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Title: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:38:40 AM
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Okaka Hails Vital Win
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Goalscorer Stefano Okaka hailed his side’s second-half comeback and his first Premier League goal for Fulham.

The on-loan Italian U21 striker, who was a half-time replacement for David Elm, made an immediate impact against Wigan on Sunday afternoon, slotting home Zoltan Gera’s low cross a minute in.

Little more than 10 minutes later, Brede Hangeland rose highest to add Fulham’s second in a valuable 2-1 win, with Wigan’s Jason Scotland putting the visitors in front after 34 minutes.

After a mixed first-half, the Whites responded and showed their character once more with a battling display after the break.

“It was a much better second-half,” said Stefano, talking exclusively to fulhamfc.com after the game. “Wigan made it difficult for us at times and it was disappointing to go behind. But we came back and managed to score two goals, and keep them out further at the other end. It was a deserved three points.

“Of course, it was great to score my first league goal for Fulham and I am pleased also, because it proved to be an important one. I think it gave us the momentum and the spirit to push on and get another – which we did.

“Zolly did really well down the left and put in a great ball. I’d taken up a good position and did what I had to do from the position that I was in. It was a nice strike for me.”

Fulham had chances to extend their lead with Gera, Danny Murphy and Clint Dempsey testing Chris Kirkland in a half they more or less dominated. Wigan applied the pressure late on, but the Whites’ defence held firm to secure a vital win and the three points that saw them pass the 40-point marker.

“We needed a win,” added Stefano. “We had lost three league games in succession, so it was important that we got back to winning ways. The victory moved us up to 41 points in the league and that’s good.

“It will also give us confidence going into Thursday’s UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final with Wolfsburg. It’s a big week for the Club and of course, you want to go into games like that on the back of good results and performances.

“Obviously, I won’t be available for the game [having already played in the competition with AS Roma] – but it’s one that I would have loved to have been part of. I wish the team all the best, and I’m sure they will show what they can do.”

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Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:42:04 AM
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Fulham 2 Wigan Athletic 1: Brede Hangeland Seals Victory for Cottagers

Brede Hangeland ensured Fulham head out for the second leg of their Europa League tie with Wolfsburg buoyed by a first Premier League win in four games.

Hangeland's 58th-minute header completed the Cottagers' comeback after Roy Hodgson's side had fallen behind to Jason Scotland's first top-flight goal.

Stefano Okaka cancelled out Scotland's strike two minutes after appearing as a half time substitute, netting for the first time since he arrived at Craven Cottage in a loan switch from AS Roma in January.

The result moved Fulham past the 40-point mark while Wigan remain just four points above the bottom three and facing a continuing battle for survival.

REACTION:
Roy Hodgson claimed the way his side recovered from the exertions of last week's first leg win over Wolfsburg meant this victory was one of the most satisfying since he took charge at Craven Cottage.

The manager was frustrated, however, by the reaction of some home supporters during the first half as the Cottagers struggled to get going in their 53rd game of the season.

"I've got to be delighted with the team's performance because if ever there was a day when we were entitled to lose a game it was this," he said.

"I think it's 5 or 6 weeks we've had three games in a row and there is going to come a time when we don't win.

"The crowd has been fantastic but you're just hoping sometimes people will show some degree of understanding for the level of difficulty your team is facing.

"We were facing a team who have prepared all week for this game, it's a vital game for them, they're in a relegation battle.

"But still we've shown enough, we've dug deep and we've got another famous victory.

"So I've got to say this is one of the happiest moments I've had at Fulham because when everyone expects you to lose, when everything that's being written says you're not going to do it today and you do do it, then that's when you deserve a pat on the back."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez was disappointed at the way his side allowed Fulham back into the game after taking a first half lead.

He said: "It was very frustrating because I thought the hardest thing was to come and score the first goal which we did. But we lost concentration at two key moments so I think it was self-inflicted.

"The two lapses were unacceptable. The players know that. The disappointment is they worked so hard in the first half and we knew the first ten minutes of the half would be important.

"But we didn't make them work too hard to get back into it.

"We've got two home games coming up and the home form will be vital. We're not far away. We have three home games, it's going to be an exciting run-in. I'm more interested in our performance.

"We showed the good things we are capable of and also the bad things that were the lapses in concentration."

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Fulham struggled to get going during a dull opening half while Wigan were quick to take the initiative whenever the opportunity arose and deserved to take the lead when Scotland latched onto Marcelo Moreno's nod down and sent a half volley beyond Mark Schwarzer.

Hodgson admitted his decision to play David Elm instead of the injured Bobby Zamora – the forward is expected to be fit for Thursday's game – was a mistake with Elm forced off at half-time and sent to hospital for routine checks after suffering a reaction to a recent virus. Okaka was introduced for Elm and the change had an immediate impact with the substitute scoring from Zoltan Gera's cross after the Hungarian capitalised on a mistake by Paul Scharner.

The goal lifted Fulham and when Hangeland headed the winning goal from Damien Duff's corner, a home victory appeared assured.

WHAT IT MEANS:
Hodgson fears his side will hit the wall soon but they once again showed commendable powers of recovery that should stand them in good stead in Germany this week. The expected return of Zamora will add to their attacking strength and if they can draw on further reserves of energy, their European adventure is likely to continue.

Wigan face a vitally important home game with Portsmouth next weekend when victory should give sufficient breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone. They can ill afford to repeat the defensive that allowed Fulham back into the game and the coming weeks will provide a major test of their ability to hold their nerve.

QUOTABLE:
"We were hoping he (Zamora) would recover but the medical staff are quite optimistic he will recover by Thursday."
- Hodgson provides the positive medical bulletin all Fulham fans want to hear.


FULHAM 2 (Okaka 47, Hangeland 58) WIGAN ATHLETIC 1 (Scotland 34)

PLAYER MARKING:
Fulham (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer 5; Davies 6, Hughes 7, Hangeland 8, Konchesky 7; Duff 8, Etuhu 7, Murphy 6 (Baird 88, 6), Dempsey 6; Gera 9; Elm 6 (Okaka 46, 7; Nevland 88, 6).
Subs (not used): Zuberbuhler, Shorey, Smalling, Greening.

Wigan Athletic (4-4-2): Kirkland 8; Melchiot 5, Scharner 4, Bramble 7, Figueroa 6; N'Zogbia 5 (Watson 85, 6), McCarthy 7, Diame 6, Rodallega 6; Scotland 6 (Moses 61, 6), Moreno 6 (Sinclair 85).
Subs (not used): Stojkovic, Gohouri, Amaya, Gomez.

ATTENDANCE: 22,730

NEXT UP:
- Fulham v Vfl Wolfsburg (Away), Europa League 08/04, 2005 BST
- Wigan Athletic v Portsmouth (Home), Premier League 14/04, 1945 BST

MAN OF THE MATCH:
Zoltan Gera (Fulham): The Hungarian is enjoying an oustanding season and once again revelled in the playmaker role. Constantly upset the Wigan defence with darting runs down either side of the centre backs and forced Paul Scharner into the error that led to the Fulham equaliser.

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:47:30 AM
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Fulham 2 Wigan 1: Roy Hodgson blasts fans' wake-up call as Brede Hangeland seals win

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has had enough of dissenting voices at Craven Cottage.
His side’s lacklustre first-half display in their 53rd game of the season was greeted by catcalls of derision from some fans.
Hodgson, with a Europa League semi-final still a possibility and Premier League safety surely secured, said: ‘It would be nice if people showed some sort of understanding because I feel the players don’t deserve people shouting at them to “wake up”.
‘It’s not a question of waking up; it’s a question of getting tired legs going again.’

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Fulham had the excuse of Thursday’s exertions against Wolfsburg in the Europa League but they came from behind to secure a victory that helps London rivals West Ham, who had complained to the Premier League after Fulham made six changes for last week’s defeat at Hull. Wigan are only four points above the relegation zone, three ahead of the Hammers, after this setback.
Jason Scotland, making his first Wigan start for eight weeks, opened the scoring with his first Premier League goal in the 34th minute. Hodgson was so incensed by his side’s defending that he kicked a chair in the dug-out.
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But he seized the initiative by sending on Stefano Okaka for David Elm after the break. He admitted it had been a mistake to play Swedish striker Elm, who was taken to hospital after the game having suffered a recurrence of a virus.
Elm was thought to be a like-for-like replacement for Bobby Zamora, who suffered an achilles injury in the 2-1 win over Wolfsburg but should be fit for Thursday’s second leg.
Okaka took less than 90 seconds to draw Fulham level with his first Premier League goal and six minutes later Brede Hangeland made it 2-1 with a powerful header from a Damien Duff cross.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was unhappy with his side’s defending. He said: ‘It was a self-inflicted defeat. We created enough chances and looked a threat but then we get punished for two unacceptable lapses of concentration.’


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Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:49:06 AM
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Fulham - Dempsey Slams West Ham!
With the West Ham complaint thing still rumbling around, one of those players who played in the weakened side at Hull City has spoken up.

Clint Dempsey, who has made his way back from a bad injury, has remarked,

"It`s disrespectful to me because I was on the pitch against Hull."

"I don`t feel I`m a weak player. I felt strong and confident and I tried to get the job done."

"West Ham are under-pressure, there is a lot of money at stake if you go down."

"I`m sure it`s frustrating for them, but we have to do what we think is best for the club."


Calm down Clint mate, don`t get so worked up! Just save our last goal of this season for the game against them and send them down!

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:51:52 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/fulham/7552415/Fulham-2-Wigan-1-match-report.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/leagues/premierleague/fulham/7552415/Fulham-2-Wigan-1-match-report.html)
Fulham 2 Wigan 1: match report
Real a full match report of the Barclays Premier League game between Fulham and Wigan Athletic at Craven Cottage on Sunday Apr 4, 2010.

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Fulham prepared for the Europa League quarter final return in Germany with their first Premier League win in six weeks, at Craven Cottage, and leave Wigan facing a fight to preserve their League status.

Wigan's Jason Scotland, who scored twice against Fulham for Swansea in last season's FA Cup, claimed his first Premier League goal before Stefano Okaka levelled. Brede Hangeland scored the 58th minute winner for Fulham.

West Ham will have little complaint about Fulham's team against another side in a relegation battle.

Fulham made only one change from the side that beat Wolfsburg 2-1 in the Europa League on Thursday with Bobby Zamora ruled out with an Achilles problem.

It was not thought to be too serious with the 18 goal striker rested ahead of the return to Lower Saxony.

That gave Swedish striker David Elm his first start for Fulham since February and only his fourth for the club.

Wigan were missing the banned Gary Caldwell but Chris Kirkland, their goalkeeper, returned after illness while Scotland was given his first start in nine games.

The visitors, who had conceded 13 goals in their previous two London visits, created the first chance with Maynor Figueroa setting up Hugo Rodallega for a chance that was blocked.

Fulham responded when a delightful ball from Simon Davies, playing again in an unorthodox right back position, found Damien Duff and his cross was met by Zoltan Gera but the Hungarian's diving header was held by Kirkland.

Wigan's Paul Scharner was booked for a 13th minute foul on Elm.

Soon afterwards Elm had a shot parried by Kirkland and in the 18th minute Wigan survived a penalty appeal when Gera fell following a challenge from Mohamed Diame but replays suggested he had caught his boot in the turf.

Wigan, in their fluorescent orange shirts, came close to an opening goal in the 31st minute when a slip by Mark Schwarzer allowed Scharner to lob towards goal only for Brede Hangeland to clear off the line.

And the Schwarzer had to alert to tip another effort, from Hugo Rodallega from under his cross bar.

Inevitably Wigan opened the scoring, in the 34th minute, when Mario Melchiot crossed, Marcelo Moreno pulled the ball back and though Scotland slipped he was able to find the bottom corner.

Roy Hodgson, the Fulham manager, was so angry he appeared to kick his chair in frustration.

Hodgson made a change at half time, replacing Elm with Okaka and after just 81 seconds he scored his first Premier League goal.

