sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Craven Cottage
  • Attendance: 25,442
FulhamFulhamvWiganWigan
1
  • Karagounis, 22
1
  • Di Santo, 71

live commentary

91 mins:FULL-TIME: FULHAM 1-1 WIGAN: Wigan come from behind to claim a point at Craven Cottage.

90 mins:Ramis is off with a nasty knee injury and is replaced by Ronnie Stam.

89 mins:Just a couple of minutes left for someone to find a winner.

87 mins:Alexander Kacaniklic is replaced by Ashkan Dejagah.

85 mins:Schwarzer is once again called into action and concedes a corner, tipping a Di Santo shot around the post.

83 mins:Chris Baird is brought on for Duff for the home side.

81 mins:Fulham are not helping their cause, they can't keep hold of the ball.

79 mins:The visitors are pressing for a winner.

77 mins:Fulham have been poor in the second half and their fans are not happy.

76 mins:Wigan are well on top now.

74 mins:Di Santo again forces a save from Schwarzer whith a low drive.

72 mins:GOAL: FULHAM 1-1 WIGAN: Wigan get their equaliser thanks to Di Santo, who cuts in from the right and fires a shot into the top corner.

71 mins:Wigan could do with someone alongside Di Santo to offer some support.

69 mins:Wigan have played well in the second half and are unlucky not to be level.

67 mins:Gomez tries his luck from 25 yards but it's well wide.

66 mins:Jordi Gomez comes on for David Jones.

65 mins:Hugo Rodallega is brought on to replace Petric.

63 mins:Di Santo is unlucky to see his snapshot fly just wide of the post.

62 mins:Petric takes the free-kick but it's over the bar.

61 mins:Ramis blocks Petric off and Fulham have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

60 mins:Wigan are starting to cause Fulham a few problems now.

58 mins:The ball falls to Maloney whose effort is once again saved by Schwarzer.

57 mins:McCarthy lingers too long on the ball and Fulham clear for a corner.

56 mins:Mark Schwarzer makes a great save from Maloney, tipping his left-foot shot onto the post.

54 mins:Shaun Maloney is booked for a foul on Karagounis.

53 mins:Wigan are trying to get forward but Fulham are defending well.

51 mins:A couple of crunching tackles come in from Wigan and Berbatov looks to be feeling the effects.

49 mins:The free-kick is wasted and easily cleared.

49 mins:Di Santo wins a free-kick from a needless foul by Hangeland.

48 mins:Fulham are patiently keeping the ball but haven't caused Wigan many problems yet.

46 mins:Neither manager has made a change at the break.

46 mins:The referee gets the second half underway.

45 mins:HALF-TIME: FULHAM 1-0 WIGAN: Fulham just about deserve their lead and Wigan have much to do.

44 mins:Di Santo wins a late corner but it's wasted, straight into the side netting.

42 mins:Mladen Petric heads wide and claims for a foul but nothing is given.

41 mins:Emmerson Boyce crosses into the area and Di Santo does his best to meet it but can't quite make contact.

40 mins:The level of the game has dropped as the minutes tick away towards half-time.

38 mins:Sascha Riether sends a cross into the box but there's a lack of Fulham players to meet it.

36 mins:Kieran Richardson takes the free-kick and it's an awful effort, straight into the crowd.

35 mins:James McArthur is booked for pulling back Bryan Ruiz.

33 mins:Petric has a snapshot which is well wide.

32 mins:Fulham win a free-kick which goes out for a corner.

30 mins:Wigan have responded well to going behind.

28 mins:Di Santo has an effort blocked by Hangeland, who has come off worse after putting his body on the line.

26 mins:Shaun Maloney unleashes a volley which forces a good save from Mark Schwarzer.

24 mins:Wigan are up against it now and can't keep hold of the ball.

22 mins:FULHAM 1-0 WIGAN: Fulham take the lead, Giorgios Karagounis is given too much space and fires in a shot which ricochets in off the post.

20 mins:Di Santo gets a cross into the area but Schwarzer grabs the ball.

18 mins:The game is lacking real clear-cut chances and has become a little scrappy.

16 mins:Mladen Petric is unmarked 25 yards out but gets his shot all wrong.

14 mins:Wigan have the ball but Fulham are pressing well.

12 mins:Neither side are sitting back, Wigan haven't come here for a point.

10 mins:Bryan Ruiz lits a ball over the top towards Berbatov but it skids out of play.

8 mins:Fulham win a free-kick just outside the area and it's fired in by Mladen Petric, but it's way off target.

7 mins:James McArthur robs Berbatov of possession and lets fly with an effort which flies just over the bar.

6 mins:Wigan are now seeing much more of the ball.

