Ali Al Habsi
The Oman international was making his 50th appearance for the club and had a very quiet first half as his side dominate, however when Fulham broke in the closing minutes of the half he was unable to keep Dempsey’s strike out despite a desperate dive.
The Latics captain had a busy afternoon marking Zamora and he will have been disappointed to let the England international get away to create the opening goal. However the Scotland defender could have opened the scoring himself earlier in the first half but he headed over from six yards when it looked easier to score.
The Ecuadorian full-back gives Wigan a much more balanced back four, he marshalled Andy Johnson well and showed neat touches going forward. He had one mazy run in the first half which led to a great chance for Watson but Schwarzer denied the midfielder.
Playing alongside Caldwell the central defender had a good game, he was strong in the tackle and good in the air against Zamora. His positional play was very good and he covered well for Figueroa when the full-back strode forward.
The experienced full-back was a constant threat down the Wigan right in support of Moses. He delivered two excellent crosses for Jones and Rodallega but neither were converted. Defensively he had a busy game against Dempsey and he was caught out for the opening goal as Zamora stole in behind him. He was replaced by Stam in the 70th minute.
The lively winger was making his home debut and he worked hard to get into the game however he was not used as often as Moses on the other wing. He delivered some good crosses in the first half but his team-mates wasted the opportunities. He was replaced by Di Santo in the 64th minute.
He was at the heart of everything Wigan did, he looked to set his side on attacks at every opportunity and had his finishing been better he could have had two goals in the first half.
Wigan’s controller in the middle of the pitch had a good game, he linked very well with Jones and created most of what Wigan did well in the game. He had a chance to get his name on the scoresheet in the first half but his volley was well saved by Schwarzer.
Playing as part of Wigan’s midfield three Diame had a lively start to the match with some early runs but his game came to a premature end in the 10th minute when he was replaced by McArthur following an earlier challenge from Grygera.
Like Al Habsi the young winger was making his 50th appearance for Wigan and he had an excellent game. He was the outlet for Wigan and his runs and crosses were always threatening for his side. He had provided the game’s best moment in the early parts of the second half with a sensational 25-yard strike that beat Schwarzer but crashed against the post.
The striker is Wigan’s dangerman and as such he was given close attention by Hangeland and Baird in the Fulham defence. He was rarely able to get much room to influence the game, though midway through the first half his overhead kick flew over the bar.
The experienced Australian stopper kept his side in the game in the first half with good saves from Watson and Moses.
Had a tough time against the pace of Crusat but he kept up with the Spaniard well and restricted the number of crosses he was able to deliver.
The Norwegian full-back gave the visitors an attacking threat down the left flank but he spent the majority of his afternoon going backwards as Moses ran him ragged. He struggled to stay with the winger at times and will be glad to see the back of him.
The central defender kept very close to Rodallega and did his best to keep the Colombian quiet, he is very strong in the air and reads the game very well too.
Alongside Hangeland he was good in the air and he looked after any runs from midfield from the Wigan forwards.
A fiery performance in the centre of the pitch from the midfielder, he battled hard against Ben Watson and Jones.
Fulham’s experienced captain was their creative influence and had a huge hand in the opening goal. His ability to read the game set him apart from others on the pitch and his pinpoint pass for Zamora in the opener just showed the skill he has. He was replaced by Etuhu in the 70th minute.
The forward spent most of his afternoon in the hole behind Zamora but will feel he could have offered more for his side. He linked well with Johnson and Dempsey but his final pass lacked precision. He made up for that with the second goal in the closing minutes before being replaced by Duff.
The American has an unerring ability to score crucial goals for the Cottagers and today was no exception as he popped up just before half-time to give his side the lead with his third goal of the season. Other than his goal he had a quiet game and struggled to get heavily involved in the match.
The England international gave Caldwell plenty to deal with throughout the game as he led the line well on his own. His communication with the forwards supporting him was good and he worked the channels well to create room behind him. He created Dempsey’s opening goal well with an excellent piece of movement before a low cross to the American who tapped home.
The striker was in an unfamiliar right wing position and it did not suit his style of play, but he did have a good game for his side. He held his position well and pushed Figueroa when he needed to, he was also able to make late runs to support Zamora which caused Wigan a few problems and nearly resulted in a goal in the opening minutes of the second half.
- 12 M. Pollitt
Replaced Boyce in the 70th minute and gave Wigan more of an attacking option down the right but he could not create a goalscoring chance.
- 14 Jordi Gómez
- 10 S. Maloney
- 16 J. McArthur
- 18 C. Sammon
F. Di Santo
Replaced Crusat in the 64th minute but was unable to change his side's fortunes.