Sunday 20 September 2009, 2:00pm at Molineux, Wolverhampton
Barclays Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers
2
Doyle 18'; Edwards 50'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Goals from Kevin Doyle and David Edwards gave Wolves all three points at Molineux on Sunday afternoon. Wolves took the lead on 18 minutes after the Whites were unable to deal with a long throw from Greg Halford. Mick McCarty’s men doubled their tally after half-time through David Edwards. But Fulham struck back through a Danny Murphy penalty on 66 minutes.

18' Goal

Kevin Doyle

50' Goal

David Edwards

90'+3 Yellow Card

Greg Halford Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stefan Maierhofer
Off:David Edwards

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sylvain Ebanks-Blake
Off:Kevin Doyle

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Kightly
Off:Matthew Jarvis

87' Yellow Card

John Pantsil Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:Clint Dempsey

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathan Greening
Off:Paul Konchesky

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Diomansy Kamara
Off:Dickson Etuhu

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Roy Hodgson reverted to a more familiar line-up for the encounter at Molineux as attentions returned to Barclays Premier League action following the Whites’ exploits in the UEFA Europa League.

The game got off to an encouraging start for the home side as Fulham, despite some promising passing movements in midfield, surrendered possession with a few unforced errors early on. Fortunately, Wolves were unable to make the Whites pay and the match soon settled down into a more predictable flow.

Both sides adopted a conventional 4-4-2 formation, looking to keep compact and narrow when not in possession. But it was certainly the Whites doing the majority of the defensive work as a couple of half-chances went Wolves’ way with Kevin Doyle and Andy Keogh placing their efforts wide.

The home side took the lead in the 18th minute after the Whites failed to clear a long throw from Greg Halford. Christophe Berra was first to the ball in the box, flicking a header into the path of Kevin Doyle, who scored from close range. Indeed, the passage of play was initially started by Doyle who won the throw-in after good work.

Fulham closed out the reminder of the first-half struggling to make significant forward progress – leaving Wayne Hennessey’s goalmouth relatively untroubled. By contrast Wolves were quick to get forward when in possession and often found their way into the final third of the pitch – albeit without producing the killer final pass.

A late surge by Fulham saw a good opportunity fall to Clint Dempsey but the ball was whipped off his toe by a determined tackle from George Elokobi.

The second-half was only a few minutes old when Wolves doubled their lead through David Edwards. Clint Dempsey gave the ball away in midfield with a loose header which Andy Keogh seized upon with great relish. The Wolves attacker made a purposeful run deep into Fulham territory before crossing low to Edwards who powerfully side-footed into the top corner of the net.

Buoyed by the goal, Wolves created two further scoring opportunities in quick succession with Matthew Jarvis hitting fierce shot just over the bar from long range and Aaron Hughes almost diverting a header past Mark Schwarzer.

Simon Davies came on for Clint Dempsey on the hour mark. The change saw Damien Duff move out to the left wing with Davies taking up position on the right side of midfield.

Fulham looked instantly a more dangerous side as good chances for Damien Duff and Bobby Zamora soon followed. Zamora was heavily involved in Fulham's equaliser on 66 minutes when he was pulled to the ground by Michael Mancienne on the edge of the six yard area. The referee pointed to the spot, Danny Murphy stepped up and, as usual, calmly side-footed past the keeper.

The goal took some of the wind out of Wolves’ sails and certainly the introduction of Davies gave the Whites more threat in attack.

Roy Hodgson made a second substitution when Jonathan Greening came on for Paul Konchesky. As a result Damien Duff dropped back to left-back with Greening occupying the left wing berth.

Fulham were denied a good penalty appeal when yet another pull by Mancienne on Zamora went unspotted.

A third change came on 75 minutes when Diomansy Kamara came on for Dickson Etuhu. The Whites came close to equalising in bizarre circumstances minutes when, somehow, four Fulham players escaped a mass push for offside from the home defence following a Fulham free kick – leaving Zamora and Kamara standing in the area. The ball found its way back to Kamara but his rushed effort was cleared off the line.

The Whites finished the game well on top but a nervous-looking Wolves side managed to hang on for the

points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 20 September 2009
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Molineux, Wolverhampton
Attendance: 27,670

Referee: Kevin Friend

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Line-up: Hennessey; Halford, Berra, Mancienne, Elokobi; Edwards (Maierhofer 69'), Henry, Castillo, Jarvis (Kightly 85'); Doyle (Ebanks-Blake 76'), Keogh

Unused substitutes: Hahnemann, Zubar, Hill, Milijas

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky (Greening 70'); Duff, Murphy, Etuhu (Kamara 76'), Dempsey (Davies 60'); Johnson, Zamora

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Baird, Smalling, Gera

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 6 15
2 Chelsea 5 15
3 Liverpool 6 12
4 Tottenham Hotspur 5 12
5 Manchester City 5 12
6 Aston Villa 5 12
7 Arsenal 5 9
8 Sunderland 6 9
9 Burnley 6 9
10 Stoke City 6 8
11 Birmingham City 6 7
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 7
13 Fulham 5 6
14 Wigan Athletic 6 6
15 West Ham United 5 4
16 Blackburn Rovers 4 4
17 Bolton Wanderers 5 4
18 Hull City 6 4
19 Everton 4 3
20 Portsmouth 6 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-4-2)
  • 1Wayne Hennessey
  • 15Greg Halford
  • 16Christophe Berra
  • 21Michael Mancienne
  • 3George Elokobi
  • 4David Edwards
  • 8Karl Henry
  • 35Segundo Castillo
  • 17Matthew Jarvis
  • 29Kevin Doyle
  • 21Andrew Keogh
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Hahnemann
  • 23Ronald Zubar
  • 26Matthew Hill
  • 7Michael Kightly
  • 20Nenad Milijas
  • 9Sylvain Ebanks-Blake
  • 33Stefan Maierhofer
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 15Diomansy Kamara