyal fans with a victory
    • 14:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Premier League clash at the DW Stadium between Wigan and Fulham.
  • Summary

    • 87' GOAL! DEMBELE WRAPS IT UP FOR FULHAM!!!! He calmly places the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the box after a nice little run. Poor defending from Wigan and it seemed like everyone was just waiting for him to slip in Dempsey.
    • 84' OFF THE POST FROM WIGAN: Figueroa is allowed to walk and walk and walk and then fire a low shot from distance and it skims the outside of the post.
    • 62' OFF THE BAR FROM ZAMORA! Danny Murphy again cuts the Wigan defence with a long pass…it drops for Zamora who takes it first time on the half-volley and it just clipped the bar and went over.
    • 54' OFF THE BAR FROM MOSES!!! Riise lets the ball bounce and then Moses muscles himself past and tries a looping half-volley that went over Schwarzer's head and hit the bar. So close.
    • 44' Moses sticks a boot out and deflects a poor Watson shot closer to the net but it goes just wide.
    • 41' GOAL FULHAM!! Dempsey against the run of play.
    • 31' From the resulting corner Caldwell has a free header but he ends up putting it over the bar. Poor stuff, great chance.
    • 30' GREAT SAVE SCHWARZER! Lovely spell of play from Wigan all set up by a bursting run from Figueroa down the right – it eventually falls on the edge of the box for Watson and he fires it towards goal and the Aussie stopper has to tip it over the bar.
    • 25' Boyce chips in a decent ball and Jones has a chance to place a shot on target but he puts it well wide.
    • 14:25 Teams - Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa, Diame, Watson, Jones, Moses, Rodallega, Crusa; Subs: Pollitt, Di Santo, Maloney, Gomez, McArthur, Sammon, Stam /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Grygera, Baird, Hangeland, Riise, Dembele, Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey, Zamora, Johnson; Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Kasami, Ruiz, Duff, Etuhu, Briggs

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