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QPR 1 Wigan 1 – match report

QPR 1 Wigan 1: Dramatic Maloney strike denies 10-man hosts after Remy's wonder goal

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17:05 GMT, 7 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:19 GMT, 7 April 2013

Shaun Maloney's stunning late free-kick earned Wigan a dramatic draw against 10-man QPR as Harry Redkannp's men were denied a crucial three points in their bid to beat the drop.

The home side were reduced to 10 men in the first half when Bobby Zamora was sent off for a high kick on Jordi Gomez but French striker Loic Remy looked to have won the game for QPR when he produced produced a sublime finish at the end of an 85th-minute counter-attack.

But Maloney's free-kick in injury time rescued a point for Roberto Martinez's men.

More to follow

Drama: Shaun Maloney's late free-kick rescued a draw for Wigan at Loftus Road

Drama: Shaun Maloney's late free-kick rescued a draw for Wigan at Loftus Road

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Julio Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Traore (Onuoha 46), Townsend, Jenas, Mbia, Hoilett (Taarabt 56), Remy (Mackie 88), Zamora.

Subs Not Used: Green, Park, Granero, Ben Haim.

Sent Off: Zamora (21).

Booked: Remy, Samba.

Goals: Remy 85.

Wigan: Robles, Alcaraz, Scharner, Figueroa (Espinoza 88), Boyce, McCarthy, Gomez, Beausejour (McArthur 61), McManaman (Di Santo 67), Kone, Maloney.

Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Henriquez, Stam.

Booked: McCarthy, Alcaraz, Figueroa.

Goals: Maloney 90.

Att: 16,658

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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High: Bobby Zamora was sent off in the first half for this kick on Jordi Gomez

High: Bobby Zamora was sent off in the first half for this kick on Jordi Gomez

High: Bobby Zamora was sent off in the first half for this kick on Jordi Gomez


Uproar: QPR players surround referee Phil Dowd after Zamora's challenge

Uproar: QPR players surround referee Phil Dowd after Zamora's challenge


Red: Dowd shows Zamora the exit after sending the striker off

Red: Dowd shows Zamora the exit after sending the striker off


Ahead: Loic Remy celebrates his late goal with team-mate Stephane Mbia after putting QPR 1-0 up

Ahead: Loic Remy celebrates his late goal with team-mate Stephane Mbia after putting QPR 1-0 up


Delight: The QPR bench celebrate Remy's late goal

Delight: The QPR bench celebrate Remy's late goal

Remaining Premier League fixtures

QPR

Apr 13 Everton (A), 3pm
Apr 20 Stoke (H), 3pm
Apr 28 Reading (A), 1.30pm
May 4 Arsenal (H), 3pm
May 12 Newcastle (3pm)
May 19 Liverpool (A), 4pm

WIGAN

Apr 17 Man City (A), 7.45pm
Apr 20 West Ham (A), 3pm
Apr 27 Tottenham (H), 3pm
May 4 West Brom (A), 3pm
May 7 Swansea (H), 7.45pm
May 12 Arsenal (A), 3pm
May 19 Aston Villa (H), 4pm

Arsene Wenger"s got the balance right! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sees a bright future at Arsenal

Wenger's got the balance right! Oxlade-Chamberlain sees a bright future at Arsenal

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15:50 GMT, 22 December 2012

Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the future is bright for the Gunners after their 1-0 win over Wigan at a rain-lashed DW Stadium in the Barclays Premier League.

Mikel Arteta scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the second half and Oxlade-Chamberlain, one of five players to sign new deals at Arsenal this week, believes manager Arsene Wenger has got the mix right.

On the attack: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain skips past Jean Beausejour

On the attack: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain skips past Jean Beausejour

'The players that we've got here now, there's some really exciting young players,' Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports 3 after being named man of the match.

'I think it's a good mix of youth and experience. The future does look bright for us.'

Oxlade-Chamberlain praised Wigan for their attacking approach despite being in the bottom three.

He said: 'They set up with a lot of men in midfield. In the first half it was hard to get to grips with their midfield at times.'

Winning strike: Mikel Arteta's penalty sealed the points for Arsenal

Winning strike: Mikel Arteta's penalty sealed the points for Arsenal

Arteta thought there were encouraging signs for Wigan despite the loss.

'I think they have been unlucky with the result because the way they play is quite “offensive”,' he said.

The Spaniard was also happy to be able to celebrate three wins in a row for Arsenal for the first time this season.

'It's a big win for us, that's three in a row now,' said the former Everton man. 'I am really happy with the points. It's been a tough game, the conditions were really difficult.'

Under pressure: Theo Walcott battles with James McCarthy

Under pressure: Theo Walcott battles with James McCarthy

Norwich 2 Wigan 1 match report: Wes Hoolahan grabs winner

Norwich 2 Wigan 1: Head boy Hoolahan celebrates new deal with superb winner

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17:11 GMT, 15 December 2012

Wes Hoolahan celebrated signing a new long-term Norwich contract by scoring the winner against Wigan at Carrow Road.

The victory saw Norwich extend their unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to 10 games

Although they were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Aston Villa here in midweek, they made it five successive home league victories to continue their remarkable turnaround.

Heads up: Wes Hoolahan nods home Norwich's second goal to put his side in the lead

Heads up: Wes Hoolahan nods home Norwich's second goal to put his side in the lead

Good start: Anthony Pilkington celebrates after breaking the deadlock in the first half

Good start: Anthony Pilkington celebrates after breaking the deadlock in the first half

Match facts

Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington (E Bennett 90), Hoolahan (Howson 84), Holt (Morison 90).

Subs not used: Rudd, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, E Bennett, Barnett.

Booked: Bassong, Johnson, Pilkington.

Goals: Pilkington 15, Hoolahan 64.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Lopez, Figueroa, Stam, McArthur, McCarthy (Jones 46), Beausejour, Kone, Gomez (Maloney 46), Boselli (Di Santo 72).

Subs not used: Pollitt, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McManaman, Fyvie, Golobart.

Booked: Lopez.

Goal: Maloney 51.

Att: 26,677.

