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Fulham   2 - 1   Wolverhampton

Fulham's players mob Moussa Dembele after his injury-time winner on Saturday
Dembele (second left) struck in injury time to clinch a dramatic Fulham victory

By James Standley

Moussa Dembele scored twice in the second half to give Fulham victory over Wolves but the match was overshadowed by Bobby Zamora's broken leg.

The Fulham striker was injured in a tackle by Karl Henry after 28 minutes and faces four months on the sidelines.

Wolves took an early lead though Jelle van Damme but Dembele levelled with a low shot just after half-time.

Christophe Berra was sent off in the 91st minute and Dembele rifled home a low free-kick to clinch victory.

Dembele's strike gave Fulham their first Premier League win of the season, after three draws, and ended Wolves' unbeaten run.

Hughes confirms Zamora broken leg

But the injury to Zamora, who had only just recovered from a thigh injury and was playing his first game since signing a new four-year deal with the Cottagers, will leave them with mixed emotions.

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies saw three penalty appeals turned down by referee Phil Dowd while the loss of Zamora - who has broken his right leg just above the ankle - did not help Fulham's cause as they lost their way in the first half.

There must have been stern words from manager Mark Hughes at the break because, after a pretty but ineffectual performance in the opening period, the hosts were far more incisive after the break.

Despite having mustered only seven shots on goal all season it was the visitors who were riding high in seventh going into the game but the longer the match went on the more they found themselves on the back foot.

McCarthy says mistakes cost Wolves

Fulham enjoyed the upper hand in the opening stages and mustered two penalty shouts inside the first 10 minutes.

Both featured Davies, with the second, when he appeared to be clipped by Jody Craddock, the more convincing, but Dowd was unmoved.

Davies had no doubts and he would have been even less impressed when, within two minutes, the visitors took the lead.

When Kevin Doyle held off Brede Hangeland on the right there looked to be little real danger, but the Irishman clipped an enticing cross to the back post and Van Damme side-footed the ball back across a scrambling Mark Schwarzer to claim his first goal for the club.

Just before the 30-minute mark Zamora, 29, was scythed down by Henry, albeit the Wolves captain touched the ball first.

Fulham players check on the stricken Bobby Zamora as he is tended to by the hosts' medical staff
Zamora was in considerable pain before being stretchered off

The striker's right leg was trapped between Henry's legs and he was immediately in obvious pain, receiving oxygen before being taken off on a stretcher with his right leg immobilised.

Henry avoided further punishment and after the match Fulham manager Hughes had no complaints over the severity of the challenge, although he said he did think at the time that the referee should have blown for a foul.

Zoltan Gera replaced the stricken Zamora and although John Pantsil rifled a shot over the bar, Fulham offered little threat for the rest of the half.

Both sides made changes at the break, Fulham bringing on Chris Baird for Pantsil and Wolves introducing Steven Fletcher for goalscorer Van Damme, and the hosts were level within four minutes of the restart.

The ball fell at the feet of Dembele 12 yards out and his low first-time shot gave Marcus Hahnemann little chance.

Gera then volleyed over on the turn and Dembele forced Hahnemann into a low save before Davies appeared to be brought down by the American as he tried to take the ball round him.

606: DEBATE
Lethal Heskey

It was his third penalty shout of the game and once again referee Dowd - by now no favourite of the home fans - waved his appeal away, ruling the keeper had taken the ball before bringing Davies to ground.

At the other end Doyle saw a header clawed off the line by Schwarzer and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake rifled into the side-netting in a richly entertaining second half.

The last quarter of the match saw Fulham pressing for a winner with Wolves, who also picked up several yellow cards, offering the odd threat from set pieces and on the break, but neither side could force a breakthrough.

It looked as though both teams would maintain their unbeaten starts to their Premier League campaigns but when Berra was sent off for a second yellow card in injury time, Dembele saw the chance to give Fulham victory.

As the Wolves wall jumped he drilled the ball low and hard and it scudded into the corner with the unsighted Hahnemann no more than a helpless observer.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 2-1 Wolves FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Dembele 49
  • Dembele 90+1
  • Van Damme 10

Fulham

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: DowdAtt: 25,280
FULHAM
WOLVES

Possession

  • Fulham 51%
  • Wolves 49%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 6
  • Wolves 2

