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Fulham boss Chris Coleman admitted the threat of being sucked into the relegation dogfight had adversely affected both sides but like Paul Jewell he pronounced himself happy with a point at Wigan.

Coleman said: ‘It wasn’t a great game but when two teams are in the positions we are and it is the twitchy time of the season, the rewards for staying in this league are massive.

‘We had a bit of gap between ourselves and the bottom three and while we are not quite home yet we are within touching distance.

‘Everyone gets very nervous at the business end of the season and we will be nervous until we get that next win which I think will really secure it for us.

‘We came away from home in not great conditions and players will make mistakes if they are not mentally tough.

‘Offensively we were poor but it was our first clean sheet since Christmas so we have got to be happy with that.’