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  • Date:21 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:14:00
  • Venue:Molineux Stadium
  • Attendance:22,657
  • Doyle (41) Jarvis (45)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

George Elokobi is brought on as a substitute for Steven Fletcher.

91mins

Steven Fletcher takes a short corner.

90mins

Long range shot by Steven Fletcher goes wide right of the target. Michael Kightly comes on in place of Matthew Jarvis.

89mins

Jamie O'Hara produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

83mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy. Effort from outside the penalty box by John Arne Riise goes wide left of the goal. Kevin Foley replaces Stephen Hunt.

82mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, save made by Wayne Hennessey.

81mins

Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line.

79mins

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff.

77mins

Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt, clearance by Moussa Dembele.

75mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Kevin Doyle. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

73mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Karl Henry. Steve Sidwell restarts play with the free kick.

72mins

Clint Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

71mins

Stephen Hunt challenges John Arne Riise unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Hunt receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.

70mins

Stephen Hunt takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

67mins

Jamie O'Hara produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

67mins

Moussa Dembele challenges Roger Johnson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

65mins

Steven Fletcher has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

65mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Andrew Johnson. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.

64mins

Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes. Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, clearance made by Brede Hangeland. Effort on goal by Jamie O'Hara from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

63mins

Foul by Christophe Berra on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

61mins

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey.

60mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by John Arne Riise. The referee shows John Arne Riise a yellow card. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.

57mins

Corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Header on goal by Steve Sidwell from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

56mins

Stephen Hunt produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line.

55mins

Matthew Jarvis produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

54mins

Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Philippe Senderos results in a free kick. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.

53mins

Steve Sidwell fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.

52mins

Damien Duff produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

51mins

Unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Ward.

50mins

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, clearance made by Steven Fletcher.

47mins

Moussa Dembele is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Roger Johnson. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Matthew Jarvis finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-0 Fulham.Richard Stearman produces a cross, Header by Steven Fletcher from inside the area strikes the post. Steven Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.

45mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dickson Etuhu on Karl Henry. Christophe Berra restarts play with the free kick.

44mins

Matthew Jarvis has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

42mins

Kevin Doyle goes into the referee's book.

42mins

Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, Kevin Doyle scores a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Fulham.

31mins

Shot from 25 yards by Jamie O'Hara. Mark Schwarzer makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Jarvis to the near post, clearance made by Damien Duff.

29mins

Kevin Doyle produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

24mins

Steven Fletcher is caught offside. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.

22mins

Christophe Berra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pajtim Kasami. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

19mins

Pajtim Kasami gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.

18mins

The offside flag is raised against Stephen Hunt. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

17mins

Handball by Andrew Johnson. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

16mins

Dickson Etuhu challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Hunt takes the free kick.

14mins

Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.

11mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Aaron Hughes. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Hunt.

11mins

The ball is sent over by Andrew Johnson, Damien Duff takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.

10mins

Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball.

9mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Damien Duff, save by Wayne Hennessey.

8mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Johnson. Indirect free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.

4mins

Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt to the near post, clearance by Philippe Senderos.

3mins

Karl Henry takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in.

2mins

The offside flag is raised against Steven Fletcher. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.

1mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff played to the near post.

(Fulham) makes a substitution, with Steve Sidwell coming on for Dickson Etuhu. Pajtim Kasami goes off and Moussa Dembele comes on.

Match Preview

Ward won`t rest on his laurels Wolves' opening-day matchwinner Stephen Ward is refusing to take his place in the side for granted on the eve of their second Barclays Premier League clash of the season against Fulham at Molineux on Sunday. Ward fired Wolves to a 2-1 win at Blackburn last weekend but knows he has a fight on his hands from George Elokobi to make the left-back slot his own. Ward, who made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland earlier this summer, said: "Everyone works hard in pre-season and wants to be in the team on the opening day so it was nice to be there. "But I know that it is a long season and everyone will have a part to play. "You look at the squad that we have and it is a lot stronger than last year, so everyone will have a role here. "Yes, it is nice to play on the opening day but there are 37 games to go so there is a lot of hard work needed from everyone." Ward admits he is still on a high from the events at Blackburn. He added: "I couldn't have asked for anything more. It is a fantastic start to the season for Wolves. I don't think it can get much better than going away from home and winning on the opening day. "We rolled our sleeves up and showed the character that we need to do well in this league and hopefully we can push on from here." While giving Wolves the perfect start to the season, striker Kevin Doyle hopes it has also laid out a marker for the rest of the campaign. Wolves, who are poised to be unchanged against Fulham, struggled badly last season against the teams around them in the table yet managed to pull off wins against Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool. Doyle admits that more success against the teams who are viewed as the Premier League's lesser lights should ensure they avoid another frantic final-day battle for survival. Doyle, who missed from the spot at Blackburn before Ward scored in the melee that followed, said: "Last season, we didn't get many points against the teams who were around us in the table. "So it was nice to put a marker down, and away from home, too. "If we can better our points total of last season we should be well clear of the bottom three and hopefully in mid-table. "We beat Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool last season and yet we were still fighting the drop. "If we had been told that before the start of the season, you would imagine we would be at least safely in mid-table. But because we lost so many games against the teams around us, we were in a dogfight." Fulham manager Martin Jol is expecting a tough test against Wolves but admitted he was unaware of any bad blood between the teams. Bobby Zamora broke his leg in a challenge with Wolves midfielder Karl Henry last September, ruling the England international out for five months. To compound matters Fulham skipper Danny Murphy accused Mick McCarthy's side of being too "pumped up" a couple of weeks later, leading to back-and-forth comments between the two camps. Jol admits he is unaware of any underlying animosity but expects a tough match in the West Midlands. "I should be aware of it but I am not aware of it," said the Dutchman, who was appointed Fulham boss in the summer. "From what I've seen of Wolves when I was abroad in Holland and Germany, they are a strong, physical team. "They are very difficult to beat away from home but, as some teams proved last year, you need a bit of luck, quality and players that can make the difference. "They had a very good start last week, as you know, and hopefully we can have a result over there because we need it as well. We only have one point from last weekend." Murphy is expected to shake off a knock to feature. The 34-year-old was substituted in the midweek Europa League win against Dnipro with a slight groin complaint but is expected to start at Molineux. Simon Davies (knee) remains a week away from action despite returning to training, while Bjorn Helge Riise (hamstring) is also out.