Scharner lost possession to Gera and his cross from the left found Okaka and the Italian responded with a neat near-post flick.

And in the 58th minute Fulham took the lead when, from Duff's left wing corner, Hangeland's powerful header beat Kirkland and found the net off the inside of the right post.

And in added time referee Mark Clattenburg rejected another penalty appeal when Titus Bramble upended Clint Dempsey.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:53:27 AM
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Report: Fulham v Wigan
Woeful Wigan slump to Fulham defeat

A superb second-half fightback from Fulham gave them a 2-1 victory which ensured woeful Wigan remain in the relegation battle.

Goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland completed the home side's recovery after Jason Scotland's first Barclays Premier League goal for Wigan had put them in front in the 34th minute.

The defeat leaves Wigan in 16th place, just four points clear of the bottom three while Fulham remain on course for another top 10 finish so coveted by boss Roy Hodgson.

Fulham should have opened their account in the fifth minute when Damien Duff's inswinging cross was met by the head of centre-forward David Elm.

But the striker could not find the power or the deftness to place his header beyond Chris Kirkland.

Wigan responded with some good work by Hugo Rodallega but the striker's cross from the left flank was plucked out of the air by Mark Schwarzer.

Wigan defender Paul Scharner was booked for a foul on Elm in the 13th minute but Fulham failed to take advantage of the resultant free-kick.

Two minutes later Kirkland produced another fine save to deny Elm after Zoltan Gera had put the Fulham striker in the clear.

Fulham felt they should have had a penalty in the 18th minute when Gera appeared to be upended in the area by Mohamed Diame. Referee Mark Clattenburg was non-plussed, much to the fury of the home fans.

Wigan went close in the 28th minute when Scharner headed a corner by James McCarthy just wide of the target.

Fulham had Hangeland to thank moments later when Schwarzer spilled the ball to Scharner on the edge of the penalty area but the Wigan defender's chip was cleared off the line by the tall defender.

Schwarzer redeemed himself in 31st minute when he tipped a long-range effort from Maynor Figueroa over the crossbar.

But the goal Wigan had threatened finally arrived in the 34th minute.

A deep cross from Mario Melchiot was knocked down by Marcelo Moreno for Scotland to send a low drive into the corner of the net for his first Premier League goal for the club.

Fulham almost got a surprise leveller five minutes before the break when a cross from Duff nearly deceived Kirkland but the Wigan goalkeeper managed to tip the ball to safety from under the bar.

Fulham replaced Elm with Okaka at half-time and it brought immediate success for the home side.

Gera robbed Scharner on the left flank and his low cross towards the edge of the six-yard box was turned home by Okaka.

Wigan's Rodallega almost restored their lead in the 52nd minute but his 20-yard shot was well saved at the second attempt by Schwarzer.

At the opposite end, Duff forced Kirkland into a fine save when the Irishman unleashed a half-volley from 10 yards that threatened to find the corner of the net.

But Fulham went 2-1 in front in the 58th minute when Duff's corner was met by the towering frame of Hangeland, who directed his header into the net off the far post.

Fulham continued to dominate as Wigan tried to pick up the pace again following the home side's fightback.

Okaka almost managed to get free in the 69th minute but he failed to control the ball and it ran through to Kirkland.

Okaka's eventful afternoon ended with him collecting a booking and then being substituted in the 88th minute with an ankle problem.

But his goal straight after half-time had sparked Fulham's revival and despite some late injury-time pressure from Wigan, the home side hung on for a deserved win.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:55:03 AM
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Fulham fightback keeps Wigan in the drop zone
Sunday, April 04, 2010 - 04:55 PM

Fulham 2 Wigan 1

A superb second-half fightback from Fulham ensured woeful Wigan remain in the relegation battle.

Goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland completed the home side’s recovery after Jason Scotland’s first Barclays Premier League goal for Wigan had put them in front in the 34th minute.

The defeat leaves Wigan in 16th place, just four points clear of the bottom three while Fulham remain on course for another top 10 finish so coveted by boss Roy Hodgson.

Fulham should have opened their account in the fifth minute when Damien Duff’s inswinging cross was met by the head of centre-forward David Elm.

But the striker could not find the power or the deftness to place his header beyond Chris Kirkland.

Wigan responded with some good work by Hugo Rodallega but the striker’s cross from the left flank was plucked out of the air by Mark Schwarzer.

Wigan defender Paul Scharner was booked for a foul on Elm in the 13th minute but Fulham failed to take advantage of the resultant free-kick.

Two minutes later Kirkland produced another fine save to deny Elm after Zoltan Gera had put the Fulham striker in the clear.

Fulham felt they should have had a penalty in the 18th minute when Gera appeared to be upended in the area by Mohamed Diame. Referee Mark Clattenburg was non-plussed, much to the fury of the home fans.

Wigan went close in the 28th minute when Scharner headed a corner by James McCarthy just wide of the target.

Fulham had Hangeland to thank moments later when Schwarzer spilled the ball to Scharner on the edge of the penalty area but the Wigan defender’s chip was cleared off the line by the tall defender.

Schwarzer redeemed himself in 31st minute when he tipped a long-range effort from Maynor Figueroa over the crossbar.

But the goal Wigan had threatened finally arrived in the 34th minute.

A deep cross from Mario Melchiot was knocked down by Marcelo Moreno for Scotland to send a low drive into the corner of the net for his first Premier League goal for the club.

Fulham almost got a surprise leveller five minutes before the break when a cross from Duff nearly deceived Kirkland but the Wigan goalkeeper managed to tip the ball to safety from under the bar.

Fulham replaced Elm with Okaka at half-time and it brought immediate success for the home side.
Gera robbed Scharner on the left flank and his low cross towards the edge of the six-yard box was turned home by Okaka.

Wigan’s Rodallega almost restored their lead in the 52nd minute but his 20-yard shot was well saved at the second attempt by Schwarzer.

At the opposite end, Duff forced Kirkland into a fine save when the Irishman unleashed a half-volley from 10 yards that threatened to find the corner of the net.

But Fulham went 2-1 in front in the 58th minute when Duff’s corner was met by the towering frame of Hangeland, who directed his header into the net off the far post.

Fulham continued to dominate as Wigan tried to pick up the pace again following the home side’s fightback.

Okaka almost managed to get free in the 69th minute but he failed to control the ball and it ran through to Kirkland.

Okaka’s eventful afternoon ended with him collecting a booking and then being substituted in the 88th minute with an ankle problem.

But his goal straight after half-time had sparked Fulham’s revival and despite some late injury-time pressure from Wigan, the home side hung on for a deserved win.



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Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:56:42 AM
http://www.sport.co.uk/news/Football/36447/Cottagers_hit_back_to_sink_Latics.aspx (http://www.sport.co.uk/news/Football/36447/Cottagers_hit_back_to_sink_Latics.aspx)
Cottagers hit back to sink Latics

Fulham finally transformed their impressive European form on to the domestic stage by coming from behind to secure a first Premier League victory since February 21, seeing off Wigan Athletic 2-1.

A first Cottagers league goal from on-loan Roma striker Stefano Okaka and a fine headed goal from Brede Hangeland cranked up the relegation pressure on the struggling Latics.

Though without in-form talisman Bobby Zamora, Fulham started with the zest of a side full of confidence after their superb 2-1 Europa League victory over Wolfsburg.

The Cottagers created the first clear chance after five minutes when Thursday's European hero Damien Duff picked out Zoltan Gera, but his header was well held by goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

Then Zamora's replacement David Elm found space in the box, but Kirkland was again equal to the effort.

However, the hosts should have had the chance to score from the spot after 20 minutes with the Fulham faithful livid at referee Mark Clattenburg for failing to award a penalty after Gera appeared to be sent sprawling by Titus Bramble.

But, after showing their defensive resilience, Roberto Martinez's side so nearly notched the opener just after the half hour when Paul Scharner's lob was cleared off the line by Hangeland.

There was no reprieve for Fulham though in the 34th minute when the Latics grabbed the lead through a half-volley from Jason Scotland that caught Mark Schwarzer out at his near post, after the hosts had allowed Marcelo Moreno to nod down for the former Swansea hitman.

Fulham drew level though less than two minutes into the second half when substitute Okaka flicked the ball past Kirkland with his first touch after good work down the left by the impressive Gera.

That leveller transformed Fulham and their improved second-half showing was rewarded in the 58th minute with Hangeland's towering header from a Duff corner finding the back of the net via Kirkland's outstretched hand and a post.

The Fulham fans claimed another penalty near the end when Clint Dempsey went down after a challenge by Bramble, but this time action replays showed that it was a clean tackle and two was enough for Fulham in the end.

Goalscorer Okaka handed manager Roy Hodson another injury headache though when he hobbled off with five minutes to go.

However, Zamora's apparent knock that ruled him out was not thought to be serious enough to make him a doubt for the European quarter-final second leg at Wolfsburg
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 07:58:18 AM
http://www.fulhamchronicle.co.uk/london-sport/fulham-fc/2010/04/04/brede-hangeland-heads-fulham-to-victory-82029-26174484/ (http://www.fulhamchronicle.co.uk/london-sport/fulham-fc/2010/04/04/brede-hangeland-heads-fulham-to-victory-82029-26174484/)
Brede Hangeland heads Fulham to victory
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Fulham 2-1 Wigan

BREDE Hangeland handed Fulham their first Premier League win since February against Wigan at Craven Cottage.

The Whites trailed to Jason Scotland's first-half opener before substitute Stefano Okaka levelled, then Hangeland headed the winner to earn the points.

Fulham were denied a stonewall penalty when Zoltan Gera was chopped in the box, but it was Roberto Martinez's side who broke the deadlock against the run of play.

Marcelo Moreno headed the ball to Scotland, and he lashed the ball past Mark Schwarzer from the edge of the box to hand Wigan a half-time lead.

However, the hosts got back on terms less than two minutes after the interval when Okaka, on as a sub for David Elm, flicked home Gera's driven cross.

And it wasn't long before Roy Hodgson's side got their noses in front.

Damien Duff swung in a corner from the left, and Hangeland stooped to head past Chris Kirkland off the far post to give Fulham victory.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:00:21 AM
http://uk.soccerway.com/news/2010/April/04/wigan-in-relegation-trouble-after-defeat-at-fulham/ (http://uk.soccerway.com/news/2010/April/04/wigan-in-relegation-trouble-after-defeat-at-fulham/)
Wigan in relegation trouble after defeat at Fulham

LONDON (AFP) - Fulham pushed Wigan deeper into the relegation dogfight as second-half goals from Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland clinched a 2-1 win over the Latics on Sunday.

Roy Hodgson's side trailed to Jason Scotland's first half goal at Craven Cottage, but on-loan Roma forward Okaka equalised for the hosts early in the second half before Hangeland headed the winner that leaves Wigan just four points above the relegation zone.

While Fulham will go into the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Wolfsburg in good spirits, Wigan are facing a grim struggle to beat the drop.

However, Hodgson was frustrated with the crowd's reaction to Fulham's first half display and he said: "I am just taking the moment really to remind the fans we do still try to give them everything but there is going to come a time in these last six games when I'm pretty sure we will disappoint them.

"All I am saying is that it would be nice if people showed some sympathy and understanding for that.

"They don't deserve people shouting 'wake-up'. It is not a question of waking-up, it is a question of getting tired legs going again in a tough Premier League game."

Hodgson's decision to rest players against Hull last weekend to save them for the Cottagers' clash with Wolfsburg prompted West Ham to complain in the Premier League.

Even with a 2-1 lead to defend in the second leg against Wolfsburg on Thursday, Hodgson selected a stronger team for his club's latest league match, with Bobby Zamora the only key absentee.

Zamora's replacement David Elm should have opened the scoring in the fifth minute, but the Swede was unable to enough direction or power in his header from Damien Duff's cross and Chris Kirkland saved well.

