FT: Fulham 1 Wigan 1

Full-time here at the Cottage. Boos ring out and it was poor of Fulham to let Wigan back in the match. Many thanks for joining me.

90+6
A goal-saving challenge on the line from Figueroa saves Wigan's point. What a block that is

90+4
Back underway here, where we still have a few minutes of stoppage time after that delay

90+1
Ivan Ramis is being stretchered off with a nasty knee injury, replaced by Ronnie Stam

90
Chris Baird sums up Fulham's second half with a cross that goes about fifteen yards over

88
Kacaniklic off for Fulham, replaced by Dejagah

86
Five minutes to find a winner and force me into a rewrite of a match report!

85
Great save from Mark Schwarzer from Franco Di Santo, tipping round the post. Close to 2-1

82
Baird on for Duff. Ruiz will move on to the right wing

82
A cross from Riether is deflected and Al-Habsi is forced to claw the ball away from his goal

81
Every time Fulham get the ball they lose it within three or four passes. It just isn't working today

80
And still Wigan press, Maloney winning a corner

78
Some serious unrest from the home faithful. They must be so disappointed with their side since half-time

76
It is all Wigan now as they push for a winner

75
Boos ring round the ground as Fulham again pass the ball out of play. So lacklustre from the home side

74
Di Santo now wins a corner after a strike on goal from a tight angle

74
Fulham deserve exactly that after being so sloppy and uninventive during this second half, and they just didn't close down Di Santo

73
He has been poor today, but that is a wonderful strike from the forward. And that is why he can be frustrating...

72
GOAL!!! Amazing strike from Franco Di Santo

70
Emerson Boyce gets a talking to from Mark Clattenburg. Sensible refereeing in what whas been a game of little malice

69
Nice feet from McCarthy, but his team mates fail to provide enough support and he is crowded out.

66
Corner for Fulham as the game has quietened considerably

66
David Jones is replaced by Jordi Gomez for Wigan

65
First change for Fulham, and Petric is replaced by Hugo Rodallega

64
Beausejour goes hard in on Duff, but no free kick decision from the referee. It looked 'meaty'!

62
Great effort from Di Santo, flicking up the ball to himself before volleying wide. Better from the striker

61
Petric again fires over from a free kick. Not good enough today from the Croatian

60
Again Di Santo fires a pass out of play. He cannot have long left.

58
Schwarzer again dives to save from Maloney, but mroe comfortable this time

57
Fantastic challenge from Richardson to block Di Santo. Wonderful defending

56
What a save that is from Mark Schwarzer. Strike from Maloney takes a deflection, and the goalkeeper tips it onto the bar

54
That sums up Di Santo today. Great work to control the ball and get into a good position, but the final ball is not good enough

52
Gary Caldwell gets a talking to from the referee for a hard challenge on Berbatov

51
Wigan finally get their foot on the ball and look to settle. Di Santo needs som support up top

49
Wasteful from Berbatov. Some delightful touches during the first half, but he has drifted out of the game

48
Wigan struggling to get on the ball at the start of the half

47
Fulham start on the offensive, with Damien Duff attacking down the right, but it is cleared

46
No changes at the break, as Wigan look for a way back into this game

Back under way here at the Cottage

Fulham are 4/11 to go on and claim all three points as they lead at the break with Wigan given little chance of a comeback at 10/1 to win and 11/4 to salvage a draw. Di Santo is actually rated as the next likely next goalscorer at 6/1 ahead of Berbatov (7/1)

And that is half time. Join me for more in fifteen minutes...

45+1
we will have one minute of added time

45
It is, without doubt, the worst corner I've seen this season, dribbling out from David Jones.

44
Di Santo does well to win a corner for Wigan

42
Therein lies the issue with the Argentinean at this level

41
Chance for Di Santo, who manages to miss from four yards on the half volley. He puts it over and should have scored

40
The game slightly meandering towards half-time, the quality slightly lacking from both sides as we near the break

38
Petric with a header for Fulham, but it's more of a knock-down, and no-one is there to pick up the pieces

36
Kieran Richardson takes an awful free kick, fully twenty yards over the bar. Poor

35
Cynical pull back by McArthur. The easiest yellow card Mark Clattenburg will ever give

34
Kacanikilic fires on his weaker side from the edge of the box but it flies over

33
The ball is cleared behind for a corner

32
Fulham win a free kick near the goalline out wide, a good opportunity here...

31
It is wasted by being taken short. One of my pet peeves there

30
Beausejour goes down under a crunching Riether tackle, giving Wigan a free kick out wide

29
In fairness to Wigan, they have responded well and firmly on the front foot.

28
Wigan have a free kick from thirty yards. Jones takes it and the ball falls to Di Santo, whose shot is blocked by Hangeland in the unmentionables

