Saturday April 23, 2011 Day 34 Finished Molineux

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 1 Fulham

  • Fletcher 22’
  • Johnson 80’

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  1. Wolves let lead slip in draw

    Wolves let lead slip in draw

    Substitute Andy Johnson scored a late equaliser moments after coming on as Fulham dented Wolves' survival hopes with a 1-1 draw at Molineux. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • Fulham
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • FT And there is the full-time whistle. Wolves will be disappointed not to have won this game but Fulham certainly deserved at least a draw.
    • 90+3 Craddock booked for a foul on Davies.
    • 90+2 Kakuta comes close twice in a matter of moments from the right edge of the area. First he fired a decent right footed shot on target that Hennessey had to bat away, and then the young Frenchman curled a left-foot effort just wide.
    • 90+1 There will be four extra minutes.
    • 89' 28,825 is today's crowd - looking like we are headed for a draw now.
    • 88' Lot of tension in the ground now. Fulham still looking a bit classier than Wolves.
    • 86' Great cross from Jarvis down the left but it was just a little behind Ebanks-Blake and he can't get his header on target.
    • 85' Guedioura off and Kightly on for Wolves.
    • 85' Fulham are pressing on for the win here…they look the more likely side to pinch this now.
    • 84' Baird's low ball into the box eludes the Fulham strikers but it eventually falls to Dembele, however from a tough angle he then first well over the bar.
    • 82' You have to say that looking at the match as whole, Fulham deserved that equaliser.
    • 81' JOHNSON SCORES WITH HIS FIRST TOUCH!!! Berra with a poor defensive header under pressure and it falls to Johnson on the edge of the area and his right-foot drive finds the back of the net. Wolves feel Berra was fouled by Zamora but the referee probably got that right again.
    • 80' Dempsey off and Johnson on for Fulham.
    • 79' Wolves have won their last four PL home matches in which they led at the half. Five-in-a-row coming up?
    • 78' Goalscorer Fletcher goes off and Ebanks-Blake comes on.
    • 77' Jarvis has a chance to get a shot away after Fulham gave the ball away cheaply but it is blocked by Aaron Hughes. Should have done better there.
    • 76' Baird has a chance to put in a dangerous cross from the by-line but he can't beat the first man.
    • 74' Fletcher cuts inside at the edge of the area but drags a left-footed shot wide of the target – should have done better.
    • 73' Zamora on the line chests down a header from Berra that was on target. No real power on the header but Zamora had to be there.
    • 72' Kakuta checks inside on his left-foot and gets a shot on target but it was straight at Hennessey and lacked power.
    • 71' Sunderland have just scored against Wigan so if things stay as they are, Wolves will move out of the relegation zone.
    • 70' Murphy and Gudjohnsen make way for Zamora and Kakuta.
    • 69' Looks like it was to call for a couple of subs. Zamora and Kakuta are coming on
    • 68' Just seen a shot of Mark Hughes on his mobile phone…barking instructions to the bench no doubt.
    • 67' Sidwell's shot takes a deflection, which could have been tricky for Hennessey, but the fizz was taking out of the shot which meant he could gather without too much trouble.
    • 65' Hennessey makes a mess of coming for a cross this time and it falls to Gudjohnsen. The Icelandic man tries to lob in into the far corner but it goes wide. Another chance for Fulham goes begging.
    • 64' Dempsey make a hash of a shot after a lovely ball from Gudjohnsen helped set him up.
    • 63' Hennessey gathers a corner while sandwiched in between a few men. Did well to hang on there.
    • 62' Fulham trying to do a little too much on the edge of the area…"Arsenal syndrome" if you will. The more direct Zamora could offer something different, but by all accounts, he picked up a knock in training this week which is why he is only on the bench…will he be fit enough for 25 minutes though?
    • 60' This match is certainly not one for the purists. Wolves really the ones to blame; Fulham are at least trying to play football, but you can understand Wolves need to adopt a Machiavellian attitude toward this match. If they win, the end will justify the means.
    • 58' Milijas makes way for Wolves and Michael Mancienne comes on.
