11202017

Wolves four points clear after beating Fulham

Romain Saiss heads in Wolves' opening goal against Fulham

Romain Saiss marked his return to the side with an early headed goal for Wolves

Championship leaders Wolves opened up a four-point lead at the top as they comfortably disposed of Fulham.

First-half headers by Romain Saiss and Leo Bonatini, a 10th goal of the season for the Championship’s top scorer, secured a fourth straight home win.

Fulham were not without a threat, going closest through Kevin McDonald.

But Wolves could have won by more at Molineux as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men claimed an eighth clean sheet in 16 league games.

Both goals were set up by Wolves’ dead-ball specialist, left-back Barry Douglas.

Saiss headed the first, on nine minutes, getting on the end of an inswinging Douglas corner.

There might have been an immediate second goal, but Diogo Jota’s low left-foot shot flashed across the face of goal.

As it was, Fulham should have equalised, when home keeper John Ruddy flapped at an Oliver Norwood free-kick but, when the ball fell to Wolves old boy McDonald, he ballooned over the bar from close range.

Instead, Wolves doubled their lead on 26 minutes when Douglas curled in another wickedly pacy left-foot free-kick from wide on the right – and Bonatini got his head on it to flick home his seventh goal in as many matches.

Bonatini could have had more, sliding one wide, before being denied a headed second by a fine flying save from David Button, then bulleting another header over.

Saiss and Jota could also both have scored on the break, but another quality home display will have shortened the odds even further on Wolves returning to the Premier League next May for the first time in six years.

Wolves left-back Barry Douglas told BBC WM:

“Nuno is very in depth tactically and we’re reaping the rewards.

“It’s good to have a variety of different ways of scoring goals. It’s nice to have been involved, but the important thing is the team to keep winning.

“It’s important that we don’t switch off. The pressure’s on us at the top to keep getting better.”

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC Sport:

“We did not show enough quality. We need to adapt better to the competition. I have tried to find some solution with better options.

“The past four games we have only one point. Not good news. For a month now, we have not been at the right level.

“We must fight all together and show more quality. If not, then we are in trouble.”

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Fulham 0.

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Fulham 0.

Oliver Norwood (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Bright Enobakhare is caught offside.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ben Marshall replaces Léo Bonatini.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss tries a through ball, but Barry Douglas is caught offside.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N’Diaye replaces Willy Boly.

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

Attempt saved. Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Rui Fonte.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside.

Rafa Soares (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

Substitution, Fulham. Rafa Soares replaces Floyd Ayité.

Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Yohan Mollo (Fulham).

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood following a set piece situation.

Substitution, Fulham. Yohan Mollo replaces Neeskens Kebano.

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

What Next?

Recent Articles

Leave a Reply

You must be Logged in to post comment.