Sunday 4 March 2012, 2:05pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
5
Pogrebnyak 36', 44', 61'; Dempsey 56', 83'
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers
0
Pavel Pogrebnyak continued his goal scoring streak with a fine hat-trick and Clint Dempsey bagged a brace as Fulham smashed five past Wolves.

36' Goal

Pavel Pogrebnyak
Assist by Damien Duff

44' Goal

Pavel Pogrebnyak
Assist by Andrew Johnson

56' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Danny Murphy

61' Goal

Pavel Pogrebnyak

83' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Mahamadou Diarra

22' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mahamadou Diarra
Off:Danny Murphy

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:Damien Duff

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Pavel Pogrebnyak

7' Yellow Card

Ronald Zubar Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

Christophe Berra Card was given for a foul

19' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Nenad Milijas
Off:Karl Henry

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steven Fletcher
Off:Michael Kightly

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Hunt
Off:Kevin Foley

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90

Pavel Pogrebnyak took his tally to five in his first three games as Fulham recorded their 1,000th ever Football League victory with an all-action attacking display against struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Martin Jol was forced to make a couple of changes from the side that had beaten Queens Park Rangers eight days earlier. Injury to Stephen Kelly and a virus for Bryan Ruiz prompting recalls for Damien Duff and Philippe Senderos.

Buoyed by preceding back-to-back victories Fulham pressed from the off, and Ronald Zubar could consider himself lucky to still be on the pitch after just six minutes following a waist high challenge on Clint Dempsey as the Texan chased a Damien Duff through-ball. The referee showed just a yellow card and the subsequent free-kick was fired straight into the wall.

Dempsey almost got his own back a minute later though when he chased a long forward pass down the left channel. He checked his run as he entered the box, before swivelling a shot on target, but Hennessey got down well to save it.

The visiting ‘keeper was called into action again on 11 minutes. A right-sided corner was played short and worked to the centre edge of the penalty area where John Arne Riise was waiting to fire a fizzing low drive which the Welsh ‘keeper pushed past the post.

The Norwegian popped up again two minutes later, receiving the ball from Pogrebnyak on the left, but this time his shot hit the head of Stearman and deflected over.

Damien Duff was the next to go agonisingly close, receiving the ball on the right of the D and firing another low drive that whistled just past Hennesey’s left hand post.

A minute later Riise again tried his luck, breaking free on the left once more and lifting an effort toward goal that rebounded off of the right hand upright.

At this stage Martin Jol’s side could conceivably have been two or more goals to the good, but Wolves soon delivered a reminder that they were still in the game. A set piece from deep on the left was met by Stearman in the Fulham box and his header was only just off target.

On 23 minutes Fulham came their closest yet. Some fantastically quick feet from Mousa Dembele pulled two Wolves players out of position before the Belgian played Riise in down the left. His low centre was met by Andrew Johnson in the six yard box, but Hennessey somehow kept the ball out with his feet.

For all of Fulham’s chances, Wolves remained a threat on the break, and Riise had to block an O’Hara effort on the right before the same player saw a later shot sail over on the other side of the pitch.

However, Fulham finally got the goal their positive play deserved on 35 minutes as Pogrebnyak continued his excellent start to life in England, losing his marker in the box to power a header in from Duff’s pinpoint corner from the right.

And Fulham’s new goal hero doubled his tally before the break. Pouncing on a loose ball in the Wolves half, he fed it right to Johnson who advanced down the flank before squaring back to his strike partner, who met the pass with a solid, first-time shot that flew into the net.

The Whites continued their positive approach after the break too, Dempsey the first to test Hennessey in the second period, with another low shot.

And it wasn’t long before the American was on the scoresheet. Danny Murphy’s fizzing low pass from deep found its way through a clutch of players and Dempsey followed it, latching onto the ball and carrying it across the Wolves goalmouth before firing in confidently with a right-footed finish.

Just after the hour it was four. Andy Johnson took an aerial pass down nicely and fired a low shot which Hennessey could only knock away. Pogrebnyak reacted quicker than any Wolves defenders to pounce on the loose ball and stab home to complete his hat-trick and send the on-looking Hammersmith End into raptures.

Fulham weren’t finished there either as Johnson hit the bar with a floated effort on 68 minutes before, moments later, new signing Mahamadou Diarra was introduced to make his debut, the Manager’s first substitution.

As the half progressed there were further chances, Dempsey seeing a shot blocked by Berra and Dembele’s swivelled half-volley held by Hennessey.

Then on 83 minutes it was five, Clint Dempsey putting the finishing touches to a delightful passing move on the edge of the Wolves box that involved Dempsey early on, then Pogrebnyak, before Diarra played the final pass which Dempsey gleefully ran onto, before smashing past Hennesey from the left side of goal.

Wolves had had a couple of half-chances, but appeared to lack the conviction that they could score. That, coupled by some brave Fulham defending, ensured a second consecutive clean sheet on an afternoon of many positives for a rampant home side now brimming with confidence entering the final months of the season.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 4 March 2012
Kick-off: 2:05pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,034

Referee: Michael Jones

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Hughes, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff (Davies 80'), Dembélé, Murphy (Diarra 69'), Dempsey; Pogrebnyak (Frei 86'), Andrew Johnson

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Halliche, Etuhu, Sá

Manager: Martin Jol

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Line-up: Hennessey; Zubar, Stearman, Berra, Ward; Kightly (Fletcher 61'), Foley (Hunt 84'), O'Hara, Henry (Milijas 19'), Jarvis; Doyle

Unused substitutes: de Vries, Johnson, Bassong, Jónsson

Manager: Terry Connor

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 27 66
2 Manchester United 26 61
3 Tottenham Hotspur 26 53
4 Arsenal 27 49
5 Chelsea 27 46
6 Newcastle United 27 44
7 Liverpool 26 39
8 Fulham 27 36
9 Stoke City 27 36
10 West Bromwich Albion 27 35
11 Norwich City 27 35
12 Sunderland 27 34
13 Everton 26 34
14 Swansea City 27 33
15 Aston Villa 27 30
16 Queens Park Rangers 27 22
17 Blackburn Rovers 27 22
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 22
19 Bolton Wanderers 27 20
20 Wigan Athletic 27 20
Goals
5
0
Total Shots
27
13
Shots On Target
12
1
Passing Accuracy
90%
82%
Fouls
7
10
Corners
7
7
Offsides
4
1
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 32Rafik Halliche
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 9Orlando Sá
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-5-1)
  • 1Wayne Hennessey
  • 23Ronald Zubar
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 16Christophe Berra
  • 11Stephen Ward
  • 7Michael Kightly
  • 32Kevin Foley
  • 24Jamie O'Hara
  • 8Karl Henry
  • 17Matthew Jarvis
  • 29Kevin Doyle
Substitutes
  • 31Dorus de Vries
  • 14Roger Johnson
  • 21Sébastien Bassong
  • 12Stephen Hunt
  • 20Nenad Milijas
  • 22Eggert Gunnthór Jónsson
  • 10Steven Fletcher
Manager
  • Terry Connor
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