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.
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.