Saturday October 30, 2010 Day 10 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 - 0 Wigan Athletic

  • Dempsey 30’, 44’

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  1. Dempsey fires Fulham to victory

    Dempsey fires Fulham to victory

    A Clint Dempsey brace gave Fulham a deserved 2-0 win over Wigan at Craven Cottage in the Premier League. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Wigan Athletic
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    • 92' Full time. Fulham have only their second win of the season and it's thoroughly deserved. A superb brace from the impressive Clint Dempsey giving them a much-needed three points.
    • 91' Late free kick for Fulham after a Moses hand ball.
    • 91' More excellent football from Dempsey, turning Stam and crossing for Moussa Dembele, his shot is well blocked by Caldwell.
    • 90' Two minutes added time.
    • 89' Victor Moses commits a lazy foul on Gera just inside the Wigan half.
    • 88' Clint Dempsey strikes the free kick low, it hits Johnson, deflects off Gary Caldwell and luckily straight at Ali Al Habsi in the Wigan goal.
    • 87' Free kick to Fulham, Gary Caldwell tripping Johnson, who has certainly been involved since his introduction!
    • 86' Andrew Johnson again looking for a penalty! Thomas with a little nudge in the back, but the returning striker was looking for that and went down very easily.
    • 85' Danny Murphy replaced by Dikgacoi
    • 84' Andrew Johnson is almost in the book on his return after a late challenge on Hendry Thomas. He's been very lucky there.
    • 83' Brede Hangeland clears and the chance has gone for Wigan. It looks hopeless for the Latics now.
    • 83' Maynor Figueroa's cross is blocked and Wigan have a rare corner...
    • 82' Johnson is through the middle before he is brought down in the box, the Fulham fans roar for a penalty....but the offside flag was raised!
    • 80' The free kick is taken short to Dembele, he attempts to release Johnson straight away but the Wigan defence are alert to the danger.
    • 80' Andrew Johnson on for Simon Davies
    • 79' Figueroa catches Clint Dempsey at it's a free kick to the home team.
    • 78' Andrew Johnson is being prepared by the home team. A goal for him would round off a perfect afternoon for Mark Hughes.
    • 77' More neat approach play from Fulham, Dempsey's clever dummy only narrowly misses the on-rushing Gera.
    • 76' A first shot in a long time for Wigan. Tom Cleverley clipping a tame effort into the arms of Schwarzer, who hasn't touched the ball in ages.
    • 75' Ali Al Habsi gathers Fulham's second corner in quick succession.
    • 74' Fulham playing some wonderful football, Zoltan Gera hitting a powerful effort from 20-yards out. Al Habsi saves, from the rebound, Dembele's deflected effort is narrowly wide for a corner.
    • 73' Fulham are looking the team most likely to find the net, you wouldn't rule out a third for the home team before full time.
    • 72' Victor Moses on for Mohammed Diame.
    • 72' Hangeland won the first header, but Wigan then hammer the ball clear.
    • 71' Another Fulham corner, this time Figueroa clearing a Baird cross aimed at Dempsey...
    • 70' Mohammed Diame with a strong header to clear at the near post.
    • 70' Fulham really pressing now, Caldwell turning behind Zoltan Gera's cross...
    • 69' Victor Moses is ready to come on for the visitors as they look for a way back into the match.
    • 68' Simon Davies this time attempts to get Dempsey his hat-trick. The Welshman released by Baird and hitting a low, hard cross which Dempsey is unable to get on the end of.