    • 57' MARK HUGHES HAS BEEN SENT TO THE STANDS!!! Angry with the decision he started kicking the turf on the sideline and the referee told him to get to the stands.
    • 56' Hangleland goes in the book for a heavy tackle on Fletcher.
    • 55' Chance for Wolves to break on the counter but Carlos Salcido makes a very important interception.
    • 54' It is two years since Fulham won a PL away match after falling behind – 3-1 at Manchester City in April 2009. (Infostrada)
    • 53' Superb sliding tackle from Henry sees him nick the ball from Gudjohnsen on the edge of the box.
    • 52' Lovely mazy run from Gudjohnsen sees him move into a shooting position just on the edge of the six-yard box…terrible shot though over the bar. The angle was tough but he should have done better.
    • 51' Dembele is found inside the box but he is swarmed by gold shirts before he can get a shot away.
    • 50' Guedioura manages to keep a long range shot down and get something on target, but Schwarzer got down well to make a decent save.
    • 50' Fulham again playing the better football in the early stages of the half but Wolves have the lead.
    • 49' Fulham have the option to completely change their strike-force if they wish. Both Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson on the bench.
    • 48' Hennessey spills a low cross from Baird and Dembele just could not get on the end of it from two yards out.
    • 46' Baird gets a booking for rather cynically taking out Jarvis down the left.
    • 46' Fulham get us back underway.
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle…a few players have words with the referee. It has been a scrappy contest but to be fair to Michael Oliver he is having a good game. Wolves haven't been great but they have done enough to take the lead.
    • 45+2 Henry is hassled off the ball and Dempsey can run forward and get a shot away but he drags it wide of the area.
    • 45+1 Nice chest down from Fletcher finds O'Hara inside the box with his back to goal. The Tottenham owned man tries to swivel and place it in the opposite corner but he doesn't quite get it right and it goes wide of the target.
    • 45' We will have two extra minutes.
    • 44' Simon Davies falls on his bottom after making a mess of a potential shot. Nice check back from Dempsey and that was half a chance.
    • 43' Nothing comes from that and then at the other end the ball drops to Guedioura and he tries a miracle volley but makes a mess of it.
    • 42' Clint Dempsey now found inside the box but his shot nicks a Wolves boot and goes out for a corner.
    • 41' Simon Davies tries to get a shot away but it is blocked.
    • 40' Lovely header…FROM THE REFEREE….as he inadvertently stops the ball going out for a throw
    • 39' Danny Murphy needs some treatment after a 50-50 challenge with Milijas. The home fans were less that sympathetic let us say.
    • 38' Jarvis down the left takes it on too far and has to check back on his right foot and the chance to get in a cross goes.
    • 36' Turning a bit niggly and scappy now – that might suit Wolves though, especially with a 1-0 lead.
    • 34' Boos from the home fans who are unhappy that Fulham have been awarded for a free-kick for a Craddock tug on Dempsey – they felt it should have gone the other way.
    • 33' Another poor shot from distance though – this time from Jamie O'Hara. The ball is acting like a beach ball today…Salcido is the only one who has managed to keep an effort goal height.
    • 32' Good play from Stephen Ward down the left and his cross is blocked away for corner.
    • 31' Wolves check a quick free to Guedioura who fires towards goal but again he doesn't get a clean contact and it goes well over the bar.
    • 30' Hennessey comes out well to claim a cross from Gudjohnsen.
    • 29' This has been a good reaction to the goal from Fulham, they have another corner...Wolves head away again though.
    • 28' And now Sidwell tries a little dink over the defence and it nearly drops for Dempsey but it just runs through to Hennessey.
    • 27' Gudjohnsen tries a little chip over the defence for Muphy but Wolves head it clear.
    • 26' Fulham have gone back to their old game of stroking the ball around…no sense of panic from the visitors.
    • 24' Wolves feel that Jarvis was pushed in the box but the linesman had already flagged for offside.
    • 23' That could be a huge goal for Wolves...remember they may be bottom but they are also just three points from safety.