Kirkland had to make a tougher save soon after as Elm surged onto Zoltan Gera's pass and tested the Wigan keeper with a well-struck shot.

Fulham felt they should have had a penalty in the 18th minute when Gera appeared to be upended in the area by Mohamed Diame but referee Mark Clattenburg waved away their appeals.

Wigan went close in the 28th minute when Paul Scharner headed James McCarthy's corner just wide.

Hangeland bailed out Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer when he cleared off the line after the Australian spilled the ball to Scharner on the edge of the penalty area.

But Wigan continued to look dangerous and took the lead in the 34th minute.

Mario Melchiot's cross was knocked down by Marcelo Moreno for Scotland to send a low drive into the corner of the net for his first Premier League goal.

Fulham nearly got a lucky equaliser just before half-time when Kirkland recovered to tip Duff's cross over the bar after initially misjudging the flight of the ball.

Hodgson replaced Elm with Okaka at half-time and his change paid immediate dividends in the 47th minute when Gera robbed Scharner and crossed for Okaka to slot home from close-range.

Duff forced Kirkland into a fine save when the Irishman hit a goalbound volley moments later.

And Fulham took the lead in the 58th minute when Duff's corner was met by Hangeland and the Norway defender directed his header into the net off the far post.

Okaka limped off in the 88th minute with an ankle problem, but Fulham had already done enough to take the points that kept them on course for a top-ten finish.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:02:17 AM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/apr/04/fulham-wigan-athletic-premier-league (http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/apr/04/fulham-wigan-athletic-premier-league)
Roy Hodgson's master switch sparks Fulham comeback against Wigan

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Damien Duff, left, and Wigan Athletic's Maynor Figueroa battle for possession during Fulham's 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage. Photograph: Joe Giddens/Empics Sport

A glance at the standings had indicated Wigan Athletic required the points more than Roy Hodgson's band of continental travellers.

However, the week in which Fulham will take a 2-1 advantage to Wolfsburg in their Europa League quarter-final second leg began perfectly for Hodgson with a win that lifts them to 41 points and the near certainty of Premier League football next season.

For Roberto Martínez life is not so rosy as Wigan remain only four points clear of the drop zone. Still, his players offered enough encouragement here that they can stay ahead of the bottom three until season's end, though their supporters may have to wait until the final day to celebrate survival.

Wigan were quietly impressive when they managed to retain possession. Hugo Rodallega, lining up to the left of an advanced three, has a wiry strength that complements pace and deft control. One mazy run early on took him past Fulham defenders into the area, and a later burst in-field worried the midfield.

Worry deepened for Hodgson's men after the half‑hour during a spell which closed with Jason Scotland finally scoring a first Premier League goal for Wigan.

Mario Melchiot stepped up from his right-back berth to deliver a hanging cross to Marcelo Moreno, and a cushioned header found Scotland. The forward ended his top-flight drought on his 29th appearance by skidding a left-foot finish beyond Mark Schwarzer as his backside hit the turf.

Hodgson decided to remove David Elm at half-time for Stefano Okaka, and the impact was instant. Zoltan Gera drove into Wigan's area, his low ball found the on-loan Roma striker and the back-heeled finish beat Kirkland.

Brede Hangeland's winner, the defender's first league goal this term, was simple stuff. Damien Duff stood up a corner and the Norwegian's header flipped in off the left-hand post

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:04:26 AM
http://www.cottagersconfidential.com/2010/4/4/1404628/fulham-beat-wigan-2-1-with-two (http://www.cottagersconfidential.com/2010/4/4/1404628/fulham-beat-wigan-2-1-with-two)
Fulham beat Wigan 2 - 1 with two second half goals
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Going into this match the talk was who would Roy Hogdson rest for this match? Bobby Zamora was the only Fulham player of note that was rested today. This game was about two completely different halves of football. The first half saw Wigan leading at the half 1 - 0. Fulham owned the second half with 2 goals. The game ended with Fulham winning the match at Craven Cottage 2 - 1.

The first half saw some good action from both sides. However, it was Wigan who controlled the ball more. Fulham did have the first chance of the game. In the 5th minute Zoltan Gera's diving header is saved by Kirkland. His header came off from a pass from Damien Duff. In the 15th minute, David Elm got off a nice strike but is was also saved by Kirkland.

After a few opportunities by Fulham it was obvious that Wigan were starting to get control of the match. They were starting to put pressure on Fulham. In the 28th minute a header by Scharner off of a corner kick just goes high over the net. In the 31st minute a flick by Scharner goes over Schwarzer, but is headed away by Hangeland.

All of this pressure led to the first goal of the match. In the 34th minute, Moreno gave a nice pass to Jason Scotland who struck it past Mark Schwarzer. Wigan were now ahead 1 - 0. You could see this coming as Wigan were controlling the ball for several minutes.

Fulham had some possession as the half was coming to an end. In the 38th minute a shot by David Elm just goes high. Fulham were putting pressure on Wigan , but could not get the equalizer in the first half. The half ends with Wigan leading 1 - 0.



The second half began with a substitution. Stefano Okaka was brought in to replace David Elm at Striker. I was actually hoping Okaka would play the entire match. Based on his effort in the second half,  I am hoping he will see more playing time.

In the 47h minute, a lovely pass from Zoltan Gera inside the box found Stefano Okaka. He flicked the pass by Kirkland, and suddenly the game was now tied. The second half had barely begun, and the score was now 1 - 1.

Wigan would respond with some nice pressure of their own. This was highlighted by a Rodallega strike that was saved by Schwarzer. This was a nice response from Wigan.

Fulham's play would heat up again a few minutes later. In the 57 minute, Zoltan Gera sends a great pass to Damien Duff.  His nice shot comes from the right side of the box. It was saved beautifully by Kirkland. This was a great chance for Fulham.

Fulham's positive play would be rewarded shortly. In the 58th minute, there was a corner kick by Damien Duff. His kick is headed in by Brede Hangeland that just goes off Kirkland's hands. Fulham now took the lead with a score of 2 - 1.

Wigan would try to move forward for the rest of the match. They were controlling play, but had a hard time penetrating the Fulham defense. There best chance came off of a corner kick in the 71st minute. Victor Moses header just goes over the net. They would sustain pressure the rest of the match. However, they were not able to get the equalizer. Fulham win the match 2 - 1.

In concluding, this is a match Fulham deserved to win. They showed Wigan how tough they are at home, especially in the second half.  Standout players for me were Zoltan Gera who really got beat up in this match. I would also have to say Stefano Okaka was very good in the second half. He is strong and has a nice touch with the ball. I am hoping we see more of him. He was replaced late in the match hobbling off the pitch. Let's hope he was not injured too badly today. In the end, Fulham won a game that they should win in the league.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:08:02 AM
http://www.skysports.com/football/match_report/0,19764,11065_3262148,00.html (http://www.skysports.com/football/match_report/0,19764,11065_3262148,00.html)
Fulham fightback sinks Latics
Cottagers come from behind to down sorry Wigan

Fulham came from a goal behind to defeat Wigan 2-1 to leave Roberto Martinez's side looking firmly over their shoulder in their fight against relegation.

The Latics were the better side in the first half with Mohamed Diame running the show in the midfield, consistently dispossessing and disrupting a sluggish looking Fulham who appeared to be nursing a hangover from their victory over Wolfsburg in the Europa League on Thursday.

Wigan took the lead through Jason Scotland, his first in the Premier League for the club.

But that was as good as it got for the visitors, as despite making it to half-time with the lead, Fulham levelled almost immediately after the restart through substitute Stefano Okaka, which was almost his first touch.

Fulham improved after that and started to dominate proceedings, with Zoltan Gera, Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey all linking up to good effect.

Brede Hangeland won the day for the Cottagers on the hour mark with a stooping header unchallenged from a Duff corner to leave Wigan no closer to Premier League safety.

The defeat leaves Wigan in 16th place, just four points clear of the bottom three while Fulham remain on course for another top-10 finish so coveted by boss Roy Hodgson.

Fulham should have opened their account in the fifth minute when Duff's inswinging cross was met by the head of centre-forward David Elm.

But the striker could not find the power or the deftness to place his header beyond Chris Kirkland.

Wigan responded with some good work by Hugo Rodallega but the striker's cross from the left flank was plucked out of the air by Mark Schwarzer.

Wigan defender Paul Scharner was booked for a foul on Elm in the 13th minute but Fulham failed to take advantage of the resultant free-kick.

Two minutes later Kirkland produced another fine save to deny Elm after Gera had put the Fulham striker in the clear.

Controversy
Fulham felt they should have had a penalty in the 18th minute when Gera appeared to be upended in the area by Diame. Referee Mark Clattenburg was non-plussed, much to the fury of the home fans.

Wigan went close in the 28th minute when Scharner headed a corner by James McCarthy just wide of the target.

Fulham had Hangeland to thank moments later when Schwarzer spilled the ball to Scharner on the edge of the penalty area but the Wigan defender's chip was cleared off the line by the tall defender.

Schwarzer redeemed himself in the 31st minute when he tipped a long-range effort from Maynor Figueroa over the crossbar.

But the goal Wigan had threatened finally arrived in the 34th minute.

A deep cross from Mario Melchiot was knocked down by Marcelo Moreno for Scotland to send a low drive into the corner of the net.

Fulham almost got a surprise leveller five minutes before the break when a cross from Duff nearly deceived Kirkland but the Wigan goalkeeper managed to tip the ball to safety from under the bar.

Fulham replaced Elm with Okaka at half-time and it brought immediate success for the home side.

Gera robbed Scharner on the left flank and his low cross towards the edge of the six-yard box was turned home by Okaka.

Wigan's Rodallega almost restored their lead in the 52nd minute but his 20-yard shot was well saved at the second attempt by Schwarzer.

At the opposite end, Duff forced Kirkland into a fine save when the Irishman unleashed a half-volley from 10 yards that threatened to find the corner of the net.


Turn-around
But Fulham went 2-1 in front in the 58th minute when Duff's corner was met by the towering frame of Hangeland, who directed his header into the net off the far post.

Fulham continued to dominate as Wigan tried to pick up the pace again following the home side's fightback.

Okaka almost managed to get free in the 69th minute but he failed to control the ball and it ran through to Kirkland.

Okaka's eventful afternoon ended with him collecting a booking and then being substituted in the 88th minute with an ankle problem.

But his goal straight after half-time had sparked Fulham's revival and despite some late injury-time pressure from Wigan, the home side hung on for a deserved win.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:09:14 AM
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Fulham 2-1 Wigan
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A gentle Easter Sunday at the Cottage, with blue skies and slow, aimless football to lose your thoughts in.  Wigan’s road safety orange kits spoiled the spectacle slightly, otherwise it felt like watching football in a dream.

Mark Clattenburg was a key figure in this dream.  Instead of refereeing he was running around making strange gesticulations, now pretending to make a rugby pass, now pretending to fly, now pointing at his eyes with his fingers, now standing like a Beefeater, now doing a muscleman pose.  What did it all mean?  And why wasn’t he awarding any penalties?

Zoltan Gera had the first chance, heading at Kirkland with David Elm behind him well placed.  Gera again worked his way into the danger area, only to be felled at the crucial moment.  Clattenberg wasn’t interested in that, or when Elm was pulled over, or when Dempsey was tripped later on in the first half.  Somewhere in there was a penalty or two.

Aside from that we weren’t creating much.  Wigan had cleverly stuck wide men on Konchesky and Davies, and neither were able to get forward as a result.  This limited our attacks to whatever Damian Duff and Gera might conjure up, and Wigan were snuffing their approach work out as well.

At the other end Jason Scotland, who has previous against us, broke a long scoring drought with a splendid falling volley that perhaps Mark Schwarzer might have kept out.  1-0 to Wigan.