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 7
  • Wolves 2

Corners

  • Fulham 6
  • Wolves 6

Fouls

  • Fulham 9
  • Wolves 17
  • Final Result
  • 95:39 The referee gets the game started.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:19 Karl Henry takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:19 Booking The referee shows Brede Hangeland a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+3:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Steven Fletcher.
  • 90:00+2:24 Eddie Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Mancienne. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 90:00+1:29 Kevin Foley takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:29 Free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
  • 90:00+1:29 Booking Danny Murphy is cautioned.
  • Correction - 90:00+1:25 Unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Danny Murphy results in a free kick.
  • 90:00+1:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Karl Henry.
  • 90:00+0:11 Assist on the goal came from Simon Davies.
  • 90:00+0:11 GOAL - Moussa DembeleFulham 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Moussa Dembele fires in a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 2-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 90:00 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 89:02 Moussa Dembele restarts play with the free kick.
  • 89:02 Sent off Christophe Berra is sent off by the referee for second bookable offence.
  • 88:47 Unfair challenge on Eddie Johnson by Christophe Berra results in a free kick.
  • 87:30 The assistant referee flags for offside against Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 86:47 The referee blows for offside. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:05 Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 85:05 Booking David Jones is given a yellow card.
  • 84:58 David Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera.
  • 83:53 Substitution Adlene Guedioura on for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
  • 83:53 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Foley takes the free kick.
  • 82:20 Substitution Clinton Dempsey goes off and Eddie Johnson comes on.
  • 79:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Clinton Dempsey. Clinton Dempsey takes the direct free kick.
  • 77:03 Booking Karl Henry booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 76:37 Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:37 Booking Christophe Berra is cautioned.
  • 76:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Christophe Berra.
  • 75:15 Matthew Jarvis has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 73:44 Dickson Etuhu challenges Sylvan Ebanks-Blake unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
  • 72:38 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Clinton Dempsey. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:37 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 71:06 Corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
  • 70:20 The official flags Clinton Dempsey offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the indirect free kick.
  • 69:45 Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 69:45 Booking Matthew Jarvis is booked.
  • 69:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 69:07 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line, clearance by Clinton Dempsey.
  • 65:42 Moussa Dembele is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:51 Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Steven Fletcher results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 63:19 Shot from outside the area by Moussa Dembele misses to the left of the goal.
  • 61:45 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 61:06 Simon Davies has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
  • 60:04 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with David Jones coming on for Kevin Doyle.
  • 59:01 Aaron Hughes challenges Matthew Jarvis unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is crossed by Matthew Jarvis, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Clearance made by Chris Baird.
  • 58:10 Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 58:10 Booking Caution for Stephen Ward.
  • 58:04 Foul by Stephen Ward on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded.
  • 55:08 The referee blows for offside. Jody Craddock takes the free kick.
  • 54:41 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save made by Marcus Hahnemann.
  • 50:48 Simon Davies takes the outswinging corner, Zoltan Gera conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 50:18 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Simon Davies, Christophe Berra makes a clearance.
  • 48:02 GOAL - Moussa DembeleFulham 1 - 1 Wolverhampton A goal is scored by Moussa Dembele from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 47:42 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 45:01 Substitution Steven Fletcher comes on in place of Jelle Van Damme.
  • 45:01 Substitution John Pantsil goes off and Chris Baird comes on.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+5:14 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Zoltan Gera.
  • 45:00+4:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clinton Dempsey on Christophe Berra. Marcus Hahnemann takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+3:02 Zoltan Gera is ruled offside. Marcus Hahnemann restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 42:03 Matthew Jarvis decides to take the corner short, Stephen Ward crosses the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 41:06 Free kick taken by Karl Henry.
  • 41:06 Booking The referee books John Pantsil for unsporting behaviour.
  • 40:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by John Pantsil.
  • 39:25 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes. John Pantsil takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:42 Unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake results in a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
  • 36:10 Unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Jelle Van Damme results in a free kick. Danny Murphy shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 33:02 Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Michael Mancienne gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Davies, Shot from just outside the box by John Pantsil goes over the bar.
  • 32:15 Karl Henry concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy.
  • Correction - 29:21 Substitution Zoltan Gera on for Bobby Zamora.
  • 29:21 Substitution Zoltan Gera replaces Bobby Zamora.
  • 23:32 Unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora by Christophe Berra results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 22:27 Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 22:27 Booking Caution for Michael Mancienne.
  • 22:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Mancienne on Danny Murphy.
  • 19:01 Stephen Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Davies. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 16:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Jarvis, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
  • 15:36 Simon Davies decides to take the corner short.
  • 14:24 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in.
  • 12:23 Karl Henry challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bobby Zamora produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 12:06 Corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line played to the near post, Marcus Hahnemann makes a save.
  • 9:18 The assist for the goal came from Kevin Doyle.
  • 9:18 GOAL - Jelle Van DammeFulham 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Jelle Van Damme grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 7:09 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Blocked by Bobby Zamora.
  • 5:50 Jelle Van Damme fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
  • Correction - 4:56 Shot from outside the area by Clinton Dempsey misses to the left of the target.
  • 4:56 Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 2:14 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Davies.
  • 0:45 Bobby Zamora is caught offside. Marcus Hahnemann takes the free kick.
  • 0:16 Jody Craddock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

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

see also
Saturday football as it happened
11 Sep 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
11 Sep 10 |  Football
Zamora has surgery on broken leg
12 Sep 10 |  Fulham



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