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Wolverhampton   2 - 1   Fulham

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle scored 18 Championship goals for Reading last season

By Mike Henson

A tenacious display earned Wolves their first Premier League home win of the season as they held off a Fulham side given hope by Danny Murphy's penalty.

Wolves striker Kevin Doyle nodded in from close range to open the scoring and claim his first goal for the club.

Dave Edwards smashed home a second from Andy Keogh's pass as the hosts started the second half at a canter.

A foul by Michael Mancienne on Bobby Zamora allowed Murphy to slot home but Wolves deservedly held on.

With Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Michael Kightly, two of the attacking stars of their Championship title run, named as substitutes Wolves manager Mick McCarthy may have been hoping that his bench might provide a cutting edge for his goal-shy side.

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But the home side's early pressure came from a more direct source as Greg Halford's long throws posed problems for the Fulham defence.

His first, eagerly anticipated by the crowd, was met by Brede Hangeland's forehead but his next effort from the sidelines proved better directed.

Christophe Berra's brave flick-on flew straight to Doyle who redirected it into the corner of the net.

A club record signing from Reading in the summer, the striker had already seen Schwarzer comfortably let two wayward efforts snake wide of the goal, but his predatory instincts took him into the perfect position to net his first for the club.

Another new arrival Segundo Castillo, making his debut after agreeing a loan spell from Red Star Belgrade, tried his luck from 35 yards, but his dipping effort found only the advertising hoardings.

Hodgson 'frustrated' with lacklustre Fulham

Spurred on by demands to keep the tempo high from the home dugout, Wolves' workrate appeared to have Fulham dazed, and the visitors struggled to muster a response beyond a surge into the box by Bobby Zamora.

A shuddering challenge on John Pantsil by Berra that left the full-back floored, but fairly dispossessed, epitomised the hosts' honest endeavour.

They came within a linesman's flag of being rewarded with second just before the break when Andy Keogh swept home an inviting cross only to be adjudged marginally offside.

There was no let-up after the break and Edwards' pressure prompted Clint Dempsey to carelessly give the ball away to Keogh before the midfielder continued his run and found the roof of Schwarzer's net from his colleague's return pass.

With the home support baying for more and Fulham rocked, McCarthy's side pushed forward in search of a knockout blow to end the contest.

Edwards almost tackled Schwarzer as he dealt with a tricky back-pass and the goalkeeper was again put under pressure from his defence as he pushed away an Aaron Hughes header bound for his own net.

Winning 'work ethic' pleases McCarthy

But a well-struck shot from Dickson Etuhu and a half-chance for Zamora suggested there was still life in the visitors.

And their revival suddenly gained pace as a tussle between Mancienne and Zamora in the six-yard box convinced referee Kevin Friend to point to the spot in his first Premier League appearance.

Murphy stroked home to pull his side back into the game, but the goal seemed to concentrate Wolves' minds rather than fuel a comeback.

The introduction of two strikers, former West Brom player Diomansy Kamara for Fulham and Wolves' top-scorer from last season Ebanks-Blake, provoked contrasting responses from the Molineux faithful with 12 minutes left.

But they were stunned into silence almost immediately when a catastrophic failure of their rearguard's offside trap left Hennessey hopelessly unprotected and almost gifted Kamara a goal.

Fulham ratcheted up the pressure as they threw men forward in the final stages, but it failed to produce any clear-cut chances and Friend eventually bowed to the crowd's demands for the final whistle.


Wolves' boss Mick McCarthy:
"We won't win anything if we don't work hard.

"I thought it was a really good performance. We were energetic, we closed them down and pressed the ball really well.

"There have to be a lot of good performances for us to have won that game but I thought Christophe Berra was a difference class.

"In the last 10 minutes when they were throwing balls into the box he headed everything."

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"We left it late to start playing the football we should be playing.

"All credit to Wolves, their pressurising and controlled aggression made life difficult.

"We didn't deal with that very well at all, it's as simple as that. I don't think there was anything about our play as such, it was more we didn't do well against them.

"But I thought it was a performance, for 60 minutes, most unlike us. I've not seen us give the ball away or miss as many passes as much as we did in that game."