Hodgson switched reserve forwards at the break, a betighted Stefano Okaka replacing David Elm.  Okaka scored moments after arriving, a neat flick from close range getting him off the mark in the league.  Soon after this he injured himself and spent the rest of the match deciding how bad this affliction really was, grimacing, hands-on-knees, then sprinting off down a dead end.  Eventually he gave way to Nevland and walked off the field like a 97 year old man, job perhaps done, performance not great but presumably injury affected.

Brede Hangeland made it 2-1 with a fine header from a Duff corner, and that was that.  Dempsey looked to have been felled in the area by Titus Bramble late on, but again no penalty.   Oh well.  A nice enough win that essentially secures our Premiership survival, which wasn’t really in doubt anyway.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:10:36 AM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/04042010/63/woeful-wigan-slump-fulham-defeat.html (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/04042010/63/woeful-wigan-slump-fulham-defeat.html)
Woeful Wigan slump to Fulham defeat

A superb second-half fightback from Fulham gave them a 2-1 victory which ensured woeful Wigan remain in the relegation battle.

Goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland completed the home side's recovery after Jason Scotland's first Barclays Premier League goal for Wigan had put them in front in the 34th minute.

The defeat leaves Wigan in 16th place, just four points clear of the bottom three while Fulham remain on course for another top 10 finish so coveted by boss Roy Hodgson.

Wigan started well and the goal they had threatened finally arrived in the 34th minute. A deep cross from Mario Melchiot was knocked down by Marcelo Moreno for Scotland to send a low drive into the corner of the net for his first Premier League goal for the club.

Fulham replaced David Elm with Okaka at half-time and it brought immediate success for the home side. Zoltan Gera robbed Paul Scharner on the left flank and his low cross towards the edge of the six-yard box was turned home by Okaka.

Fulham went 2-1 in front in the 58th minute when Damien Duff's corner was met by the towering frame of Hangeland, who directed his header into the net off the far post.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:12:10 AM
http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/April/HodgsonWiganReaction.aspx (http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/April/HodgsonWiganReaction.aspx)
Hodgson's Wigan Reaction

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Speaking after Fulham's win over Wigan at Craven Cottage, a pleased Roy Hodgson gave his post-match assessment:

"The first-half performance was way below the levels we set ourselves, but I know how much our players are putting into the Europa League matches and I wasn't surprised," he said.

"But the players dug deep, and that speaks volumes for their character.

"Bobby Zamora is suffering with a kicked achilles, but I'll be very disappointed if he isn't fit to face Wolfsburg.

"The crowd has been fantastic but you do hope sometimes that people show some degree of understanding for the level of difficulty people are being faced with.

"I am just taking the moment really to remind the fans we do still try to give them everything but there is going to come a time in these last six games when I'm pretty sure we will disappoint them.

"I am afraid that sooner or later there is going to be a performance like the first half against Wigan which goes on for 90 minutes and we lose two or three-nil at home because these things are written in the stars.

"No team can go on and on and on. I am bit annoyed with myself for talking about it. I am just making the point that we have done so much this year that I know that sooner or later, we are going to hit a barrier that we are incapable of surmounting." 



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Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:13:54 AM
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Fulham come from behind to heap woe on Wigan
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A superb second-half fightback from Fulham ensured Wigan remain in the relegation battle.

Goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland completed the home side's 2-1 win after Jason Scotland's first Premier League goal for Wigan had put them in front in the 34th minute.

The defeat leaves Wigan in 16th place, just four points clear of the bottom three while Fulham remain on course for another top ten finish coveted by boss Roy Hodgson.

"The first-half performance was way below the levels we set ourselves, but I know how much our players are putting into the Europa League matches and I wasn't surprised," said Roy Hodgson after the game.

"But the players dug deep, and that speaks volumes for their character.

"Bobby Zamora is suffering with a kicked achilles, but I'll be very disappointed if he isn't fit to face Wolfsburg."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:15:28 AM
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Fulham fightback sinks poor Wigan: Match Review
Fulham 2 - 1 Wigan Athletic

A superb second-half fightback from Fulham gave them a 2-1 victory which ensured woeful Wigan remain in the relegation battle.

Goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland completed the home side's recovery after Jason Scotland's first Barclays Premier League goal for Wigan had put them in front in the 34th minute.

The defeat leaves Wigan in 16th place, while Fulham remain on course for another top 10 finish so coveted by boss Roy Hodgson.

Fulham should have opened their account in the fifth minute when Damien Duff's inswinging cross was met by the head of centre-forward David Elm.

But the striker could not find the power or the deftness to place his header beyond Chris Kirkland.

Wigan responded with some good work by Hugo Rodallega but the striker's cross from the left flank was plucked out of the air by Mark Schwarzer.

Wigan defender Paul Scharner was booked for a foul on Elm in the 13th minute but Fulham failed to take advantage of the resultant free-kick.

Two minutes later Kirkland produced another fine save to deny Elm after Zoltan Gera had put the Fulham striker in the clear.

Fulham felt they should have had a penalty in the 18th minute when Gera appeared to be upended in the area by Mohamed Diame. Referee Mark Clattenburg was non-plussed, much to the fury of the home fans.

Wigan went close in the 28th minute when Scharner headed a corner by James McCarthy just wide of the target.

Fulham had Hangeland to thank moments later when Schwarzer spilled the ball to Scharner on the edge of the penalty area but the Wigan defender's chip was cleared off the line by the tall defender.

Schwarzer redeemed himself in 31st minute when he tipped a long-range effort from Maynor Figueroa over the crossbar.

But the goal Wigan had threatened finally arrived in the 34th minute.

A deep cross from Mario Melchiot was knocked down by Marcelo Moreno for Scotland to send a low drive into the corner of the net for his first Premier League goal for the club.

Fulham almost got a surprise leveller five minutes before the break when a cross from Duff nearly deceived Kirkland but the Wigan goalkeeper managed to tip the ball to safety from under the bar.

Fulham replaced Elm with Okaka at half-time and it brought immediate success for the home side.

Gera robbed Scharner on the left flank and his low cross towards the edge of the six-yard box was turned home by Okaka.

Wigan's Rodallega almost restored their lead in the 52nd minute but his 20-yard shot was well saved at the second attempt by Schwarzer.

At the opposite end, Duff forced Kirkland into a fine save when the Irishman unleashed a half-volley from 10 yards that threatened to find the corner of the net.

But Fulham went 2-1 in front in the 58th minute when Duff's corner was met by the towering frame of Hangeland, who directed his header into the net off the far post.

Fulham continued to dominate as Wigan tried to pick up the pace again following the home side's fightback.

Okaka almost managed to get free in the 69th minute but he failed to control the ball and it ran through to Kirkland.

Okaka's eventful afternoon ended with him collecting a booking and then being substituted in the 88th minute with an ankle problem.

But his goal straight after half-time had sparked Fulham's revival and despite some late injury-time pressure from Wigan, the home side hung on for a deserved win.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:16:51 AM
http://www.itv.com/sport/football/news/generalnews/hodgson-wants-patience-from-fulham-fans-996585949.html (http://www.itv.com/sport/football/news/generalnews/hodgson-wants-patience-from-fulham-fans-996585949.html)
Hodgson wants patience from Fulham fans
Roy Hodgson took time out to ask for some "sympathy and understanding" from Fulham fans after they booed his side off the pitch at half-time.

Fulham were losing 1-0 to Jason Scotland's 34th goal - his first in the Barclays Premier League for Wigan - and some elements of the Craven Cottage faithful were not happy with the performance of the home side.

The Cottagers fought back to win the game 2-1 with second-half goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland and will now concentrate on Thursday's Europa Cup quarter-final second-leg at Wolfsburg.

However, Hodgson wanted to remind the Fulham fans that at some point before the end of the season, they might have to suffer a poor home performance.

"The crowd has been fantastic but you do hope sometimes that people show some degree of understanding for the level of difficulty people are being faced with," said Hodgson.

"I am just taking the moment really to remind the fans we do still try to give them everything but there is going to come a time in these last six games when I'm pretty sure we will disappoint them.

"I am afraid that sooner or later there is going to be a performance like the first half against Wigan which goes on for 90 minutes and we lose two or three-nil at home because these things are written in the stars.

"No team can go on and on and on. I am bit annoyed with myself for talking about it. I am just making the point that we have done so much this year that I know that sooner or later, we are going to hit a barrier that we are incapable of surmounting.

"We have got six more games in the league and I know they won't be at the level of the previous 54 or 55. All I am saying is that it would be nice if people showed some sympathy and understanding for that.

"They don't deserve people shouting 'wake-up'. It is not a question of waking-up, it is a question of getting tired legs going again in a tough Premier League game."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:18:40 AM
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11681_6075169,00.html (http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11681_6075169,00.html)
Hodgson pleased with comeback
Fulham boss delighted with second-half response

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson admitted that he was happy with his side's second-half fightback in their 2-1 victory over Wigan on Sunday.

The Cottagers went in to the second half trailing 1-0 and seemed to be suffering from the hangover of their game against Wolfsburg in the Europa League.

Hodgson was criticised for his team selection by West Ham after his side were beaten by Hull last weekend, but the Fulham boss fielded a strong side even though his team travel to Germany on Thursday for their next European chapter.

"The players were disappointed with their first-half performance," he said.

"Without actually being in any way under threat we conceded a somewhat simple goal and we certainly hadn't played anything like the football we're capable of playing.

"I think the players deserve an enormous amount of credit for digging so deep yet again in our 53rd game of the season after the type of excitement we've had.

"I don't think I can be happier with the victory than I am at this moment. It was really hard fought and really well deserved."

Great response
Striker Stefano Okaka came on at half-time and scored just 90 seconds after the restart to restore parity to the game, and Hodgson was pleased that the player had made such an impact so quickly.

"It's always nice when you make a substitution and you get a response from them when they score a goal," he added.

"It was also nice to see Brede [Hangeland] score a goal, but I thought the whole team in the second half just played really well.

"We restricted them to as good as no chances at all and even in the first half I didn't think we were under great threat."

Fulham have now reached over 40 points in the league which should make their Premier League status certain for another year, but Hodgson confessed that he would like to try and get into the top 10, although other commitments may hinder that challenge.

"The league still does mean a lot and we would like to get our place in the top 10 back but I do feel it will be difficult because it's taken a lot out of us this year."


Zamora
Top scorer Bobby Zamora was absent from the victory with a slight Achilles problem, something Hodgson admitted he was slightly worried about as he did not know the full extent of the injury.

"I'm a little bit worried about it because they told me yesterday that it wasn't that serious and there would be a chance he'd recover for today but there was no improvement," Hodgson added.

"I'm hoping there will be an improvement in the next couple of days."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:20:06 AM
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Okaka sparks Fulham fightback
by Dan on April 4, 2010

After three straight league defeats and with minds turning towards the Europa League, the World Cup and the prospect of a summer break, Fulham needed a victory and fast. It would prove a morale-booster ahead of that testing trip to Wolfsburg and halt a worrying slide down the table as the season draws to a close. Wigan needed the points, but for different reasons, as Roberto Martinez’s side are still in a relegation scrap.

On a surprisingly sunny afternoon at Craven Cottage, both sides would have taken a gritty victory. At half-time, it looked like Wigan’s game for the taking as the Latics slowly began to push a jaded home side back and took the lead through a Jason Scotland shot that Mark Schwarzer will feel he should have kept out. Fulham kept plugging away and were much improved in the second period. Substitute Stefano Okaka flicked home his first goal for the Whites just after the break and a powerful Brede Hangeland header put Fulham in front. And that’s the way it stayed, despite some late Wigan pressure prompted by the introduction of the lively Victor Moses.

Roy Hodgson avoided the temptation to rotate his squad too vigorously, only opting to rest Bobby Zamora from the side that downed the German champions in Thursday’s first leg. David Elm got a start up front but the Swede was easily nullified by the Wigan defence and Fulham carried a much greater threat when Okaka replaced him for the second period. Hodgson wouldn’t have been too impressed by the way Fulham faded after a lively opening, when Chris Kirkland was forced into a smart double save. Zoltan Gera’s diving header drew a good block but Elm should have done better with the follow-up.

