Blogs & Opinion

Ray Wilkins:

Most Popular Posts:

Opinion Archive:

Saints' slice of luck

Wilkins says Fulham should have had free-kick moments earlier

Ray Wilkins - Ray Wilkins Posted 7th October 2012 view comments

Ray Wilkins felt Southampton should never have been awarded the late free-kick that produced their equaliser against Fulham.

Jose Fonte headed home a dramatic late leveller from a Danny Fox set-piece which was awarded after Cottagers goalscorer Kieran Richardson had fouled Morgan Schneiderlin.

Sky Sports expert Wilkins did not dispute that foul, but felt Fulham should have been awarded a free-kick of their own just seconds earlier for a clear infringement by Maya Yoshida on Giorgos Karagounis.

Jol: should he be frustrated with the officials?

Jol: should he be frustrated with the officials?

And he felt Fulham were denied the three points by that decision.

"You have to give Fulham a lot of credit," Wilkins said.

"They played with a much higher tempo and made it extremely hard for Southampton. When they went 2-1 up I thought that was going to be the final score.

"Then Kieran Richardson made a rather rash challenge, which enabled them to pile everybody forward. Fox has got a great delivery and they scored the equaliser with Fonte.

"But they were very lucky [to get the free-kick] because there was a foul on Karagounis. There was a nasty challenge, but Karagounis is a tough old nut and got straight up off the floor. He did them a favour by getting straight up and that's why the ref didn't give it.

"That enabled Southampton, with the lovely left foot of Fox, to bring everyone forward, they got a great delivery in and it ended two apiece."


The late goal provided some relief for Saints defender Jos Hooiveld, who scored an own goal before deflecting Richardson's shot into his own net for Fulham's second.

But Wilkins refused to criticise the Dutchman and felt he was unfortunate in both instances.

He said: "When they were playing in the Championship last year and winning game after game after game, he would have cleared it.

"John Arne Riise drilled it in and he stuck out a foot, thinking that it was going in. But with hindsight we've seen it was actually going wide.

"Riise does strike a very good ball from that distance and Hooiveld is very unfortunate.

"Also on the second one, bless him, he got the final touch on that so it's not been the nicest afternoon for him.

"Any defender is the same. He would be trying to block the shot and he was a bit unfortunate that it flew in."

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Ray Wilkins

Wilkins: Rooney for captain

Ray Wilkins says Wayne Rooney is the "standout candidate" for the England captaincy....

Jamie Carragher

Carra: Gerrard hard to replace

Jamie Carragher says there’s no natural replacement for Steven Gerrard in the England team....

Martin Tyler

Tyler: We need Stevie's values

Steven Gerrard can inspire the next generation of England stars even in retirement, says Martin Tyler....

Latest News RSS feeds

Ze Eduardo moves to Cesena

Cesena have stepped up preparations for their return to Serie A by signing Brazilian midfielder Ze Eduardo from Parma.

Live transfer updates

Fraizer Campbell is to have a medical at Crystal Palace, while Gylfi Sigurdsson is closing in on a switch to Swansea.

Woodward: United can spend big

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says the club is prepared to break transfer records, if necessary.

Sky Sports News HQ is coming

Sky Sports News will relaunch on channel 401 as Sky Sports News HQ from August 12.

Liverpool 'bigger than Suarez'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no bad blood between the club and the outgoing Luis Suarez.


Why new signing Willy Caballero has the ability to usurp Joe Hart as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper

Why new signing Willy Caballero has the ability to usurp Joe Hart as Manchester City's first-choice goalkeeper

With Joe Hart celebrating title success with Manchester City after five consecutive wins to finish the season, it is easy to forget that for the second campaign in a row the England goalkeeper had struggled.

James Rodriguez is a Real Madrid player for £63million - now Carlo Ancelotti must work out how to fit him in

James Rodriguez is a Real Madrid player for £63million - now Carlo Ancelotti must work out how to fit him in

“Why put another layer of gold plate on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?”