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Fulham in 4-4 away draw - Ch. Match Report MD20

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Match Report

Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 4-4 (3) Fulham

Championship Match Day 20 1617 at Molineux

Saturday 10th December 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Fulham striker Floyd Ayité
Fulham striker
Floyd Ayité
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Fulham's Floyd Ayite earned a dramatic point with a stoppage time equaliser in a dramatic 4-4 Sky Bet Championship draw against Wolves at Molineux.

Fulham had thrown away a 3-1 half-time lead to trail 4-3 before Ayite scored his second goal of the game from three yards when he converted a Tomas Kalas header.

Wolves had looked set to crash to a fifth successive home defeat after Fulham took control.

But a 65th-minute strike from Matt Doherty sparked a Wolves comeback before Ivan Cavaleiro drew them level nine minutes later.

Dave Edwards struck in the final minute after Nouha Dicko had a shot blocked and that looked set to seal the win before Ayite's late, late show in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Kortney Hause had opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with his first goal for Wolves.

Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen
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Stefan Johansen pulled Fulham level 10 minutes later before Ayite's first goal since his summer switch from Bastia gave them a 39th-minute lead.

Fulham skipper Tom Cairney looked to have sealed a fourth win in six games for Fulham on the stroke of half-time but Wolves' second-half revival robbed them of a first league win at Molineux since 1985.

Wolves were forced to hand a senior debut to 19-year-old goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne after Carl Ikeme and Andy Lonergan were both ruled out through injury and Burgoyne had an early let-off when Ayite's opportunist shot was deflected wide of his near post.

Fulham also had to survive a scare in the opening exchanges when Cavaleiro looked to set to convert a sixth-minute cross from Dicko only for Ryan Fredericks to clear the ball at the far post.

Fulham had dominated the game in terms of possession, but that counted for nothing when they were undone at a corner by Hause.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
Fulham midfielder
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Hause rose above the static Fulham defence to power a header past David Button following Helder Costa's cross.

Wolves should then have doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute when Dicko forced Button to spill the ball but then pulled his shot across the face of an empty goal.

It was a costly miss as Fulham were level seconds later following more good work by the lively Fredericks, whose right-wing cross was converted by the onrushing Johansen.

Wolves were struggling to keep Fredericks in check and, after Cavaleiro had blazed over the bar from close range, he turned provider again to put Fulham in control.

Once again a right-wing cross deceived the Wolves defence and Ayite was on hand at the far post to head home.

Match Stats Wolves Fulham
Goals (1) 4 4 (3)
Scorers Hause 22 Johansen 32
  Doherty 65 Ayité 39
Cavaleiro 74 Cairney 42
  Edwards 90 Ayité 90+4
Goal attempts 20 25
On target 7 12
Shooting Accuracy 35% 48%
Possession 37% 63%
Passes 317 536
Pass Success 62% 79%
Crosses 19 27
Crosses Success 47% 22%
Corners 7 9
Tackles 19 17
Tackles Success 63% 59%
Saves 8 2
Fouls 11 5
Offsides 3 0
Yellows 4 3
Reds 0 0
source: Fulham FC/Soccernet
Fulham then strengthened their position further thanks to a stunning piece of finishing from Cairney.

Johansen's left-wing cross found Cairney in acres of space 25 yards from goal and his first-time volley gave Burgoyne no chance.

Predictably, Wolves started the second half with a flourish and Dave Edwards and Doherty both had shots charged down in the space of a frantic few seconds.

After Burgoyne then denied Cairney and Sone Aluko, Wolves' more positive approach paid off.

Conor Coady's cross was flicked on by Dicko and Doherty was on hand to steer the ball in from close range.

Doherty was then on hand to release Cavaleiro and the former Monaco forward showed the Fulham defence a clean pair of heels before firing an unstoppable drive past Button from 16 yards to set up the dramatic finale.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Burgoyne; Iorfa, Batth, Hause, Doherty; Coady (Price 87), Saiss (Bödvarsson 59); Hélder Costa (João Teixeira 87), Edwards, Cavaleiro; Dicko
Unused substitutes: Flatt, Borthwick-Jackson, Saville, Enobakhare

Hause 22 (header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross following a corner.)
Doherty 65 (right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nouha Dicko)
Cavaleiro 74 ( left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty.)
Edwards 90 (right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.)

Booked: Edwards (16,f), Coady (26,f), Dicko (64,f), Burgoyne (90+2,tw)

Fulham: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream (Kebano 90), Malone; McDonald, Johansen; Sone Aluko (Parker 72), Cairney, Floyd Ayité; Martin
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Odoi, Sigurdsson, Ryan Sessegnon, Lucas Piazon

Johansen 32 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.)
Ayité 39 (header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.)
Cairney 42 (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen following a set piece situation.)
Ayité 90+4 (header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tomas Kalas with a headed pass following a corner.)

Booked: Fredericks (8,f), Cairney (69,f), Malone (70,f)

Referee:: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Attendance:: 19,020

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