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 2-1 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Doyle 18
  • Edwards 50
  • Murphy (pen) 66

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: FriendAtt: 27,670
WOLVES
FULHAM

Possession

  • Wolves 49%
  • Fulham 51%

Attempts on target

  • Wolves 4
  • Fulham 1

Attempts off target

  • Wolves 8
  • Fulham 2

Corners

  • Wolves 3
  • Fulham 3

Fouls

  • Wolves 14
  • Fulham 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:38 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+3:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Segundo Castillo. Danny Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 90:00+2:48 Booking Greg Halford is shown a yellow card.
  • 90:00+2:23 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Greg Halford results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 90:00+0:32 Greg Halford decides to take the corner short.
  • 90:00+0:18 The assistant referee signals for offside against Bobby Zamora. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
  • 89:55 Damien Duff takes a shot.
  • 89:09 Foul by Segundo Castillo on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 88:00 Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 86:56 Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:56 Booking John Pantsil booked.
  • 86:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes by Stefan Maierhofer.
  • 85:47 Substitution Matthew Jarvis goes off and Michael Kightly comes on.
  • 85:42 The ball is swung over by John Pantsil.
  • 84:18 Short corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line.
  • 83:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Greening on Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 82:15 John Pantsil fouled by Matthew Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Pantsil. The ball is crossed by Diomansy Kamara, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
  • 79:42 Effort on goal by Matthew Jarvis from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 77:57 Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 75:58 Damien Duff crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
  • 75:58 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake coming on for Kevin Doyle.
  • 75:58 Substitution Diomansy Kamara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dickson Etuhu.
  • 75:58 Karl Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson.
  • 73:10 George Elokobi fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 72:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil by Christophe Berra. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:48 Substitution Paul Konchesky goes off and Jonathan Greening comes on.
  • 70:34 Effort on goal by Stefan Maierhofer from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 69:08 Substitution Stefan Maierhofer on for David Edwards.
  • 68:20 Andrew Keogh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 65:58 The assist for the goal came from Bobby Zamora.
  • 65:58 GOAL - Danny MurphyWolverhampton 2 - 1 Fulham Danny Murphy scores a placed penalty. Wolverhampton 2-1 Fulham.
  • 65:03 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Michael Mancienne.
  • 64:32 Matthew Jarvis produces a cross, clearance by Damien Duff.
  • 62:43 Damien Duff has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 61:19 Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save. Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 60:59 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Simon Davies coming on for Clinton Dempsey.
  • 57:25 Segundo Castillo takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 56:53 Andrew Keogh has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 55:00 The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Kevin Doyle has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 54:27 Andrew Keogh takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 53:00 Matthew Jarvis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 51:40 Foul by Bobby Zamora on Christophe Berra, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 49:08 Andrew Keogh provided the assist for the goal.
  • 49:08 GOAL - David EdwardsWolverhampton 2 - 0 Fulham A goal is scored by David Edwards from just inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-0 Fulham.
  • 47:15 Bobby Zamora takes a pass corner.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:54 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+1:02 Centre by Paul Konchesky, clearance made by George Elokobi.
  • 45:00+0:03 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Keogh. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
  • 39:37 Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 37:58 The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 37:34 Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Karl Henry. Free kick taken by Michael Mancienne.
  • 35:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Bobby Zamora. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:30 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line.
  • 30:00 Unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Greg Halford crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 28:28 Dickson Etuhu challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Mancienne.
  • 27:14 Unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 27:04 Kevin Doyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 25:12 Michael Mancienne concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Danny Murphy, save made by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 24:38 Segundo Castillo takes a shot.
  • 23:46 Unfair challenge on David Edwards by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Michael Mancienne takes the direct free kick.
  • 22:50 Greg Halford challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Konchesky takes the direct free kick.
  • 21:53 Andrew Johnson fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Damien Duff, Michael Mancienne manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:57 Unfair challenge on Matthew Jarvis by John Pantsil results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Matthew Jarvis, Damien Duff manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:31 The assist for the goal came from Christophe Berra.
  • 17:31 GOAL - Kevin DoyleWolverhampton 1 - 0 Fulham Kevin Doyle finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Wolverhampton 1-0 Fulham.
  • 16:40 The official flags Andrew Keogh offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 15:01 Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 14:05 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the right by-line, Foul by George Elokobi on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:06 Matthew Jarvis delivers the ball, Headed effort on goal by Andrew Keogh from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 8:50 Christophe Berra fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 2:37 Handball by Kevin Doyle. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:51 Effort from long distance by Kevin Doyle goes wide right of the target.
  • 0:56 Foul by Christophe Berra on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Premier League results

20 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham R
Everton 3-0 Blackburn R
Man Utd 4-3 Man City R
Wolverhampton 2-1 Fulham R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 6 12 18
2 Man Utd 6 9 15
3 Liverpool 6 7 12
4 Man City 5 5 12
5 Aston Villa 5 5 12
6 Tottenham 6 2 12
7 Arsenal 5 9 9
8 Sunderland 6 0 9
9 Burnley 6 -5 9
10 Stoke 6 -2 8
11 Birmingham 6 -1 7
12 Wolverhampton 6 -3 7
13 Everton 5 -3 6
14 Fulham 5 -3 6
15 Wigan 6 -8 6
16 West Ham 5 -1 4
17 Bolton 5 -2 4
18 Blackburn 5 -4 4
19 Hull 6 -8 4
20 Portsmouth 6 -9 0

see also
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