Formation:442Manager: Mick McCarthy

Wolverhampton

Formation: 442Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

  • Wayne Hennessey
  • Richard Stearman
  • Roger Johnson
  • Christophe Berra
  • Stephen Ward
  • Matthew Jarvis
  • Karl Henry
  • Jamie O'Hara
  • Stephen Hunt
  • Kevin Doyle
  • Steven Fletcher
  • SUBS
  • Dorus De Vries
  • George Elokobi
  • Michael Kightly
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  • Adam Hammill
  • Nenad Milijas
  • Kevin Foley

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Match Report

Doyle and Jarvis see off Fulham Wolves' impressive start to the season continued as goals from Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis earned them a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Molineux. Doyle, who had already missed a good opportunity, opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when he collected Jarvis' pass and smashed a shot past Mark Schwarzer. Jarvis doubled the hosts' advantage moments later, pouncing after Roger Johnson's header had come back off the woodwork. The result means Wolves, who triumphed 2-1 at Blackburn last weekend, have recorded back-to-back league wins at the start of a campaign for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Manager Mick McCarthy stuck with the same starting line-up from the game at Ewood Park, with Steven Fletcher and Doyle leading the attack. Fulham boss Martin Jol made four adjustments from Thursday night's 3-0 Europa League win against Dnipro, recalling Andrew Johnson, Dickson Etuhu, Philippe Senderos and John Arne Riise to the team in place of Bobby Zamora - who was not included in the squad - Steve Sidwell, Matthew Briggs and Stephen Kelly. In the opening seconds Pajtim Kasami, on his league debut for the Cottagers, made a burst into Wolves' box and unleashed a shot which deflected wide. At the other end Karl Henry fired in an effort which Senderos managed to block. Damien Duff sent a cross into the area which Andrew Johnson dived to meet but could not make proper contact with. The two players then combined again as Johnson cut the ball back for Duff, whose shot lacked power and was comfortably collected by Wayne Hennessey. Wolves won a free-kick in a useful position which Stephen Hunt delivered into the danger zone, but Roger Johnson had to slide to keep the ball in and Schwarzer claimed it. A slip by Richard Stearman then allowed Etuhu to be teed up for a shot which Hennessey got down to save. Wanderers went the closest yet just before the half-hour mark when Doyle got the better of Brede Hangeland as they chased a ball over the top. The Republic of Ireland striker got around Schwarzer to carve out a shooting angle, but blazed his attempt over the bar. Schwarzer then leapt across his goal to push away a drive from Jamie O'Hara, but with three minutes of normal time remaining in the opening period, Wolves' pressure paid off as they snatched the lead. Receiving the ball from Jarvis, Doyle skipped away from two defenders, turned and lashed it beyond Schwarzer into the net. Jarvis then sent a curling shot narrowly off target before making it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time, tucking away the rebound after Roger Johnson had headed Hunt's cross against the post. Jol made two substitutions at the interval, throwing on Moussa Dembele and Sidwell for Kasami and Etuhu, and shortly after the restart, Duff hit a shot into the ground which bounced wide. Wolves were soon on the front foot again, though, with Jarvis slicing the wrong side of the post after Hunt's cross had fallen to him. Schwarzer then palmed a fierce strike from Hunt over the bar before Fletcher saw a shot deflect wide and O'Hara volleyed too high. The hosts' momentum showed no sign of letting up and Fletcher flashed another effort inches wide in the 65th minute. Hunt, who had appeared fortunate to escape with only a yellow card after a wild challenge on Riise, then produced a shot which Schwarzer tipped away. Fulham looked set to pull a goal back in the 79th minute as Hennessey parried an Andrew Johnson shot to the feet of Clint Dempsey, but Stephen Ward was on hand to avert the danger with a great last-ditch tackle. Riise then blasted a free-kick wide and the visitors - playing their ninth game of the season due to their exploits in Europe - had little else to offer as Wolves secured three more points.

Form Guide

    W
  • Wolverhampton
  • VS
  • Fulham
  • D

Last Meetings

  • Wolverhampton
  • 1 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 23/04/2011
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 1
  • Wolverhampton
  • 11/09/2010
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 17/04/2010
  • Wolverhampton
  • 2 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 20/09/2009
  • Wolverhampton
  • 2 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 21/02/2004
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 0
  • Wolverhampton
  • 18/10/2003

Top Scorers

Wolverhampton

  • S Ward 1
  • S Fletcher 1

Fulham

    Goals

    Wolverhampton

      • Total goals 3
      • Goals per game 2
    • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
    • 1 (For) Period 21-30 mins
    • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins

    Fulham

      • Total goals 1
      • Goals per game 0

    possession


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