Steve Sidwell admits Fulham rode their luck in recording a rare away win at Wigan on Saturday.

The home side had the majority of the play and spurned several glorious chances – while Victor Moses and Maynor Figueroa struck the woodwork – but lost to strikes from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele. The 2-0 win was a much needed boost for Fulham, who have struggled for form since thumping QPR 6-0 earlier in the month, and allowed Martin Jol’s side to pull away from the relegation zone.

Sidwell, who anchored the midfield at the DW Stadium alongside skipper Danny Murphy, felt Fulham deserved their change in fortune:

It wasn’t our best performance of the season but we got the victory out of it. There have been games this year where we’ve played well but lost, so it’s just a matter of getting the three points.

It was a typical away victory. You sit back and let the home team come out – we knew we would catch them on the break with our attacking pace and it worked.

We rode our luck at times because they had a few chances but sometimes you need that. We knew before the game that it was a big match and we had to be resolute, we knew our job was to keep it nice and tight. The game plan worked but we would have liked our whole game to be a bit better.

With the teams that we’ve played and the performances we’ve put in, we’d like to be more up the table and have more wins on the board. We’re going into a tough period at the moment and will be playing a lot of the top teams but I’m sure that if we keep playing the way we played so far this season, we won’t come up short.

We’re always going to create chances, but it’s all about taking them. You look at the performance against Everton, on another day that’s 2-1 to us if Bobby scores. We’ll just keep plugging away, we’re not going to change our style of play, we like to get the ball down and play – there’s just a few areas that we need to pick up on.