27
Chance for McArthur, whose first touch gets him an opening. He fires straight at Schwarzer, but better from the visitors

26
Wigan have only got points once from a losing position this season, against Reading. They must respond

25
Fulham had started to dominate possession, and have scored after a bright Wigan opening. Plenty to do for Martinez's men

That's a world class finish from the midfielder. If you're good enough, you're young enough

23
What a GOAL that is by Karagounis. Drops his shoulder to beat McArthur and fires from 20 yards off the post. Wonderful goal

22
Berbatov controls the ball majestically and fires at goal, but it is blocked

22
Fulham just beginning to enjoy some sustained pressure, and the crowd voice their pleasure

21
Fulham dispossess Ramis and bear down on goal. Kacaniklic's ball into the box is not good enough and Wigan concede a corner

19
Bryan Ruiz is certainly operating as a central midfielder, with Berbatov and Petric as the forwards

17
A couple of sloppy touches from both sides, which has just reduced the tempo and verve of the game

16
Petric forges some space on the edge of the box but fires over for the second time. Good build up from Fulham, however

15
A slight lull as both teams enjoy calm possession in defence

13
Maloney dispossesses Berbatov and crosses, but Fulham head clear

12
First corner of the game goes to Fulham, but it's wasted after being taken short

11
Berbatov is a fraction away from controlling a looped ball into the box, but Al-Habsi can collect

10
A really good tempo the game here, which is encouraging

9
Petric hits it, but it is always going over, and draws groans from the crowd

8
A free kick right on the edge of the box for Fulham, Mark Clattenburg rightly awarding for a push by Shaun Maloney

7
McArthur dwells on the ball from the edge of the area, and Fulham scramble clear

7
Shot by McArthur is comfortably over from 25 yards, but Wigan continue to press here

6
After a slow start, Wigan are enjoying far more of the ball here

5
Chance for Wigan. A scruffy shot from the edge of the box and Di Santo can only roll it to Schwarzer. He was offside, however.

4
Bryan Ruiz seems to be dropping deep into midfield early on here, leaving Berbatov up top

3
Damien Duff is flagged offside when through on goal. Correct decision

2
Di Santo fouls Karagounis, who goes down theatrically

1
Fulham start brightly, quick passing around midfield

We are underway...

The sides are out at Craven Cottage, although I already make it 3pm so we may be late getting underway.

Wigan half-time Fulham full-time is Sky Bet's 25/1 long-shot tip ahead of this one. For the more reserved gambler, we go 8/13 that both teams score or you might fancy 5/2 on the draw. In the first goalscorer market, Berbatov leads the way as the most backed player at 5/1.

Wigan are currently partaking in the kind of warm-up that would give me a stitch in seconds. Steady on lads

I can inform you that QPR and Spurs have just played out a 0-0 draw. I'll be honest, I want more goals and action than that game.

Fulham have won their last four home games against Wigan, and in last year's fixture Philippe Senderos scored a late winner after Emerson Boyce had opened the scoring.

Nick Seddon has got in touch, and believes that there is 'no reason' why Wigan can't win today. Whilst true, two away wins since August isn't ideal.

Half an hour now until kick off, and the best way to describe the weather by the Thames is 'cold'. Very cold.

So it will be Dimitar Berbatov to start for Fulham, whilst Hugo Rodallega will have to wait to face his former club as he is benched

Subs: Stockdale, Riise, Senderos, Baird, Kasami, Rodallega, Dejagah

Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Richardson; Duff, Ruiz, Karagounis, Kacaniklic; Berbatov, Petric.

Huzzah, the Fulham team news is in...

Martin Lally, meanwhile, is a little more reserved as a Wigan fan: "Really hoping for a Wigan win but our record at Fulham is poor."

So, goals predicted. I like your style Vincent

Vincent Okwuanya has got in touch with his prediction: "Henriquez and Berbatov to score. Fulham to win 3-1."

Henriquez, signed on loan from Manchester United, does make the Wigan bench however

Which, according to this, means that new signing Roger Espinoza does not make the matchday squad

Wigan: Al Habsi, McCarthy, Caldwell, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McArthur, Boyce, Ramis, Beausejour, Figueroa Subs: Pollitt, Stam, Golobart, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Henriquez

The Wigan team is in...

First request is for you to get in touch with me @danielstorey85 on Twitter and let me know your thoughts and predictions for the match.

Both teams were on a shonky old run until recent away victories, with Fulham winning at West Brom and Wigan at Villa

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our live commentary from Craven Cottage of Fulham and Wigan

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