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

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Wigan, meanwhile, have now lost five
of the last seven and remain in the bottom three despite equalising at
the start of the second half through substitute Shaun Maloney, after
Anthony Pilkington had opened the scoring.

There was not much to choose between
the sides during the opening stages, before Norway midfielder Alex
Tettey, back from a thigh problem, tried his luck from 25 yards with a
low effort which flew wide.

The Canaries were ahead on 15 minutes.

Hoolahan, whose new contract take him
up to 2015, carried the ball to the edge of the Wigan penalty area and
then won a 50/50 with Emmerson Boyce to stab a pass through to
Pilkington.

The winger took the ball in his stride
before smashing a left-foot drive past Latics keeper Ali Al Habsi and
into the roof of the net.

Wigan looked for a quick response, but
there was a break in play when James McCarthy needed treatment after a
strong challenge by Bradley Johnson, which resulted in the Norwich
midfielder being shown a yellow card.

James McArthur let fly with an angled
drive which Norwich keeper Mark Bunn, replacing injured England
international John Ruddy, held on to at the second attempt.

Referee Lee Probert then incurred the
wrath of the Barclay Stand when he showed Pilkington a yellow card for
diving, when replays suggested the Norwich winger had been tripped by
defender Adrian Lopez as he cut back towards the penalty area.

Pilkington almost hooked the ball in after Al Habsi had spilled a right-wing cross from Robert Snodgrass.

Full-back Steven Whittaker had scored a
fine individual goal in last week's 4-3 win at Swansea and the Scotland
defender surged forwards after 34 minutes to the edge of the Wigan
penalty area before drilling a low, angled shot just wide.

Back on track: Wigan celebrate after Shaun Maloney (second right) scored their equaliser

Back on track: Wigan celebrate after Shaun Maloney (second right) scored their equaliser

Take that: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn roars with delight as Norwich regain the lead

Take that: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn roars with delight as Norwich regain the lead

Al Habsi then produced a brilliant
one-handed save to turn away a bullet header from Snodgrass after
left-back Javier Garrido had lofted the ball to the far post.

Latics boss Roberto Martinez made a
double change for the second half as midfielders Maloney and David Jones
replaced Jordi Gomez and McCarthy.

It was Norwich, though, who again
showed an early threat as Grant Holt – making his 150th appearance –
drilled in an angled effort which Al Habsi palmed behind.

Hitman: Holt fires a shot towards goal, with Norwich on top of their opponents

Hitman: Holt fires a shot towards goal, with Norwich on top of their opponents

Drive: Alexander Tettey launches a strike at Ali Al-Habsi's goal

Drive: Alexander Tettey launches a strike at Ali Al-Habsi's goal

Wigan were level on 51 minutes.

Arouna Kone carried the ball into the
left side of the Norwich penalty area, before he pulled a pass back to
the edge of the box where Maloney crashed his shot into the net.

The goal completely changed the
dynamic of the match as the hosts suddenly looked devoid of ideas and
uncomfortable in possession.

Norwich put some pressure on Wigan
again as the hour mark passed, but Holt could only send a scissors-kick
horribly wide from Snodgrass' floated ball to the far post.

Tussle: Jean Beausejour (right) and Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass battle for the ball

Tussle: Jean Beausejour (right) and Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass battle for the ball

Go for it: Roberto Martinez urged his players on as they struggled

Go for it: Roberto Martinez urged his players on as they struggled

Referee Probert had been taking plenty
of flak from the home fans, but played a good advantage after Snodgrass
had been bodychecked and Norwich broke quickly down the left through
Pilkington.

The former Huddersfield winger drove
on to the goalline, where he cut back inside Boyce before delivering a
teasing cross, which Hoolahan headed past Al Habsi on 64 minutes.

Norwich continued to ask questions of the visitors.

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Hoolahan

Good day: Chris Hughton (left) saw his side emerge triumphant with Hoolahan (right) in fine fettle

Hands on hips: Grant Holt watches on as ref Lee Probert blows his whistle

Hands on hips: Grant Holt watches on as ref Lee Probert blows his whistle

Johnson tested the Wigan goalkeeper
with a low effort from 20 yards, before Al Habsi produced another fine
save to deny Pilkington.

With seven minutes to go, Hoolahan was replaced by Jonny Howson and the diminutive midfielder left to a standing ovation.

Sebastian Bassong made a brilliant
last-ditch tackle to block Kone in stoppage time as Norwich closed out a
fifth straight home win – with Chelsea and Manchester City the next
visitors to Norfolk over the hectic festive schedule.

Wigan 2 QPR 2 match report: James McCarthy hits two as Harry Redknapp searches for first win

Wigan 2 QPR 2: McCarthy double ensures Rangers set record of 16 games without win

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01:53 GMT, 9 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers created unwanted
history at Wigan’s DW Stadium — and even manager Harry Redknapp
admitted if they cannot gain their first win soon, there will be no
point trying to bring in new players during the January transfer window.

James McCarthy’s late equaliser for
Wigan confirmed Rangers have made the worst start to the season since
the Premier League was founded in 1992, their 16th game without a win
surpassing Swindon’s run in 1993.

Party time: James McCarthy scored twice as Wigan earned a point against Queens Park Rangers

Party time: James McCarthy scored twice as Wigan earned a point against Queens Park Rangers

MATCH FACTS

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Lopez, Jones (Maloney 76), Stam, McCarthy, McArthur, Beausejour, Gomez, Di Santo (Boselli 85), Kone.

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, McManaman, Fyvie, Golobart, Redmond.

Goals: McCarthy 19,74.

QPR: Green, Bosingwa (Da Silva 84), Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Diakite (Granero 77), Derry, Mbia, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Taarabt (Cisse 58).

Subs Not Used: Murphy, Ferdinand, Hoilett, Faurlin.

Booked: Taarabt.

Goals: Nelsen 26,Cisse 71.

Att: 17,163

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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As the Wigan player’s low shot nestled in the net, the QPR players slumped to the floor as if they had already been relegated, with defender Clint Hill beating the turf in frustration.

There could be no disputing QPR’s commitment to the cause as they slogged their way through driving rain to try to break and their duck. But the fact their goalkeeper Rob Green was man of the match with a string of outstanding saves indicated Rangers, who have drawn three of their four games since Mark Hughes was sacked, were second-best in terms of quality.

