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Fulham 2-0 Wigan Athletic: Joe Bryan and Tom Cairney goals give hosts victory

Tom Cairney (right)
Tom Cairney's goal was his third of the season and a superb finish from outside the box

Fulham ended their five-game winless run in all competitions with a deserved home victory over Wigan Athletic.

Joe Bryan fired into the bottom corner shortly after half-time to break the deadlock and Tom Cairney's sweet strike from the edge of the box found the top corner to seal the three points late on.

Those two second-half goals came after the hosts had controlled a goalless first half but had been thwarted by in-form Wigan goalkeeper David Marshall.

The result leaves the Latics with just one win in their past 26 away league matches since August 2018 and with just eight points from their nine league matches so far this term.

Scott Parker's side rose to seventh in the table with what was their third home win of the campaign.

Wigan had arrived at Craven Cottage after a recent upturn in form, after ending a five-game losing streak with two consecutive draws and then beating Charlton 2-0 last time out.

But Fulham, who had drawn their previous three Championship games 1-1, dominated the latter parts of the first half and went close through Aleksandar Mitrovic and Anthony Knockaert, with the latter denied by Marshall's fine near-post save.

After left-back Bryan's opener on the rebound, Marshall again parried a Knockaert effort following a fine run from the winger.

But as the away side looked for a leveller, the Latics keeper could do nothing about Cairney's perfectly-curled strike in the latter stages, after Knockaert had squared the ball to him outside the area.

Fulham boss Scott Parker: "I think everyone was relieved. I was relieved on the side, along with the coaches. Certainly the players, and I think the fans were as well.

"I think over the last few weeks the results haven't been there, but performances certainly have. We have probably played better over the course of the last few weeks and not got the results.

"I think the result was key tonight obviously, and the second goal going in probably just took that edginess off us.

"And I understand that. We have been wounded over the last few weeks and when you have sucker punches like we have over the last few weeks it has an effect. And certainly it has had an effect on the players and it probably had an effect on the crowd at times.

"But the players were superb tonight and it's a good result."

Wigan manager Paul Cook: "It was a fair result. I've no problems with the result in any shape or form.

"I think Fulham are a very, very good side and they played very well tonight and deserved the win.

"We keep going. It was always going to be a tough night. We stuck at it with admirable qualities without ever looking like we would get back into it."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 43S Sessegnon
  • 5Mawson
  • 13Ream
  • 23Bryan
  • 8JohansenSubstituted forArterat 80'minutes
  • 21ReedBooked at 58mins
  • 24KnockaertSubstituted forOnomahat 87'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 19CavaleiroSubstituted forDe Cordova-Reidat 69'minutes
  • 9MitrovicBooked at 66mins

Substitutes

  • 4Odoi
  • 12Rodák
  • 14De Cordova-Reid
  • 18Arter
  • 20Le Marchand
  • 25Onomah
  • 47Kamara

Wigan

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Byrne
  • 22DunkleyBooked at 46mins
  • 16Mulgrew
  • 3Robinson
  • 20WilliamsBooked at 66mins
  • 5MorsyBooked at 5mins
  • 9LoweSubstituted forGelhardtat 74'minutes
  • 8Evans
  • 17JacobsSubstituted forNaismithat 45'minutes
  • 19MooreSubstituted forGarnerat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 6Fox
  • 11Massey
  • 14Garner
  • 23Jones
  • 33Naismith
  • 38Gelhardt
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
18,253

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home21
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 0.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Charlie Mulgrew tries a through ball, but Joe Garner is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Josh Onomah replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).

Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 0. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Harry Arter replaces Stefan Johansen because of an injury.

Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic).

Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Gelhardt (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Gelhardt following a fast break.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Charlie Mulgrew.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Gelhardt replaces Jamal Lowe.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Kal Naismith.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Bobby De Cordova-Reid (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Kieffer Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Bobby De Cordova-Reid replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

Booking

Joe Williams (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).

Nathan Byrne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).

Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Ivan Cavaleiro.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds8521134917
3Swansea8521125717
4Preston8512147716
5West Brom84401510516
6QPR85121412216
7Fulham9432147715
8Bristol City8431139415
9Charlton8422118314
10Sheff Wed8413117413
11Blackburn841398113
12Birmingham841379-213
13Cardiff8332910-112
14Hull8233111109
15Middlesbrough823389-19
16Millwall8233611-59
17Brentford822456-18
18Derby8152811-38
19Wigan9225815-78
20Reading8215911-27
21Luton82151216-47
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Stoke9027920-112
24Huddersfield8017717-101
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