…it really does feel like two points dropped today. Sure, Fulham put up a very good fight considering their setback on Thursday night, but walking away from the ground, I couldn’t help but feel we really ought to have secured a win today.
Latics created their fair share of chances, but Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer seemed to be equal to (almost) everything we chucked at his goal. His performance was the only Fulham one really worth noting, especially in the second half when the visitors started to look a bit tired.
There was a period of about fifteen minutes where Latics could have had at least a couple and put the game beyond doubt with more than ten minutes left to play. It was indicative of the way in which the hosts passed the ball around smoothly, but could not break the opposition’s back line.
Fulham weren’t completely out of the game, though. In fact, they went into the break on level terms and probably just about behind in terms of dominance.
Now, the big talking point: I have not seen the penalty incident on replay just yet. In real time, though, it really did look innocuous and the sort of thing that goes on at corners and free kicks in Prem games week in, week out. As is usual, however, from where I was sat it was all a bit of a blur and a mess of bodies with Clint Dempsey down on the ground holding his face the result.
Let’s just say Phil Dowd’s decision didn’t exactly endear him to the Latics fans, who only seemed to realise it was a penalty some twenty seconds after it was given. The whole thing was made five times worse by the extremely generous free kick which ultimately led to the incident.
Penalty or no, Wigan had enough chances to grab the three points, but just couldn’t breach that defensive barrier. By which I mean Schwarzer. An improved performance from last week, however, will be a big lift to Martinez who faces a tough test in two weeks time when Latics face Tottenham.
One thing’s for certain, if Mohammad Diame commands the midfield in much the same way he did today, and if Rodallega and N’Zogbia continue to make charging runs at the opposition backline, we’ll have a very good chance of snatching one, if not all three points.
Dan, Jesus Was A Wiganer
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