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Fulham 2 Wigan 1

Fulham took the honours at Craven Cottage today with a 2-1 win after trailing at half time.

The win, a rarity in fixtures between these two teams, sets Fulham up nicely for the trip to Germany, to play Wolfsburg on Thursday.

For the fixture Roy Hodgson made only one change to the eleven that beat Wolfsburg on Thursday evening with David Elm coming in for Bobby Zamora who had an Achilles injury.

The opening exchanges were dull to say the least with things only livened up by the sight of Paul Scharner, a supposed Fulham target, receiving a yellow card for pulling back Elm.

Elm, enjoying a rare start and preferred to Erik Nevland and Stefano Okaka, had a low shot from eighteen yards out, as the action finally got going, but Chris Kirkland made a comfortable save.

The visitors, pushing forward, saw Scharner head a corner over at the near post before Mark Schwarzer made a mistake and gifted Scharner with an opportunity when he scooped a cross straight to him, thankfully Brede Hangeland was on hand to clear off the line. From the clearance Maynor Figueroa tried a spectacular forty yard effort but Schwarzer redeemed himself for his earlier error by tipping it over the bar.

Respite for Fulham was brief though and when Mario Melchiot delivered a deep cross Marceo Moreno headed it back for Jason Scotland to beat Schwarzer at his near post with thirty-four minutes gone. Just before half time Kirkland had to push away a deflected Damien Duff cross but it hadn`t been a good first half for Fulham.

At half time (Sir) Roy Hodgson took off Elm and introduced Okaka and the move took only three minutes to pay dividends. Zoltan Gera collected the ball and fired it in low for Okaka to score at the near post. Eleven minutes later the lead was ours when we netted a second. A corner from Duff was met by the head of Brede Hangleand who watched as Kirkland could only help it into the net.

The comeback was complete and Fulham could have made the score line more emphatic in stoppage time when appeals for a foul on Clint Dempsey by Titus Bramble were turned down by Mark Clattenburg.

Next stop Germany!


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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 4 2010

Time: 6:31PM

Your Comments

i wonder if west ham will complain about replacing elm with okaka....great name!!!!!!!!!!!
Leonestar
Much needed win. Glad to be over 40 points, finally. Wolfsburg defeated Hoffenheim 4-0 today, so we better be ready for a fight on Thursday.
Teddy_KGB
By the way, Vital Wigan match report suggested that Fulham left the field at half 'to a chorus of boos'. I didn't see the match. Is that true? Surely not.
Teddy_KGB
Good luck to you guys in the Europa.
ACLamp
Yes there were a chorus of boos, but not directed at the lads. We had 2 penalty appeals waved away and from where I was sitting (haven't seen the replay) Gera's appeal for a penalty looked a definite. The ref was useless! So a chorus of boos was directed towards the ref along with various other classic chants about his ability which I can't mention on a family site like this!! Decent, workmanlike performance from Fulham with special mention for Gera who I thought was man of the match. Useful running off the ball, good in possession, tracked back to help the midfield, worked very hard to set up the goal for Okaka. Faultless performance from him!
donfulham
I concur with Don, all booing was for Clattenberg, who was absolutely useless. (He was ref for the Spurs game). I wonder, however, following Roy's outburst whether he and the team thought it was aimed at them?
DeuceBigelow
Wigan weren't all that. Even at 0-1, I thought we could win the game
DeuceBigelow
Ahh. I see. The way the article was written, I wasn't sure if the boos were for the ref or the squad. Thanks for the clarification.
Teddy_KGB
glad to see that fans not jumping on the back of the squad and manager after getting off to a slow start in the match... i would have been dissappointed to hear any fulham fan booing this year's squad.
woodysweats
 

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