Wolves 2-0 Fulham

Mark Schwarzer is unable to stop Kevin Doyle's shot
This was Mick McCarthy's 99th win as Wolves manager

Wolves maintained their 100% start to the season with victory over Fulham.

Kevin Doyle's sharp turn and finish set Wolves on their way on 42 minutes and on the stroke of half-time Matt Jarvis lashed in for the second.

Fulham struggled to match Wolves' commitment, though Damien Duff might have done better with two shots.

And Stephen Ward came to the rescue for the home side when his brave tackle thwarted Clint Dempsey after Wayne Hennessey spilled Andy Johnson's shot.

This was the 99th time that Wolves have won under manager Mick McCarthy since his arrival at Molineux and the victory ensured the club's best start to a season in 13 years.

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Wolves' terrific football delights McCarthy

Fulham, who had kept 10 clean sheets in their previous 13 games, had comfortably contained Wolves for much of the first half - until Doyle started to come into the game.

Doyle probably should have scored before his opening goal when he dispossessed a ponderous Brede Hangeland and then manoeuvred the ball past Mark Schwarzer, but having done all the hard work the Republic of Ireland striker put the ball over the bar.

Schwarzer was quickly back into action when he tipped away Jamie O'Hara's shot, but that reprieve for Fulham proved short-lived.

Following a short corner Doyle, who had his back to goal, worked some space before turning and firing the ball into the roof of the net to score for the first time this season.

Three minutes later Wolves nabbed a second when Roger Johnson got to the ball before Schwarzer and although his header hit the post, Jarvis was on hand to guide the ball home.

While Doyle and Jarvis were the names on the scoresheet, O'Hara's barnstorming performance in midfield also caught the eye.

The former Spurs midfielder prompted a host of attacks and he was equally keen to shoot whenever the opportunity presented itself.

Wolves adopted a shoot on sight policy in the second half, with Jarvis, Hunt and Steven Fletcher all peppering Mark Schwarzer's goal with speculative efforts but they were unable to find a third.

This was the first time this season that Fulham had played on a game on Thursday and then a Premier League game on Sunday and Martin Jol's side laboured to threaten Hennessey's goal.

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Martin Jol unwilling to blame tiredness for Fulham defeat

Damien Duff had one of the Londoner's best chances in the first half but his shot failed to seriously test Hennessey after the Republic of Ireland winger had been set up by Andy Johnson.

Early in the second half Duff had another chance - this time set up by John Arne Riise - but he miscued again, volleying his effort into the ground.

Jol made a double substitution at the break - bringing on Moussa Dembele and Steve Sidwell - but they were able to help break Wolves' control of the the match.

Indeed it took until the last 10 minutes before Fulham really started to test Hennessey.

And when they did - Andy Johnson firing in a shot that Hennessey was unable to hold - the Wolves keeper was helped out by Ward who bravely got to the ball before Dempsey did.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:

"The standards we have set have been very high but there are still 36 games more to play.

"Last year we earned a reputation down at Fulham as a dirty side, which was so unjust and it had a real adverse effect on us - we didn't make a tackle and got bookings which I didn't think we should have got - and it knocked us back for a short while.

"I thought we played some terrific football and were the best team on the pitch. We go to Villa Aston Villa next and that will be a tough one.

"We start bottom of the table every season due to alphabetic order so it's nice to be where we are."

Fulham manager Martin Jol:

"You can be tired in September and October but not at the start of the season and that's not the reason for the style of our play in the first half.

"If you lose the ball against a side like Wolves,who are full of energy, you have to come up with the answers and we didn't do that in the last 10 minutes of the first half and they scored two goals.

"The second half was better and we had three good chances, but they deserved the result.

"Bobby Zamora is our target man and can hold up the ball, so that was a bit of a blow he couldn't play."

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