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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Fulham

Romain Saiss heads in Wolves' opening goal against Fulham
Romain Saiss marked his return to the side with an early headed goal for Wolves

Championship leaders Wolves opened up a four-point lead at the top as they comfortably disposed of Fulham.

First-half headers by Romain Saiss and Leo Bonatini, a 10th goal of the season for the Championship's top scorer, secured a fourth straight home win.

Fulham were not without a threat, going closest through Kevin McDonald.

But Wolves could have won by more at Molineux as Nuno Espirito Santo's men claimed an eighth clean sheet in 16 league games.

Both goals were set up by Wolves' dead-ball specialist, left-back Barry Douglas.

Saiss headed the first, on nine minutes, getting on the end of an inswinging Douglas corner.

There might have been an immediate second goal, but Diogo Jota's low left-foot shot flashed across the face of goal.

As it was, Fulham should have equalised, when home keeper John Ruddy flapped at an Oliver Norwood free-kick but, when the ball fell to Wolves old boy McDonald, he ballooned over the bar from close range.

Instead, Wolves doubled their lead on 26 minutes when Douglas curled in another wickedly pacy left-foot free-kick from wide on the right - and Bonatini got his head on it to flick home his seventh goal in as many matches.

Bonatini could have had more, sliding one wide, before being denied a headed second by a fine flying save from David Button, then bulleting another header over.

Saiss and Jota could also both have scored on the break, but another quality home display will have shortened the odds even further on Wolves returning to the Premier League next May for the first time in six years.

Wolves left-back Barry Douglas told BBC WM:

"Nuno is very in depth tactically and we're reaping the rewards.

"It's good to have a variety of different ways of scoring goals. It's nice to have been involved, but the important thing is the team to keep winning.

"It's important that we don't switch off. The pressure's on us at the top to keep getting better."

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC Sport:

"We did not show enough quality. We need to adapt better to the competition. I have tried to find some solution with better options.

"The past four games we have only one point. Not good news. For a month now, we have not been at the right level.

"We must fight all together and show more quality. If not, then we are in trouble."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5Bennett
  • 16Coady
  • 15BolySubstituted forA N'Diayeat 79'minutes
  • 2Doherty
  • 27SaissBooked at 42mins
  • 8Neves
  • 3DouglasBooked at 53mins
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forEnobakhareat 75'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forMarshallat 87'minutes
  • 18Jota

Substitutes

  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 6Batth
  • 12Marshall
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 29Vinagre
  • 31Norris

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 2Fredericks
  • 4Odoi
  • 13Ream
  • 3R SessegnonBooked at 25mins
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 13mins
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 49mins
  • 8JohansenBooked at 1mins
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forSoares Alvesat 63'minutes
  • 9FonteSubstituted forKamaraat 70'minutes
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forMolloat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 5Soares Alves
  • 22Mollo
  • 26Kalas
  • 37Edun
  • 44Cissé
  • 47Kamara
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
24,388

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Fulham 0.

Oliver Norwood (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Bright Enobakhare is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ben Marshall replaces Léo Bonatini.

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.

Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Romain Saiss tries a through ball, but Barry Douglas is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Willy Boly.

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Denis Odoi.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

Attempt saved. Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Rui Fonte.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro tries a through ball, but Matt Doherty is caught offside.

Rafa Soares (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini tries a through ball, but Diogo Jota is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Douglas with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Rafa Soares replaces Floyd Ayité.

Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Douglas.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Yohan Mollo (Fulham).

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Yohan Mollo replaces Neeskens Kebano.

Booking

Barry Douglas (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 3rd November 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves16112329151435
2Cardiff1594221111031
3Sheff Utd1510052013730
4Bristol City157622415927
5Aston Villa157532113826
6Derby147432115625
7Leeds157262316723
8Middlesbrough156542013723
9Norwich156451418-422
10Preston155641916321
11Ipswich147072322121
12QPR155641918121
13Nottm Forest157082126-521
14Sheff Wed155551918120
15Brentford154742220219
16Fulham164751819-119
17Millwall154561716117
18Hull154472726116
19Barnsley144462021-116
20Reading144371417-315
21Birmingham15339823-1512
22Sunderland151772030-1010
23Burton15249931-2210
24Bolton151591128-178
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