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MATCH PREVIEW: FULHAM V WIGAN ATHLETIC

9 April 2015

Look ahead to Friday's clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Wigan Athletic make the journey south to Fulham with new manager Gary Caldwell in charge for the first time, since being appointed on Tuesday evening and unveiled on Wednesday morning.

The former club captain will lead his side against 20th place, with the Cottagers nine points ahead of Latics in the Sky Bet Championship.

Caldwell could be without the services of Don Cowie as he continues to recover from injury, with Emyr Huws and Grant Holt out longer term.

Fulham have their doubts ahead of the game, including Jack Grimmer, Ashley Richards, Nikolay Bodurov and Lasse Vigen Christensen, but they could welcome back Shaun Hutchinson, who has been suspended for the previous two games.

FULHAM IN 2015

Since the turn of the year, Kit Symons' Fulham have won four, drawn four and lost nine in the Championship, scoring 17 goals and conceding 30 in the process.

Victories against Reading (2-1), Nottingham Forest (3-2), Derby County (2-0) and Huddersfield Town (2-0) have kept them out of the relegation zone in the division, but with five games remaining (including Latics), they're not out of the survival battle just yet.



Rotherham United and Middlesbrough are yet to visit Craven Cottage, with trips to Blackpool and a final day clash at Norwich City still to come.

No permanent additions were made in January's transfer window, but Fulham have recruited in the loan market, with Richard Lee joining from Brentford, defender's Michael Turner and James Husband from Norwich and Middlesbrough, Ashley Richards from Swansea City and midfielder Danny Guthrie (pictured above) from Reading.

Outgoings from West London have only been minor, with Marcello Trotta and Elsad Zverotic leaving permanently and Fernando Amorebieta joining promotion chasing Boro on loan.

MAN TO WATCH - ROSS McCORMACK



Signed in the summer of 2014 for a reported fee of £11 million, McCormack is Fulham's leading goal scorer on 12 goals from 39 appearances in the Championship.

The former Leeds United front man has scored in each of his last two appearances, in a 4-1 defeat to Brentford and most recently the opening goal in Fulham's 1-1 draw away to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening.

McCormack has endured mixed experiences against Latics in the past, being sent off at the DW Stadium earlier in the season in a 3-3 draw, but also scoring twice against Latics in December 2013 for Leeds at Elland Road.

The 28-year-old is two goals ahead of former Latics striker Hugo Rodallega in Fulham's goal scoring chart.

LAST MEETING

Wigan Athletic 3-3 Fulham
Saturday 1 November 2014
Sky Bet Championship
DW Stadium




A topsy-turvy encounter with six goals, two red cards and two penalties left Latics frustrated earlier in the season, as Fulham equalised just two minutes from time.

Latics began the afternoon on the front foot when Adam Forshaw converted from the penalty spot in just the eighth minute, after Kostas Stafylidis upended Callum McManaman in the box.

Fulham equalised on the half hour mark through Lasse Vigen Christensen, before taking the lead six minutes later through Bryan Ruiz.

A turnaround was needed an provided in the second half, with Honduras international Roger Espinoza thumping in a volley from distance to equalise in the 54th minute.

The drama continued in the 77th minute when Ross McCormack was dismissed for a second yellow card, before Shaun Maloney thought he'd settled the tie eight minutes from time, finding the bottom corner for 3-2.

It wasn't to be Latics' day, as with five minutes remaining former striker Hugo Rodallega darted down the middle and was taken out by Leon Barnett.  The defender was subsequently sent off and after three minutes of treatment to the Colombian, Costa Rican Ruiz scored his second of the match with a coolly taken spot kick.


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