    • 67' Jonathan Greening makes a late run into the Wigan box. Dempsey is free inside him, but Greening delays the pass, eventually attempting a cross which runs behind the American and the chance is gone.
    • 65' Neat footwork from Dempsey, controlling a chipped pass with his chest, then executing a couple of kick-ups before trying to volley at goal on the turn, the defenders ensure he is unable to shoot.
    • 64' Dempsey with a clever header, flicking on for Moussa Dembele, but Al Habsi gathers before the Belgian.
    • 63' Mark Hughes will be hoping today will be the day Fulham finally hang on to a lead. It's looking likely.
    • 62' Despite their impressive away form, Wigan's attacking weaknesses are being exposed at the moment. They seem unable to create anything.
    • 61' Fulham doing what Wigan did for large parts of the first half, applying pressure in midfield and frustrating their oponents.
    • 60' Seconds later they almost find the net! Mohammed Diame shrugs off several Fulham challenges, getting into the six-yard box before shooting wide from a tight angle. Slack defending from Fulham.
    • 59' Wigan are really struggling to create anything at the moment.
    • 58' This time Rodallega does get his shot off, but after neat work from Tom Cleverley he drags a 20-yard effort yards wide.
    • 57' A wasted opportunity for Wigan! Jordi Gomez finds Ronnie Stam in space on the right, his low cross is poor but Brede Hangeland can't clear. It falls to Hugo Rodallega, who can't get the ball under control and Fulham clear. Very poor.
    • 56' Wigan free kick, Baird taking his revenge, bringing down N'Zogbia on the half-way line.
    • 55' Dempsey, on a hat-trick now, is nearly releaed by Gera. The Hungarian's pass was narrowly over hit.
    • 54' N'Zogbia chases down Chris Baird, needlessly fouling the defender on the Fulham byline.
    • 53' Carlos Salcido almost scores a freak goal!!! His looping cross from the left narrowly misses the far post and Al Habsi was nowhere near it.
    • 52' It just hasn't been Wigan's afternoon, Al Habsi once again looking uncomfortable with the ball at his feet and boots it straight out for a Fulham throw.
    • 51' The game is yet to settle down since the interval. Wigan aren't displaying the urgency they need to turn this one around.
    • 50' Can Jordi Gomez provide a little spark for Wigan? He replaced Di Santo, who was useless in the first half.
    • 49' The mood among the Fulham fans is understandably buoyant, their team are looking comfortable now.
    • 48' The corner is a decent one, but it falls to Aaron Hughes who struggles to get an effort on goal.
    • 47' Fulham start the second half as they finished the first, Dembele charging forward and earning a corner...
    • 46' A bright start from Davies, Ronnie Stam halting his forward burst.
    • 45' The second half begins.
    • 45' Jordi Gomez on for Franco Di Santo
    • 47' Half time. Fulham hold a deserved two-goal lead thanks to Clint Dempsey. Can Wigan respond after the break?
    • 45' Two minutes added time.
    • 43' Dempsey doubles Fulham's lead! Chris Baird fires a low cross in towards Dempsey, who on the turn produces an excellent first-time finish to make it two nil. Beautiful football.
    • 42' Fulham so close to making it two! Salcido with another excellent cross, Dempsey's header at the far post is tipped onto the bar excellently by Al Habsi, the rebound falls to Zoltan Gera who can't keep his header down from a couple of yards out! The Cottagers are finishing the half strongly!
    • 40' Zoltan Gera goes very close for Fulham! Davies finds Dembele, his lay off is beautiful for Gera who curls a low effort inches wide of Al Habsi's near post.