Redknapp, who has previously changed the fortunes of Portsmouth and Tottenham but failed to do the same with Southampton, admits he needs new blood in the next transfer window to have any chance of pulling off another Harry Houdini act.

But unless they beat Fulham, Newcastle or West Bromwich Albion in their next three fixtures, the manager doubts there will be any point in asking owner Tony Fernandes to put his hand in his pocket again because The Championship will already be a formality.

‘If we don’t win a game or two, I wouldn’t ask him to spend any money. We’d be too far adrift,’ said Redknapp. ‘We have to make sure we give the owners something to hang onto. We need to win the first game and get a little run going. Then I am sure we will have a go.’

Rifled: James McCarthy fired home to open the scoring for Wigan

Rifled: James McCarthy fired home to open the scoring for Wigan

Leveller: Ryan Nelson rises highest to nod home the equaliser for Harry Redknapp's side

Leveller: Ryan Nelson rises highest to nod home the equaliser for Harry Redknapp's side

With the honourable exceptions of
Green, captain marvel Ryan Nelsen and the veteran Hill, Redknapp isn’t
impressed by what he has inherited, despite nine arrivals during the
summer.

‘The owners have done everything that was asked of them last summer and
look what they have ended up with,’ he said. ‘You can’t go 16 games
without a win if you’re that good. You can’t fault the effort but we
need that little bit of something, knowhow perhaps.

‘It is hard to put your finger on it. The squad has no balance.’

QPR started brightly before their
frailty was exposed after 19 minutes. Jamie Mackie half-cleared a corner
and when neither he nor Adel Taarabt closed down McCarthy on the edge
of the box, the Irishman drove home the opening goal while the Rangers
players argued with each other over who was responsible.

Nelsen, 35, showed his strikers how to do it at the other end with a
powerful header to level after 26 minutes. ‘If we had 11 like him, we’d
have no problems,’ said Redknapp.

But after the interval, only Green stood between Wigan and a handsome
win, making incredible reflex saves to deny David Jones, Jordi Gomez and
Mauro Boselli. Gomez also hit the crossbar with a cross-shot as Rangers
funnelled back.

Pure delight: Ryan Nelson celebrates after scoring the equaliser for Queens Park Rangers at Wigan

Pure delight: Ryan Nelson celebrates after scoring the equaliser for Queens Park Rangers at Wigan

Wigan were missing seven regulars including a first-choice defence, and
that might have cost them when a loose pass from Adrian Lopez allowed
Shaun Wright-Phillips to tee up Djibril Cisse to give Rangers the lead
against the run of play after 71 minutes.

A stronger team than the visitors would have seen the game out. Instead,
Wigan were level three minutes later when Jean Beausejour centred for
McCarthy and he managed to score despite being surrounded by four red
shirts.

‘James McCarthy is a top, top player — he has the potential to play anywhere in the world,’ said his manager, Roberto Martinez.

The Spaniard persuaded McCarthy to sign for Wigan rather than Liverpool
and the move has paid off for the player, regular first-team football
advancing the 22-year-old’s development.

One day he will leave The DW, with Martinez admitting: ‘Even Manchester United lost Ronaldo.’

But not yet, he hopes.

Nicely done: Djibril Cisse climbed off the bench to score for the visitors

Nicely done: Djibril Cisse climbed off the bench to score for the visitors

In front: Djibril Cisse scored after coming off the bench to put the visitors in the lead


Brace yourself: McCarthy fires home through a crowded box to earn Wigan a point

Brace yourself: McCarthy fires home through a crowded box to earn Wigan a point

The last few minutes were incredible as the conditions worsened. Both sides opened up, looking for a late winner.

Jamie Mackie missed the best opportunity when he headed Esteban
Granero’s cross wide in injury-time, while Phil Dowd looked closely at a
Wigan penalty appeal for Nelsen’s challenge on Gomez.

Realising his new team had just set a record for prolonged awfulness, Redknapp was uncharacteristically downbeat afterwards.

But you can’t keep a good man down for long and as he contemplated a New
Year loan bid for Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, Redknapp was
already cheering himself up.
‘That one win could kickstart it,’ he said.

Wigan 0 Manchester City 2 – match report: Mario Balotelli inspires champions

Wigan 0 Manchester City 2: Balotelli and Milner keep unbeaten champions rolling

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22:10 GMT, 28 November 2012

Mario Balotelli and James Milner struck in the second half as champions Manchester City edged out spirited Wigan on a freezing night at the DW Stadium.

City took time to warm up and Wigan had several chances before Balotelli, moments after a bad miss, changed the game 21 minutes from time with his first Barclays Premier League goal since March.

Milner, having not long been on the field, then doubled the lead with a superb strike before being forced off injured.

Team spirit: Mario Balotelli (left) celebrates his goal with benched team-mate Carlos Tevez (right)

Team spirit: Mario Balotelli (left) celebrates his goal with benched team-mate Carlos Tevez (right)

All too easy: City striker Mario Balotelli (centre) beats Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi for the opening goal

All too easy: City striker Mario Balotelli (centre) beats Wigan keeper Ali Al-Habsi for the opening goal

Matchwinner: City midfielder James Milner (second left) celebrates with Maicon (left)

Matchwinner: City midfielder James Milner (second left) celebrates with Maicon (left)

Pick that out: Milner hammers his brilliant shot into the top corner of Wigan's net

Pick that out: Milner hammers his brilliant shot into the top corner of Wigan's net

Match facts

Wigan: Al Habsi, Stam (McManaman 90), Boyce, Lopez, Figueroa, McCarthy, Jones (McArthur 74), Gomez, Kone, Beausejour, Di Santo.

Subs not used: Pollitt, Boselli, Fyvie, Golobart, Redmond.

Booked: Gomez

Man City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Nastasic, Zabaleta, Javi Garcia (Milner 59 (K Toure 81)), Y Toure, Silva, Barry, Aguero (Kolarov 68), Balotelli.

Subs not used: Pantilimon, Sinclair, Tevez, Dzeko.

