Hughes' Wolves Reaction

Saturday 11 September 2010 19:16

A late free-kick from Mousa Dembele clinched all three points for Fulham on Saturday afternoon at Craven Cottage. However, the win over Wolves came at a cost – with Bobby Zamora suffering a broken fibula in the first-half.

"If the injury is as we think it is, it's likely to be four months," Fulham Manager Mark Hughes said after the game.

"If the surgeon goes in tomorrow and finds other damage rather than just the break, which is four centimetres above his ankle, it will be even longer than that. The four months looks like a minimum.

"There's always a danger if you get tackled from the side or from behind that players' legs can get trapped.

"I don't think there was any intent to hurt Bobby. You don't expect the circumstances of the injury to be the result of a challenge like that, but it can happen.

"Wolves were competitive as you'd expect. Mick McCarthy sets his teams up to compete for every ball. The Premier League is competitive and I've had similar criticism in the past. Sometimes it's warranted and sometimes it isn't.

"Maybe today some of the fouls were made to break up our momentum and maybe at times were a little bit cynical. I'd never criticise any team for trying to be competitive against us - that's part and parcel of the Premier League."

Dembele’s brace helped the Whites secure the win and Hughes was pleased with the Belgian international’s contribution.

"Mousa was excellent again and is an exciting player. When he's in possession you expect something positive to happen," said Hughes

"There aren't that many players in the Premier League who have that ability. At times it felt like things were going against us - losing Bobby and we had two stonewall penalties turned down.

"When those things conspire against you, you believe that you won't get what you deserve but we were rewarded in the end."