Wigan 0 Fulham 0: Little gain from the Wigan pain

08 February 2009 09:44
Painful. That was how one player forced to watch this stalemate from the sidelines described it on his way out of the JJB Stadium — and no one was about to argue.

Painful for a Fulham

side still looking to end an awful away run and painful for Wigan

as they come to terms with an unwanted mid-season makeover.

Sharing the pain: Hodgson and Bruce at the JJB

 WIGAN 0 FULHAM 0: The action as it happened

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'This time last year I was just celebrating my first point and that was in my sixth game,' said Fulham manager Roy Hodgson, who beat relegation on the last day.

'This season is obviously a hell of a lot different, but it's so easy to go on a bad run in this league and slip back into trouble.'

Wigan felt secure enough to let go of Emile Heskey, Wilson Palacios, Ryan Taylor, Kevin Kilbane and Henri Camara in the January transfer window without fearing therepercussions, so Steve Bruce could be forgiven for feeling that success hasnot been altogether positive.

No way through: Wigan's Amr Zaki (left) fails to beat Aaron Hughes of Fulham

'If we had been on 23 points rather than 33, we would not have made the moves,' said the Wigan boss.

'Forty points is usually enough, but I still want to see if we can bed the team in quickly. We've made wholesale changes and it is going to take a bit of time.'

Mido missed Wigan's best chance, guiding a free header wide from Maynor Figueroa's cross, while Fulham could have had a deserved three points had Bobby Zamora not headed over from two yards out.

WIGAN (4-4-2): Kirkland 6; Melchiot 7, Scharner 7, Bramble 7, Figueroa 7; Valencia 5 (Watson 18min, 5), Brown 5 (Koumas 19, 6), Cattermole 6, N'Zogbia 5; Mido 5 (Zaki 42, 7), Rodallega 6.

Booked: Figueroa.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Schwarzer 6; Pantsil 6, Hangeland 7, Hughes 6, Konchesky 6; Davies 6, Etuhu 6 (Dacourt 45, 6), Murphy 8, Dempsey 6 (Gera 90); Johnson 6, Zamora 7 (Nevland 75, 6).

Booked: Dempsey, Pantsil.

Man of the match: Danny Murphy.

Referee: Lee Probert.

 WIGAN 0 FULHAM 0: The action as it happened

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Source: Daily_Mail