Saturday January 12, 2013 Day 22 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 1 Wigan Athletic

  • Karagounis 22’
  • Di Santo 71’

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  1. Premier League - Superb Di Santo strike earns Wigan point at Fulham

    Premier League - Superb Di Santo strike earns Wigan point at Fulham

    Wigan are out of the Premier League relegation zone after a Franco Di Santo thunderbolt earned a 1-1 draw at Fulham. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
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    • - Brilliant strikes from Di Santo and Karagounis then - and an entertaining second 45 minutes which Wigan dominated. Fulham are unbeaten in their last 13 PL matches against Wigan. When you've had chance to see them, tweet me to say which was the better goal. And whether you think Wigan will stay up. Follow me @symco_eurosport
    • 90+7' Wigan hold firm in the face of this late Fulham flurry to earn a valuable point. They are out of the bottom three on goal difference after Aston Villa lost at home to Southampton!
    • 90+7' Dejagah attacks the left side of the box and crosses for Ruiz on the far side but Boyce is there to put him off and the ball runs wide.
    • 90+6' Figueroa with a brilliant clearance off the line! Stam is held off by Ruiz and he smashes past Al Habsi - but the defender flies back to head away!
    • 90+3' Off-target effort from Boyce late on. We'll have another two to three minutes on top of the four indicated.
    • 90+2' Wigan change: he is carried off on a stretcher, having pulled something in his leg - Ronnie Stam replaces him in defence.
    • 90' As time ticks down Ramis is hurt in the tackle with Berbatov. Four minutes to be added on.
    • 88' Caldwell attacks the ball at the near post as a cross comes in and Fulham have a corner. Headed away at the near post then Boyce heads another ball in clear.
    • 87' Fulham change: Ashkan Dejagah on for Kacaniklic.
    • 85' Weak defending in the tackle by Aaron Hughes. Di Santo brings the ball into the home box with just Hangeland ahead of him... he goes down the outside and Schwarzer pushes wide of the near post.
    • 84' Schwarzer catches and the keeper is a bit annoyed that his team-mates are not looking for a quick throw out.
    • 84' Maloney wins a corner to the surprise of some home players and fans.
    • 83' Rodallega on the ball in a central position and looks to shoot from some way out, blocked by a former team-mate.
    • 81' Riether reacts to pick up the ball on the right wing and cross - Al Habsi is not commanding and the ball drops to the back post where Boyce has to hack clear. Berbatov and Rodallega were hanging back when they should have been attacking the ball!
    • 80' Beausejour crosses from the left and Richardson with another brilliant challenge to deny the Latics.
    • 79' Some boos from the home fans as they come under pressure.
    • 77' Maynor Figueroa with a strike from 30 yards that runs tamely wide.
    • 76' Wigan the more likely looking side now, playing in the home half.
    • 75' Duff wanted a free-kick prior to the goal, but there was little contact. Wigan then won one on halfway which they took quickly with Clattenburg not looking and the ball was moving slightly... controversy!
    • 74' Another effort from Di Santo on the right this time, the near-post effort put behind for a corner at the near post.
    • 72' He's missed a couple of sitters today but he has also showed some imagination - and that was something special.
    • 71' GOAL FOR WIGAN! DI SANTO! 1-1! And what a goal it is! He angles in from the left past Riether and into the box before thundering a drive into the far top corner!
    • 70' Rodallega has only scored two Premier League goals since moving from Wigan to Fulham last summer. He has the ball on the left byline but has no one in the middle and pulls back with the ball... and eventually loses it.
    • 69' Fulham substitutes have netted eight goals this season, more than any other team. And you know how often players score against their old sides... bet Rodallega refuses to celebrate if he does score.
    • 68' Berbatov on the left looks to lob a ball for Rodallega in the middle... it is just behind him though.
    • 67' Fulham piling up the corner count, but again the ref blows up for a foul by the attacking side.
    • 65' Wigan change: Gomez on for Jones. Attacking move.
    • 65' Fulham change: former Wigan star Hugo Rodallega on for Petric. Wigan's record Premier League goalscorer, no less.
    • 63' Beausejour with a clumsy challenge on Duff but the Irish winger will be okay to carry on.
    • 62' Berbatov loses out in the challenge and McArthur feeds the feet of Di Santo with his back to goal on the edge of the box... his first touch is a flick up, his second a low strike on the turn which is just wide! Great effort.