The home fans weren’t too happy with refereeing of Mark Clattenburg, though television replays showed that Gera’s early claim for a penalty was the result of the Hungarian tripping over his own feet rather than a defender’s. Wigan gradually enjoyed more of the possession and posed real problems for the Fulham defence. Charles N’Zogbia had their first chance, his low drive palmed away by Schwarzer, and Paul Scharner saw a clever chip – after Schwarzer completely misjudged a high ball – headed off the line by Hangeland. Wigan’s increasing confidence was illustrated by an ambitious long-range drive from Maynor Figueroa that Schwarzer had to turn over.

The Fulham goalkeeper had an uncharacteristically off-day and Wigan were the grateful beneficiaries just after the half hour. The Australian drove a clearance straight into touch giving them possession. Former Chelsea full-back Mario Melchiot sent over a deep cross that Marcelo Moreno headed back into Scotland’s path and the former Swansea striker surprised Schwarzer at his near post with a low shot. Scotland’s first Premier League goal gave Wigan a precious lead.

Pitiful defending has often undermined some excellent approach play in the final third from Martinez’s men this season and so it proved in the second half. Scharner, who had earlier been cautioned after hauling down Elm having surrendered possession in a dangerous position, was robbed by the maurauding Zoltan Gera. The Hungarian’s low cross was effortlessly lifted over a helpless Kirkland by Okaka for the Italian’s first league goal since arriving on loan from Roma in January.

Scotland had a shot blocked at source shortly afterwards but Fulham were now asking the questions. They went in front from a Damien Duff corner after Wigan left Hangeland inexplicably unmarked to thump a header in off the post. The tall Norwegian, sometimes criticised for a failure to score as many goals as a man of his height perhaps should from set-plays, could hardly pass up such a straightforward opportunity.

Wigan did stage a late rally that had Fulham clinging on a little but they barely troubled Schwarzer. Moses headed over the bar from a corner and Moreno’s long-range volley floated harmlessly into the Hammersmith End. Substitutes Scott Sinclair and Ben Watson poured forward in search of an equaliser but it was Fulham who looked more likely to score with Clint Dempsey denied by the sliding Titus Bramble as the home crowd roared for a penalty yet again.

It wasn’t the prettiest performance, but Hodgson will appreciate his side’s character in grinding this one out.

FULHAM (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Davies, Konchesky, Hughes, Hangeland; Etuhu, Murphy (Baird 88), Duff, Dempsey; Gera; Elm (Okaka 45, Nevland 88). Subs (not used): Zuberbuhler, Smalling, Shorey, Greening.

BOOKED: Okaka.

GOALS: Okaka (47), Hangeland (58).

WIGAN ATHLETIC (4-5-1): Kirkland; Melchiot, Figueroa, Bramble, Scharner; Diame, McCarthy, N’Zogbia (Watson 85), Scotland (Moses 61), Rodallega; Moreno (Sinclair 85). Subs (not used): Stojkovic, Gohouri, Amaya, Gomez.

BOOKED: Scharner, Figueroa.

GOAL: Scotland (34).

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear).

ATTENDANCE: 22,730

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:21:54 AM
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FULHAM: ROY HODGSON'S SIDE DO WEST HAM A FAVOUR BY BEATING WIGAN

FULHAM 2 WIGAN 1

ROY Hodgson insisted he was interested only in arresting a domestic slump, threatening to strip gloss from a magnificent season, but there was no getting away from the fact Fulham did West Ham a favour by beating Wigan.

Victory over West Ham’s relegation rivals came less than a week after the east London club had asked the Premier League to look into Hodgson’s team selection against Hull.

But yesterday, as a near full-strength Fulham came back from a goal down to overhaul Wigan and leave them within reach of the Hammers just above the drop zone, Hodgson maintained such matters were the least of his concerns.

“That was one of the happiest days of my time at Fulham,” said Hodgson.

“But not because of anything other than the fact if ever we were going to lose a game after a big European night like Thursday [a 2-1 win over Wolfsburg] this was it.

“After going a goal down it was a splendid performance, when everyone expected us to lose, and one that makes me very proud.”

Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland cancelled out Wigan’s first-half opener from Jason Scotland and Fulham also had a good shout for a penalty, when Titus Bramble fouled Clint Dempsey at the end, turned down by the otherwise excellent Mark Clattenburg.

Fulham travel to Wolfsburg on Thursday with a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League within reach confident their home form - after a first league win in five – is on track.

Hodgson said: “It’s now 53 games that we have played this season and it will be 60 at least before the season is out.

“This team is going on and on and we’ve done so much this year I just wish that there was a little more sympathy and understanding from some of the fans.

“When I hear shouts of ‘wake up’ from the stands I think it is not a question of waking up – there are tired legs out there. Sooner or later we are going to hit a barrier that we find insurmountable but I would just remind the fans what this team has achieved.”

After delivering his little broadside, Hodgson conceded graciously that it was a good day as they climbed to 41 points.

Bobby Zamora should be fit to face the German champions but David Elm, his replacement in the first half, will not be having been taken to hospital to have an ECG after suffering a relapse in a battle with a viral infection.

Fulham started well enough, going close with a diving header from Zoltan Gera and a left-foot shot from Elm both forcing good saves from Chris Kirkland.

They also had a loud penalty claim when Gera kicked the turf and upended himself in the 18th minute rightly waved off by Clattenburg as they continued to put pressure on Roberto Martinez’s side.

The visitors made the breakthrough against the run of play, as Scotland took his first league goal for Wigan well, cleanly hitting Marcelo Mareno’s lay-off on the edge of the box and beating Mark Schwarzer’s attempt to stop the ball creeping inside his near post.

For all their pressure, Fulham had to wait until the second half for their goals and inspirational Hungarian Gera gave them the platform.

Chasing a seemingly lost cause and snapping at the heels of Paul Scharner, Gera’s low cross was clipped in by Okaka. Then good work from Gera and Clint Dempsey forced a corner just before the hour and Hangeland met Damien Duff’s centre powerfully to head in off a post.

“We had two lapses in concentration which led to two goals which was very disappointing, having worked so hard in the first half,” said Wigan boss Martinez after defeat left his side just three points above West Ham with plenty more work to do this season before securing their safety.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Schwarzer 6; Davies 7, Hughes 8, Hangeland 7, Konchesky 6; Duff 6, Murphy 6 (Baird 88), Etuhu 6, Dempsey 6; Gera 9, Elm 6 (Okaka 46, 5 – Nevland 88). Booked: Okaka. Goals: Okaka 47, Hangeland 58.

WIGAN (4-1-4-1): Kirkland 5; Melchiot 5, Scharner 5, Bramble 6, Figueroa 6; Diame 6; N’Zogbia 5 (Watson 85), McCarthy 5, Scotland 6 (Moses 61, 6), Rodallega 6; Moreno 7 (Sinclair 85). Booked: Scharner. Goal: Scotland 34.

Referee: M Clattenburg (Durham)
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:22:59 AM
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Hodgson salutes second half fightback
by Dan on April 4, 2010

Roy Hodgson was delighted with the way Fulham put a lacklustre first half behind them to beat Wigan this afternoon.

Fulham trailed at the break to a Jason Scotland strike and looked to be feeling the effects of their onerous European campaign but second half strikes from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland capped a fine comeback.

The first-half performance was way below the levels we set ourselves, but I know how much our players are putting into the Europa League matches and I wasn’t surprised. But the players dug deep, and that speaks volumes for their character.

Hodgson hopes Bobby Zamora will recover from an Achilles injury to face Wolfsburg on Thursday.

Bobby Zamora is suffering with a kicked achilles, but I’ll be very disappointed if he isn’t fit to face Wolfsburg.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:24:55 AM
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Hodgson left purring after victory
Fulham 2 Wigan Ath 1: A GLANCE at the standings had indicated that Wigan needed the points more than Roy Hodgson’s band of continental travellers. But a week in which Fulham will take a 2-1 lead to Wolfsburg in the Europa League quarter-finals began perfectly for Hodgson with a win that lifted his side to 41 points and the near-certainty of Premier League football next season.

The manager, understandably, was purring afterwards. “I’m very proud. This is the sixth week we’ve played three games in a row,” Hodgson said.

However, there wa concern for Hodgson after the half-hour, in a spell that ended with Jason Scotland scoring his first Premier League goal for Wigan. Mark Schwarzer began a sorry catalogue of incidents by fumbling a long ball near the edge of his area. Maynor Figueroa pinged in a diagonal cross-shot hybrid that had Schwarzer back-pedalling before he managed to tip the ball over. Wigan were heartened, and from their next offering the goal arrived. Mario Melchiot stepped up from his right-back berth to deliver a hanging cross to Marcelo Moreno, whose cushioned header found Scotland and the striker scored his first top-flight goal by skidding a left-footed effort beyond Schwarzer.

Hodgson vented his fury by directing a kick at a chair in his dug-out. The manager found further frustration when Chris Kirkland made a fine save from Damien Duff’s cross which, via a deflection from a defender, had been spinning towards Wigan’s goal. At half-time, Hodgson had to remove David Elm, who had come in for Bobby Zamora, who is struggling with an achilles problem.

“David’s still recovering from a virus,” said Hodgson. “With hindsight, I made the wrong decision playing him because at the moment he’s in hospital on an ECG machine. The virus in his body is still there.”

Into the fray, then, came Stefano Okaka. His impact was instantaneous. Zoltan Gera produced a touch of trickery to drive into Wigan’s area and his low ball found the striker, who is on loan from Roma. His back-heeled finish defeated Kirkland.

Then came Brede Hangeland’s first goal of the season, which proved the winner. Duff stood up a corner, the Norwegian rose to meet it and his header flipped in off Kirkland’s left-hand post.
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:26:54 AM
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Hodgson hits out at boo-boys

A SECOND-HALF recovery capped by Brede Hangeland’s headed winner means Fulham will head to Germany to face Wolfsburg in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg lifted by victory.

Manager Roy Hodgson, though, fears his side’s remarkable achievements during a thrilling, marathon campaign – this was Fulham’s 53rd game of the season – may be creating unrealistic expectations on the part of the club’s supporters.


That triggered a chorus of boos, some directed at referee Mark Clattenburg, others apparently directed at the home players.

The second period saw a different Fulham, with Hodgson’s side looking more like their normal selves and boosting confidence that they can hold onto their lead when they return to action against Wolfsburg in midweek. The manager, though, revealed his frustration that his side had not been given more leeway by their own supporters.

"The crowd has been fantastic but you’re just hoping sometimes people will show some degree of understanding for the level of difficulty your team is facing," he said. "We were facing a team who have prepared all week for this game, it’s a vital game for them, they’re in a relegation battle. But still we’ve shown enough, we’ve dug deep and we’ve got another famous victory. So I’ve got to say this is one of the happiest moments I’ve had at Fulham because when everyone expects you to lose, when everything that’s being written says you’re not going to do it today and you do do it, then that’s when you deserve a pat on the back.

"It was the people behind me, the more executive types. I’m just trying to remind fans we do try to give them everything but we won’t in all the games. This was our 53rd game and sooner or later there will be a time when today’s first half performance continues for 90 minutes. It’s written in the stars. No team can go on and on.

"I just feel the players don’t deserve people shouting ‘wake up’. It’s not a case of waking up, it’s a case of getting tired legs going again in a very tough game."

Hodgson knows his side will falter at some point but correctly judges this season to have been a success no matter what the outcome on Thursday night.

Fulham’s hopes of adding Wolfsburg to their list of notable European scalps – Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk have already been eliminated from the competition by Hodgson’s side – will be boosted by the return of Bobby Zamora who sat out yesterday’s game with an achilles tendon injury.

Zamora was the only absentee from last Thursday’s game ensuring there will be no repeat of West Ham’s complaint about the Cottagers fielding a weakened team. Ironically it is the Hammers who will benefit from this result with Fulham’s victory leaving Wigan just three points ahead of Gianfranco Zola’s side.

