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Wigan   1 - 1   Fulham

Andy Johnson
Injury-plagued Fulham striker Johnson scored his first goal in nearly two years

By Nabil Hassan

Andrew Johnson came off the bench to rescue a point for Fulham but Wigan still climb out of the bottom three.

Wigan took the lead when Hugo Rodallega lobbed David Stockdale from close range having earlier headed against the post.

Damien Duff went close for Fulham but fired against the legs of Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi when one on one.

Rodallega's hooked shot was later tipped onto the post by Stockdale before Johnson's late deflected shot from 12 yards beat Al Habsi.

The result lifted Wigan out of the bottom three by a single point, but it could have been so much better for Roberto Martinez's side, who came agonisingly close to taking maximum points.

For Fulham the result also lifts a little of the pressure with the Cottagers moving two clear of the drop zone.

606: DEBATE

While the second half provided excellent entertainment, the first 45 minutes was poor in comparison with inaccurate passing and wayward shooting ruining the game.

Chris Baird had the first effort but his low strike from outside the area was comfortably saved by Al Habsi - who started in place of injured Chris Kirkland.

Rodallega went closer to breaking the deadlock when he headed Ronnie Stam's right-wing cross against the post from six yards. The rebound fell to Charles N'Zogbia, whose shot cannoned off a Fulham shirt and behind for a corner.

Clint Dempsey's intelligent pass then found Duff one on one with Al Habsi, but he could only fire his attempt against the legs of the Oman stopper and Simon Davies's follow-up cleared the crossbar by some distance.

It was a half of very little quality, but Wigan began the second period with more urgency and they soon started to create chances as a result.

Hughes targets top ten finish after draw

Stam's intelligent lofted pass found Rodallega, who half-volleyed straight at Stockdale, but the Colombian did better a few minutes later as the hosts took the lead.

It was route one football from Wigan with Rodallega latching onto Al Habsi's long clearance after it was misjudged by Aaron Hughes.

The Colombian found himself clean through on Stockdale and calmly lobbed the Fulham keeper from close range to make it 1-0.

Fulham pushed for an equaliser and went close through Dempsey, the American forcing a smart low save from Al Habsi after prodding Davies's shot goalwards.

Moments later Rodallega volleyed wide at full stretch following a fine Wigan break and a decent N'Zogbia cross.

Rodallega continued to cause Fulham problems and saw his hooked shot tipped onto the post by Stockdale as the hosts went close to doubling their lead.

Fulham introduced Johnson and his pace had an immediate impact with the striker beating the Wigan defence to a through ball, only to shoot against the chest of Al Habsi.

Dempsey then put the ball in the net but his effort was rightly disallowed for an earlier handball, and a later claim for a penalty was again correctly turned down.

Martinez disappointed with draw

Dempsey's spectacular overhead kick cannoned into the chest of Gary Caldwell as Fulham pressed for the equaliser and moments later they did level matters.

Johnson found space in the Wigan box and his shot deflected off Caldwell and was parried into the net by Al Habsi as the injury-plagued Fulham striker claimed his first goal in nearly two years.

Late on Brede Hangeland headed a corner wide as Fulham went in search of all three points but despite late pressure from the visitors the game ended level.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez:

"The feeling is one of disappointment.

"We couldn't get going in the first half and we were frustrated, but we grew into the game and did the hardest thing in football - and got that first goal.

"The goal for them is a deflection and you need the luck to go with you sometimes. Overall I'm extremely proud of the second-half effort.

"We wanted to take risks, get on the ball but it wasn't easy with the pitch. Fulham's substitutes had a big impact."

Fulham boss Mark Hughes:

"We found ourselves 1-0 down in a game that we controlled.

"They made it difficult for us, packed men behind the ball and were always a threat up front on the break with Rodallega and N'Zogbia. I thought the players showed real courage, kept going and got their reward.

"I'm pleased for Andy Johnson, he's come back from a significant injury and that's him up and running now.

"I never felt that we gave up, we kept going and got our reward and we were well worth a point.

"We are a good side but have lacked a cutting edge but we look in better shape now and we are looking forward to the second half of the season. I feel we have good players coming back and have enough ability in the squad to get into the top 10."

