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Wolves 4-4 Fulham Cham 20 1617 - Birmingham Mail

last updated Monday 12th December 2016, 1:20 PM


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James Logan-Wintrip at Birmingham Mail


Wolves (1) 4-4 (3) Fulham


An eight goal thriller unfolded in the Black Country on Saturday but Wolves will have rued not collecting all three points with Fulham, instead having to settle for just one.

The hosts entered the game following a first win under Paul Lambert away at QPR.

He fielded a similar side except for changes in the back line; Kortney Hause replaced Richard Stearman and 19-year-old Harry Burgoyne stepping in for the injured Carl Ikeme and Andy Lonergan to make his first team debut.

As for high-flying Fulham, they were in good shape following a 5-0 mauling of Reading the previous week.

It was the visitors who came the closest to an opener when Tom Cairney's shot was deflected inches wide of the post.

It was Wolves however, who struck first when Hause powered his header past Button in the Fulham goal after Helder Costa's corner in the 20th minute.

Ten minutes later, Wolves could have extended their lead through Nouha Dicko as he pounced on a spill from the Fulham goalkeeper. His effort trickled across the open goal. Fulham cleared and found themselves level seconds later.

Fredericks broke down the right and put the ball on a plate for the onrushing Johansen to fire in off the bar.

The hosts looked nervy, and were breached again minutes later as Ayite was alert to place his header into the bottom corner following another Fredericks' cross.

Doherty was struggling to handle the flying right-back, but there was nothing anyone could do about Fulham's third on the stroke of half time.

Johansen floated his free kick across to Cairney on the edge of the area who expertly dispatched his volley past the outstretched Burgoyne. This was the signal for many Wolves fans to head for the exits before half-time.

They will regret that, as what followed was astonishing.

Wolves came out of the blocks revitalised and knocked on the door of their opponents for the first 15 minutes but achieved nothing, until Matt Doherty found himself in the right place at the right time to fire the men in old gold back into the game with half an hour to play.

It was Doherty who threaded a ball into the path of Ivan Cavaleiro who fantastically steered his effort into the top corner. Out of nowhere, Wolves were level.

This set up a dramatic finale, and the hosts thought they had defied the odds to come back and win when Dave Edwards somehow managed to score from what seemed to be an impossible angle in the 90th minute.

Wolves were victorious, or so they thought, until Ayite denied them at the death to salvage a point five minutes into added time.

Fulham boss Jokanovic was left frustrated after they led 3-1 at half time, only to return to London with a paltry point.

Paul Lambert praised his side's determination and character, but is still to see his charges win at home. Wolves visit the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday, but will need to tighten the defence if they are to have any chance of returning with the points.























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