    • 61' Petric it is this time who curls it well over the bar. Another wasted chance for the home side.
    • 60' Ramis blocks off Petric 30 yards out and Fulham have another chance from a free-kick.
    • 59' The game being played in the Fulham half now. Di Santo working hard to get his side into it, but is he the man to out the ball in the net? Playmaker Jordi Gomez is on the bench...
    • 57' Maloney pulls the trigger again, with Aussie keeper Schwarzer this time able to hold the ball after saving high up at the near post.
    • 57' Great defending by Richardson to tackle Di Santo inside the six-yard box as he looked to finish a cross at the near post. Wigan threatening.
    • 56' Schwarzer awarded a free-kick as Caldwell jumps into him.
    • 55' Maloney with a stepover to attack the box and shoots for goal... the ball takes a nick off a defender and Schwarzer does brilliantly to tip on to the bar and over at full-stretch!
    • 54' Ruiz's cross is dealt with simply by the Wigan defence.
    • 53' Karagounis causing problems and wins a free-kick on the left for Fulham as Maloney fouls him.
    • 52' Wigan captain Gary Caldwell through Berbatov from behind as he looks to deny the striker space. He gets a ticking off from Clattenburg, but no card.
    • 51' Berbatov instigates a move but hangs back while Kacaniklic crosses for Petric - it is over him and runs free on the far side for Wigan to pick up.
    • 50' Wigan looking to break out and they win a free-kick down the left side of the box. Jean Beausejour's delivery is too loopy and Fulham clear easily.
    • 49' Kacaniklic to Berbatov, who slips and gives the ball away. He's not had his best game...
    • 48' The Cottagers on the ball in the opening moments. Riether seeing plenty of it on the right.
    • 47' Duff on the ball on the right. He looks to thread the ball through but it runs through to Al Habsi.
    • 47' Wigan conceded the opening goal for the 15th time in the division this season – more than any other club.
    • 46' No changes at the break. Wigan to kick off and attack the goal to our left.
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    • - Karagounis is turning into a gem, isn't he? And with Wigan missing Kone, they need Di Santo to finish better... what do you think about these sides? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle - 1-0 to Fulham at the break thanks to a wonderful Karagounis strike, but Di Santo had two glorious chances for Wigan.
    • 45' One minute to be added on.
    • 44' Jones with a corner for Wigan on the right... he strikes it low into the side-netting. Poor.
    • 43' Berbatov making the run to the right and is shoved over as the ball drops near him, but the ref refuses to give him a free-kick. It looked a foul.
    • 42' Petric attacks a Duff cross but Ramis is up to head out for a corner. Clattenburg gives a goal-kick though.
    • 41' Wigan win the ball in the corner. Boyce pings to McArthur and runs down the flank for a reverse pass... his cross for Di Santo is excellent but the striker misses from a few yards out on the stretch!
    • 40' Ruiz on the left having to drop further back though. Wigan are defending well high up the pitch despite having less of the ball.
    • 39' The match has slowed somewhat. Fulham the better side now.
    • 38' Berbatov dropping back into his own side's final third and looks to send a long ball forward, picked off by Wigan. However Fulham eventually get a cross in, but there is no one on the end of it.
    • 37' Wigan have scored the lowest proportion of goals in the 15 minutes leading up to half-time (5%) and the highest proportion in the 15 minutes after the break (36%) of any team in the league.
    • 36' Richardson looks to bend it but instead shanks it about 150 yards over the bar. 'Three points to Wigan' (or Fulham...) as the old saying goes.
    • 35' Petric with a flick inside from Riether's pass for Ruiz - but McArthur drags back the Costa Rican who goes down. Obvious yellow card.
    • 33' The free-kick results in a corner which Karagounis whips in. It is headed out as far as Kacaniklic, who slices well off-target under pressure from Maloney.
    • 32' Sascha Riether, on loan from Cologne, fouled by Ramis in the corner after Berbatov gave him the ball while running out.
    • 31' Petric caught offside as Wigan step up.
    • 30' Period of half-pressure from Wigan, camped in the Fulham half without really threatening the penalty area. When they do get in the box James McCarthy's pass goes astray; they then waste a free-kick.
    • 29' It is Karagounis's second goal in two matches for Fulham and first in the league, becoming the eighth different Greek to score in the division. He kept them in the FA Cup with a screamer last weekend.
    • 28' David Jones chips it for the head of Di Santo, but Hangeland beats him in the air.
