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Fulham FC Results

Premier League - Sunday 20th September 2009, 2:00 PM
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Wolves
2
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(0)
1
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Fulham
 
Attendance: 27670
 
Referee: K. Friend
 

Match events
Doyle
18
Goal
 
Edwards
50
Goal
 
 
62
Sub On
Davies
 
62
Sub Off
Dempsey
 
66
Goal
Murphy pen
Maierhofer
70
Sub On
 
Edwards
70
Sub Off
 
 
71
Sub On
Greening
 
71
Sub Off
Konchesky
 
77
Sub On
Kamara
 
77
Sub Off
Etuhu
Ebanks-Blake
78
Sub On
 
Doyle
78
Sub Off
 
Kightly
87
Sub On
 
Jarvis
87
Sub Off
 
 
88
Yellow
Paintsil
Halford
90
Yellow
 
 
Match review
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Wolverhampton (1) 2 Fulham (0) 1
Goals from Kevin Doyle - his first for the club - and David Edwards secured Wolves' first home Premier League victory of the season as they beat Fulham 2-1.

Doyle's 18th-minute header gave the hosts the lead and Edwards doubled the advantage just after half-time as he finished off a move he had started.

Danny Murphy's penalty midway through the second half gave a disappointing Fulham hope they barely deserved.

The Cottagers could have no excuses for their lacklustre performance as manager Roy Hodgson had rested 10 of the starting line-up from the midweek Europa League draw with CSKA Sofia.

Match Stats Wolves Fulham
Goals 2 1
Possession 46% 54%
Goal attempts 14 8
On Target 3 4
Corners 3 3
Off-sides 3 5
Saves 3 1
Fouls 16 10
Yellows 1 1
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet
Both sides gave the ball away far too often in an uneventful opening 15 minutes but it all changed in the 18th minute when Doyle, a £6.5million summer signing from Reading, struck.

The Republic of Ireland international had looked the liveliest player on the pitch so it was no surprise he reacted quickest to Christophe Berra's flick-on from Greg Halford's long throw to nod past Schwarzer from close range.

Fulham had been in a similar position before exactly a week ago against Everton and went on to win so Wolves could not afford to relax.

They did not and continued to harry and harass the off-key Cottagers, who were struggling to string together a few passes never mind create anything resembling a chance.

Seconds before the interval Andy Keogh had the ball in the net from a first-time shot but was flagged offside.

Fulham were so poor in the first half they failed to register a single shot but Wolves did not have the same problem and added a second goal five minutes after the interval.

Andrew Johnson's aimless header in the centre circle was picked up by Edwards who released Keogh through the inside-right channel.

The midfielder continued his run forward and when Keogh cut the ball back to the penalty spot Edwards' sweetly struck first-time strike gave Schwarzer no chance.

Fulham finally recorded their first shot, of sorts, in the 54th minute when Johnson just got to Damien Duff's cross from the right before Wayne Hennessey but only succeeded in diverting the ball into the goalkeeper's arms.

Seconds later Schwarzer was forced to tip Aaron Hughes' back-header on to the crossbar after the centre-back failed to properly deal with Keogh's inswinging cross from the left.

Hennessey produced a good save to keep out Dickson Etuhu's 25-yard shot and as Johnson pounced on the rebound he was flagged offside.

But Fulham were handed a lifeline when referee Kevin Friend, on his Premier League debut, ruled Michael Mancienne had hauled Zamora to the floor contesting Johnson's cross and Murphy rolled home the penalty in the 67th minute.

Castillo got back to clear substitute Diomansy Kamara's shot away from the near post as at least two Fulham players sprung the offside trap from a 78th-minute free-kick.

With three minutes remaining Michael Kightly, who had been out since March with injury, made a welcome return as a substitute and was given a rousing reception by Molineux.

The visitors increased the pressure in the closing stages but Wolves held on for a deserved three points.

Wolverhampton Hennessey, Halford, Mancienne, Berra, Elokobi,Edwards (Maierhofer 70), Henry, Castillo, Jarvis (Kightly 86),Doyle (Ebanks-Blake 77), Keogh.
Subs Not Used: Hahnemann, Hill, Milijas, Zubar.

Booked: Halford.

Goals: Doyle 18, Edwards 50.

Fulham Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland,Konchesky (Greening 71), Duff, Etuhu (Kamara 77), Murphy,Dempsey (Davies 61), Andrew Johnson, Zamora.
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Gera, Smalling.

Booked: Pantsil.

Goals: Murphy 66 pen.

Att: 27,670

Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).







































































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