    • 22' AND WOLVES HAVE SCORED!!! Completely against the run of play…Superb cross from the right hand side by Karl Henry and Fletcher gets ahead of Chris Baird and nods it into the corner of the net. Well worked goal.
    • 21' Guedioura's header from the penalty spot hits off Salcido and Wolves have their first corner.
    • 20' Wolves are also just playing with Steven Fletcher up front on his own and the ball is just not sticking – he looks isolated up there.
    • 19' Wolves really struggling to hang onto possession at the moment – Fulham have been much the better team.
    • 17' WHAT A MISS FROM DEMPSEY!!! Salcido with a great first time cross on the volley and Dempsey six yards out should have done better but skied it over the bar.
    • 15' Fulham have to do some defending as the ball bounces near and then around the Fulham box but they finally clear the danger.
    • 14' Richard Stearman goes in with two feet on Gudjohnsen. He gets booked and is lucky he didn't make more contact or he might have been off there. Stupid challenge
    • 13' Dempsey snatches at another shot that goes wide of the target. He was under pressure at the time to be fair. Fulham have had 69 per cent of possession so far.
    • 12' Wolves have picked up 32 points from 32 PL matches – the exact same total as they had at this stage of last season when they were 14th in the division. (Infostrada)
    • 11' Ball chipped over the defence for Sidwell but he had strayed well offside.
    • 10' Dembele tries his luck from distance but that shot is on its way to row Z.
    • 9' Wolves defend the corner but Fulham enjoying another spell of pressure now.
    • 8' That's what he does and Wolves can only head it out for a corner.
    • 7' Fulham awarded a free-kick a little to the right and 35-yards out….Murphy will probably just chip it into the box.
    • 5' Wolves work the ball well down the left but Jarvis can't get a cross away at the key moment.
    • 4' Very bright start from Fulham who have had all the play so far.
    • 3' From the resulting corner Wolves struggle to clear, Hangleland wins a header and it nearly falls for Aaron Hughes six yards out before the ball is hacked away.
    • 3' Superb stop from Hennessey….Simon Davies checked the ball across to Carlos Salcido 30 yards out…he was in all kinds of space so launched a superb shot towards the corner of the net but Hennessey pushed it behind.
    • 2' Danny Murphy getting booed by the home fans…he had some harsh words about the way sides like Wolves play earlier in the season.
    • 1' And Wolves have got us underway….
    • 14:55 Wolverhampton Wanderers and Fulham have met 69 times. Wolves have won 30, Fulham 20 and 19 draws.
    • 14:50 Today's referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
    • 14:45 Surprise starts in the Fulham side for Eidur Gudjohnsen and Simon Davies. Steve Sidwell also returns to the starting line-up in place of Dickson Etuhu who drops to the bench.
    • 14:40 Wolves have made three changes for this game. Jody Craddock is recalled for his first start since the game with West Ham on October 16 with Richard Stearman moving across to right back and Kevin Foley dropping to the bench. The injured George Elokobi is replaced by Stephen Ward while Nenad Milija&#353 is also back in the starting line-up with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on the bench.
    • 14:35 Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has set his team a target of three wins in their last six matches to ensure Premier League survival.
    • 14:30 Fulham boss Mark Hughes has insisted Bobby Zamora will have no fears about facing Wolves despite suffering a broken leg the last time the sides met - despite that Zamora is only on the bench today. Zamora has no fear of Wolves - Hughes
    • 14:25 Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Guedioura, Henry, O'Hara, Jarvis, Milijas, Fletcher; Subs: Hahnemann, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Vokes, Hammill, Mancienne, Foley /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido, Davies, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Gudjohnsen, Dembele; Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Johnson, Etuhu, Kakuta, Zamora, Greening
    • 14:20 Wolves are in big need of a win today - they are bottom of the table but still only two points from safety. Premier League table
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from this huge match for Wolves at Molineux against Fulham.
  • Summary

