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‘Decent’ point for Wigan Athletic at Fulham as Roberto Martinez satisfied with attacking threat

By Matt Simpson

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez believes his side earned a ‘decent’ point against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The hosts took the lead through Giorgos Karagounis before the Latics fought back and levelled with Franco di Santo’s first goal since October 6.

The result still leaves Wigan with one win in their last nine games, but their attacking threat in this match left Martinez in a buoyant mood.

“It’s a decent point overall but I’m sure we had the most of the threat,” he told BBC Sport.

“And with the amount of opportunities we had I’m disappointed we could only get one goal. It’s a tough place to come once you give them a goal lead.”

The Cottagers were ahead on 22 minutes, when Karagounis let fly from 25 yards to score his second long-range effort in as many games.

But the visitors, who have now gone behind in 15 Premier League games, equalised on 71 minutes when di Santo drove in from the left to power the ball home.

Shaun Maloney had almost equalised earlier but his effort was saved, in what Martinez described as a contender for save of the season.

“Mark Schwarzer’s save from Shaun Maloney is the save of the weekend and probably the save of the season,” he added.

“Every time we went forward we carried a real goal threat.”

The point lifts Wigan above Aston Villa and out of the bottom three, but there was some concern for the Spanish manager as defender Ivan Ramis was stretchered off after only recently returning from injury.

“We fear he has damaged his ligaments in his right knee. We will have to see the scan but I fear the worst,” Martinez explained.

“I thought he was outstanding from the first minute until he had to come off.”

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