Goals: Balotelli 69, Milner 72

Booked: Barry

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

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The result extended City's unbeaten Premier League run to 20 matches and kept them within a point of leaders Manchester United.

Balotelli was making his first start
in six matches and, after a mostly frustrating night, eventually
justified Roberto Mancini's selection of him ahead of Edin Dzeko.

City were the first to go close when Maicon charged down the right and fired narrowly over from a tight angle.

Wigan threatened on the counter-attack
after a City move broke down and Franco di Santo released Arouna Kone,
whose long-range shot was grabbed by Joe Hart at the second attempt.

City had another chance as David Silva played in Sergio Aguero, but the Argentinian could only shoot into the side-netting.

Another good City move led to Pablo
Zabaleta, starting on the left rather than the right, break into the
area but he lost control and Ali Al Habsi claimed.

Maicon looked in some discomfort after
a Di Santo cross struck him in the throat, but the Brazilian was able
to continue after a stoppage for treatment.

Going nowhere: City midfielder Gareth Barry is tackled by Wigan's David Jones (right)

Going nowhere: City midfielder Gareth Barry is tackled by Wigan's David Jones (right)

Agony: City defender Maicon clutches at his neck as he lies injured on the pitch at the DW Stadium

Agony: City defender Maicon clutches at his neck as he lies injured on the pitch at the DW Stadium

Wigan continued to play their
confident brand of football and Jean Beausejour created a chance by
cutting inside Maicon, but his desire to shoot with his left foot gave
Vincent Kompany time to block.

The Latics had a scare when a high
bounce caught out Maynor Figueroa and Aguero broke clear, but Adrian
Lopez came across to tackle.

Wigan's Ronnie Stam beat Zabaleta with
a superb run down the right and crossed from the byline. Kone beat Hart
in the air, but his header dropped on to the roof of the net, much to
the relief of the goalkeeper who felt, incorrectly, the ball had gone
out before Stam crossed.

Hart was then pleased to see a Jordi Gomez free-kick flash over after the Spaniard was fouled by Aguero outside the area.

Gomez, high on confidence after a
match-winning hat-trick against Reading, appealed for a penalty after
Zabaleta wrapped his arm around his body, but referee Mark Halsey deemed
his fall too theatrical.

Predator: City striker Sergio Aguero (right) gets in a shot on goal against the home side

Predator: City striker Sergio Aguero (right) gets in a shot on goal against the home side

Bundle: Al-Habsi (top right) attempts to clear a City corner through a crowd of players

Bundle: Al-Habsi (top right) attempts to clear a City corner through a crowd of players

After being shaded in the first half, City upped the tempo and looked a much stronger proposition after the break.

Balotelli sent a free-kick over and
Gareth Barry felt he was impeded by Stam after getting into the area in
the hope of getting on the end of a cross.

Yaya Toure then blazed over before
Balotelli was guilty of a glaring miss when he headed wide from close
range at the far post from an inch-perfect Maicon cross.

City then had a let-off as an unmarked Kone headed wide from a James McCarthy cross and Gomez also missed the target.

The champions needed to respond again and this time they did so decisively.
Thumbs up: City goalkeeper Joe Hart celebrates another victory at the final whistle

Thumbs up: City goalkeeper Joe Hart celebrates another victory at the final whistle

Al Habsi was unable to hold Barry's low strike from the edge of the area in the 69th minute and Balotelli was quick to react.

The Italian's first effort was
blocked, but he made no mistake with the second chance and he
emphatically tucked away his third goal of the season in all
competitions.

There was a slight delay to play
restarting as Balotelli ran off to celebrate with substitute Carlos
Tevez, who was warming up on the touchline.

It could have been so different: Unmarked Wigan striker Arouna Kone heads wide with the match scoreless

It could have been so different: Unmarked Wigan striker Arouna Kone heads wide with the match scoreless

City put the result beyond doubt just
three minutes later as substitute Milner, brought on for the ineffective
Javi Garcia, found the top corner with a stunning long-range strike.

Maicon should have added a third after
being presented the ball by a poor Emmerson Boyce clearance but
side-footed wide with Al Habsi beaten.

Milner's night ended prematurely when
he limped off 10 minutes from time, but it had been quite an impressive
21-minute cameo from the England international.

The scoreline was harsh on Wigan, whose spirit did not drop, but City had done what was required.

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Martinez wants critics to cut hat-trick hero Gomez some slack

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18:55 GMT, 24 November 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hopes Jordi Gomez has answered his critics among the Latics fans after his hat-trick earned a much-needed three points against Reading.

The Spaniard was making only his third start of the season in the Barclays Premier League and was jeered early in the game for a few poor touches.

Eat that: Jordi Gomez left his critics eating humble pie with a hat-trick

Eat that: Jordi Gomez left his critics eating humble pie with a hat-trick

Match facts

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis (Lopez 48), Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Jones (McArthur 82), Beausejour, Gomez, Kone, Maloney (Si Santo 45). Subs not used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie.

Goals: Gomez 58, 68, 90+2

Booked: McCarthy, Jones

READING: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb (McCleary 72), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Roberts (Pogrebnyak 83). Subs not used: Taylor, Mariappa, Hunt, Harte, Cummings.

Goals: Morrison 35, Al Habsi 80 (og)

Referee: Howard Webb

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But he responded superbly with goals
in the 58th and 68th minutes to turn things around after Sean Morrison
had given Reading a 35th-minute lead.

The Royals looked to have snatched a
point with a major stroke of luck in the 80th minute when Wigan keeper
Ali Al Habsi dropped a wet and spinning ball against the bar that then
rebounded against him and went in.

But Gomez had the last word two
minutes into injury time to earn Wigan a 3-2 win that lifted them five
points clear of the relegation zone.

The midfielder is only the third
Latics player to score a Premier League hat-trick after Marcus Bent and
Henri Camara, and Martinez believes he has been treated unfairly by some
of the Wigan fans.

'The role Jordi had to play today was
as unfair as you're going to get,' said the Latics boss. 'Because he
missed the first two or three passes, all of a sudden the crowd let him
know.

