Fulham's important away victory against Wigan on Saturday was down to the patience the visitors displayed, according to Steve Sidwell.

Martin Jol's side entered the contest at the DW Stadium with the intention of soaking up as much pressure as possible before hitting the Latics on the counter-attack.

This tactic certainly paid dividends, with the Cottagers running out 2-0 winners against Roberto Mancini's bottom-placed outfit thanks to goals from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele.

And, although Sidwell concedes Fulham were far from their best at the weekend, he believes they were good value for the three points.

“It wasn’t our best performance of the season but we got the victory out of it,” Sidwell explained.

“There have been games this year where we’ve played well but lost, so it’s just a matter of getting the three points.

“It was a typical away victory. You sit back and let the home team come out – we knew we would catch them on the break with our attacking pace and it worked.

“We rode our luck at times because they had a few chances but sometimes you need that.

"We knew before the game that it was a big match and we had to be resolute, we knew our job was to keep it nice and tight. The game plan worked but we would have liked our whole game to be a bit better.

“With the teams that we’ve played and the performances we’ve put in, we’d like to be more up the table and have more wins on the board.

"We’re going into a tough period at the moment and will be playing a lot of the top teams but I’m sure that if we keep playing the way we played so far this season, we won’t come up short."

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