Latics manager Roberto Martinez claimed his side were the architects of their own misfortune, with Paul Scharner at fault in the build-up to Stefano Okaka’s equaliser while the visitors marking was non-existent when Hangeland headed home from Damien Duff’s corner in the 58th minute.

"We’ve got two home games coming up and the home form will be vital," said the manager. "It’s going to be an exciting run-in."

MATCH RATING: ** – Fulham’s fatigue meant this game was always going to pale in comparison to many other games at Craven Cottage this season.

REFEREE: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear) 6 – Correctly judged a series of early home claims for a penalty to be wildly optimistic but missed an obvious trip from Titus Bramble on Clint Dempsey late on.



 

This story appeared in the printed version of the Irish Examiner Monday, April 05, 2010



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Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:28:32 AM
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Wigan sunk by Fulham

Fulham 2 Wigan Athletic 1


Wigan Athletic's failure to make it two upsets in a weekend in southwest London, despite taking the lead, has left them still in very choppy, relegation-filled waters.


A fourth league win away from home – more than three months after their last – by Roberto Martinez's side would have gone a long way to casting off the shadow of the drop. When Jason Scotland, after 34 minutes, drove home his first ever top-flight league goal, it seemed a distinct possibility.


After all, Fulham have bigger fish to fry these days. With their Premier League status certain for another season, the Cottagers play the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final away against Wolfsburg on Thursday night. The Germans beat Hoffenheim 4-0 yesterday so must fancy their chances of overturning the 2-1 deficit.


Roy Hodgson's own confidence before the second leg enjoyed a boost too, with this win secured thanks to Brede Hangeland's first league goal of the season. They had pulled level with a flick from Stefano Okaka, the striker's first league goal too. Hodgson, more euphoric with every passing game, said: "This is one of the happiest days of my time at Fulham. Everything pointed to us losing but we won."


His mood was improved further by news that the club's top scorer Bobby Zamora, who was missing with a bruised Achilles heel, should be fit to face Wolfsburg. After the fiasco over Hodgson's team selection last week, when the Fulham manager didn't pick his best side against Hull, the London club were otherwise at full-strength. Not that it appeared that way up to Scotland's goal. Wigan's need for points was clearly the greater and when Mark Schwarzer spilled a cross outside the area, Paul Scharner's lob was headed off the line by Hangeland.


Schwarzer then tipped over Maynor Figueroa's shot and Wigan deserved their goal. Mario Melchiot crossed to Marcelo Moreno and the Bolivian headed down to Scotland, who beat the keeper at his near post.


A small number of Fulham fans seemed to boo their side off at half-time. "The crowd has been fantastic," Hodgson said afterwards, "but you hope people show some understanding for the level of difficulty we are faced with. There will be a time in these last six games when we will disappoint them. They don't deserve people shouting 'wake-up'. It is not a question of waking-up, it's a question of getting tired legs going again in a tough game."


Fulham's comeback started thanks to Scharner's failure to clear his area, one of two "lapses in concentration" highlighted by Martinez. The Austrian let in Zoltan Gera to cross for Okaka and nine minutes later Hangeland, from a Damien Duff corner, jumped highest to beat Chris Kirkland. Beat Wolfsburg and Hodgson will remember an even happier day than this.


Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Davies, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; Duff, Murphy (Baird, 88), Etuhu, Dempsey; Gera, Elm (Okaka, h/t; Nevland, 88). Substitutes not used: Zuberbuhler (gk), Shorey, Smalling, Greening.


Wigan Athletic (4-2-3-1): Kirkland; Melchiot, Scharner, Bramble, Figueroa; McCarthy, Diame; N'Zogbia (Watson, 85), Scotland (Moses, 61), Rodallega; Moreno (Sinclair, 85).


Substitutes not used: Stojkovic (gk), Gohouri, Amaya, Gomez.


Referee: M Clattenburg (Durham).


Bookings: Fulham Okaka; Wigan: Scharner, Figueroa.


Man of the Match: Hangeland



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Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:32:15 AM
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Hodgson asks Fulham fans to stay strong
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has asked certain sections of the Craven Cottage faithful to stay strong and remain patient.

The players were booed at half-time of Sunday’s home clash with Wigan when they were down 1-0 and although they rallied to record a 2-1 win thanks to second half goals from Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland, Hodgson wanted the remind the fans that sometimes they need to be aware that the players are producing their best efforts.

“The crowd has been fantastic but you do hope sometimes that people show some degree of understanding for the level of difficulty people are being faced with," said Hodgson.

"I am just taking the moment really to remind the fans we do still try to give them everything but there is going to come a time in these last six games when I'm pretty sure we will disappoint them.

"I am afraid that sooner or later there is going to be a performance like the first half against Wigan which goes on for 90 minutes and we lose two or three-nil at home because these things are written in the stars.

"No team can go on and on and on. I am bit annoyed with myself for talking about it. I am just making the point that we have done so much this year that I know that sooner or later, we are going to hit a barrier that we are incapable of surmounting.

"We have got six more games in the league and I know they won't be at the level of the previous 54 or 55. All I am saying is that it would be nice if people showed some sympathy and understanding for that.

"They don't deserve people shouting 'wake-up'. It is not a question of waking-up, it is a question of getting tired legs going again in a tough Premier League game."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:33:29 AM
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Hodgson admits to wrong decision in playing Fulham’s Elm
Fulham striker David Elm should not have played in Sunday’s home win over Wigan according to manager Roy Hodgson.

The 27-year old Swede had to be taken to hospital at half-time because of a virus and Hodgson admitted it was a poor decision by him to let Elm take his place in the squad.

“He was totally shattered at half-time," added Hodgson. "With hindsight I made the wrong decision playing him because he is in hospital at the moment on an ECG machine because the virus in his body is still there.

"I could see that he was struggling. I thought it was maybe because he had not played for a while and the pace of the game was beyond him.

"I suddenly realised at half-time I had made a big mistake and that I should never have thrust him into a game of this nature. The illness took more out of him than I thought."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:34:28 AM
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Hodgson optimistic about Zamora

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is hoping that star striker Bobby Zamora will be fit to face Wolfsburg in their Europa League quarter-final second leg in Germany on Thursday.

Zamora missed Sunday's 2-1 win over struggling Wigan because of an Achilles tendon injury, but Hodgson believes that Zamora - who scored in the 2-1 first leg victory over the German side - will be fit enough to lead the attack.

"Bobby suffers with his Achilles tendon, as do many players," said Hodgson. "The problem with those injuries is that if you get a kick on it, like he did the other day, it makes it worse. We were hoping he would recover in time to play against Wigan but didn't. The medical staff are optimistic he will recover in time for Thursday."

Zamora's replacement against Wigan, David Elm, only lasted until half-time after Hodgson admitted he blundered by selecting him.

Elm had not fully recovered from a virus and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

"He was totally shattered at half-time," Hodgson added. "With hindsight I made the wrong decision playing him because he is in hospital at the moment on an ECG machine because the virus in his body is still there.

"I could see that he was struggling. I thought it was maybe because he had not played for a while and the pace of the game was beyond him.

"I suddenly realised at half-time I had made a big mistake and that I should never have thrust him into a game of this nature. The illness took more out of him than I thought."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 08:43:35 AM
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Fulham   2 - 1   Wigan
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Fulham fought back from a goal down to end a run of three successive Premier League defeats at the expense of relegation-threatened Wigan.

Jason Scotland drilled in a first-half opener for Wigan after Marcelo Moreno chested down a Charles N'Zogbia cross.

But Fulham hit back strongly after the break, half-time substitute Stefano Okaka dinking in a Zoltan Gera centre.

And there was worse to come for the visitors when Brede Hangeland headed in Damien Duff's corner to seal victory.

It was a tenacious victory for Fulham, who looked jaded initially but rallied to clinch a result that hauls them to 41 points, effectively securing their Premier League future.

Wigan, who remain four points adrift of safety, had a chance to put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone but were undone by familiar defensive shortcomings.

Fulham's teamsheet was always destined to come under forensic scrutiny after West Ham's complaint to the Premier League about the weakened side fielded by Roy Hodgson for last weekend's 2-0 defeat against Hull.

Hodgson reacted indignantly to the ensuing furore, insisting he had no case to answer, and here he made only one change to the side that defeated Wolfsburg 2-1 in Thursday night's Europa League quarter-final first leg, resting leading scorer Bobby Zamora.

That decision initially looked costly for Fulham, who faded rapidly after a strong opening spell during which Gera tested Chris Kirkland with a diving header before David Elm, Zamora's replacement up front, shot straight at the Wigan keeper.


Hodgson delighted with fightback against Wigan
This was Fulham's 53rd competitive fixture of a season in which they also reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, and the first-half signs were that the pressure of overstretched resources may finally be starting to tell.

The home support may feel that the referee, Mark Clattenburg, did little to help.

Clattenburg turned down a spurious penalty claim from Gera, who appeared to go down under a challenge from Mohamed Diame but in fact tripped over his own feet.

In truth, the greater problem for Fulham was a Wigan side invigorated by an urgent need to ease their relegation fears.

Their parlous league plight notwithstanding, Roberto Martinez's side favour an attractive brand of football, eschewing long-ball tactics and physical intimidation in favour of a more cultured passing game.

Having weathered Fulham's initial pressure, the virtue of that approach began to tell.


Defensive lapses cost us - Martinez
N'Zogbia drew a sharp save from Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer only to be wrongly ruled offside, while Paul Scharner twice went close, most notably with a lobbed effort that Hangeland headed away from under his own crossbar.

From the resulting clearance, Maynor Figueroa forced Schwarzer to tip over an audacious 40-yard effort, adding to the growing sense that Wigan were on the verge of a breakthrough.

Sure enough, moments later N'Zogbia spun a cross into the area, Moreno chested down for Scotland, and the former Swansea man drilled a low effort inside the near post for his first Premier League goal.

Hodgson was apoplectic, and his dugout seat felt the brunt of his displeasure.

But Wigan's attacking artistry is too often cancelled out at the other end, and within two minutes of the restart a defence breached eight times in the club's previous three away games was again found wanting.

Scharner's failure to complete a routine clearance allowed Gera to cut in from the left and centre for Okaka.

The forward, on loan from Roma and on as an interval replacement for Elm, stuck out a foot to clip in his first Premier League goal, and Fulham were back in the hunt.

Two minutes from the hour mark, Wigan's defensive shortcomings were highlighted again as Hangeland rose unopposed to head home Duff's corner.

Fulham continued to dominate and, although Wigan applied some late pressure on the home defence, they held out for a deserved victory ahead of Thursday's trip to Wolfsburg.



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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:

"The first-half performance was way below the levels we set ourselves, but I know how much our players are putting into the Europa League matches and I wasn't surprised.

"But the players dug deep, and that speaks volumes for their character.

"Bobby Zamora is suffering with a kicked achilles, but I'll be very disappointed if he isn't fit to face Wolfsburg."

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez:

"In the first half we had to be at our best. We wanted to impose ourselves, and we did that.

"But two lapses of concentration cost us, and we got heavily punished.

"Fulham play with huge confidence at home and they only need half a chance to get a goal.

"I felt we deserved a lot more from our performance, which speaks volumes for our potential, but we need to be as good as we can be in every game."
Title: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: GoldCoastWhite on April 05, 2010, 08:45:55 AM
http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=194181 (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=194181)
Fulham - Dempsey Slams West Ham!
With the West Ham complaint thing still rumbling around, one of those players who played in the weakened side at Hull City has spoken up.

Clint Dempsey, who has made his way back from a bad injury, has remarked,

"It`s disrespectful to me because I was on the pitch against Hull."

"I don`t feel I`m a weak player. I felt strong and confident and I tried to get the job done."

"West Ham are under-pressure, there is a lot of money at stake if you go down."

"I`m sure it`s frustrating for them, but we have to do what we think is best for the club."


