Hughes happy with returnees
Mark Hughes was pleased to see Fulham come from behind to grind out a battling 1-1 draw at Wigan.
Last Updated: 15/01/11 6:50pm
Mark Hughes was pleased to see his Fulham side come from behind to grind out a battling 1-1 draw at Wigan.
Fulham fell behind at the DW Stadium just before the hour mark courtesy of some poor defending, but it was the returning Andy Johnson who salvaged a vital point.
The striker came off the bench to score his first goal in 25 league games, ending a barren run in front of goal and earning a draw for his team.
Hughes felt his side showed great spirit to battle back to grab a result, yet it could have been so much more had the linesman not spotted a handball in the build-up to a Clint Dempsey disallowed goal.
"We're a little bit frustrated because I think we did enough to win the game," Hughes told Sky Sports.
"Obviously we gave them a lifeline by giving them a goal through poor defending, just from a long ball, we should have dealt with that but obviously that allowed them to get people behind the ball and play on the counter attack.
"But I thought our guys showed real courage and determination to get something out of the game and kept on asking questions, kept on knocking on the door and got our reward at the end.
"The order of the day is to get something out of every game we play from now until the end of the season and we're doing that at the moment. We're taking points and obviously we've got a big game at home next week.
"We didn't play badly today we just needed a break, possibly if the referee had overruled his assistant on the one incident. I think it was handball but sometimes those go for you."
Johnson on target
One real positive for Hughes was the scoring return of Johnson, the striker finding the target within 10 minutes of being introduced.
The player's return could be key as Fulham look to lift themselves out of a relegation dogfight.
"I'm really pleased that Andy's obviously got off the mark," added Hughes.
"He's been close in the games he's been involved in, he's tried really hard for the side so that will do him a power of good. He'll go on a run now.
"There were a lot of positives in terms of getting people back, with Moussa Dembele obviously, I introduced him and he had a real positive impact on the game when he came on so that's going to give us more options and we're going to be stronger as a consequence."