Two-goal Clint Dempsey drops Wigan

Updated: November 2, 2010, 3:11 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- U.S. forward Clint Dempsey scored twice in the first half Saturday to give Fulham a 2-0 win over Wigan and end the London club's two-game losing streak in the Premier League.

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Julian Finney/Getty ImagesClint Dempsey (right) celebrates one of his two goals in Fulham's 2-0 win over Wigan.

Dempsey headed in a cross from Carlos Salcido in the 30th minute before adding his second by meeting Chris Baird's pass for a powerful finish in the area.

"We wanted to get more crosses in the box and the two goals that I scored were great crosses and without that I wouldn't have been in a position to score," Dempsey told Sky Sports. "It's always good to get the first one out of the way, another good ball in by Carlos -- it's the second goal I've scored off a cross from him.

"So that was probably my best goal of the day, but the most important thing was that we got the three points and we are looking to replicate that performance in the future."

Dempsey had a chance for a hat trick in the 75th, but his shot was deflected by a defender and curled just wide of the right post.

He has five goals this season, including four in the Premier League. It was the fourth two-goal game of his career in England, following braces against Chelsea in December 2008, Manchester City in April 2009 and Blackburn in November 2009,

The win gives seventh-place Fulham 12 points from 10 games.

At the top of the table, Chelsea and Arsenal remain first and second after profiting from late headed winners.

Branislav Ivanovic pounced in the 84th minute for Chelsea as the leaders came from behind to beat Blackburn 2-1.

Arsenal had been denied by a string of fine saves by West Ham goalkeeper Robert Green before Alex Song nodded in Gael Clichy's cross in the 88th against the last-place club.

Big-spending Manchester City, which lost to Arsenal last weekend, went down 2-1 at Wolverhampton, which is second from the bottom in the standings. U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann got the win.

Also Saturday, Aiyegbeni Yakubu clinched Everton's 1-0 victory over Stoke and in the late match third-place Manchester United hosted Tottenham. American Tim Howard got the shutout for the Toffees.


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