Diving in: Shaun Maloney (right) challenges Reading's Jobi McAnuff

Diving in: Shaun Maloney (right) challenges Reading's Jobi McAnuff

'I've seen it so many times and it's
very difficult to compose yourself, and it would have been all too easy
for him to hide and look away from the challenge. But that's not Jordi
at all. Nobody deserved a hat-trick more today than him.

'It's not just the three goals, he always shows for the ball, he had another two great opportunities.


Heading for Reading: Morrison (top right) powers home the opening goal

Heading for Reading: Morrison (top right) powers home the opening goal

'The crowd were too vocal against
him and I hope that today they realise that the only thing Jordi does is
give his life for Wigan Athletic and to win football games. I hope we
all realise that and he gets a bit of warmth the next time he's on the
pitch.'

In contrast, Al Habsi has been a huge
hit since joining Wigan from Bolton in the summer of 2010 and he had
made a brilliant flying save from Adam Le Fondre's header moments before
his howler.

Rising high: Morrison (centre) gives Ali Al Habsi no chance

Rising high: Morrison (centre) gives Ali Al Habsi no chance

Going down: David Jones (top) clatters into Reading's Jay Tabb

Going down: David Jones (top) clatters into Reading's Jay Tabb

Martinez was more than happy to
forgive his keeper, saying: 'Goalkeepers are exposed to that, they're
the last men, and it's just Ali doesn't do that, which is why you're so
surprised.

'Minutes before he had the save of
the game. Internally as a team you should be there to help your
team-mate when he makes a bit of an error, which happens, it's a game of
errors and you need to be able to overcome whatever situation comes
your way.

'Today we showed that type of performance. In the first half we had a little bit of the feeling of something to lose.

It takes two to tango: James McCarthy (left) and Jason Roberts try to keep their balance

It takes two to tango: James McCarthy (left) and Jason Roberts try to keep their balance

'We weren't sharp or as effective as
we can be, and to concede from a set-play and allow Ali to have a
mistake, I think it was more our approach and our mentality, and we need
to change that.

'But it was pleasing to see the
players found a reaction and a way to overcome that. To give that win to
the dressing room pleased Ali more than anyone.

'I think it's the time to thank him
for the amount of times he got the team out of difficult situations with
his outstanding performances.'

make mine a double: Jordi Gomez (right) dives to head home Wigan's second

make mine a double: Jordi Gomez (right) dives to head home Wigan's second

To come away with nothing in such
circumstances was a real blow to Reading, who arrived in the north west
on the back of their first Premier League victory of the season against
Everton last weekend.

Boss Brian McDermott was frustrated
they could not see out the game but felt his side should have had a
penalty for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on Jay Tabb when the score was
1-1.

'I thought we deserved a point, and I thought it was the least we were going to get,' said McDermott.

Bald truth: Brian McDermott (left) felt Reading were worth a point against Roberto Martiniez's (right) side

Bald truth: Brian McDermott (left) felt Reading were worth a point against Roberto Martiniez's (right) side

Bald truth: Brian McDermott (left) felt Reading were worth a point against Roberto Martiniez's (right) side

'I think if the referee had given the
penalty on Jay Tabb we would have gone on to win the game. Someone of
Howard Webb's experience and quality, you would have expected him to get
that one right.

'When you're 2-2 in the 92nd minute
and we've got the ball, you've got to make sure you see the game out. If
you have to take a point in this league then take it and move on.

'We have to learn quickly from that.
We've seen out the last couple of games really well but unfortunately we
haven't seen this one out.'

Jordi joy: Gomez (right) celebrates with James McArthur after completing his hat-trick

Jordi joy: Gomez (right) celebrates with James McArthur after completing his hat-trick

Tottenham 0 Wigan 1 – match report

Tottenham 0 Wigan 1: Boos at White Hart Lane as Spurs slump at home again

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Tottenham fans vented their anger at Andre Villas-Boas as their side slumped to a shock defeat against strugglers Wigan at White Hart Lane.

Spurs had come in to today's game having won five of their last six Barclays Premier League matches, but they were desperately poor.

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham

Not so hot Spurs: Ben Watson helped Wigan to a famous and well-earned win over Tottenham
MATCH FACTS

TOTTENHAM: Friedel, Vertonghen, Gallas, Walker (Carroll 79), Caulker, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Sandro (Sigurdsson 23), Defoe (Adebayor 57) Subs not used: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Falque

Booked: Dempsey

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Boyce, Ramis, Figueroa, McCarthy, Watson, Maloney, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (Gomez 69) Subs not used: Pollitt, Stam, Lopez, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli

Booked: Figueroa

Goals: Watson 56

Referee: Atkinson

Attendance: 35,534

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The Londoners were lucky that Ben
Watson's strike was the only one they conceded after they put in a dire
display that caused an outcry of fury among the home support.

The home fans knew that with games
against Manchester City and Arsenal coming up, this was a perfect
opportunity to register three more valuable points after last weekend's
morale-boosting win over Southampton.

It was not surprising, therefore,
that they vented their anger at their team by booing them off at
half-time and at the final whistle.

The home support also turned against
Villas-Boas 10 minutes into the second half when he substituted Jermain
Defoe for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Loud boos rang out at White Hart Lane
and the home fans chanted the name of the England striker, who
sauntered off the pitch before going down the tunnel.

The Latics had gone six Barclays
Premier League games without a victory before their 2-1 win against the
Hammers last weekend, but they performed superbly.

While Tottenham struggled with the
basics, Roberto Martinez's men passed with finesse and purpose while
Arouna Kone was a constant menace for the away side.

It could have all been so different had Clint Dempsey taken an early chance after a mistake by Watson.

The former Crystal Palace midfielder
misplaced a simple pass, and Dempsey sneaked in behind the Wigan defence
only to shoot into the side netting.

The American then hit a crisp shot just wide of Ali Al-Habsi's goal, but Wigan soon began to take a grip on the game.

Shame no-one saw it: Wigan, who once lost 9-1 at White Hart Lane, bought a handful of fans

Shame no-one saw it: Wigan, who once lost 9-1 at White Hart Lane, bought a handful of fans

Al-Habsi was only called into action
once in the first half when Jan Vertonghen acrobatically volleyed
towards goal, but the Oman goalkeeper dived to his left to save.

