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last updated Tuesday 06th March 2012, 2:45 PM
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Fulham (2) 5 Wolverhampton (0) 0

The Drog has ruled the roost in west London over the past eight years.

But Fulham look to have unearthed their very own version of Chelsea's powerhouse: The Pog.

Pavel Pogrebnyak smashed home a hat-trick in this demolition of woeful Wolves on Sunday.

And while Didier Drogba was coming to terms with yet another managerial exit at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea's west London neighbours were lauding their new goalscoring hero.

'He has come here from Stuttgart and knows he will play for us.

We've promised him games,' said Fulham boss Martin Jol.

'I have a feeling that he wants to be here and prove a point because he didn't have the best of times in Germany.

'He's scored five goals since he's been here so you have to say he's a pretty good signing.

' Goals are not where the similarity between The Pog and The Drog stop.

At 6ft 3in, the muscular Pogrebnyak certainly has the physical presence to compete in the Premier League - the way he bullied Wolves central defenders Christophe Berra and Richard Stearman was testament to that.

And he certainly knows his way around the penalty area, his five goals having come in three games since his January loan arrival.

The way he has taken to English football will certainly have some managers taking notice, particularly as he will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Jol is working to complete a permanent deal for the Russia international and said: 'We have to be grateful that he is here - but he should be a little bit grateful to us as well and stay here.

' As Pogrebnyak's prowess helped Fulham into eighth place, Wolves' heavy defeat saw them slump into the relegation zone on goal difference.

After last weekend's heroic comeback from 2-0 down to earn a draw against Newcastle, the task facing new manager Terry Connor was laid bare as Fulham ran riot.

The home side were nearly gifted a second-minute lead when visiting keeper Wayne Hennessey and Berra made a hash of dealing with Aaron Hughes's hopeful long ball, nearly allowing Damien Duff to capitalise.

John Arne Riise then went agonisingly close in the 12th and 14th minutes with two trademark piledrivers off his powerful left foot.

And the former Liverpool left back went close again in the 18th minute when he skimmed the woodwork from 16 yards after collecting Clint Dempey's pass.

Wolves nearly took an undeserved lead when Stearman sent his header from Jamie O'Hara's free-kick inches wide in the 21st minute.

Normal service was resumed three minutes later when Andy Johnson was denied by Hennessey's excellent save from point-blank range.

Jol's side finally made the breakthrough in the 37th minute as Pogrebnyak took advantage of slack marking to head home Duff's corner.

And the lead was doubled a minute before the break when Pogrebnyak fired home Johnson's cut-back.

Make mine a double: Dempsey celebrates adding gloss to the scoreline at Craven Cottage Any chance of another Wolves comeback was extinguished 11 minutes after the restart when Danny Murphy's exquisite through-ball located Dempsey, who easily rounded Hennessey before firing into an empty net.

Five minutes later Pogrebnyak completed his hat-trick by prodding home from close range after Hennessey could only parry Johnson's low shot.

Jol introduced new signing Mahamadou Diarra in place of Murphy in the 69th minute and the former Real Madrid man made an instant impact, playing in Dempsey, who expertly lofted his effort over the hapless Hennessey in the 83rd minute after a brilliant passage of passing to complete the rout.

'We have to dust ourselves down, pick ourselves up and be ready to go again next Saturday against Blackburn,' said Connor.

'We are going to get a bloody nose every now and then.

We will lose games but we have to stick together and work hard to make sure we stay in this league.

Fulham Schwarzer, Hughes, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff (Davies 80), Murphy (Diarra 69), Dembele, Dempsey, Johnson, Pogrebnyak (Frei 85).
Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Orlando Sa, Etuhu, Halliche.

Booked: Hangeland.

Goals: Pogrebnyak 36, Pogrebnyak 44, Dempsey 56, Pogrebnyak 61, Dempsey 83.

Wolverhampton Hennessey, Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Ward, Kightly (Fletcher 61), Foley (Hunt 84), Henry (Milijas 19), O'Hara, Jarvis, Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Johnson, Bassong, Jonsson.

Booked: Zubar, Berra.

Att: 24, 034

Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).

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