    • 27' Wigan have a free-kick 40 yards out.
    • 26' Strike at goal for Wigan by James McArthur, held by Schwarzer. Good move leading to it also.
    • 25' I'm down on St James' as they split up my team's fans into three corner for an FA Cup quarter-final. Nice people though - no stewards needed to separate the fans... this was some years ago. Unless you mean Exeter's ground (no apostrophe!)
    • 24' Wigan have played the better football for me so far, but there's not been much in it. /// Someone with a hilarious yet unprintable Twitter username: "I always enjoy St James for the view as an away fan. Really want to do Craven Cottage but work always conspires against me."
    • 22' GOAL FOR FULHAM! 1-0! Karagounis with a lovely run and dummy to fire an unstoppable shot in off the far post from 25 yards! The ball nestled just inside the other post.
    • 22' Fulham striker Berbatov on the ball on the left and cuts inside to look to bend one for the far corner... Ramis with the crucial block.
    • 21' Ivan Ramis gives the ball away and Petric finds Kacaniklic on the left. With Berbatov free, he looks to cross for the Croatian and Wigan clear.
    • 20' Aaron Hughes with a comedy mis-kick in mid-air to let Di Santo attack the left byline and cross... Fulham keeper Schwarzer claims inside his six-yard box.
    • 18' Brilliant step in from home captain Brede Hangeland to win the ball. At the end of the resulting attack, Ruiz looks to open up the Wigan defence but his ball goes straight through to Al Habsi.
    • 17' Little in terms of open chances so far, other than that Di Santo one early on.
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    • 16' Craven Cottage has the feel of an old football ground to it - indeed is an old football ground. I love going there... what is your favourite away ground to visit? Tweet me @symco_eurosport
    • 15' Kacaniklic finds Berbatov and goes for the return pass, but the cool Bulgarian picks out the free Petric instead... with space opening up, he blazes disappointingly over the crossbar from 20 yards out.
    • 13' Both sides looking to pass the ball. Quite an open game.
    • 12' Berbatov back near his own corner flag and looks to nick a throw-in off Maloney, but the Wigan man instead wins the ball and crosses... Fulham head clear.
    • 11' Corner wasted by Fulham. Karagounis plays obviously short to Kacaniklic, and he is dispossessed without ever really getting a foot on the ball.
    • 10' Poor pass out of defence from Wigan and Ruiz is quick to pick up and lob over the top for Dimitar Berbatov, but he cannot quite get it under control before Ali Al Habsi is out to claim.
    • 10' Replays showed that Di Santo was just offside for that earlier chance. Maybe the linesman thought he was on - it was a poor finish, should have scored.
    • 9' Croatia's Mladen Petric bends it disappointingly a couple of yards over the near post.
    • 8' Maloney shoves over Greek Karagounis just outside the corner of the box. Great position for a free-kick.
    • 6' Bryan Ruiz drops off Maloney and the diminutive playmaker lets fly from outside the box, always rising over the bar.
    • 5' Richardson tricks his way into the box from the left but tries to do a no-look pass to Alexander Kacaniklic down the flank, but it is to a Wigan defender.
    • 4' Chance for Wigan? An excellent move sees Maloney play in Di Santo at the far post but his effort rolls slowly to Mark Schwarzer. I assume play continued as an advantage as he looked offside.
    • 3' Former winger Richardson fouls Shaun Maloney in the Fulham half.
    • 2' Kieran Richardson with a long ball from left-back. Damien Duff brings it down behind the Wigan defence, but he was yards offside.
    • 2' Franco Di Santo gives away the first free-kick of the afternoon on Giorgos Karagounis in midfield and says sorry.
    • 1' Fulham kick us off and will attack the goal to our left.
    • 14:58 Out come the players and shake hands ahead of kick-off. The referee is Mark Clattenburg.
    • 14:57 Arouna Kone has already joined up with Ivory Coast, who begin their African Natioans Cup campaign in South Africa on January 22, and so is not playing today for Wigan.
    • 14:56 Mohamed Al-Fayed, who bought Fulham 16 years ago, makes his entrance in a tartan suit and scarf.
    • 14:55 Roberto Martinez (Wigan): "I feel the last three games we've played against Fulham we've been very unfortunate. It's hard to explain how we lost the previous two games at the DW Stadium. The last game we had at Craven Cottage it was a very late deadball situation, and after getting ourselves in front we couldn't get a positive result. The approach is very clear. We need to be playing well enough and work hard enough to make sure we become a lucky team on Saturday."
