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Fulham 0-1 Wolves Cham 03 1415 Daily Telegraph

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Fulham (0) 0-1 (1) Wolves

Fulham's travails in the Championship are only just beginning. Wolves inflicted a third successive defeat upon Felix Magath's reshapen team, leaving the the London club second-bottom of the table.

Their two previous defeats had provided some encouragement, suggesting that their teething problems would soon abate. Yet this laboured, uninspiring display served as a jarring reminder of the troubles that may lie ahead.

Chants of "Felix Out" greeted the final whistle. "I'm sorry for the defeat," Magath said. "I can only ask for patience. We have a young team, so it might be a tough beginning of the season, but it is a long season."

Magath also confirmed that he had earlier met the owner, Shahid Khan, who, he said "knows it can be a difficult period when you change a lot".

The German shuffled his pack once again, making five changes from Saturday. Their unfamiliarity bred hesitancy while Wolves, who were unchanged, were highly inventive.

From a cleverly worked but simple corner routine, they deservedly took the lead. Scott Golbourne angled his delivery in low, Dave Edwards let the ball run through his legs, allowing Bakary Sako to rifle home.

Ross McCormack, Fulham's £11?mil­lion signing, was restored to the starting line-up but the striker was again a pale imitation of the version that scored 29 league goals for Leeds United last season.

Wolves remained more likely to double their lead than let it slip. They could even afford the luxury a missed penalty in stoppage-time. Jesse Joronen tipped Sako's kick onto a post after Nouha Dicko had been brought down by Cameron Burgess.

Two wins from three have encouraged Kenny Jackett, the Wolves manager, to aim high. "We're looking for one of the those three promotion places," he declared.

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