Saturday 4 May 2019, 3:00pm at Molineux, Wolverhampton
Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers
1
Dendoncker 75'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

75' Goal

Leander Dendoncker
Assist by Matt Doherty

7' Yellow Card

Diogo Jota

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Will Norris
Off:Rui Patrício

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Max Kilman
Off:Willy Boly

90'+4 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Rúben Vinagre
Off:Jonny

22' Yellow Card

Calum Chambers Card was given for a foul

32' Yellow Card

Maxime Le Marchand Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

Cyrus Christie Card was given for a foul

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Floyd Ayité
Off:Ryan Sessegnon

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harvey Elliott
Off:André-Frank Zambo Anguissa

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Leander Dendoncker’s late volley condemned Fulham to a first defeat in four as we were beaten 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Leander Dendoncker’s late volley condemned Fulham to a first defeat in four as we were beaten 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The hosts – who knew seventh spot was all but theirs with a win – had the better of the chances throughout, but it might have been different had Aleksandar Mitrović found the back of the net when a good chance came his way early in the second half.

Wolves had found Sergio Rico in good form all day, but there was little he could do to keep out Dendoncker’s close range strike when he was picked out by Matt Doherty.

One positive to come out of the game for the Whites was the introduction of Harvey Elliott in the closing stages, making him the youngest player in the history of the Premier League.

Scott Parker was forced into one change as Denis Odoi followed the concussion protocol after his mishap against Cardiff City. Cyrus Christie impressed against the Bluebirds when introduced, and he was the obvious choice to fill that right-back berth.

Fulham enjoyed all the possession inside the opening 90 seconds and it culminated in Joe Bryan winning possession in a dangerous position. He had just one thing in mind as he drove forward, but his right footer from distance, while well struck, was straight at Rui Patricio.

Diogo Jota was booked in the seventh minute when he threw himself to the ground in the box under pressure from Christie, despite zero contact.

Jota then drew a first save from Rico when he collected Raul Jimenez’s cute back heel, striking one low into the corner that Rico pushed wide. The corner ended up dropping to Ruben Neves 25 yards out, but he ballooned his effort over.

The tricky Jota was at the heart of everything, and he almost punished some lax play from the Whites on the quarter hour mark, but thankfully sent his angled drive marginally wide of the far post.

Midway through the half Calum Chambers became the first man in white to be yellowed, when he brought down Jimenez on the halfway line.

It seemed as though every attempt was coming from the boot of Jota, and he had Rico temporarily worried on half an hour when his ambitious long ranger took a huge looping deflection, but it dropped just over.

Wolves went even closer from the subsequent corner, though, when Dendoncker thwacked a powerful header against the crossbar.

Maxime Le Marchand was then booked for taking out Jonny on the edge of the area. Joao Moutinho sent in a wicked delivery but Willy Boly headed it over.

Despite the hosts having the better of the chances, Bryan almost gave his team the lead in spectacular fashion five minutes before the break. Chambers picked out his pal with laser precision, and Bryan rifled in a venomous dipping strike that needed tipping over by Patricio.

Wanderers carved open a fine scoring chance nine minutes after the restart when Jota found space inside the area on the left, but he dragged his low shot wide.

Fulham’s best chance of the game came and went just after the hour mark. Christie’s perfect slide-rule pass put Ryan Sessegnon in behind the defence, he cut back to Mitrović who sent his first time effort over the bar.

Neves has earned a reputation as a scorer of spectacular goals since coming to England, and pulled one out of the 30-yard repertoire moments later, but Rico was able to palm away at full stretch – and the Spaniard had to make a good save soon after to keep out Doherty’s downward header.

Jimenez then headed over from the corner as Wolves continued to turn the screw.

On 68 minutes Chambers sent a ball down the right flank for Sessegnon to scamper onto. Again he found Mitrović who this time laid off to Tom Cairney, but the skipper fired a dipper over the bar.

At the other end, Doherty rifled in an unstoppable shot when Jonny’s effort broke kindly for him, but the Irishman was offside and the goal was disallowed.

Christie was then carded, perhaps harshly, for an apparent foul on Jota on the left of the box. Boly rose highest to the free-kick, but couldn’t control his attempt.

The breakthrough the hosts were threatening arrived with quarter of an hour to go. Doherty found space down the right and Dendoncker arrived to volley home his cross.

Jota almost doubled the lead when he caught a first time half volley beautifully, but Rico made a stunning reflex save to tip it onto the bar and over.

The first substitution of the game didn’t arrive until the 82nd minute, when Sessegnon made way for Floyd Ayité – who scored his first goals for Fulham on this ground two seasons earlier. A proud moment for the Elliott family and Fulham Academy soon followed, as the youngster came on for André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.

