Belfast Telegraph

Johnson claims equaliser at Wigan

Andy Johnson's late deflected strike earned Fulham a 1-1 draw at fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Wigan.

The hosts went ahead in the 57th minute through Hugo Rodallega, who guided the ball over David Stockdale.

Substitute Johnson drew things level with five minutes of normal time remaining with a shot that hit Gary Caldwell on its way towards goal, leaving Ali Al Habsi unable to stop it going in.

In the 27th minute, Rodallega went close to opening the scoring, heading Ronnie Stam's cross against the post. The rebound fell to Charles N'Zogbia, whose shot was blocked.

Damien Duff found himself through one-on-one with Al Habsi, but he could only place his attempt against the legs of the Oman stopper. Clint Dempsey then unleashed an effort shortly after the restart that went the wrong side of the post.

Wigan responded with Stam lofting one ball over the top which Stockdale claimed before Rodallega could get there. The Columbian opened the scoring from a similar position, latching on to Al Habsi's long ball and calmly lifting it over the goalkeeper to put Wigan in front.

Dempsey had the opportunity to equalise twice in quick succession but he was denied, firstly by a Diame challenge and then by Al Habsi's save.

Rodallega looked set to net a Wigan second when he got on the end of N'Zogbia's cross, but he was stretching too much to control his effort.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes brought on Johnson and the Cottagers then thought they had drawn level as Dempsey rifled in from close-range, but the American had handled and the strike was disallowed.

Dempsey soon laid on Fulham's leveller, though. His pass found Johnson, whose strike took a deflection off Caldwell and Al Habsi's hand could not stop the ball bouncing in.


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