    • 39' It has been quite a scrappy affair so far, probably a combination of the wet pitch and Wigan's combative midfield.
    • 37' N'Zogbia almost tests Schwarzer with a free kick from 30 yards out, his dipping drive is just over the crossbar.
    • 36' Wigan have hardly seen the ball since falling behind, can they find an equaliser before half time?
    • 35' A clever free kick is taken short between Gera and Murphy, the Fulham captain then tries to find Hangeland with his cross, but it's deflected away from the giant centre back.
    • 34' Alcaraz trips Gera for another useful free kick to Fulham...
    • 34' Tom Cleverley heads away at the near post for Wigan Athletic.
    • 33' Gary Caldwell scuffs another dangerous cross from Salcido behind for a corner to Fulham...
    • 32' Carlos Salcido rises to meet the cross at the far post, but the Mexican had drifted into an offside position.
    • 31' A Fulham free kick, Thomas bringing down the goalscorer Clint Dempsey.
    • 30' Out of nothing Fulham have the lead, can Wigan find a response?
    • 29' Dempsey gives Fulham the lead on the half hour mark! Danny Murphy finds Salcido free on the left flank, and his cross is perfect. Dempsey rises at the near post to direct his header into the far post. A lovely goal.
    • 28' The game is going through a very scrappy period at the moment, neither team able to create anything in a congested midfield.
    • 27' Immediately N'Zogbia seems to have recovered and cuts inside before firing a low shot at Schwarzer, which the Australian handles comfortably.
    • 26' N'Zogbia is back on his feet and he should be fine to carry on.
    • 25' Charles N'Zogbia is down and looks hurt. The Frenchman tripped over an excellent challenge from Carlos Salcido.
    • 24' A wild shot at goal from Figueroa, letting fly from 25 yards and it flies over the crossbar.
    • 22' Andrew Johnson gets a good round of applause from the Fulham fans as he warms up on the touchline, the striker having been out injured for a long time.
    • 21' A lively start to the match here at Craven Cottage, all we need now is an opening goal...
    • 20' A fantastic burst from Charles N'Zogbia, he goes past Greening before striding into the Fulham box, his shot at the near post is well hit but high and wide.
    • 19' Gera goes close! His clipped effort is dipping but not enough as it just clears the crossbar.
    • 18' Free kick on the edge of the box for Fulham, Figueroa tripping Zoltan Gera...
    • 17' Danny Murphy takes the free kick quickly finding Davies in space, he gets into the penalty area but his low cross fails to find a teammate and the chance is gone.
    • 16' Foul given for a foul on Dempsey.
    • 15' Fulham are looking bright, the final pass is just letting them down at the moment.
    • 14' Fulham are outraged as Dembele takes a tumble on the edge of the box and no free kick is given, Diame pushing the forward to the ground.
    • 13' More bright play from Cleverley, Wigan steal possession in midfield and the Mancheter United loanee clips a useful pass over the top which Hangeland heads clear.
    • 12' Al Habsi with a vital interception for Wigan, rushing out to clear as Dempsey went through on goal!
    • 11' Decent play again from Cleverley, cutting in from the right-hand side and curling a tame effort into the hands of Schwarzer.
    • 10' A bright start from the home team, Al Habsi's error has given them the impetus.
    • 9' Hangeland should have given Fulham the lead! Davies whips in a deep cross, no one is marking the big Norwegian and the ball is just too high for him to direct his header below the cross bar!
