Saturday 17 April 2010, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers
0
Chris Smalling returned to the starting line-up joining Aaron Hughes at the heart of the Whites’ defence as Fulham looked to push closer to a top ten finish.

42' Yellow Card

Bobby Zamora Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adlène Guédioura
Off:David Edwards

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nenad Milijas
Off:David Jones

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Iwelumo
Off:Matthew Jarvis

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Fulham made a positive start with Simon Davies looking active early on and Damien Duff seeing an early volley inadvertently blocked by Bobby Zamora. With Kevin Doyle leading the Wolves attack singlehandedly, the focus of Mick McCarthy’s side was primarily on keeping a tight grip on the game.

A perceptive through-ball from Danny Murphy on 14 minutes found the run of Zoltan Gera; the Hungarian forward did well to reach the ball but could only touch it into the path of Marcus Hahnemann who collected with ease.

Despite the sunny conditions the both sides played the game at an impressive pace – and Wolves were certainly not shy in the tackle – as a number of early challenges demonstrated. However it was Fulham who were attacking with greater intent as Zoltan Gera saw his powerful shot on goal charged down by Christophe Berra on 20 minutes.

Wolves eventually started to exert some pressure of their own as the first-half approach its midway point. The long throws of George Elokobi twice looked like forcing the Whites onto the back foot and Wolves’ general play gradually started to pose a greater threat.

Kevin Doyle passed up a good opportunity to hand his side the lead on 35 minutes when he collected a loose ball after David Jones made a nuisance of himself in the Fulham penalty area. Doyle collected the ball and cut in on his right foot only to see his low shot go wide.

Mick McCarthy’s men finished the first-half stronger but neither keeper had to deal with any notable shots on target in the opening 45 minutes.

Following a slow start to the second-half, Matt Jarvis was put through behind Fulham’s back line only to be denied by an excellent recovering block from Aaron Hughes. From the resulting corner the ball flashed across the face of the Fulham goal before going behind for a goal kick.

Fulham responded in kind and moments later and Danny Murphy saw a strong shot deflected behind after good build-up play.

A delicate pass from Damien Duff on 55 minutes played in Chris Baird in the Wolves penalty area. The Northern Ireland international drove a powerful cross across the face of goal which just evaded Zamora.

Wolves were showing impressive resilience in defence as both Jody Craddock and Christophe Berra looked comfortable in dealing with any awkward moments. Equally, both Aaron Hughes and Chris Smalling were looking just as adept at the back for Fulham.

Only a well-timed tackle from George Elokobi on 61 minutes denied Duff what looked like a golden scoring opportunity. Duff had been set clean through by a Zoltan Gera through-ball but the Republic of Ireland international elected to cut back inside on his left foot, showing just enough of the ball to allow Elokobi to prod the ball away from danger.

A ferocious right-footed effort from Bobby Zamora on 64 minutes rattled Hahnemann’s left hand post. Zamora held off Jody Craddock some 30 yards out before unleashing his shot. 

A Simon Davies corner on 74 minutes found Chris Smalling in the box but unfortunately the Fulham defender got under the ball and his effort dropped onto the roof of the net. That chance sparked a good period of pressure for the Whites.

As the match entered its final stages Wolves tested Fulham’s back line with a number of set-pieces, all of which lacked an accurate final delivery. Fulham continued to create good attacking situations but they were unable craft any chances of real substance before the referee blew the final whistle.  

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 17 April 2010
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,597

Referee: Mike Dean

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Smalling, Konchesky; Duff, Murphy, Etuhu, Davies; Gera, Zamora

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Pantsil, Bjorn Helge Riise, Greening, Dikgacoi, Okaka, Nevland

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Line-up: Hahnemann; Zubar, Berra, Craddock, Elokobi; Mancienne; Foley, Edwards (Guédioura 69'), Jones (Milijas 71'), Jarvis (Iwelumo 78'); Doyle

Unused substitutes: Hennessey, Halford, Ward, Ebanks-Blake

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 34 77
2 Manchester United 35 76
3 Arsenal 34 71
4 Manchester City 34 62
5 Tottenham Hotspur 33 61
6 Liverpool 34 56
7 Aston Villa 33 55
8 Everton 35 54
9 Birmingham City 35 47
10 Fulham 34 43
11 Stoke City 34 43
12 Blackburn Rovers 35 43
13 Sunderland 35 41
14 Bolton Wanderers 35 35
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 34
16 Wigan Athletic 34 32
17 West Ham United 34 31
18 Hull City 34 28
19 Burnley 35 27
20 Portsmouth 34 24
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 34Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 9Stefano Okaka
  • 10Erik Nevland
Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Marcus Hahnemann
  • 23Ronald Zubar
  • 16Christophe Berra
  • 6Jody Craddock
  • 3George Elokobi
  • 21Michael Mancienne
  • 32Kevin Foley
  • 4David Edwards
  • 14David Jones
  • 17Matthew Jarvis
  • 29Kevin Doyle
Substitutes
  • 1Wayne Hennessey
  • 15Greg Halford
  • 11Stephen Ward
  • 20Nenad Milijas
  • 34Adlène Guédioura
  • 9Sylvain Ebanks-Blake
  • 19Chris Iwelumo