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Fulham 0-0 Wolves FAC 3r 1415 Express and Star

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Fulham (0) 0-0 (0) Wolves

Leon Clarke had by far the best chance of the game for the visitors but fired wide with the goal gaping after Bakary Sako's shot had been tipped onto the post.

Home keeper Marcus Bettinelli twice denied James Henry in the second half.

Seko Fofana had the chance to win it for Fulham late on but fired straight at Carl Ikeme when clean through on goal.

It was the first save the Wolves keeper had to make all game and while both teams had their spells of dominance it was the visitors who created the better chances - none better than Clarke's.

The striker was included in the starting line-up in place of Nouha Dicko, one of four changes to the Wolves team which defeated Brentford 2-1 last Sunday.

James Henry replaced Rajiv van La Parra, who was not included in the squad, on the wing, while Lee Evans and Matt Doherty came in for the suspended Kevin McDonald and cup tied Kortney Hause respectively.

In a scrappy opening the first real incident of note was a heavy challenge on Sako by Shaun Hutchinson which saw the Fulham defender booked.

Clarke then had the first attempt of the match on 20 minutes though his header from Henry's deep cross lacked the venom to trouble Bettinelli.

Cauley Woodrow then fired over for the hosts from the edge of the box before Sako drove a shot from distance along the ground which Bettinelli dealt with comfortably - the quick build-up play from Wolves deserving better.

Sako did far better soon after with another shot from distance which, thanks to hand from Bettinelli, crashed off the base of the post and straight to Clarke. But with the goal gaping, the striker somehow put the ball wide.

Hugo Rodallega was also off target at the other end with a spectacular overhead kick which sailed just over Ikeme's bar.

Incredibly, the striker tried the same thing again from closer range as the clock ticked into stoppage time, again with no success as the half ended goal-less.

Wolves twice went close in the opening moments of the second period. First, Bettellini saved Evans' low shot and from the resulting corner, Sako flailed an effort wide from close range.

Fulham looked to respond and after Woodrow had sent one effort well over the bar, Fofana had Ikeme scrambling with another which missed by a much narrower margin.

The hosts were suddenly on top and Wolves weathering a storm, as Stearman blocked another Fofana shot.

But it was Bettinelli who was next called into action as he tipped Henry's dipping header over the bar.

The keeper denied the Wolves man again after he had burst into the box and shot when the hosts were guilty of losing possession in their own half.

Rodallega hit the side-netting for the hosts as the game entered the final 20 minutes, before Sako unleashed a right-footed effort from the edge of the box which whistled past the post at the other end.

Then came Fofana's chance as Fulham broke quickly from a Wolves corner and McCormack's ball over the top put him through. But his tame effort was easily dealt with by Ikeme.

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