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Fulham 2-2 Wigan Athletic

Ross McCormack scores for Fulham
McCormack joined Fulham from Leeds for £11m last summer

Wigan battled back to earn a point at Fulham but new boss Gary Caldwell was unable to inspire them to a much-needed win in their fight against relegation.

Fulham led twice, first through Ross McCormack's low drive and then Matt Smith's stunning 25-yard strike.

Jermaine Pennant's curling free-kick cancelled out Fulham's opener and Jason Pearce prodded in on 69 minutes to earn a draw.

The result leaves Wigan seven points from safety with four games to play.

Former Latics defender Caldwell was appointed on Tuesday with the club 23rd in the Championship.

Wigan have endured a torrid season and Caldwell has been assured he will not be judged on whether he succeeds in his daunting task of attempting to keep the 2013 FA Cup winners in the division.

His reign could hardly have got off to a worse start, with McCormack capitalising on Harry Maguire's poor header to fire Fulham in front from the edge of the area.

Pennant's fine free-kick brought Wigan level as the visitors dominated the opening half, enjoying two-thirds of possession without creating any other clear-cut chances.

But they were punished for not capitalising on that superiority 10 minutes before the break when Smith scored with a superb 25-yard drive, his 17th goal of the season.

Wigan, though, demonstrated the battling qualities so often displayed by their manager during his playing career as they fought back after the break, eventually levelling in scrappy fashion.

Maguire flicked on Pennant's corner and Pearce was quickest to react to convert at the far post.

It was deserved reward for an improved Wigan performance, but the result may prove to be of little help in their bid to stay up.

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "We're a point closer to safety and come the end of the season it might be the point that keeps us in the division.

"It's been a tough season, to put it mildly, and realistically it was probably always going to be like that. When we stay up I certainly won't be doing cartwheels, but I'll breathe a sigh of relief."

Wigan manager Gary Caldwell: "I have just said to the players that I feel very proud of them considering we only had two days to work.

"It's crazy, absolutely crazy. An all-consuming job. But I loved every minute of it and can't wait for the next one. I've had a lot of managers texting me saying 'welcome to the madhouse' and I can see what they mean."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 37Grimmer
  • 18Turner
  • 33BurnBooked at 27mins
  • 24Husband
  • 2Hoogland
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 8Parker
  • 32KavanaghBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRuizat 73'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forWoodrowat 63'minutes
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forStafylidisat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 10Ruiz
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 16Woodrow
  • 20Rodallega

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17BoyceSubstituted forMcCannat 70'minutes
  • 4Maguire
  • 28Pearce
  • 20Bong
  • 36Kvist
  • 24Perch
  • 15PennantSubstituted forMurphyat 83'minutes
  • 11McClean
  • 16Kim
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forWaghornat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCann
  • 10Mckay
  • 18Ojo
  • 25Barnett
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 27Murphy
  • 33Waghorn
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
15,994

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Wigan Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Kim Bo-Kyung (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Konstantinos Stafylidis replaces Ross McCormack.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Grimmer.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.

  9. Post update

    Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gaëtan Bong.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.

  15. Post update

    Foul by William Kvist (Wigan Athletic).

  16. Post update

    Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Josh Murphy replaces Jermaine Pennant.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jermaine Pennant (Wigan Athletic) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Foul by William Kvist (Wigan Athletic).

As It Stood

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2Norwich412210979433676
3Watford412371182483476
4Middlesbrough412291060322875
5Derby4120111073452871
6Wolves4120111062491371
7Brentford412171370551570
8Ipswich4119111161461568
9Nottm Forest411513136558758
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton411316125053-355
12Sheff Wed411315133743-654
13Cardiff411313154954-552
14Leeds411410174654-852
15Birmingham401214144760-1350
16Bolton411310185058-849
17Huddersfield411212175169-1848
18Reading401210184463-1946
19Brighton421015174350-745
20Fulham42129215475-2145
21Rotherham411013184262-2043
22Wigan42812223757-2036
23Millwall40812203565-3036
24Blackpool41413243280-4825
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