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Fulham   2 - 0   Wigan

Fulham's Clint Dempsey (right) celebrates his second goal against Wigan
Dempsey's brace brought Fulham victory after two defeats

By Mike Lawrence

Two first half goals from Clint Dempsey led Fulham to their first win in seven matches as they eased past Wigan.

The American midfielder's first was a powerful header from inside the area as Dempsey latched onto Carlos Salcido's excellent cross from the left.

Chris Baird set up the second, crossing from the right to find Dempsey running into the area to volley home.

Wigan looked lacklustre and rarely threatened, suffering their first defeat in seven games.

The game took a while to come to life. Wigan survived an early scare after goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi had spilled the ball from a Fulham corner while Brede Hangeland headed over a Simon Davies free-kick at the other end.

Hughes delighted with 'dominant' display

But Fulham slowly began to impose themselves on the game and took the lead through a well worked move started by Zoltan Gera.

The Hungarian pushed the ball out from midfield to Salcido who was given free reign to cross from the left-hand side into the penalty area and Dempsey leapt to head into the bottom corner of the goal to put the home side ahead.

The goal allowed Fulham to play with more confidence and they were able to double their lead just before the break after Gera had shot wide of the post and then headed over the bar.

The build-up to the second goal came from the opposite flank. Baird crossed from the right-hand side to Dempsey who volleyed home from just inside the penalty area for another well-taken goal.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez made a change at half-time in an attempt to get back into the game with Jordi Gomez replacing Franco di Santo who had been unable to make an impact in the first half.

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Fulham's Mexican defender Salcido was having an excellent game and almost put the game beyond Wigan's reach with an ambitious cross-cum-shot from the left which only just cleared Al Habsi's crossbar.

The second half was scrappy by comparison to the first 45 minutes. Wigan were struggling to make any inroads but enjoyed a spell of possession on the hour.

Mohamed Diame attempted a solo run into the Fulham area but eventually ran out of time - and playing surface - as he fired into the side-netting from a narrow angle.

Martinez disappointed with 'flat' Wigan

Gera deserved a goal for his efforts during the game but was again thwarted by Al Habsi, who parried away his powerful shot and a follow-up effort from Moussa Dembele.

Fulham deserved their victory as they ended their winless run while Wigan, who suffered their first away defeat of the season, looked lethargic after their midweek Carling Cup win against Swansea.

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Saturday, 30 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 2-0 Wigan FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Dempsey 30
  • Dempsey 44

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 25,448
    FULHAM
    WIGAN

    Possession

    • Fulham 65%
    • Wigan 35%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 9
    • Wigan 3