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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 1-1 Fulham FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Rodallega 57
  • Johnson 86

Wigan

Substitutes

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: TaylorAtt: 18,820
WIGAN
FULHAM

Possession

  • Wigan 40%
  • Fulham 60%

Attempts on target

  • Wigan 5
  • Fulham 6

Attempts off target

  • Wigan 3
  • Fulham 8

Corners

  • Wigan 3
  • Fulham 11

Fouls

  • Wigan 22
  • Fulham 7
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+4:13 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:54 Foul by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) on Andrew Johnson (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from right wing, passed.
  • 90:00+3:14 Attacking throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
  • 90:00+2:42 Foul by Andrew Johnson (Fulham) on Steve Gohouri (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+2:33 Attacking throw-in by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 90:00+2:22 Defending throw-in by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan).
  • 90:00+1:54 Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) on Brede Hangeland (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by David Stockdale (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+1:54 Booking Franco Di Santo (Wigan) booked for dissent.
  • 90:00+1:33 Foul by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) on Steve Gohouri (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+0:50 Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) on Damien Duff (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Baird (Fulham) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+0:22 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) to centre, save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 89:52 Attacking throw-in by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 89:22 Handball by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by David Stockdale (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 89:22 Booking Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 88:53 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • Correction - 88:14 Corner taken by Damien Duff, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Brede Hangeland misses to the left of the goal.
  • 88:14 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Damien Duff (Fulham) to centre, header by Brede Hangeland (Fulham) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
  • 87:43 Defending throw-in by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 86:46 Foul by Franco Di Santo (Wigan) on Brede Hangeland (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by David Stockdale (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 86:28 Substitution Wigan substitution: Ben Watson replaced by Franco Di Santo (tactical).
  • 86:01 Booking Andrew Johnson (Fulham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:02 Assist (pass) by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) from right channel.
  • 85:02 GOAL - Andrew JohnsonWigan 1 - 1 Fulham Goal by Andrew Johnson (Fulham) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Wigan 1-1 Fulham.
  • 83:19 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Damien Duff (Fulham) to short, resulting in open play. Cross/shot by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) left-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), blocked by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) to centre, clearance by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
  • 82:17 Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) on Clinton Dempsey (Fulham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from right channel, clearance by Mohamed Diame (Wigan).
  • 81:33 Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan) on Danny Murphy (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from own half, passed.
  • 80:57 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 80:01 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 79:02 Foul by Ben Watson (Wigan) on Danny Murphy (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from own half, passed.
  • 77:27 Handball by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 76:40 Shot by Andrew Johnson (Fulham) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (blocked) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 75:56 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 75:11 Substitution Fulham substitution: Simon Davies replaced by Andrew Johnson (tactical).
  • 74:57 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 74:21 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 73:51 Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Brede Hangeland (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 73:25 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Damien Duff (Fulham) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 72:38 Defending throw-in by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 72:33 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 72:20 Booking Brede Hangeland (Fulham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 71:49 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to out of play, resulting in ball out of play.
  • 71:49 Substitution Wigan substitution: Ronnie Stam replaced by James McArthur (tactical).
  • 71:01 Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan), shot by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) left-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), save (tipped round post) by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 68:59 Foul by Hendry Thomas (Wigan) on Moussa Dembele (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from right wing, shot by Simon Davies (Fulham) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan).
  • 68:49 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 68:14 Foul by Mohamed Diame (Wigan) on Aaron Hughes (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by David Stockdale (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 67:30 Foul by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) on Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 67:23 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 66:49 Cross by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan), shot by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) right-footed from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), over the bar.
  • 65:25 Cross by Simon Davies (Fulham), shot by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 63:11 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Simon Davies (Fulham).
  • 62:27 Defending throw-in by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 61:29 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 60:43 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to far post, resulting in open play.
  • 60:03 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Damien Duff (Fulham) to centre, save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 59:35 Foul by Hendry Thomas (Wigan) on Simon Davies (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Baird (Fulham) from left channel, passed.
  • 58:37 Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) on Clinton Dempsey (Fulham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from right channel, clearance by Gary Caldwell (Wigan).
  • 58:22 Substitution Fulham substitution: Diomansy Kamara replaced by Moussa Dembele (tactical).
  • 56:49 Assist (pass) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan) from own half.
  • 56:49 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaWigan 1 - 0 Fulham Goal by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Wigan 1-0 Fulham.
  • 56:25 Foul by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) on Clinton Dempsey (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) from right channel, passed.
  • 56:07 Shot by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 55:14 Attacking throw-in by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 54:39 Attacking throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
  • 53:20 Attacking throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
