Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s 1-2 Fulham U21s

Monday 29 October 2012 22:26

Alex Smith struck a late winner to clinch an impressive 2-1 victory for a youthful Fulham U21 outfit against a far more experienced Wolverhampton Wanderers side.

Dino Islamovic had opened the scoring for Kit Symons' Team but Bjorn Sigurdarson hit back for the West Midlands side before the interval.

The Whites, with all of their outfield players aged under 21, proved more than a match for the hosts in the second half before Smith pounced to net the decider with five minutes left on the clock at AFC Telford's New Bucks Head Stadium. 

Manager Kit Symons said: "We performed very well against a very experienced side and that's all you can ask for really."

"But to get the victory right at the very end is the icing on the cake.

"That'll give the lads a lot of confidence to beat a team containing eight or nine players that have been involved with Wolves' first team.

"It was a victory built on hard work and it shows if you put the hard graft in, you'll get what you deserve.

"It was a strong all-round performance and we showed very good character to keep competing until the end.

"Lasse [Christensen] did excellently playing out of position at right-back and every player put in a shift to earn the win."

Symons' best laid plans were disrupted before kick-off when Alex Brister fell ill and a re-shuffle saw Lauri Dalla Valle step into a forward roll while Lasse Vigen Christensen was forced to retreat to an unfamiliar right-back role.

In a side containing over-age players Dave Edwards and Richard Stearman, the hosts had goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to thank for keeping the Whites at bay early on as Fulham started strongly.

And the visitors struck the goal they had been threatening when Swedish striker Islamovic, who netted our consolation goal in the 2-1 reverse against Wolves at Motspur Park in August, was on target with a composed finish on 34 minutes.

However, Fulham's lead only lasted for five minutes, when Sigurdarson headed a corner past Hungarian keeper Csaba Somogyi to level the scores leading in to the interval. 

The home side stepped up a gear after the break but the Whites soaked up the pressure and picked their moment to seal the victory.

The accomplished Christensen broke forward and delivered a pin-point pass for Smith to add the finishing touch on 85 minutes and bring all three points back to south west London.

Fulham U21: Somogyi; Christensen, Grimmer, Musa, Pritchard; Minkwitz, Smith; Islamovic, Banya, Altman; Della Valle. Substitutes: Bettinelli, Tankovic, Sambou, Kavanagh.