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Wigan suffered a frustrating goalless draw at home to Fulham after being severely handicapped by having to make all three of their substitutions in the first half because of injury.

The hosts lost midfielders Antonio Valencia and Michael Brown in the 19th minute and then saw striker Mido limp off three minutes before the interval.

Fulham, without an away win all season, had the better chances with Bobby Zamora forcing one good save out of goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and then embarrassingly heading over an open goal from two yards.

A draw may have extended Wigan's unbeaten home run to eight matches, stretching back to October 26, but that provided little consolation.

Fulham, without an away win all season, had the better chances and if anyone should have won it was probably them.

They were first to threaten when when Zamora was denied by a Mario Melchiot block and Kirkland save in the same incident.

And the visitors then had a penalty claim when Andrew Johnson fell - somewhat easily - under a challenge from Paul Scharner but the contact was accidental and just outside the box.

In the 23rd minute Mark Schwarzer made a good save when Hugo Rodallega's chest trap and through-ball presented Mido with an opportunity at the near post but the striker was denied by a good stop.

Seconds later the Egypt international was only just off target with a header from Maynor Figueroa's long cross.

The best chance of the half came when Zamora managed to head over from two yards after a Simon Davies cross. Things got worse for Wigan three minutes before the break when Mido limped off and was replaced by Amr Zaki.

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Mark Schwarzer
Bobby Zamora
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Maynor Figueroa
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Amr Zaki
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