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Fulham 3-2 Wigan Athletic

Denis Odoi
Fulham signed Denis Odoi from Belgian club Lokeren last summer

Neeskens Kebano scored a stoppage-time winner as Fulham beat Championship strugglers Wigan at Craven Cottage.

Floyd Ayite put the hosts ahead from close range, but the Latics drew level when Scott Malone turned Stephen Warnock's cross into his own net.

Michael Jacobs slid in Max Power's cross to put the visitors ahead in first-half stoppage-time.

Denis Odoi's superb 35-yard shot found the bottom corner for Fulham and Kebano curled home in a dramatic finish.

Fulham, looking to extend a club record 16-match unbeaten run against Wigan, started brightly but the visitors fought back and could have been further ahead at half-time after Omar Bogle hit the side-netting with only keeper David Button to beat.

Wigan lost goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard to injury at half-time, with Matt Gilks taking over, but again went close to a third goal when Bogle was denied by Button.

Sone Aluko hit the crossbar with a shot for the hosts before Odoi's stunning strike levelled the scores.

The match looked likely to become the 11th draw between the sides in the last 17 meetings until Kebano struck on his return from Africa Cup of Nations duty with DR Congo.

Fulham move up a place to ninth - within six points of the play-off places - following their win, while Wigan remain next to bottom and five points from safety.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"I can be proud about my team on one hand that we scored goals and won the game, but on the other hand I am really disappointed with some parts of the game.

"We have to be more solid, we did not show enough of a good attitude, and we did not play well without the ball.

"At 1-1 it can be a simple lottery, they can win the game too. Then we scored the goals and we go home satisfied with the points. But I am not satisfied with what we offered today."

Wigan manager Warren Joyce:

"It's bitterly disappointing, we didn't deserve to lose. At 2-1 we were comfortable, really. It was a rush of blood, the free-kick for Fulham's equaliser was avoidable.

"It was a silly free-kick to give away. It was a long way out but we were not organised. It was a poor goal to give away.

"It didn't rattle us, we kept going even though the home crowd is up for it, and I still think we had good opportunities."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 4Odoi
  • 15Madl
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 6McDonaldSubstituted forKebanoat 57'minutes
  • 14Johansen
  • 24AlukoBooked at 21minsSubstituted forParkerat 80'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Ayité
  • 25MartinSubstituted forCyriacat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Parker
  • 9Cyriac
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 20Piazon
  • 30R Sessegnon

Wigan

  • 28HaugaardSubstituted forGilksat 45'minutes
  • 12ConnollyBooked at 70mins
  • 3Buxton
  • 33BurnBooked at 61mins
  • 23Warnock
  • 16MacDonald
  • 17Jacobs
  • 8Morsy
  • 6Power
  • 4PerkinsSubstituted forHansonat 65'minutes
  • 14BogleSubstituted forGriggat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Grigg
  • 13Kellett
  • 26Hanson
  • 35Gilks
  • 37Laurent
  • 43Browne
  • 47Weir
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
15,552

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 3, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Wigan Athletic 2.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 3, Wigan Athletic 2. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Max Power.

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. William Grigg replaces Omar Bogle.

Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jake Buxton tries a through ball, but Stephen Warnock is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Sone Aluko.

Attempt missed. Michael Madl (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Floyd Ayité following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Jacobs.

Attempt missed. Omar Bogle (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Callum Connolly.

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Omar Bogle.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 2. Denis Odoi (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen following a set piece situation.

Booking

Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Floyd Ayité with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic).

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Jamie Hanson replaces David Perkins.

Booking

Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dan Burn (Wigan Athletic).

Sone Aluko (Fulham) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.

Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Kevin McDonald.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Chris Martin.

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

goal

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