  • 52:51 Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) on Diomansy Kamara (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 51:44 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 50:09 Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) on Clinton Dempsey (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Aaron Hughes (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 50:09 Booking Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 49:01 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 48:25 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 47:40 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 47:17 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 46:50 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 46:31 Shot by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.
  • 46:14 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:00+2:15 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:24 Foul by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) on Clinton Dempsey (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Aaron Hughes (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 45:00+1:24 Booking Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:00+0:08 Foul by Mohamed Diame (Wigan) on Brede Hangeland (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by David Stockdale (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 44:37 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 43:31 Shot by Mohamed Diame (Wigan) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 42:52 Defending throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
  • 41:28 Foul by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) on Diomansy Kamara (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Chris Baird (Fulham) from left channel, resulting in open play. Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 41:04 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 40:12 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 39:20 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 39:04 Shot by Damien Duff (Fulham) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 37:15 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 36:34 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 34:34 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Simon Davies (Fulham) to far post, clearance by Gary Caldwell (Wigan). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Damien Duff (Fulham) to centre, header by Diomansy Kamara (Fulham) from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 34:03 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 33:17 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 32:58 Cross by Damien Duff (Fulham), resulting in open play.
  • 32:32 Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) on Brede Hangeland (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Brede Hangeland (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 32:15 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 31:31 Shot by Damien Duff (Fulham) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan). Shot by Simon Davies (Fulham) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed right.
  • 29:11 Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) on Clinton Dempsey (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from right channel, resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 28:42 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 28:17 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 27:18 Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) on John Pantsil (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by David Stockdale (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 26:05 Header by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), shot by Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by John Pantsil (Fulham). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to centre, clearance by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham). Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 25:07 Foul by John Pantsil (Fulham) on Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan). Free kick taken left-footed by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 25:07 Booking John Pantsil (Fulham) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 23:45 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 23:32 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 23:17 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 22:57 Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham) on Mohamed Diame (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 22:17 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Simon Davies (Fulham) to near post, clearance by Ben Watson (Wigan).
  • 21:39 Attacking throw-in by Mohamed Diame (Wigan).
  • 21:24 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 20:05 Defending throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
  • 19:43 Attacking throw-in by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 19:03 Foul by Hendry Thomas (Wigan) on Damien Duff (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from own half, passed.
  • 18:37 Goal kick taken short by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 18:16 Shot by Damien Duff (Fulham) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.
  • 17:48 Defending throw-in by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 16:52 Diomansy Kamara (Fulham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 16:34 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 15:52 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Simon Davies (Fulham) to centre, clearance by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan).
  • 15:43 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 15:15 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 14:55 Goal kick taken short by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 14:42 Shot by Chris Baird (Fulham) right-footed from right channel (35 yards), missed right.
  • 14:03 Foul by Hendry Thomas (Wigan) on Diomansy Kamara (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Danny Murphy (Fulham) from right channel, passed.
  • 13:31 Handball by Dickson Etuhu (Fulham). Free kick taken right-footed by Antolin Alcaraz (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 12:39 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 11:39 Foul by Clinton Dempsey (Fulham) on Gary Caldwell (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 10:39 Goal kick taken long by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 9:35 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
  • 9:23 Shot by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.
  • 8:27 Diomansy Kamara (Fulham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 7:46 Shot by Chris Baird (Fulham) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), save (caught) by Ali Al Habsi (Wigan).
  • 7:17 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 6:55 Diomansy Kamara (Fulham) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from own half, passed.
  • 5:49 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 5:12 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 2:16 Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Brede Hangeland (Fulham) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 1:51 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
  • 1:26 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 0:53 Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham) on Hugo Rodallega (Wigan). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 0:19 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Barclays Premier League results

15 Jan 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 15 Jan 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man City 23 18 45
2 Man Utd 20 24 44
3 Arsenal 22 23 43
4 Chelsea 22 19 38
5 Tottenham 21 6 36
6 Sunderland 22 3 33
7 Bolton 23 3 30
8 Stoke 22 2 30
9 Newcastle 21 3 28
10 Blackpool 21 -5 28
11 Blackburn 23 -8 28
12 Everton 21 -2 25
13 Liverpool 21 -4 25
14 West Brom 22 -12 25
15 Fulham 22 -2 23
16 Birmingham 20 -5 22
17 Wigan 22 -15 22
18 Wolves 22 -14 21
19 Aston Villa 21 -15 21
20 West Ham 23 -19 20

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