Monday 29 October 2012, 7:00pm at Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s
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Sigurdarson 39'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
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Islamovic 34'; Smith 84'

39' Goal

Björn Sigurdarson
Assist by Zeli Ismail

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Liam McAlinden
Off:Björn Sigurdarson

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kristian Kostrna
Off:Ethan Ebanks-Landell

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jack Price
Off:Zeli Ismail

34' Goal

Dino Islamovic
Assist by James Musa

84' Goal

Alex Smith
Assist by Lasse Vigen Christensen

43' Yellow Card

Dino Islamovic Card was given for a foul

65' Yellow Card

Jack Grimmer

88' Yellow Card

James Musa Card was given for a foul

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Muamer Tankovic
Off:Dino Islamovic

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Alex Smith struck a late winner to clinch a 2-1 victory for a youthful Fulham outfit against a far more experienced Wolves.

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.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 29 October 2012
Kick-off: 7:00pm

Venue: Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s

Line-up: Hennessey; Stearman, Ebanks-Landell (Kostrna 45'), Batth, Ihiekwe; Ismail (Price 84'), Davis, Edwards, Forde; Nouble, Sigurdarson (McAlinden 45')

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Somgoyi; Christensen, Grimmer, Pritchard, Musa; Minkwitz, Smith; Altman, Islamovic (Tankovic 73'), Banya; Dalla Valle

Wolverhampton Wanderers U21s (4-4-2)
  • 1Wayne Hennessey
  • 2Richard Stearman
  • 5Ethan Ebanks-Landell
  • 6Danny Batth
  • 3Michael Ihiekwe
  • 7Zeli Ismail
  • 8David Davis
  • 4David Edwards
  • 11Anthony Forde
  • 10Frank Nouble
  • 9Björn Sigurdarson
Substitutes
  • 16Kristian Kostrna
  • 12Jack Price
  • 15Liam McAlinden
Fulham U21s (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Csaba Somgoyi
  • 2Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 3Jack Grimmer
  • 4Josh Pritchard
  • 5James Musa
  • 6Ronny Minkwitz
  • 8Alex Smith
  • 10Omri Altman
  • 9Dino Islamovic
  • 11Charles Banya
  • 7Lauri Dalla Valle
Substitutes
  • 14Muamer Tankovic