Wolves Lose Unbeaten Record
September 11th 2010
Wolves unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Saturday against a robust Fulham outfit, also unbeaten, who found their first win after three consecutive league draws.
Despite taking the lead just ten minutes into the game with a debut goal from Jelle Van Damme, thanks to some tremendous industry and vision from Kevin Doyle, Wolves sank away in the second half, and although it felt cruel to lose to a last minute goal, the result was in reality a fair one.
Fulham lacked a cutting edge in the first half and Wolves back line looked solid, and dealt with whatever was thrown in their way. Protecting a one goal lead, Wolves looked the more likely side to score again and went into the interval with their tails up.
Wolves were booed relentlessly by the home crowd, with skipper Karl Henry coming in for particular abuse after news filtered through that his legal and fair first half challenge on Bobby Zamora had left the England player with a broken leg.
Whatever Mark Hughes said at half time must have done the trick as Fulham came flying out of the gates from the start of the second half and Wolves appeared to lose both their shape and confidence.
Dembele leveled just four minutes after the restart after some questionable defending and Fulham began to push forward in droves. Boss Mick McCarthy met the challenge by throwing on more striking options in the form of David Jones and Stephen Fletcher, and whilst Wolves enjoyed purple patches and remained a threat they often found themselves on the back foot.
Christophe Berra, who has been exceptional since his arrival at the club, was sent off after two yellow cards in quick succession for needless fouls. It was uncharacteristic of the player who has been so consistent but his sending off was quickly followed by a free kickk guided into the corner by Dembele who celebrated a second and the winner for the home side.
On a better day Wolves would have come away from Craven Cottage with a point, and if Fulham's second had not come so late in the game defeat would not have tasted so bitter.
Marcus Hahnemann (7)
Kevin Foley (7)
Stephen Ward (7)
Jody Craddock (7)
Christophe Berra (5)
Karl Henry (C) (7)
Michael Mancienne (6)
Jelle Van Damme (7)
Sylvan Ebanks Blake (6)
Kevin Doyle (7)
Matt Jarvis (7)
Stephen Fletcher (6)
David Jones (6)
Adlene Guedioura (6)