    • 14:52 Martin Jol (Fulham): "We will try to get one or two players. One example is right-back as Stephen Kelly, who went for a medical at Reading today. It is close to completion. I expect him to join Reading permanently." Jol hopes for luck in transfer market
    • 14:50 Ali Al-Habsi has been debited with more errors leading to goal than any other Premier League player this season (5).
    • 14:45 Wigan are looking to escape the relegation zone at Craven Cottage, while Fulham could potentially move up two places to 11th if they take three points. Premier League table
    • 14:40 Wigan have conceded more penalties than any other Premier League side this season (6). Martinez not looking to sell Wigan stars
    • 14:35 Fulham have hit the target with a higher percentage of their shots than any other team in the top flight this season (50%). Kelly completes Reading move
    • 14:30 Fulham have won six, drawn six and lost none of their last 12 Premier League meetings with the Latics. Wigan have scored just nine goals in 15 Premier League meetings with Fulham and never more than once in any of those matches.
    • 14:27 Nice pic of the team sheet from Fulham communications director Sarah Brookes. Team sheet
    • 14:25 Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza will not make his Wigan debut today after signing from Sporting Kansas City. He was an unused sub in last week's FA Cup tie against Bournemouth. Fellow new boy Angelo Henriquez is on the bench again after impressing as a substitute last weekend. Defenders Antolin Alcaraz (groin) and Adrian Lopez (hamstring) and midfielders Ben Watson (broken leg), Albert Crusat (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) are all out. Wigan team page
    • 14:23 Fulham manager Martin Jol brings Mladen Petric, Damien Duff and Mark Schwarzer back into his starting XI after they were left out of last weekend's 1-1 FA Cup third round draw with Blackpool. John Arne Riise is also back, but on the bench. Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Kerim Frei (pelvis) are both unavailable while right-back Stephen Kelly has joined Reading. Fulham team page
    • 14:18 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Richardson, Duff, Ruiz, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Petric. Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Senderos, Baird, Kasami, Rodallega, Dejagah. /// Wigan: Al Habsi, McCarthy, Caldwell, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Ramis, Beausejour, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Stam, Golobart, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Henriquez.
    • 14:15 Welcome to live coverage of Fulham's Premier League match at home to Wigan.
  • Summary

    • 90+7' Dejagah attacks the left side of the box and crosses for Ruiz on the far side but Boyce is there to put him off and the ball runs wide.
    • 90+6' Figueroa with a brilliant clearance off the line! Stam is held off by Ruiz and he smashes past Al Habsi - but the defender flies back to head away!
    • 85' Weak defending in the tackle by Aaron Hughes. Di Santo brings the ball into the home box with just Hangeland ahead of him... he goes down the outside and Schwarzer pushes wide of the near post.
    • 71' GOAL FOR WIGAN! DI SANTO! 1-1! And what a goal it is! He angles in from the left past Riether and into the box before thundering a drive into the far top corner!
    • 62' Berbatov loses out in the challenge and McArthur feeds the feet of Di Santo with his back to goal on the edge of the box... his first touch is a flick up, his second a low strike on the turn which is just wide! Great effort.
    • 57' Great defending by Richardson to tackle Di Santo inside the six-yard box as he looked to finish a cross at the near post. Wigan threatening.
    • 55' Maloney with a stepover to attack the box and shoots for goal... the ball takes a nick off a defender and Schwarzer does brilliantly to tip on to the bar and over at full-stretch!
    • 41' Wigan win the ball in the corner. Boyce pings to McArthur and runs down the flank for a reverse pass... his cross for Di Santo is excellent but the striker misses from a few yards out on the stretch!
    • 22' GOAL FOR FULHAM! 1-0! Karagounis with a lovely run and dummy to fire an unstoppable shot in off the far post from 25 yards! The ball nestled just inside the other post.
    • 4' Chance for Wigan? An excellent move sees Maloney play in Di Santo at the far post but his effort rolls slowly to Mark Schwarzer. I assume play continued as an advantage as he looked offside.
    • 14:18 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Richardson, Duff, Ruiz, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Berbatov, Petric. Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Senderos, Baird, Kasami, Rodallega, Dejagah. /// Wigan: Al Habsi, McCarthy, Caldwell, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Ramis, Beausejour, Figueroa. Subs: Pollitt, Stam, Golobart, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Henriquez.
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