Monday, April 5, 2010

Brede Hangeland open goal to Fulham walk out of the drop-zone

- Okaka 47,
- Hangeland 58

- Scotland 34

**Fulham, distracted of late by their outstanding European adventure and the recent excitement of the midweek tie over Wolfsburg, were looking to end a poor recent run of domestic form that had seen them fail to win in the last four Premier League fixtures.

Wigan, meanwhile, were looking to ease their relegation fears sitting a mere four points above the drop zone before the game. The capital has not been a productive destination for the Latics this season, having conceded 13 goals in their last two visits to London, and the 3-0 loss to Manchester City earlier in the week served only to deepen Roberto Martinez’s problems.

There was no reprieve for Fulham though in the 34th minute when the Latics grabbed the lead 1-0 through a half-volley from Jason Scotland that caught Mark Schwarzer out at his near post, after the hosts had allowed Marcelo Moreno to nod down for the former Swansea hitman.

Fulham drew level though less than two minutes into the second half when substitute Okaka flicked the ball past Kirkland with his first touch after good work down the left by the impressive Gera, 1-1 position.

Duff’s corner was well delivered but Brede Hangeland was left completely unmarked by the Wigan defence and was able to direct his header in off the post. Roberto Martinez has at times this season been disparaging of defensively efficient teams, but he will surely have been angered by the lack of organization in his own rear guard which allowed Fulham to take the lead.

Team Line-Ups :

Fulham : Mark Schwarzer, Paul Konchesky, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Zoltan Gera, * Danny Murphy (Chris Baird, 88), Damien Duff, Dickson Etuhu, Clint Dempsey, Simon Davies, David Elm (Stefano Chuka Okaka, 46)

Wigan Athletic : Chris Kirkland, Paul Scharner, Titus Bramble, Mario Melchiot, Maynor Figueroa, Charles N'Zogbia (Ben Watson, 86), James McCarthy, Mohamed Diame, * Jason Scotland (Victor Moses, 61), Marcelo Moreno (Scott Sinclair, 85), Hugo Rodallega


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