    • 8' Opportunity to Fulham from another set piece, Thomas commiting a needless foul.
    • 7' Fulham so close to taking the lead! Al Habsi dropped the corner causing chaos in the penalty area. Gera tries to fire at goal and fails, eventually Hangeland gets a shot off which is well blocked and Wigan survive.
    • 6' Fulham with the first corner, Stam turning Davies' cross behind...
    • 5' A chance for Wigan, Rodallega escaping down the left. His cut back finds Tom Cleverley, who hammers a shot at goal which is blocked by his teammate Franco Di Santo!
    • 4' Wigan enjoying a prolonged spell in possession, Cleverley moving the ball around well before Di Santo slipped and the momentum was gone.
    • 3' Carlos Salcido with the first shot of the match, cutting in onto his weaker right foot and his scuffed shot rolls into the arms of Ali Al Habsi.
    • 2' After a downpour earlier, the pitch is very slippy and a few players are struggling to keep their footing early on.
    • 1' Early pressure from Fulham, Gary Caldwell heading clear as Zoltan Gera clips a speculative cross into the box.
    • 15:00 Kick off! We're under way at Craven Cottage!
    • 14:55 They may not have had the best start to the season, but Wigan are one of only two teams to have not tasted defeat on the road this term. They are in good company, Manchester United are the other team.
    • 14:50 Wigan have managed only seven league goals this season, the fewest along with relegation-rivals West Ham. They have only found the net twice in the first half of a match, Stoke are the only team with a worse record.
    • 14:45 Hughes will be concerned that his team have failed to win any of the league matches in which they have scored first this season, losing twice and drawing the other two. He'll be hoping Clint Dempsey will prove a lucky omen, he has scored three times in his last six games against Wigan.
    • 14:40 After a difficult start to the season, Wigan are unbeaten in their last four league matches. It's the first time they have achieved this under Roberto Martinez and if they avoid defeat it will be their longest undefeated run in two years.
    • 14:35 Mark Hughes will be hoping he can kick-start his Fulham reign this afternoon, the Welshman has only won 3 of his last 20 Premier League matches as a manager, at both Fulham and previous club Manchester City.
    • 14:30 Teams - Fulham: 1-Mark Schwarzer, 6-Chris Baird, 5-Brede Hangeland, 18-Aaron Hughes, 3-Carlos Salcido, 29-Simon Davies, 13-Danny Murphy, 27- Jonathan Greening, 23-Clint Dempsey, 11-Zoltan Gera, 30-Mousa Dembele. /// Wigan: 26-Ali Al Habsi, 23-Ronnie Stam, 5-Gary Caldwell, 3-Antolin Alcaraz, 31-Maynor Figueroa, 6-Hendry Thomas, 21-Mohamed Diame, 15-Tom Cleverley, 10-Charles N'Zogbia, 20-Hugo Rodallega, 7-Franco Di Santo
    • 14:25 A worrying statistic ahead of this one, there have only been 14 goals in the ten top-flight matches between these two. It gets worse, there has only been more than two goals in a Premier League match between them once, Fulham's 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture last season. Lets hope that all changes today!
    • 14:20 Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches against Wigan, their last defeat came after Henri Camara's goal gave the Latics a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage in October 2006.
    • 14:15 The two teams have met on 34 occasions, Fulham have emerged victorious 14 times while Wigan have only managed to win eight. They have drawn 12 times.
    • 14:10 Welcome to our coverage of Mark Hughes' Fulham's trip to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic this afternoon.
  • Summary