The home supporters bellowed at their side, urging them forward, but it had little effect.

Shaun Maloney and Kone combined well
on the edge of the box, giving the Ivory Coast man some space on the
edge of the box but Friedel saved well to deny Wigan an opener.

Villas-Boas was then forced into an
early change when Sandro hobbled off with a muscle injury. Gylfi
Sigurdsson came on in his place.

Wigan continued to dominate against a Spurs side now devoid of their combative midfielder.

Kone slipped Maloney into the box to leave the Scot through on goal, but he fired straight at Friedel.

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

Yard short: The scoreline wasn't flattering to Wigan, who more than matched Spurs everywhere

The home fans' angst grew as their
team failed to produce any chances. Indeed their only reason to cheer
came just before the end of the first period when news of Arsenal's 2-1
defeat at Manchester United flickered across the big screen at White
Hart Lane.

Boos rang out at the half-time whistle, but Villas-Boas did not make any changes at the break.

Dempsey was booked for childishly blocking a Wigan free-kick from one yard.

The home side's afternoon went from
bad to worse in the 56th minute when Friedel could only parry Maloney's
corner at the feet of Watson, who drove at goal from close range.

Friedel blocked the shot, but the ball had already crossed the line and the referee's assistant rightly awarded the goal.

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

Chances: Jan Vertongen and Gareth Bale worked well on the left, but failed to make a breakthrough

The atmosphere then turned hostile a minute later when Villas-Boas withdrew Defoe and brought on Adebayor.

The home fans booed loudly when the
fourth official held his board aloft and chanted Defoe's name as he
sauntered off the pitch before disappearing down the tunnel, clearly
unhappy at being taken off.

The goal briefly brought Spurs to life, but they still lacked the cutting edge to test Al-Habsi.

Bale whipped a curling shot at the
Wigan stopper which he held well, and the Welshman then shouted for a
penalty but it was not given.

Villas-Boas brought on Tom Carroll
and shifted to a back three, which gave Tottenham more impetus going
forward but also left them open at the back.

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

Wing men: On the opposite flank, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker got little change from Wigan

James McCarthy blocked Dempsey's flick on the line as Spurs started to kick into gear, but Wigan held strong and hit back on dangerous counter-attacks.

Kone broke through the Spurs back line and squared the ball but no one was there to tap in.

A crucial block from William Gallas only prevented Jordi Gomez from making it 2-0 after some good work by Kone as Wigan threatened to kill the game off.

Maynor Figueroa then blasted a free-kick inches wide with six minutes to go as Tottenham watched the game slip away before their eyes.

Five minutes of injury time came and went without incident and Wigan held on comfortably to claim a shock win that was met with a cacophony of boos from the angry home support.

Wigan 2 West Ham 1: Roberto Martinez sees win as launchpad

Martinez wants victory over West Ham to serve as Latics' launchpad

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Roberto Martinez hailed his side's 2-1 victory over West Ham as the start of Wigan's season as they claimed a first home win of the campaign to end a poor run.

The Latics had gone six games without a Barclays Premier League victory, losing four times, but goals from Ivan Ramis and James McArthur early in each half proved enough.

Sunning strike: Ivan Ramis centre smashes a sweet volley to give Wigan the lead

Sunning strike: Ivan Ramis centre smashes a sweet volley to give Wigan the lead

Match facts

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Ramis, Caldwell, Figueroa, Boyce, McArthur, McCarthy, Beausejour, Kone, Di Santo (Watson 77), Maloney. Subs: Pollitt, Jones, Gomez, McManaman, Boselli, Stam.

Goals: Ramis 8, McArthur 47

Booked: Ramis, Di Santo, McCarthy

WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Reid, Collins, McCartney, Noble (Cole 63), Diame (O'Neil 72), Benayoun (Maiga 45), Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll. Subs: Spiegel, O'Brien, O'Neil, Chambers, Hall.

Goals: Tomkins 90

Booked: Maiga, Noble, O'Neil

Referee: J Moss

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West Ham went into the match on the
fringe of the top four but were poor all afternoon and James Tomkins'
injury-time header came far too late to make any difference.

Manager Martinez said: 'Before the
game we knew it was a must-win game, and that's always difficult to cope
with. It brings extra expectations and all of a sudden you start
wanting to win and you don't really know how to win.

'I thought today was the complete
opposite. I thought the performance was very mature, we kept the ball
really well at times, we were a real threat and probably the most
pleasing aspect was the manner we coped with their attacking threat.

'Until the last minute we showed real
composure and I was extremely pleased with that. It was a very well
deserved three points and now is probably the start of our season.'

Ramis' opener was a strike of
quality, the defender connecting perfectly with a volley, although it
was not enough to particularly impress his manager, who insisted
set-piece goals leave him cold.

Opening salvo: Wigan's Ivan Ramis is congratulated after his stunning opener

Opening salvo: Wigan's Ivan Ramis is congratulated after his stunning opener

West Ham were also looking to sign
the 28-year-old Spaniard in the summer, and this is the second time he
has scored against them after netting in the Capital One Cup last month.

Martinez said: 'Probably we'll have
to play against West Ham more often. It was as clean a contact as you're
going to see, it was a striker's strike.

'So I'm pleased with that but I'm
even happier with Ivan Ramis's performance, what he did off the ball,
the way he was talking with the others. I think he's developing his
communication skills quite quickly and he was a real leader.'

Ivan the terror ball: Wigan's Ivan Ramis watches his volley fizz towards the West Ham net

Ivan the terror ball: Wigan's Ivan Ramis watches his volley fizz towards the West Ham net

Martinez talked in the build-up to
the game about his frustration that Wigan needed to be in a hole before
they played their best football, so Ramis's goal was the perfect start.

The defender met Jean Beausejour's corner with a stunning volley, smashing the ball beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen from 15 yards.

And the home side could easily have
extended their lead in a first half they dominated apart from a
five-minute period during which Matt Jarvis forced Ali Al Habsi into a
decent save and West Ham threatened from set-pieces.

