Capital punishment for Latics who suffer first away defeat of campaign
Dempsey 30, 44
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
Report by Paul Chialton
A disappointing afternoon for Latics in the Capital as a Clint Dempsey braced condemned Roberto Martinez's side to their first away defeat of the season.
In fairness both goals could well have been avoided and the Gaffer will be disappointed at how Carlos Salcido and Chris Baird found the time and space to deliver good crosses for the American to convert.
The half-time introduction of Jordi Gomez helped spark things into life somewhat with the away side moving the ball round much better and looking to trouble the Fulham defence.
However in the end Mark Schwarzer had too little to do in the end as Latics couldn't quite maintain any real pressure on their opponents.
Tom Cleverley made his first start for the club and did well in the centre, always looking to get on the ball and doing his best to keep hold of possession.
Overall Fulham were the better side and they did well to take advantage of the chances presented to them before the break.
Martinez will be disappointed that his team could not display the same qualities that has served them so well on the road so far this year.
Latics: Al Habsi; Stam, G. Caldwell, Alcaraz, Figueroa; Thomas, Diame (Moses, 75); N'Zogbia, Cleverley, Rodallega; Di Santo (Gomez, 46)
Subs: Kirkland, Gohouri, S. Caldwell, Watson, Boselli
Fulham: Schwarzer; Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido; Davies (Johnson, 80), Murphy (Dikgacoi, 85), Greening, Dempsey; Gera, Dembele
Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Pantsil, Kamara, Riise