Calm down Clint mate, don`t get so worked up! Just save our last goal of this season for the game against them and send them down!


Go on then Spam, dis the Deuce and suffer the consequences ! :014:
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 03:59:27 PM
http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2010/04/05/1864395/fulham-boss-roy-hodgson-hoping-to-have-bobby-zamora-back-for (http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/england/2010/04/05/1864395/fulham-boss-roy-hodgson-hoping-to-have-bobby-zamora-back-for)
Fulham Boss Roy Hodgson Hoping To Have Bobby Zamora Back For Europa League Clash With Wolfsburg
Top scorer will be assessed ahead of Thursday's clash...
Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is hoping to have striker Bobby Zamora fit in time to play in the second leg of the Europa League clash against Wolfsburg on Thursday.

The Cottagers carved out a 2-1 victory in the first leg thanks to goals from Zamora and Damien Duff, while conceding late as a header from Alexander Madlung pulled one back for the German champions.

The former Tottenham hitman was unable to feature in Sunday's victory over Wigan Athletic, but the gaffer hopes to have his player fit for the all-important second leg at the Volkswagen Arena.

"Bobby suffers with his Achilles tendon, as do many players," Hodgson told reporters after his side's weekend win.

"The problem with those injuries is that if you get a kick on it, like he did the other day, it makes it worse.

"We were hoping he would recover in time to play against Wigan but didn't. The medical staff are optimistic he will recover in time for Thursday."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:01:21 PM
http://www.wigan.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=194273 (http://www.wigan.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=194273)
What The Bosses Said - Fulham 2-1 Latics
Wigan Athletic lost at Fulham yesterday after leading 1-0 at half time courtesy of Jason Scotlands first Premier League goal for the Latics, unfortunately a couple of lapses of concentration cost dearly as Fulham were gifted two goals and ultimately the three points.

After the game both managers spoke to the press, lets see what they had to say for themselves:

Latics boss Roberto Martinez:

'If you drop your concentration in games like we did in the second-half you'll get punished in this league, we came to Fulham with a brave and positive approach, worked very hard and got our noses in front. Then, all of a sudden, two lapses of concentration in the second-half really cost us.

'It's disappointing because our performance deserved more, but it was a self-inflicted defeat and that's the hard part to take.

'We knew Fulham were going to push us for an equaliser after the break and we conceded through our own faults.

'You have to stay concentrated in those circumstances and stay on top of the game.

'The hardest part of the game is to get in-front, which we did. But after that we gave two goals away and made it difficult to get back into the game.

'We had to change things round a few times to try and find new ways through Fulham.

'They were getting behind the ball quickly which made it difficult to expose them, and I don't think we got into the right positions enough after going behind to threaten them.

'When you're outplayed and opened up by teams you accept that you were second-best, but to gift the opposition two goals that lose you the game is difficult to take.'

The one big highlight of the day was Jason Scotland's first league goal for Wigan Athletic; a clean left-footed strike that Mark Schwarzer couldn't deal with, and the gaffer was delighted for the striker;

'Scoring from open-play against Fulham is not an easy task, and so I was delighted with his strike.

'Jason deserves that for the hard-work he's done in every role he's played.

'Getting the first-goal in a game is always important and so we're all delighted for Jason, it's just a shame it couldn't have been rewarded with three points to go with it.'

To watch the Martinez interview visit bbc.co.uk


Fulham boss Roy Hodgson:

'The first-half performance was way below the levels we set ourselves, but I know how much our players are putting into the Europa League matches and I wasn't surprised.

'But the players dug deep, and that speaks volumes for their character.

'Bobby Zamora is suffering with a kicked achilles, but I'll be very disappointed if he isn't fit to face Wolfsburg.'
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:03:07 PM
http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/April/EtuhuEuropaPreview.aspx (http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/April/EtuhuEuropaPreview.aspx)
Keeping the Dream Alive
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Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu insists the Whites will head into Thursday’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final in confident mood.

Roy Hodgson’s side take a 2-1 lead to the Volkswagen Arena, and although the reigning Bundesliga champions very much remain in the tie, the 27-year-old believes his side have what it takes to extend their European adventure.

He told fulhamfc.com: “We have a lot of quality in this side, and we have to have the confidence that we can go there and progress. They’re a very good side and will also fancy their chances, but we’re in a good position.

“We have some very good players in this team, and a lot of experience. We’re used to playing in Europe now and know what we have to do.

“It’s a massive game for us, one of the biggest the Club has been part of. It’s one that everyone is looking forward to and there’s an opportunity to potentially play in a semi-final of a European competition. That would be a special moment for us all.”

The Nigerian international also praised Sunday’s result, with Fulham moving past the 40-point marker following a resilient 2-1 win against Wigan.

“It was an important victory for us,” explained Dickson. “It was a tough game and one that we knew that we needed to win. The Manager had been on at us, so we knew what needed to be done.

“It was a slow start, but I think we responded well and turned things around in the second-half – we kept going and claimed a deserved three points.

“Of course, our involvement in the UEFA Europa League has been fantastic, but it was vital that we consolidated our position in the Premier League. I don’t think there was ever any danger of us not achieving that, but to have 41 points lifts a little bit of pressure.

“That’s always the target and the figure that people tend to look towards. We achieved it last year as well, and hopefully we can kick on and finish this season as strong.

“It was a positive result and we have to take that into the game on Thursday. You always want to go into big games on the back of a victory and we can. We have to use that momentum now.”

Read more: http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/April/EtuhuEuropaPreview.aspx#ixzz0kEq4nNPq (http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/April/EtuhuEuropaPreview.aspx#ixzz0kEq4nNPq)
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:04:23 PM
http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=194286 (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=194286)
Fulham - Hodgson Let`s Rip!
After so many great performances there was always going to be a game where the performance didn`t quite reach the expectation levels.

Yesterday, against Wigan Athletic, Fulham struggled to get going and when they left the pitch, 1-0 down, at half time, there were some unsavoury noises coming from the main stand prompting (Sir) Roy Hodgson to have a go, at those fans who were starting to get on his sides back, in his post match press conference.

(Sir) Roy, talking about the barracking, had this to say,

"You hope people will show understanding for the level of difficulty being faced. It`s a vital game for Wigan, they`re faced with a relegation battle, but we`ve dug deep and got another famous victory."

"I mean the more executive types. I`m reminding fans that we will try to give them everything but there`s going to come a time in our last six games when we`re going to disappoint them, because it`s been 53 games and it`ll be 60 before the end of the season."

"I`m afraid that sooner or later there`s going to be a performance like the first half against Wigan which goes on through the ninety minutes."

"It would be nice if people showed some sympathy. I feel my players don`t deserve people shouting `Wake up`"

You`re perfectly right Roy, that is unless anybody wants to offer a different view!

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:05:46 PM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/05042010/63/hodgson-calls-patience.html (http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/05042010/63/hodgson-calls-patience.html)
Hodgson calls for patience
Roy Hodgson took time out to ask for some "sympathy and understanding" from Fulham fans after they booed his side off the pitch at half-time against Wigan.

Fulham were losing 1-0 to Jason Scotland's 34th goal - his first in the Barclays Premier League for Wigan - and some elements of the Craven Cottage faithful were not happy with the performance of the home side.

The Cottagers fought back to win the game 2-1 with second-half goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland and will now concentrate on Thursday's Europa Cup quarter-final second-leg at Wolfsburg.

However, Hodgson wanted to remind the Fulham fans that at some point before the end of the season, they might have to suffer a poor home performance.

"The crowd has been fantastic but you do hope sometimes that people show some degree of understanding for the level of difficulty people are being faced with," said Hodgson. "I am just taking the moment really to remind the fans we do still try to give them everything but there is going to come a time in these last six games when I'm pretty sure we will disappoint them.

"I am afraid that sooner or later there is going to be a performance like the first half against Wigan which goes on for 90 minutes and we lose two or three-nil at home because these things are written in the stars. No team can go on and on and on."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:07:06 PM
http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=194285 (http://www.fulham.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=194285)
Fulham - Zamora Latest Injury News!
If Fulham are to progress to the semi-finals of the Europa League there`s no doubt they stand a better chance if Bobby Zamora plays.

Wolfsburg, despite their current Bundesliga position, threaten to be our hardest European opposition so far and warmed up for the tie with an emphatic win this weekend.

Zamora, as you are all aware, missed the fixture against Wigan on Sunday with an Achilles injury.

Speaking about the injury, (Sir) Roy Hodgson had this to say,

"Bobby is suffering slightly from an Achilles injury as do many players."

"If you get a kick on it, it exacerbates the slight problem he has. He got a kick the other day which has bruised the Achilles."

"We were hoping he`d recover in time but he didn`t."

"But the medical staff are optimistic he will recover by Thursday."

Let`s hope that the rest works wonders for Bobby!

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:08:31 PM
http://www.tribalfootball.com/fulham-keeper-schwarzer-slams-west-ham-complaint-748821 (http://www.tribalfootball.com/fulham-keeper-schwarzer-slams-west-ham-complaint-748821)
Fulham keeper Schwarzer slams West Ham complaint
Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has dismissed West Ham United's complaint over their team selection for defeat at Hull City.

The Aussie insists West Ham have only themselves to blame for their predicament.

Schwarzer said: "I don't think the team against Hull was weakened, especially if you look at who played.

"You're talking about Clint Dempsey, one of the best players in the American game. He has been one of our best players this season.

"You're talking about Bjorn Riise, a Norwegian international. Nicky Shorey played and he has also been a fantastic acquisition to the side. "I think West Ham are clutching at straws. The league table doesn't lie and you have to live and die by your own performances."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:10:22 PM
http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/10/04/05/SOCCER_Fulham_Nightlead.html&TEAMHD=soccer (http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/10/04/05/SOCCER_Fulham_Nightlead.html&TEAMHD=soccer)
HUGHES DEFENDS HODGSON'S ROTATION
 
By Adrian Curtis, Press Association Sport

Wolfsburg 8/11 Draw 5/2 Fulham 4/1

Fulham defender Aaron Hughes insists boss Roy Hodgson is entitled to rest his players whenever he feels it is necessary.

The Premier League are expected to talk to Fulham this week following West Ham's complaint that they fielded a weakened team in their 2-0 defeat to Hull last week.

The league have already confirmed that the Hammers made an official protest at Fulham's decision to make six changes to their side against the Tigers.

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan believes Fulham broke league rules by resting key players ahead of last week's Europa League quarter-final against Wolfsburg, which Fulham won 2-1.

The Cottagers made just one change to the side that beat the Germans when they defeated Wigan 2-1 at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

Jason Scotland had put Wigan in front in the 34th minute with his first Barclays Premier League strike for the club.

But second-half goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland kept Wigan dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Defender Hughes backed his manager's decision to rest players.

"He's entitled to do what he wants - at the end of the day he's the manager," said Hughes.

"If he wants to rest a few players and change a few things then that is his call, it is something that you see all the time but people tend to make a big deal out it when a team loses.

"The manager did what he needed to do and we certainly support that. We have not always had the luxury of resting players either.

"This is just what happens when you're involved in Europe and the latter stage of a cup competition. Those clubs that are used to such occurrences will all mix things up, bring players in and rest those that need it, why shouldn't we be able to do the same?"

Hodgson will not be afraid to rest more players with six games to go.

"We will make changes in the forthcoming six games, some of these players do need a rest," he said.

"It has been a magnificent season as far as I am concerned. What the players have done is lifted the club to another level. We have been given an awful lot of credit and the fans have been magnificent on European nights."

Fulham will now go to Wolfsburg on Thursday hoping to go on and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

But while Europe has been a nice distraction for the club, Hughes says a top-10 finish in the league remains a priority.

"I think everyone would agree that we have come a long way but at the same time we are under no illusions of what we need to achieve," said Hughes.

"It would definitely be nice to finish in the top half but it will be tough because there are three or four teams with similar ambitions.

"It would be a great achievement though, especially when you consider the amount of games we have had to play."