Under pressure: Wigan's Arouna Kone (right) chases down James Collins

Under pressure: Wigan's Arouna Kone (right) chases down James Collins

Franco foiled: James Tomkins can only watch as Wigan's Franco Di Santo (left) gets in a shot

Franco foiled: James Tomkins can only watch as Wigan's Franco Di Santo (left) gets in a shot

Getting shirty: Kevin Nolan and Wigan's Franco Di Santo (right) square up

Ivan a hug: Ramos (left) celebrates his goal with Shaun Maloney

Close encounters: Kevin Nolan and Di Santo (left) square up while Ramis and Shaun Maloney celebrate

Wigan struck even quicker in the
second half, a poor kick from Jaaskelainen putting his defence under
pressure and Shaun Maloney teed up James McArthur.

That looked set to be that as West
Ham huffed and puffed without ever really looking like getting back in
the game, and when their response came it was too late.

Contrasting fortunes: Roberto Martinez

Contrasting fortunes: Sam Allardyce

Contrasting fortunes: Roberto Martinez (left) and Sam Allardyce

As the clock ticked towards 90
minutes, Tomkins saw his shot deflected on to the bar by Gary Caldwell,
then two and a half minutes into injury time the defender headed in, but
it was no consolation for West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

The Hammers had lost only twice in
the league before today but Allardyce was highly critical of the
performance, particularly when West Ham had the ball.

Di Santo denied: Winston Reid blocks Franco Di Santo's shot

Di Santo denied: Winston Reid blocks Franco Di Santo's shot

He said: 'From start to finish we
never got going. They hadn't won a game at home and, if you stay in the
game, they get a bit more nervous.

'I'm surprised because our last away performance against QPR was outstanding and it was that performance I was asking for.

'We might have had a better start
than Wigan but we've only just got here [to the Premier League] and we
can only go out and give 100% to get a result.

'Any less than that you get punished at this level.

'Their technique was 10 times better
than ours. Our technique on the ball was ridiculously poor today. The
one thing that's got us where we are is our technique has been very good
in possession. Today was a real blow and a real shock.'

Swansea 2 Wigan 1: Match report

Swansea 2 Wigan 1: Goals from Hernandez and Michu enough for Swans to hold off late Latics comeback

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Swansea ended a run of five Barclays Premier League games without a win as two goals in three second-half minutes saw them past Wigan at a relieved Liberty Stadium.

Record signing Pablo Hernandez grabbed his first goal for the club in the 65th minute and Michu's sixth of the campaign quickly doubled their advantage.

Emmerson Boyce pulled one back almost immediately for Wigan, but Arouna Kone had an equaliser ruled out for offside as their own winless run extended to six games.

Celebration time: Pablo Hernandez celebrates scoring Swansea's first goal

Celebration time: Pablo Hernandez celebrates scoring Swansea's first goal

MATCH FACTS

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Routledge, de Guzman (Graham 83), Ki, Britton, Hernandez (Dyer 72), Michu.

Subs Not Used: Tremmel, Monk, Shechter, Moore, Tiendalli.

Booked: Rangel, Ki.

Goals: Hernandez 65, Michu 67.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Caldwell, Figueroa (Watson 71), Ramis, McCarthy, McArthur (Boselli 83), Boyce, Beausejour, Kone, Maloney, Di Santo (Gomez 83).

Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Jones, McManaman, Miyaichi.

Booked: Beausejour, Maloney, Gomez.

Goals: Boyce 69.

Attendance: 19,696

Referee: Mike Jones

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The pre-match focus was on the fact that neither side wore the anti-racism Kick It Out t-shirts during the warm-ups, understood to be a gesture of solidarity from the respective squads towards players who did not wish to wear them.

But it could not hide how important a game this was for both sides, particularly for the hosts, who had been stung by reports of dressing-room unrest and dissatisfaction with manager Michael Laudrup's methods.

Swansea knew a win would go some way to silencing such talk and, with top scorer Michu up front instead of Danny Graham, they started purposefully.

It was the visitors, though, who had the best early chances, Kone and Shaun Maloney both being denied by sharp saves from Michel Vorm.

Michu had a great chance at the other end but could not keep his volley down from Wayne Routledge's deft pass but the game was proving a scrappy affair indicative of both sides' recent struggles.

Michu headed over the bar after some slick build-up involving Ki Sung-yueng, Leon Britton and Wayne Routledge on the half-hour and it needed fine clearances from Jean Beausejour and Ivan Ramis when there was more danger down the Wigan left seconds later.

Doubling the advantage: Michu celebrates with his team mates after making it 2-0

Doubling the advantage: Michu celebrates with his team mates after making it 2-0

Bullet header: Michu gets to the ball first to head home

Bullet header: Michu gets to the ball first to head home

Swansea were almost caught on the break when Maloney evaded Angel Rangel and played Beausejour in, but the Chile international could only fire over Vorm's bar.
Routledge was at the heart of Swansea's better moments and his superb flick and volleyed pass with two minutes left in the first half set Michu free to play a ball across the box, which saw Beausejour block a Hernandez effort.

Swansea pressed again on the resumption and Britton whistled a shot beyond Ali Al Habsi's despairing dive, but also past the left-hand post.

They were soon on the front foot again and it took a strong parry from Al Habsi to beat out Ki's strike from Routledge's neat reverse pass.

No way past: Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman tussles with Wigan's Jean Beausejour

No way past: Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman tussles with Wigan's Jean Beausejour

Eyes on the ball: Wayne Routledge and Emmerson Boyce vie for the ball

Eyes on the ball: Wayne Routledge and Emmerson Boyce vie for the ball

The breakthrough finally came after 65 minutes. Routledge brilliantly beat Ramis out on the left and when Jonathan de Guzman fed Hernandez, the Spaniard swivelled and dispatched a right-foot shot low into the net.

It was 2-0 barely two minutes later. De Guzman's superb inswinging corner picked out Michu's near-post run for the forward to glance home his sixth league goal of the campaign.

The unexpected glut of goals continued as Wigan instantly pulled one back. Chico Flores misjudged a long ball, and his error ended with Boyce acrobatically flicking in from James McCarthy's scuffed shot.