    • 81' JOHNSON SCORES WITH HIS FIRST TOUCH!!! Berra with a poor defensive header under pressure and it falls to Johnson on the edge of the area and his right-foot drive finds the back of the net. Wolves feel Berra was fouled by Zamora but the referee probably got that right again.
    • 57' MARK HUGHES HAS BEEN SENT TO THE STANDS!!! Angry with the decision he started kicking the turf on the sideline and the referee told him to get to the stands.
    • 52' Lovely mazy run from Gudjohnsen sees him move into a shooting position just on the edge of the six-yard box…terrible shot though over the bar. The angle was tough but he should have done better.
    • 50' Guedioura manages to keep a long range shot down and get something on target, but Schwarzer got down well to make a decent save.
    • 48' Hennessey spills a low cross from Baird and Dembele just could not get on the end of it from two yards out.
    • 45+2 Henry is hassled off the ball and Dempsey can run forward and get a shot away but he drags it wide of the area.
    • 45+1 Nice chest down from Fletcher finds O'Hara inside the box with his back to goal. The Tottenham owned man tries to swivel and place it in the opposite corner but he doesn't quite get it right and it goes wide of the target.
    • 22' AND WOLVES HAVE SCORED!!! Completely against the run of play…Superb cross from the right hand side by Karl Henry and Fletcher gets ahead of Chris Baird and nods it into the corner of the net. Well worked goal.
    • 17' WHAT A MISS FROM DEMPSEY!!! Salcido with a great first time cross on the volley and Dempsey six yards out should have done better but skied it over the bar.
    • 3' From the resulting corner Wolves struggle to clear, Hangleland wins a header and it nearly falls for Aaron Hughes six yards out before the ball is hacked away.
    • 3' Superb stop from Hennessey….Simon Davies checked the ball across to Carlos Salcido 30 yards out…he was in all kinds of space so launched a superb shot towards the corner of the net but Hennessey pushed it behind.
    • 14:25 Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Stearman, Craddock, Berra, Ward, Guedioura, Henry, O'Hara, Jarvis, Milijas, Fletcher; Subs: Hahnemann, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Vokes, Hammill, Mancienne, Foley /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Salcido, Davies, Sidwell, Murphy, Dempsey, Gudjohnsen, Dembele; Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Johnson, Etuhu, Kakuta, Zamora, Greening

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • W. Hennessey
      • R. Stearman Yellow Card
      • C. Berra
      • J. Craddock Yellow Card
      • S. Ward
      • K. Henry
      • J. O'Hara
      • A. Guédioura Substitution Out (85′)
      • N. Milija&#353 Substitution Out (59′)
      • M. Jarvis
      • S. Fletcher Goal Substitution Out (77′)

      Subs

      • M. Hahnemann
      • S. Ebanks-Blake Substitution In77′
      • M. Mancienne Substitution In59′
      • K. Foley
      • A. Hammill
      • M. Kightly Substitution In85′
      • S. Vokes
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • C. Baird Yellow Card
      • A. Hughes
      • B. Hangeland Yellow Card
      • C. Salcido
      • S. Sidwell
      • D. Murphy Substitution Out (69′)
      • S. Davies
      • C. Dempsey Substitution Out (80′)
      • E. Gudjohnsen Substitution Out (69′)
      • M. Dembélé

      Subs

      • J. Greening
      • B. Zamora Substitution In69′
      • S. Kelly
      • D. Stockdale
      • A. Johnson Substitution In80′ Goal
      • D. Etuhu
      • G. Kakuta Substitution In69′
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