Captain Danny Murphy believes Fulham can go to Wolfsburg and finish the job to claim a place in the last four.

"I am very confident we can score ourselves in the second leg, so we will go there with the belief that we can and then they will have to score three to win the tie," he said.

"Their goal right at the end took the gloss off an otherwise fantastic night, but I don't think we should be too harsh on ourselves."

Meanwhile, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hopes his young side can learn from expensive mistakes and avoid relegation.

Martinez's side were guilty of two critical lapses in concentration which allowed Fulham to win the game.

The defeat left Athletic hovering above the danger zone but Martinez hopes their home games - against Portsmouth, Arsenal and then Hull on May 1 - will see them through.

"We have got two home games (next) and the home form is going to be vital," admitted Martinez.

"But we are not far away. It is going to be an exciting run-in but I am more interested in our own performance.

"We don't want to be involved in things on the last day of the season.

"When we do the right things we can beat anyone. We beat Chelsea, Liverpool, and Aston Villa away from home but we need to make sure we mature quickly.

"We are young squad and it is a new group of players but the basics in football are concentration and learning to be a bit more ruthless.

"We performed well in the first half against Fulham but we gave away cheap goals in the second period. We have to learn from our lapses in concentration."

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:11:58 PM
http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11681_6076876,00.html (http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11681_6076876,00.html)
Hodgson critical of boo boys
Fulham boss feels players deserve more respect
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has criticised some sections of supporters who booed his side off at the end of the first half of their game against Wigan on Sunday.

The Cottagers responded well in the second half, instantly replying 90 seconds after the restart through Stefano Okaka and eventually going on to win the game 2-1.

Hodgson's side have exceeded all expectations in Europe this season and are within touching distance of a Europa League semi-final should they avoid defeat against Wolfsburg in their quarter-final second leg on Wednesday.

However, the Fulham boss was unhappy with the response of the Craven Cottage faithful - although many boos were aimed at referee Mark Clattenburg - after their European exploits appeared to take their toll on some players.

"The crowd has been fantastic but you do hope sometimes that people show some degree of understanding for the level of difficulty people are being faced with," he said.

"I am afraid that, sooner or later, there is going to be a performance like the first half against Wigan which goes on for 90 minutes and we lose two or three-nil at home because these things are written in the stars."

Understanding
Fulham have played over 50 games so far this season, with Hodgson rotating his squad to prevent a number of players becoming burnt out; something he felt supporters needed to appreciate.

"We have got six more games in the league and I know they won't be at the level of the previous 54 or 55," he added.

"All I am saying is that it would be nice if people showed some sympathy and understanding for that.

"They don't deserve people shouting 'Wake up'. It is not a question of waking up, it is a question of getting tired legs going again in a tough Premier League game."
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:14:05 PM
http://www.cottagersconfidential.com/2010/4/5/1405783/analysis-of-my-5-keys-to-victory (http://www.cottagersconfidential.com/2010/4/5/1405783/analysis-of-my-5-keys-to-victory)
Analysis of "My 5 Keys to Victory for Fulham against Wigan"
 by Fulhampatsfan on Apr 5, 2010 2:45 PM BST  0 comments

Fulham beat Wigan yesterday at Craven Cottage 2 -1.  This was an important victory for the team. Fulham have not performed great lately in the league. I really believed they needed the 3 points and the victory. As a review I like to go back and look at my keys to the match. Were any of my "keys" important in this match? Below is an "analysis of my 5 keys to victory for Fulham against Wigan."   

1. Fuham need to be up by at least a goal or maybe more by the half.  Well, we will see if this key affects them in the match on Thursday. My feelings going into the match was to be ahead at the half might give Hogdson the ability to rest players in the second half. This key was more about the big picture and this Thursday against Wolfsburg. I also thought if they were up at the half it would really hurt the confidence of Wigan. Since they were down at the half I would imagine that Wigan was feeling pretty good coming out for the second half. For Fulham's sake being down might have gotten the players to dig a little deeper, and really push harder in the second half.

 2. I am looking for Stefano Okaka to start and make an impact on the match.  Okaka did not start, but there is no question he made an impact. He scored a goal and I thought he was pretty physical up front. Maybe Roy will give him a chance to start in the next couple of weeks. I would like to see more of Okaka rather than less.

3.  What kind of lineup changes will there be tomorrow? To my surprise there was only one change to the lineup of significance. Bobby Zamora was the only player who rested in this match. I think the lack of lineup changes was a positive yesterday. I thought the team played well especially in the second half. Players like Hangeland, Hughes and Murphy could have been rested. If Hangeland is not playing, Wigan might have scored a goal on a flick that went over Schwarzer's head. Hangeland was at the net and headed the ball away.  I am happy that there were not many changes yesterday.

4. Fulham need to take advantage of the Wigan defense with Gary Caldwell out.  I thought Fulham did take advantage of the Wigan defense. Both goals that were scored could be considered soft. Okaka and Hangeland both took advantage of Wigan. I wished there were a few more opportunities though.     

5. If Chris Smalling is playing tomorrow on defense he needs to be solid. Chris Smalling did not play. If he did play for Hangeland would he have made that header to keep a shot out of the net? Chris Smalling will probably get more playing time at the end of the year. Let's just hope he does play solid in the future as long as he is a Fulham player.

In concluding this was a match that Fulham needed to win. On most of my keys Fulham did succeed. The club picked it up in the second half and did what they had to for the win. It is now on to Germany. I can't wait for Thursday.

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:17:35 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1263706/Fulham-rest-like-West-Ham-complaint-dismissed-Cottagers-defender-Aaron-Hughes.html?ITO=1490 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1263706/Fulham-rest-like-West-Ham-complaint-dismissed-Cottagers-defender-Aaron-Hughes.html?ITO=1490)
Fulham can rest who they like! West Ham complaint dismissed by Cottagers defender Aaron Hughes
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes insists boss Roy Hodgson is entitled to rest his players whenever he feels it is necessary. 

The Premier League are expected to talk to Fulham this week following West Ham's complaint that they fielded a weakened team in their 2-0 defeat to Hull last week.

The league have already confirmed that the Hammers made an official protest at Fulham's decision to make six changes to their side against the Tigers.

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West Ham co-owner David Sullivan believes Fulham broke league rules by resting key players ahead of last week's Europa League quarter-final against Wolfsburg, which Fulham won 2-1.   

The Cottagers made just one change to the side that beat the Germans when they defeated Wigan 2-1 at Craven Cottage yesterday. Jason Scotland had put Wigan in front in the 34th minute with his first Barclays Premier League strike for the club. But second-half goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland kept Wigan dangerously close to the relegation zone.   

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan believes Fulham broke league rules by resting key players ahead of last week's Europa League quarter-final against Wolfsburg, which Fulham won 2-1.   

The Cottagers made just one change to the side that beat the Germans when they defeated Wigan 2-1 at Craven Cottage yesterday. Jason Scotland had put Wigan in front in the 34th minute with his first Barclays Premier League strike for the club. But second-half goals from substitute Stefano Okaka and Brede Hangeland kept Wigan dangerously close to the relegation zone.   

Hodgson will not be afraid to rest more players with six games to go. 'We will make changes in the forthcoming six games, some of these players do need a rest,' he said.

'It has been a magnificent season as far as I am concerned. What the players have done is lifted the club to another level. We have been given an awful lot of credit and the fans have been magnificent on European nights.'

Fulham will now go to Wolfsburg on Thursday hoping to go on and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League. But while Europe has been a nice distraction for the club, Hughes says a top-10 finish in the league remains a priority. 

'I think everyone would agree that we have come a long way but at the same time we are under no illusions of what we need to achieve,' said Hughes. 'It would definitely be nice to finish in the top half but it will be tough because there are three or four teams with similar ambitions.   

'It would be a great achievement though, especially when you consider the amount of games we have had to play.'
Captain Danny Murphy believes Fulham can go to Wolfsburg and finish the job to claim a place in the last four.   

'I am very confident we can score ourselves in the second leg, so we will go there with the belief that we can and then they will have to score three to win the tie,' he said.   

'Their goal right at the end took the gloss off an otherwise fantastic night, but I don't think we should be too harsh on ourselves.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1263706/Fulham-rest-like-West-Ham-complaint-dismissed-Cottagers-defender-Aaron-Hughes.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0kEtiHtUP (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1263706/Fulham-rest-like-West-Ham-complaint-dismissed-Cottagers-defender-Aaron-Hughes.html?ITO=1490#ixzz0kEtiHtUP)
Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:19:34 PM
http://www.cottagersconfidential.com/2010/4/5/1405855/hogdson-is-optimistic-that-zamora (http://www.cottagersconfidential.com/2010/4/5/1405855/hogdson-is-optimistic-that-zamora)
Hogdson is optimistic that Zamora will be available for Fulham on Thursday
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With the second leg of the Europa League Quarterfinals coming up on Thursday, will Bobby Zamora be fit to play? According to the Skysports.com article," Zamora in fitness race", he is suffering from an achilles injury. He did not play yesterday in the Fulham 2 - 1 victory against Wigan. In his place was David Elm.

According to this skysports.com article, "Zamora in fitness race"Roy Hogdson is optimistic that Zamora will recover from this achilles injury to be fit for the quarterfinals second leg of the Europa league on Thursday. The article has this quote from the Fulham manager. Hogdson stated " We were hoping he would recover in time to play against Wigan but didn't. The medical staff are optimistic he will recover in time for Thursday." 

This article also mentions that David Elm, who was Zamora's replacement, was taken to the hospital for a precautionary measure. Also, according to this article Elm has been dealing with a Virus. Let's hope the young Swede recovers soon.   

I will be monitoring the progress of Zamora and Elm as we get closer to the game on Thursday. I have a feeling that Roy Hogdson would like both of them to be available for Thursday.

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: whitejc on April 05, 2010, 04:20:44 PM
http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/sport/football-ealing/fulham-fc-ealing/2010/04/05/fulham-can-be-a-premier-league-force-vows-brede-hangeland-64767-26179392/ (http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/sport/football-ealing/fulham-fc-ealing/2010/04/05/fulham-can-be-a-premier-league-force-vows-brede-hangeland-64767-26179392/)
Fulham can be a Premier League force, vows Brede Hangeland
FULHAM'S defensive rock Brede Hangeland believes his club can be a Premier League force for years to come after their superb achievements this season.

The 28-year-old Norwegian headed the winner against Wigan in the 53rd game of a marathon season for Fulham that has included long runs in both the FA Cup and Europa League.

But the Cottagers shrugged off any signs of tiredness from Thursday's epic quarter-final first leg victory over Wolfsburg by coming from behind to beat Wigan.

“It was a big relief to win as we have struggled to get points in the league lately,” admitted Hangeland.

“That is probably down to the fact that we have put a lot of effort into the European games and this came on the back of a tough game on Thursday, so it was a great achievement for us to win.

“We would like to think that we have now come away from just battling relegation every year. I hope that is going to be the case for years to come and to get above 40 points with still six games to go is a good feeling.

“I have a long contract here so I would love to stay for as long as that lasts.”

Title: Re: Monday Fulham Stuff (05/04/10)
Post by: mike_f on April 05, 2010, 04:58:17 PM
Bolton are leading the chase to sign Sporting Lisbon's Portuguese Under-21 starlet Bruno Pereirinha.

Midfielder Pereirinha, 22, who is under contract until 2012, is being allowed to move to the Premier League on a season-long loan to help his career progress.

Super-agent Pini Zahavi is trying to broker a deal, with Bolton, Blackburn and Fulham all watching developments.

Pereirinha scored against Bolton in the UEFA Cup two years ago.

http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Transfer-news-Bolton-lead-Blackburn-and-Fulham-in-the-race-for-Portuguese-Under-21-star-article381625.html (http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Transfer-news-Bolton-lead-Blackburn-and-Fulham-in-the-race-for-Portuguese-Under-21-star-article381625.html)