First to the ball: Swansea's Angel Rangel battles with Wigan's Maynor Figueroa

First to the ball: Swansea's Angel Rangel battles with Wigan's Maynor Figueroa

Sliding in: Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman brings down Shaun Maloney

Sliding in: Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman brings down Shaun Maloney

Kone thought he had equalised during the chaotic spell, but his far-post header was chalked off for a tight offside decision.

Swansea, who were by now guilty of dropping ever deeper in defence, were denied a third as Al Habsi pushed away a rising strike from substitute Nathan Dyer after an excellent Swansea break.

Franco Di Santo then wasted Wigan's best opportunity as he fired tamely at Vorm when the ball broke to him in the box, while the Dutchman had to save from opposite number Al Habsi as Swansea held on in a frantic finish.

Unhappy return: Former Swansea manager and current Wigan boss Roberto Martinez did not have a happy return to The Liberty Stadium

Unhappy return: Former Swansea manager and current Wigan boss Roberto Martinez did not have a happy return to The Liberty Stadium

Wigan 1 Fulham 2: Duff and Rodallega bag the points as Berba shines for Fulham

Wigan 1 Fulham 2: Duff and Rodallega bag the points as Berba shines for Fulham

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Hugo Rodallega opened his Fulham goals account against the club he left in the summer to set Martin Jol's side on their way to a first away win of the season in the Barclays Premier League.

It meant that for the second campaign in a row the Cottagers have broken their away duck at the DW Stadium, and the result lifted Fulham into the top four, at least until tomorrow.

Rodallega deservedly broke the deadlock in the 31st minute with a goal created by the excellent Dimitar Berbatov, and Damien Duff added a second goal midway through the second half before Arouna Kone scored an injury-time consolation for Wigan.

Winging it: Damien Duff scores Fulham's second

Winging it: Damien Duff scores Fulham's second

Match facts

Wigan: Al Habsi,Boyce (McManaman 77),Caldwell (Miyaichi 76), Ramis, Figueroa, Beausejour, McCarthy, Watson, Gomez (Boselli 62), Maloney, Kone. Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Jones, Crusat, McArthur. Scorer: Kone 90.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Ruiz 59), Berbatov, Rodallega (Briggs 88). Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kelly, Kasami, Petric, Karagounis. Booked: Hughes, Sidwell, Baird. Scorers: Rodallega 31,Duff 68.

Att: 19,284

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

The main talking point of the early stages was an unfortunate moment for referee Lee Probert, who was the unintended victim of a full-blooded challenge between Steve Sidwell and Ben Watson.

The referee was well and truly floored and there was a lengthy delay while he received treatment, although he did see the funny side, waving a red card in jest.

When play resumed, it did not take
long for Fulham to get on top and three times they went close to taking
the lead midway through the first half.

First a dinked cross from Berbatov
was headed straight at Ali Al Habsi by Rodallega before Jean Beausejour
acrobatically cleared Chris Baird's header from in front of his post.

Centre of attention: Referee Lee Probert takes a tumble

Centre of attention: Referee Lee Probert takes a tumble

Cause for concern: Referee Lee Probert receives treatment

Cause for concern: Referee Lee Probert receives treatment

Berbatov then drew a scrambling save from Al Habsi, and in the 24th minute the Bulgarian went close again with a wobbling shot that the Wigan goalkeeper was grateful to push over the bar.

The home side created their best chance a couple of minutes later, Maynor Figueroa crossing for a diving Emmerson Boyce at the far post but he headed wide.

Happy return: Hugo Rodallega opens the scoring for Fulham against his old club

Happy return: Hugo Rodallega opens the scoring for Fulham against his old club

It was no surprise that Berbatov was the creator of the opening goal, the striker building on his two goals against West Brom last weekend by expertly picking out the head of Rodallega.

The Colombian had been booed by the home fans earlier on but he earned their applause when he declined to celebrate his bullet header right in front of them, and he was given a warm reception when he was substituted late on.

Flying high: Hugo Rodallega climbs above Wigan defenders to open the scoring

Flying high: Hugo Rodallega climbs above Wigan defenders to open the scoring

That gave Wigan some much-needed urgency and Jordi Gomez was unlucky not to equalise in the 38th minute when he met Beausejour's cross perfectly but saw his left-footed shot hit the underside of the bar and bounce down just in front of the line.

The hosts began the second half brightly and Boyce's cross was headed just wide by Watson before Kone spurned a glorious chance.

Pulling the strings: Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov was at the heart of their good play

Pulling the strings: Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov was at the heart of their good play

The striker was played clean through but took a slightly heavy touch and could only poke his shot straight at Mark Schwarzer.

Both managers made changes, Bryan Ruiz replacing Alex Kacaniklic for Fulham while Mauro Boselli was given his chance by Roberto Martinez in place of Gomez.

Ruiz made an immediate impact, forcing a diving save from Al Habsi with a 20-yard free-kick after Rodallega had been sent tumbling by Gary Caldwell.

Wigan had certainly had their opportunities and in the 65th minute the ball fell for James McCarthy on the edge of the box and he draw a scrambling save from Schwarzer.

Boselli was first to the rebound but the Argentinian, still looking for his first Premier League goal two years after first joining the club, could only guide the ball wide.

The visitors made Wigan pay with their second goal three minutes later, Ruiz doing brilliantly to hold off the home defence and tee up the unmarked Duff for a clinical finish into the bottom corner.

Still the Latics plugged away and they would have pulled one back in the 73rd minute but for the fingertips of Schwarzer, who kept out Ivan Ramis' header with the help of the bar.

Martinez made his last throws of the dice, sending on Ryo Miyaichi and Callum McManaman, but it was Fulham who were next to threaten another goal, Berbatov denied by an accomplished save from Al Habsi.

Wigan did find the net eventually, Kone with a fine turn and shot, but, with only two minutes of injury time remaining, it came too late for the hosts.

Tough tussle: Fulham's Bryan Ruiz holds off Wigan's Shaun Maloney

Tough tussle: Fulham's Bryan Ruiz holds off Wigan's Shaun Maloney

Up for it: Wigan's Shaun Maloney challenges Fulham's Steve Sidwell

Up for it: Wigan's Shaun Maloney challenges Fulham's Steve Sidwell