4 mins:Di Santo sees a shot saved by Mark Schwarzer after some good build-up play from Wigan.

2 mins:Fulham are controlling possession in the early stages.

1 mins:The game gets underway, a little late, on a cold day at Craven Cottage.

Fulham have a good home record against Wigan, although both sides have won just two of their last two games.

Roberto Martinez makes eight changes as he looks for a vital victory while there are four changes for Fulham.

Dimitar Berbatov is up front for Fulham, with Hugo Rodallega on the bench against his former side.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Craven Cottage
  • Attendance: 25,442
FulhamFulhamvWiganWigan
1
  • Karagounis, 22
1
  • Di Santo, 71

match report

Fulham laboured to a 1-1 draw against struggling Wigan thanks to a wonderful equaliser from Franco Di Santo.

Di Santo had been guilty of missing multiple chances before his goal, but it was worth the wait as his equaliser cancelled out a fabulous first half finish from Greece midfielder Giorgos Karagounis, who produced one of the rare moments of quality on display in the match.

Martin Jol will be frustrated at his side's lack of verve, particularly during the second half when they allowed Wigan back into the game without the visitors being forced to significantly improve.

The game pitched together two sides who had recently managed to end their respective slumps that had seen an alarming drop down the Premier League. Fulham had won one of their last 12 games which had seem them fall from sixth to 14th before winning 2-1 at West Brom, whilst Wigan's 3-0 away victory over Aston Villa came after seven losses in their last nine games.

Jol preferred Dimitar Berbatov in attack, leaving Hugo Rodallega on the bench against his former club. Roberto Martinez, meanwhile, found no place in the matchday squad for new signing Roger Espinoza, whilst on-loan Angelo Henriquez was on the bench and was not used.

Wigan started the brighter of the two teams and, after just five minutes, Di Santo was presented with the ball two yards out and somehow could only roll his attempt into Mark Schwarzer's hands. The Argentinian was flagged offside, but it was an incorrect decision that saved the striker's blushes.

Fulham then began to stamp their authority on possession and created a couple of openings, Mladen Petric twice firing over from outside the area as Bryan Ruiz dropped into midfield to allow the Croatian and Berbatov to roam up front.

Halfway through the first period, Fulham took the lead with the first piece of real creativity. Karagounis dropped his shoulder to beat James McArthur in midfield and then fired a shot from 25 yards that flew in off the left hand post to give Ali Al-Habsi no chance.

The goal seemed to invigorate Wigan, who began to enjoy more possession, but they were too wasteful in attacking areas. McArthur twice fired straight at Schwarzer, before Di Santo was guilty of an awful miss just before the break. The ball was fired across the six-yard box by Emmerson Boyce, but the forward somehow hit the ball comfortably over the bar on the half-volley.

During the second half, Fulham looked poor as they allowed Wigan back into the game and Schwarzer was forced into a world-class save from a deflected Shaun Maloney shot, as the Craven Cottage faithful began to grow uneasy.

Wigan grabbed a foothold in the match and their goal, when it finally came, was from Di Santo, who made amends for his first-half misses with a finish of real quality. Fulham defenders backed off and allowed him to shoot, and his shot arrowed into the top right-hand corner of Schwarzer's goal.

The last 20 minutes followed a similar pattern, with Wigan enjoying the ball and pushing for victory as the crowd began to audibly state their disapproval at the lacklustre fare being served up by their side.

A point was probably a fair result for both teams, but Roberto Martinez will certainly be the happier of the two bosses. For Jol, the presence of Ruiz, Berbatov and Petric in a side that continues to look blunt is becoming increasingly worrying.

team line-up

1Mark Schwarzer
5Brede Hangeland
15Kieran Richardson
18Aaron Hughes
27Sascha Riether
14Giorgios Karagounis
16Damien Duff82
31Alexander Kacaniklic87
11Bryan Ruiz
9Dimitar Berbatov
10Mladen Petric65

substitutes

3John Arne Riise
24Ashkan Dejagah87
13David Stockdale
8Pajtim Kasami
20Hugo Rodallega65
6Chris Baird82
4Philippe Senderos

referee

Mark Clattenburg

team line-up

26Ali Al-Habsi
21Iván Ramis92
31Maynor Figueroa
5Gary Caldwell
17Emmerson Boyce
22Jean Beausejour
4James McCarthy
6David Jones66
16James McArthur
10Shaun Maloney
9Franco Di Santo

substitutes

15Callum McManaman
14Jordi Gómez66
12Michael Pollitt
11Angelo Henriquez
25Roman Golobart
23Ronnie Stam92
19Mauro Boselli

referee

Mark Clattenburg

match stats

possession %4950
shots on target27
shots off target77
corners68
tackles won1218
offsides20