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Fulham edged out at Wolves - Match Report Prem MD37

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Match Report

Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 1-0 (0) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 37 at Molineux

Saturday 4th May 2019     KO: 15:00

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Fulham midfielder Harvey Elliott
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Leander Dendoncker’s late strike kept Wolves’ European dreams alive after a 1-0 win over Fulham.

Watched by WWE wrestler Sin Cara, a friend of striker Raúl Jimenez, Dendoncker landed the knockout blow against the doomed Cottagers.

Diogo Jota had earlier wasted three fine openings and Dendoncker hit the bar before his winner at Molineux.

Relegated Fulham were left to rue Aleksandar Mitrovic’s second-half miss as they slipped to a 25th Premier League defeat of the campaign.

Wolves are seventh before next weekend’s season finale which would book them a Europa League qualifying spot if Watford lose the FA Cup final to Manchester City.

It was a deserved victory even if the game was instantly forgettable.

Jota had earlier been booked for diving but Wolves’ early livewire was only denied a 11th-minute opener by Sergio Rico.

Jonny’s cute pass found Jiménez in space and his flick fell for Jota but Rico superbly turned his low effort behind.

Match Stats Wolves Fulham
Goals (0) 1 0 (0)
Scorers Dendoncker 75
Goal attempts 19 6
On target 6 2
Shooting Accuracy 32% 33%
Possession 39% 61%
Passes 377 602
Passes Success 76% 86%
Crosses 16 10
Crosses Success 38% 20%
Corners 7 1
Tackles 17 13
Tackles Success 71% 46%
Saves 2 5
Fouls 10 15
Offsides 1 0
Yellows 1 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Jota, with two goals in his last two games, was hunting more and drilled just wide three minutes later after João Moutinho robbed a dawdling Maxime Le Marchand.

Despite Jota’s efforts the game struggled to get going and drifted into an end-of-season affair which lacked inspiration.

Any flashpoints came in flurries and it took until the 30th minute for another to come when Jota’s shot was deflected over and from the resulting short corner Moutinho’s cross was nodded onto the bar by Dendoncker.

Thee minutes later Willy Boly headed over and, at the other end, Joe Bryan’s drive was tipped over by Patrício five minutes before the break.

Wolves were unbeaten in their previous seven league games at Molineux but almost paid the price for a pedestrian pace when Mitrovic missed a golden chance just after the hour.

The quiet Ryan Sessegnon wriggled onto Cyrus Christie’s through ball and cut back for Mitrovic, only for the striker to blaze over from 10 yards.

It spurred Wolves into action and Rico palmed Rúben Neves’ 25-yard drive behind and a minute later Rico got a vital touch to Matt Doherty’s far-post header.

And Fulham were made to pay for Mitrovic’s miss when Dendoncker struck with 15 minutes left.

Moutinho’s neat pass slipped Doherty in and he crossed for the onrushing midfielder to guide a cushioned volley into the corner from 10 yards.

Fulham were beaten and Jota almost added a second when his fierce half-volley hit the bar.

But the Cottagers did create some history when Harvey Elliott, aged 16 years and 30 days, became the Premier League’s youngest ever player after coming on as a late substitute.

The Fulham caretaker manager, Scott Parker, said: “It was a massive moment for Harvey, I said to the boys he’s not entering the field for sentimental reasons or he’s a young kid and we want to give him a record.

He deserves it. ”

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patricio (Norris 90), Bennett, Coady, Boly (Kilman 90), Doherty, Dendoncker, Ruben Neves, Moutinho, Jonny (Vinagre 90), Jimenez, Jota

Unused substitutes: Gibbs-White, Traore, Cavaleiro, Helder Costa

Dendoncker 75 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty.)

Booked: Jota (7,sim),

Fulham: Rico, R Sessegnon (Ayite 82), Christie, Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan, Cairney, Chambers, Anguissa (Elliott 88), Mitrovic, Babel

Unused substitutes: Fabri, Nordtveit, Mawson, Steven Sessegnon, Kebano

Booked: Chambers (22,f), Le Marchand (32,f), Christie (73,f)

Referee: Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Attendance: 30,456

Source The Observer
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