    • 74' Fulham playing some wonderful football, Zoltan Gera hitting a powerful effort from 20-yards out. Al Habsi saves, from the rebound, Dembele's deflected effort is narrowly wide for a corner.
    • 60' Seconds later they almost find the net! Mohammed Diame shrugs off several Fulham challenges, getting into the six-yard box before shooting wide from a tight angle. Slack defending from Fulham.
    • 53' Carlos Salcido almost scores a freak goal!!! His looping cross from the left narrowly misses the far post and Al Habsi was nowhere near it.
    • 43' Dempsey doubles Fulham's lead! Chris Baird fires a low cross in towards Dempsey, who on the turn produces an excellent first-time finish to make it two nil. Beautiful football.
    • 42' Fulham so close to making it two! Salcido with another excellent cross, Dempsey's header at the far post is tipped onto the bar excellently by Al Habsi, the rebound falls to Zoltan Gera who can't keep his header down from a couple of yards out! The Cottagers are finishing the half strongly!
    • 40' Zoltan Gera goes very close for Fulham! Davies finds Dembele, his lay off is beautiful for Gera who curls a low effort inches wide of Al Habsi's near post.
    • 29' Dempsey gives Fulham the lead on the half hour mark! Danny Murphy finds Salcido free on the left flank, and his cross is perfect. Dempsey rises at the near post to direct his header into the far post. A lovely goal.
    • 19' Gera goes close! His clipped effort is dipping but not enough as it just clears the crossbar.
    • 9' Hangeland should have given Fulham the lead! Davies whips in a deep cross, no one is marking the big Norwegian and the ball is just too high for him to direct his header below the cross bar!
    • 7' Fulham so close to taking the lead! Al Habsi dropped the corner causing chaos in the penalty area. Gera tries to fire at goal and fails, eventually Hangeland gets a shot off which is well blocked and Wigan survive.
    • 5' A chance for Wigan, Rodallega escaping down the left. His cut back finds Tom Cleverley, who hammers a shot at goal which is blocked by his teammate Franco Di Santo!
    • 14:55 They may not have had the best start to the season, but Wigan are one of only two teams to have not tasted defeat on the road this term. They are in good company, Manchester United are the other team.
    • 14:50 Wigan have managed only seven league goals this season, the fewest along with relegation-rivals West Ham. They have only found the net twice in the first half of a match, Stoke are the only team with a worse record.
    • 14:45 Hughes will be concerned that his team have failed to win any of the league matches in which they have scored first this season, losing twice and drawing the other two. He'll be hoping Clint Dempsey will prove a lucky omen, he has scored three times in his last six games against Wigan.
    • 14:40 After a difficult start to the season, Wigan are unbeaten in their last four league matches. It's the first time they have achieved this under Roberto Martinez and if they avoid defeat it will be their longest undefeated run in two years.
    • 14:35 Mark Hughes will be hoping he can kick-start his Fulham reign this afternoon, the Welshman has only won 3 of his last 20 Premier League matches as a manager, at both Fulham and previous club Manchester City.
    • 14:30 Teams - Fulham: 1-Mark Schwarzer, 6-Chris Baird, 5-Brede Hangeland, 18-Aaron Hughes, 3-Carlos Salcido, 29-Simon Davies, 13-Danny Murphy, 27- Jonathan Greening, 23-Clint Dempsey, 11-Zoltan Gera, 30-Mousa Dembele. /// Wigan: 26-Ali Al Habsi, 23-Ronnie Stam, 5-Gary Caldwell, 3-Antolin Alcaraz, 31-Maynor Figueroa, 6-Hendry Thomas, 21-Mohamed Diame, 15-Tom Cleverley, 10-Charles N'Zogbia, 20-Hugo Rodallega, 7-Franco Di Santo
    • 14:25 A worrying statistic ahead of this one, there have only been 14 goals in the ten top-flight matches between these two. It gets worse, there has only been more than two goals in a Premier League match between them once, Fulham's 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture last season. Lets hope that all changes today!
    • 14:20 Fulham are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League matches against Wigan, their last defeat came after Henri Camara's goal gave the Latics a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage in October 2006.
    • 14:15 The two teams have met on 34 occasions, Fulham have emerged victorious 14 times while Wigan have only managed to win eight. They have drawn 12 times.
    • 14:10 Welcome to our coverage of Mark Hughes' Fulham's trip to the DW Stadium to take on Wigan Athletic this afternoon.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • C. Baird
      • B. Hangeland
      • A. Hughes
      • C. Salcido
      • D. Murphy Substitution Out (86′)
      • C. Dempsey Goals×2
      • S. Davies Substitution Out (81′)
      • J. Greening
      • Z. Gera
      • M. Dembélé

      Subs

      • S. Kelly
      • B. Riise
      • K. Dikgacoi Substitution In86′
      • D. Stockdale
      • A. Johnson Substitution In81′
      • D. Kamará
      • J. Pantsil
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Al Habsi
      • R. Stam
      • G. Caldwell
      • A. Alcaraz
      • M. Figueroa
      • M. Diamé Substitution Out (73′)
      • T. Cleverley
      • H. Thomas
      • C. N'Zogbia
      • H. Rodallega
      • F. Di Santo Substitution Out (45′)

      Subs

      • C. Kirkland
      • J. Gómez Substitution In45′
      • S. Gohouri
      • V. Moses Substitution In73′
      • S. Caldwell
      • M. Boselli
      • B. Watson
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