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Wolves 3-0 Fulham Cham 33 1415 Express and Star

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Wolves (3) 3-0 (0) Fulham


Wolves' lowest Championship home the season witnessed a first-half goal feast as the hosts wrapped up the win over Fulham by the break.

The on-fire Bakary Sako tore the Cottagers apart in the opening 45 minutes, setting up Danny Batth's opener and scoring twice himself.

Just 17,744 spectators turned on a chilly evening at Molineux, but they saw Kenny Jackett's side record a second straight emphatic home win in the Championship, writes Craig Birch.

There were just 10 minutes gone when Dominic Iorfa's surging run from full-back won a corner on the right, which Sako went up to take.

His in-swinging ball found the head of central defender and captain Batth, moving into the centre of the box and climbing over the Fulham defence, to head past goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

It could have been 2-0 in the 15th minute after Nouha Dicko's cross found overlapping full-back Scott Golbourne, who tapped the ball across to Benik Afobe.

He looked odds on to score after five goals in seven games but Bettinelli was there to intervene this time, parrying the ball away to safety.

Fulham tried to get themselves back at the game with Seko Fofana spurning two good chances to level, the first in the 20th minute.

First his fierce effort flew wide with Wolves goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak at full stretch to get near it, watching it whistle off-target.

Then he danced into a shooting position in the 31st minute and went for goal but, this time, it was straight at Kuszczak who saved easily.

There was a real let-off for Wolves on 33 minutes when Lasse Vigen Christensen found skipper Ross McCormack at point-blank range in the centre, but he could only stab tamely into the arms of Kuszczak.

It left Wolves to protect and build on their lead which Sako more than did as he went up the gears, but the second was very much a team goal.

There must have been 15 passes that led to his strike, but the crisp nature of that move was only bettered by a stunning finish from the boot of the Mali international.

He let fly from 20 yards and his effort flew past Bettinelli and into the net for his ninth goal of the season, but Wolves were not done yet.

In first-half stoppage time, Sako muscled past the Fulham defence and into the box to go one-on-one with Bettinelli and fire through him.

The second-half petered out due to Wolves' considerable lead at the interval, although they could have made it 4-0 in the 69th minute.

Afobe burst into the box with purpose after taking a pass from Price in his stride and jinked before shooting, forcing Bettinelli to save.

But Fulham did strike the woodwork with 16 minutes to go, substitute Sean Kavanagh hitting the base of the post with an angled drive from close range.























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