With a minute to go, Ryan Babel struck an absolute rasper on target from range which was magnificently tipped onto the post by Patricio, but there was a handball in the build up and it wouldn’t have counted.

Wolves made a hat-trick of changes deep into stoppage time which marked the end of a tightly contested encounter at Molineux.

 

 

 

Match Information

Competition: Premier League

Date: Saturday 4 May 2019
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 30,456

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Line-up: Rui Patrício (Norris 90'); Bennett, Coady, Boly (Kilman 90'); Doherty, Dendoncker, Rúben Neves, João Moutinho, Jonny (Rúben Vinagre 90'); Jiménez, Diogo Jota

Unused substitutes: Gibbs-White, Cavaleiro, Hélder Costa, Traoré

Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo

Fulham

Line-up: Rico; Ryan Sessegnon (Ayité 82'), Christie, Le Marchand, Ream, Bryan; Cairney, Chambers, Zambo Anguissa (Elliott 88'); Mitrovic, Babel

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

Manager: Scott Parker

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 36 92
2 Liverpool 36 91
3 Tottenham Hotspur 37 70
4 Chelsea 36 68
5 Arsenal 36 66
6 Manchester United 36 65
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 57
8 Everton 37 53
9 Leicester City 36 51
10 Watford 36 50
11 West Ham United 37 49
12 A.F.C. Bournemouth 37 45
13 Crystal Palace 36 43
14 Newcastle United 36 42
15 Burnley 37 40
16 Southampton 37 38
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 36 35
18 Cardiff City 36 31
19 Fulham 37 26
20 Huddersfield Town 36 14
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
19
6
Shots On Target
6
2
Passing Accuracy
76%
86%
Fouls
10
15
Corners
7
1
Offsides
1
0
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-5-2)
  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 5Ryan Bennett
  • 16Conor Coady
  • 15Willy Boly
  • 2Matt Doherty
  • 32Leander Dendoncker
  • 8Rúben Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Jonny
  • 9Raúl Jiménez
  • 18Diogo Jota
Substitutes
  • 31Will Norris
  • 29Rúben Vinagre
  • 49Max Kilman
  • 17Morgan Gibbs-White
  • 7Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 10Hélder Costa
  • 37Adama Traoré
Manager
  • Nuno Espírito Santo
Fulham (5-3-2)
  • 25Sergio Rico
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 20Maxime Le Marchand
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 5Calum Chambers
  • 29André-Frank Zambo Anguissa
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
  • 12Ryan Babel
Substitutes
  • 31Fabri
  • 16Håvard Nordtveit
  • 26Alfie Mawson
  • 43Steven Sessegnon
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 56Harvey Elliott
  • 11Floyd Ayité
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny.
  • 90'+3' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Will Norris replaces Rui Patrício.
  • 90'+3' Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Max Kilman replaces Willy Boly.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Calum Chambers.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 90' Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 89' Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 88' Hand ball by Ryan Babel (Fulham).
  • 88' Substitution, Fulham. Harvey Elliott replaces André-Frank Zambo Anguissa.
  • 86' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 83' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 83' Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 82' Substitution, Fulham. Floyd Ayité replaces Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 82' Hand ball by Ryan Babel (Fulham).
  • 80' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 80' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 79' Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham).
  • 79' Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 75' Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Fulham 0. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Doherty.
  • 74' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 73' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 73' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 73' Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 72' Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jonny tries a through ball, but Willy Boly is caught offside.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 72' Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).
  • 72' Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 70' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 70' Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 69' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 69' Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 68' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.
  • 65' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 65' Attempt saved. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross.
  • 64' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 64' Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 55' Foul by Tom Cairney (Fulham).
  • 55' Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 54' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonny following a fast break.
  • 52' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 49' Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 46' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 46' Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt saved. João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 42' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Tom Cairney.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Rui Patrício.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 37' Attempt missed. Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Diogo Jota.
  • 35' Foul by Ryan Babel (Fulham).
  • 35' João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 35' Attempt missed. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Babel with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 34' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 34' Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 33' Attempt missed. Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 32' Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 32' Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham).
  • 32' Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 31' Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.
  • 31' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Maxime Le Marchand.
  • 31' Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leander Dendoncker.
  • 29' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 29' Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Ryan Babel (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 22' Calum Chambers (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 22' Foul by Calum Chambers (Fulham).
  • 22' Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Foul by Ryan Babel (Fulham).
  • 16' Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho.
  • 12' Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
  • 11' Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Sergio Rico.
  • 11' Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raúl Jiménez.
  • 7' Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.
  • 7' Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) has gone down, but that's a dive.
  • 6' Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 6' Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 3' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 3' Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
  • 2' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.