Fulham had to bring in Jozabed and Neeskans Kebano to replace the injured Sone Aluko and Floyd Ayite. Was it the new team that led to a lackluster first half? Being on the road? A lack of pace? Whatever it was Fulham didn’t start the first half that well, and Wigan really didn’t respond much better.
The first half stats were pretty even, and the most interesting thing may have been the injury picked up by Alex Gibley, who had to be stretchered off the field. Let’s hope that he’s all right.
The second half was more of the same. No on really took hold of the game. There were a couple of moments where it looked like something might happen, but then it didn’t. Slavisa made a double substitution in 65th minute bringing on Cauley Woodrow and Matt Smith for Chris Martin and Jozabed.
In the last 15 minutes Wigan seemed to really step on the gas, and Fulham weren’t sure what to do about. Slavisa made his final change in the 84th minute bringing on Ryan Tunnicliffe for Tom Cairney, in what appeared to be a change to secure the draw.
- Neither team should be encouraged by this performance, but I think Wigan played slightly better.
- The referee seemed poor again.
- Fulham’s starting lineup lacked pace in attack, which compressed the field and made it hard for Fulham to find space. I think that you’re going to need two of Aluko, Kebano, and Ayite on the field for Fulham’s attack to be successful.
- A draw and a clean sheet on the road is not a bad outcome.