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 6
    • Wigan 5

    Corners

    • Fulham 7
    • Wigan 1

    Fouls

    • Fulham 7
    • Wigan 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:19 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+2:16 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.
    • 90:00+1:01 Victor Moses is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
    • 89:26 Foul by Victor Moses on Zoltan Gera, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jonathan Greening.
    • Correction - 87:45 Andrew Johnson fouled by Gary Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Clinton Dempsey fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 87:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Andrew Johnson. Shot on goal comes in from Clinton Dempsey from the free kick.
    • 85:09 Substitution Kagisho Dikgacoi comes on in place of Danny Murphy.
    • 84:52 The assistant referee flags for offside against Victor Moses. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:23 Andrew Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hendry Thomas. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.
    • 83:10 Tom Cleverley takes a inswinging corner.
    • 82:44 The ball is swung over by Victor Moses.
    • 82:28 Andrew Johnson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 81:55 The ball is sent over by Zoltan Gera, clearance made by Maynor Figueroa.
    • 79:42 Maynor Figueroa challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
    • 79:42 Substitution Andrew Johnson replaces Simon Davies.
    • 76:31 Simon Davies is caught offside. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick. Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 74:37 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi. Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell. Corner taken right-footed by Zoltan Gera from the right by-line, Tom Cleverley makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Zoltan Gera, save by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 72:11 Substitution Victor Moses joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mohamed Diame.
    • 71:31 The ball is sent over by Chris Baird, Maynor Figueroa makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies from the right by-line, clearance by Mohamed Diame.
    • 69:47 Centre by Zoltan Gera, clearance by Gary Caldwell. Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies from the right by-line, Mohamed Diame makes a clearance.
    • 68:57 Hugo Rodallega gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:15 Simon Davies produces a cross.
    • 67:02 Shot by Jonathan Greening from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal. Moussa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 64:48 Foul by Maynor Figueroa on Zoltan Gera, free kick awarded. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:13 Ronnie Stam delivers the ball.
    • 60:40 Close range effort by Mohamed Diame goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 58:47 Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 57:06 The ball is delivered by Ronnie Stam, clearance made by Moussa Dembele.
    • 56:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Chris Baird. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
    • 55:48 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 54:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Aaron Hughes. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:47 The ball is delivered by Carlos Salcido.
    • 51:32 Foul by Jonathan Greening on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 47:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Zoltan Gera. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
    • 46:56 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Blocked by Antolin Alcaraz. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies from the right by-line.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Jordi Gomez comes on in place of Franco Di Santo.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:44 Zoltan Gera fouled by Maynor Figueroa, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
    • 43:52 Assist by Chris Baird.
    • 43:52 GOAL - Clinton DempseyFulham 2 - 0 Wigan Clinton Dempsey fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 2-0 Wigan.
    • Correction - 42:37 The ball is sent over by Carlos Salcido, Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Header on goal by Zoltan Gera from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 42:37 The ball is sent over by Carlos Salcido, Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Header from deep inside the penalty area by Zoltan Gera goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 41:03 Zoltan Gera has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 38:06 Carlos Salcido sends in a cross, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 37:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo by Brede Hangeland. Charles N'Zogbia has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 37:05 Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Franco Di Santo. Free kick taken by Charles N'Zogbia.
    • 35:22 The ball is sent over by Brede Hangeland, Antolin Alcaraz manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Zoltan Gera. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:35 The ball is crossed by Carlos Salcido, clearance by Gary Caldwell. Corner taken by Simon Davies, Tom Cleverley manages to make a clearance.
    • 32:38 Carlos Salcido is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
    • 32:10 Clinton Dempsey fouled by Hendry Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 29:29 Carlos Salcido provided the assist for the goal.
    • 29:29 GOAL - Clinton DempseyFulham 1 - 0 Wigan Clinton Dempsey finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Fulham 1-0 Wigan.
    • 27:37 The official flags Moussa Dembele offside. Indirect free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
    • 26:45 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 24:05 Shot from just outside the box by Mohamed Diame goes over the bar.
    • 21:02 Charles N'Zogbia has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 18:53 Maynor Figueroa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera. Zoltan Gera produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 17:37 Maynor Figueroa fouled by Moussa Dembele, the ref awards a free kick. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
    • 17:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Moussa Dembele.
    • 14:32 A cross is delivered by Zoltan Gera, Ronnie Stam makes a clearance.
    • 12:39 Shot from outside the box by Zoltan Gera misses to the left of the target.
    • 11:22 Tom Cleverley takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 8:46 Unfair challenge on Simon Davies by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Centre by Simon Davies, Brede Hangeland has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
    • 6:40 Simon Davies takes the inswinging corner, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 6:32 A cross is delivered by Simon Davies, clearance by Mohamed Diame.
    • 2:57 Carlos Salcido takes a shot. The offside flag is raised against Moussa Dembele. Indirect free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    As it stood on 30 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 10 24 25
    2 Arsenal 10 12 20
    3 Man Utd 10 10 20
    4 Man City 10 3 17
    5 Tottenham 10 1 15
    6 West Brom 9 -2 15
    7 Everton 10 2 13
    8 Fulham 10 1 12
    9 Sunderland 9 1 12
    10 Bolton 9 0 12
    11 Newcastle 9 1 11
    12 Aston Villa 9 -4 11
    13 Birmingham 9 -2 10
    14 Stoke 10 -4 10
    15 Blackpool 9 -7 10
    16 Wigan 10 -11 10
    17 Blackburn 10 -3 9
    18 Liverpool 9 -5 9
    19 Wolves 10 -6 9
    20 West Ham 10 -11 6

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