• Date: Sat 17 April 2010
  • Venue: Craven Cottage
  • Ref: Dean, M
  • Attendance: 25,597

Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Team Lineups


Mark Schwarzer
Paul Konchesky
Chris Baird
Aaron Hughes
Chris Smalling
Zoltan Gera
Danny Murphy
Damien Duff
Dickson Etuhu
Simon Davies
Bobby Zamora

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Marcus Hahnemann
George Elokobi
Jody Craddock
Christophe Berra
Ronald Zubar
Michael Mancienne
Kevin Foley
David Edwards (Adlene Guedioura, 69)
David Jones (Nenad Milijas, 73)
Matt Jarvis (Chris Iwelumo, 79)
Kevin Doyle

Match Report
Wolverhampton Wanderers grafted a point from a full-strength and fully focused Fulham side to edge further towards survival in the Premier League. Roy Hodgson fielded his strongest eleven for 90 minutes and their intent to win the game was never any doubt, but Wolves remained steadfast and stay six points clear of the relegation zone. Whether a drifting cloud of volcanic ash is reflecting light over West London or not is unknown, but there is a distinct brightness about Craven Cottage at the moment. Despite a first half bordering on the tedious, the home supporters catalysed a cheerful atmosphere in the spring sunshine, clearly revelling in their team's most prosperous season for decades, and a juicy Europa League semi-final versus Hamburg of Germany on Thursday night. Wolves and their supporters, however, had more worrying matters such as relegation at hand than an ice-cream perhaps, and they didn't wait around for Fulham to melt. Kevin Doyle continued to make defenders sweat as the lone striker, more so than Bobby Zamora in this half certainly, running the line and keeping possession the Wayne Rooney way. Surprisingly though, it was right-back Ronald Zubar who perhaps had the best chance for the men in orange, popping up unmarked on the edge of the box after the ball was cleared to volley wide of the post on 23 minutes. Doyle could also have put the visitors ahead, wrestling free of Aaron Hughes' oppression and shooting just an inch or so wide of the near post just over ten minutes later. The Sun's volume of energy must have finally kicked in after the break as both sides increased the pace of passing. Wolves continue to defy criticisms as a non-footballing team, knocking it freely between their opponents. But as far as slap-in-the-face chances go, little was created with numerous efforts whistling over the goal-frame and into the crowd. Danny Murphy continues to plead guilty to this, soaring an effort high and wide from 20 yards on the hour mark. Zamora came the closest for Fulham late on, hitting the post in his only startlingly lively moment in the game. In typical Zamora fashion he received the ball at his feet, turned like a Swift and smacked a right-foot shot against the post after 65 minutes.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Mike Dean puts an end to the game. Zamora hitting the post was certainly the highlight of what was an otherwise dire match. Wolves will be the happier side having gained an away point while Fulham look forward to the European semi-final on thursday.


Zamora hits a free-kick from the edge of the box high over the bar with only injury time left to play.


Not long until the end now, and it seems Wolves came here today to contain Fulham and get a point, and it seems that is what they're going to get.


Both sides are trying to capitalise on scraps infront of goal, but baring Zamora hitting the post, there isn't much to make note of in terms of genuine chances so far today.


With Wolves having made all their changes, it is strange that Fulham have yet to make one with thursday's semi-final in sight.


Wolves make their final change of the game as Chris Iwelumo replaces Matt Jarvis.


Doyle finds himself through on goal after a ball from Nenad Milijas, however Doyle, somewhat unluckily, is flagged offside.


Wolves have failed to score in their last 3 games before today, though 2 of those games did yeld 2 valuable points, however at this rate, it wont be long before its 4 games without a goal for the visitors.


Nenad Milijas replaces David Jones.


Adlene Guedioura comes on to replace David Edwards.


Zamora receives the ball just outside the box, he turns Jody Craddock and unleashes a fantastic shot on goal that hits the post! Very unlucky not to have scored there.


Duff is played through on goal by Gera, however instead of taking a shot on goal, Duff decides to take another touch, and this gives Elokobi the chance to get back and make the tackle.


Fulham have beaten Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus at Craven Cottage this season, but on this current display, it doesn't seem the home side are too bothered about adding Wolves to that list.


David Edwards hurries his half volley from 10 yards out, and as a result, hits his shot over the bar.


Hughes crosses into the Wolves area and the ball finds Zoltan Gera, but the Fulham player heads wide from near the edge of the box.


Damien Duff is unable to get his half volley on target after attempting to score from a poor Marcus Hahnemann punched clearance.


No changes at the break for either side. Wolves are obviously happy with their containment of Fulham from the first half, and Roy Hodgson is obviously fully confident in his current sides ability to change this game.

Second half

The second half gets underway, Mick McCarthy will certainly have been the happier of the 2 managers at the break, and will this second half produce more of the same? Fulham fans hope not.

Half time

The sides head into the break after playing out what has been a very quiet first half of football at Craven Cottage.


The game heads into stoppage time.

Yellow Card

Zamora shows his frustration at the lack of chances for himself in the half by getting himself booked for a reckless foul on Craddock.


Fulham may be playing this game with more than one eye on thursday and their Europa League semi-final as they, along with Wolves, have taken part in what has been a very tepid first half so far.


Not long to go now in the first half, and the fans from both teams will not be happy with the game they've seen so far, they certainly will be hoping for more goal mouth action after the break.


Doyle has an effort on goal, but the chance goes well wide of the goal.


Zamora and Duff participate in some good play with the latter having his resulting effort blocked by Michael Mancienne.


Aaron Hughes seems to have injured himself while blocking a Jarvis effort, but after being seen to by the Fulham medics, he's back on his feet and playing.


A couple of chances in just as many minutes at Craven Cottage, Gera has his effort blocked from close range while Jones scuffs a shot wide at the other end after good defending from Murphy.


Fulham have failed to score in the first half of their last 7 Premier League games, and if the game continues in this vein, it will certainly become 8 by the break.


Zamora has a good effort on goal, but was already given offside by the assistant referee, neither side still to really trouble the goalkeepers.


After a clash with Murphy, David Jones is seen to by the Wolves medical team, but despite what looks like a blood injury, Jones is now patched up and back up to continue.


No major chances of note yet in the opening exchanges, however with both sides all but safe, the slightly laid back start is understandable.


Matt Jarvis is almost let in with a chance on goal after a poor Chris Smalling clearance, however Fulham deal with the danger and the ball is cleared.


The home side on top in the early stages at Craven Cottage, Murphy involved in alot of Fulham's play so far.


Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has been in hot water previously for selecting ''under strength'' sides in the lead up to their European fixtures, but despite 3 changes, Fulham are certainly playing with a fairly strong starting XI today.


Mike Dean is the man in charge for today's match, and he blows his whistle as the game gets underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Mick McCarthy names an unchanged side from the one that drew last week against Stoke as Wolves start with; Hahnemann, Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi, Mancienne, David Jones, Foley, Jarvis, Edwards, Doyle

Awaiting Kickoff

Fulham make 3 changes from the side that drew at Anfield with Smalling, Gerra and Davies replacing Hangeland, Greening and Neveland as Fulham begin with; Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Smalling, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Gera, Zamora