Aaron Hughes relieved as Fulham get away show on the road at Wigan

Wigan 1 Fulham 2

Aaron Hughes was pleased to see Fulham bury the notion that his side are poor away from home early on in the season.

Fulham have earned a reputation for being strong at home and weak on the road and their first three away trips this season brought defeats at Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham.

Hughes remembers a 16-month stretch between away wins ending in December 2010 but he said after their 2-1 win at Wigan on Saturday: "It's something a lot people remind us of, that our away form is not great, but if you look at it closely, we've had a lot of draws away, so we maybe haven't won as many as we should but I certainly don't think we've lost any more compared to any other team. To come here five games in and get an away win is good for us. Our home form had always been good and we want to keep that."

Hugo Rodallega was the star turn with a goal against the club he left in the summer but the creator was Dimitar Berbatov, who again showed what a valuable signing he looks set to be. Damien Duff scored Fulham's second, while Wigan had chances but did not find the net until Arouna Koné's close-range effort in injury time.

Match facts

Wigan: AL-HABSI 6/10; RAMIS 5 CALDWELL 5 FIGUEROA 6; BOYCE 6; McCARTHY 6; WATSON 7; BEAUSEJOUR 7; GOMEZ 6; MALONEY 6; KONE 7

Fulham: SCHWARZER 6; RIISE 6; HANGELAND 7; HUGHES 7; RIETHER 6; KACANIKLIC 6; BAIRD 7; SIDWELL 7; DUFF 7; RODALLEGA 8; BERBATOV 8

Goals: Wigan Kone 90+1. Fulham Rodallega 31, Duff 68. Subs: Wigan Boselli 6 (Gómez, 62), Miyaichi (Caldwell, 77), McManaman (Boyce, 77). Fulham Ruiz 6 (Kacaniklic, 59), Briggs (Rodallega, 89). Booked: Fulham Hughes, Sidwell, Baird. Man of the match Rodallega. Match rating 7/10. Possession: Wigan 64%. Fulham 36%. Attempts on target: Wigan 5. Fulham 7. Referee L Probert (Wiltshire). Attendance 19,284.

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