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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 October 2006, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Fulham 0-1 Wigan
By Dan Warren

Henri Camara (second right) celebrates his goal
Henri Camara (second right) netted seven minutes from the end
Henri Camara struck with seven minutes remaining to secure Wigan's first away win in the Premiership this season.

Camara latched on to the ball after Zat Knight's clearance was charged down and shot low past Antti Niemi.

Earlier, Wigan's Denny Landzaat sent a penalty against the bar after Camara's shot struck Knight on the elbow.

Camara also saw a 50th-minute header parried by Niemi before being cleared, with Wigan players claiming the ball had crossed the line.

Television replays were inconclusive, but Camara's goal meant the incident did not ultimately prove controversial.

The late drama came in a match which had been high on industry but low on thrills.

Neither side threatened to score until a mazy run from Fulham's Claus Jensen just after the half hour which ended with the Dane shooting over.

Tomasz Radzinski also gave the visitors a scare with a deflected cross which raced across the face of goal.

Wigan's best chance of the opening period came after a slick move which ended with Gary Teale sidefooting into the path of Landzaat, but the Dutchman blazed over.

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And Paul Scharner should have done better with a header from Teale's cross which he directed off target.

Fulham began the second half with some urgency and Wigan's Kevin Kilbane came very close to putting Franck Queudrue's dangerous cross into his own net.

But it was Wigan who felt aggrieved shortly afterwards after Camara's header from Kilbane's deep corner was clawed away by the sprawling Niemi.

Despite Wigan's protestations that the ball was over, replays were not conclusive.

And they appeared to have lost the chance of victory on 73 minutes when Landzaat sent a penalty kick against the bar.

Graham Poll pointed to the spot after Camara's shot struck Knight on the elbow inside the six-yard box.

Landzaat halted his run-up in a bid to fool Niemi, but the trick proved pointless as the kick struck the top of the crossbar and bounced over.

But just when a draw seemed likely, Camara raced clear on to the loose ball and showed a cool head to shoot home, despite Niemi getting a hand to the shot.

Fulham substitute Luis Boa Morte - making his first appearance in five weeks after a fractured cheekbone - had a late header saved, but there was no way back for Fulham.

Indeed, it could have been worse, but for a good double save by Niemi from Camara and then Lee McCulloch in injury time.


  • Fulham boss Chris Coleman:
    "If we had come with away anything we would have been lucky. Wigan bossed it in the first half..

    "We huffed and puffed a bit in the second but they had the better chances.

    "I can't get stuck into the players because they've been superb all season. We have to put it behind us and concentrate on Everton."

  • Wigan boss Paul Jewell:
    "I wasn't very happy at half-time because I thought we should've been out of sight with the situations we had.

    "We need to be more ruthless in front of goal. It would have been a crime if we hadn't won - that was our best performance of the season.

    "We played some good football, created some good opportunities and had a desire about us not to concede."


    Fulham: Niemi, Rosenior, Knight, Pearce, Queudrue, Volz (Routledge 53), Brown (Boa Morte 69), Bocanegra, Claus Jensen, McBride, Radzinski.
    Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Helguson, John.

    Booked: Knight.

    Wigan: Kirkland, Boyce, De Zeeuw, Webster (Jackson 65), Baines, Teale, Scharner, Landzaat (Johansson 77), Kilbane, Heskey (McCulloch 52), Camara.
    Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Cotterill.

    Booked: De Zeeuw, Scharner.

    Goals: Camara 83.

    Att: 22,882.

    Ref: G Poll (Hertfordshire).

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