Saturday, February 07, 2009

Wigan Athletic 0 Fulham 0 (micro post)

An almost inevitable scoreline that on the face of it seemed a good away point but proved to be a missed opportunity to claim that elusive first away win. Wigan are a team, very much like ourselves, making the most of their resources to keep clear of the mire that is the lower half of the table. Going in to the game I'd have been more than happy with a point. The comments of both managers suggest we played well enough to claim all three.

Disappointingly, Dickson Etuhu, who seemed to be finding his feet in the last couple of games, picked up a knock which lead to his replacement near the end of the first half. However, this did give us an extended opportunity to see Olivier Dacourt who, whilst clearly being short of match fitness, looked very much the part. Zamora had a couple of decent attempts and was much improved. A point Hodgson was quick to pass comment on - "Last week Bobby Zamora had a bad time and it was good to see him back today, doing what we need."

Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia (Watson 18), Brown (Koumas 19), Cattermole, N'Zogbia, Mido (Zaki 42), Rodallega. Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Edman, Boyce, De Ridder.
Booked: Figueroa.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu (Dacourt 45), Murphy, Dempsey (Gera 90), Johnson, Zamora (Nevland 75). Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Gray, Stoor, Kallio.
Booked: Dempsey, Pantsil.

Att: 16,499.

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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