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Fulham 2 Wolves 1

Fulham finally, at the fourth attempt, got their first win of the season but at a terrible prize.

Bobby Zamora, who only put pen to paper on a new contract in midweek, was carried away with a broken leg and will be out of action until January 2011, at the earliest.

With David Stockdale declared unfit, Mark Hughes chose to recall want-away Mark Schwarzer in goal. Damien Duff was another who failed to shake off an injury. As for Wolves, Mancienne came in for Jones whilst loan signing, Marcus Bent, was on the bench.

The game got off to a thrilling start with Fulham having justifiable claims for a penalty, when Craddock clearly fouled Simon Davies, turned down by the referee, Phil Dowd.

Only ten minutes into the action, Wolves were ahead. Kevin Doyle, the man we warned you to watch in our match preview, chipped a great ball over the top and Jelle Van Damme was waiting at the back-stick to hit a first time shot past Schwarzer.

Twenty minutes later came the sickening incident whereby Zamora needed oxygen after breaking his leg in a tackle with Karl Henry, a tackle the Wolves star didn`t even receive a yellow card for.

With Zamora departing the scene, Zoltan Gera was introduced but the incident had visibly shocked the team and all we had to cheer about was a John Pantsil shot that flew well over the bar.

In summary Fulham had played well in the first half but hadn`t created enough clear cut chances to trouble Marcus Hahnemann in the Wolves goal.

Hughes introduced Chris Baird, for Pantsil, after the break and we were soon level courtesy of our new scoring sensation Moussa Dembele with the Belgian international reacting smartly to see his shot deflected into the bottom corner of the net.

Pushing forward, Hughes, from a corner, headed down for Gera but the replacement for Zamora couldn`t swivel enough to take advantage of what was really ever only a half chance.

Another penalty claim was waved away when Davies was brought down by the keeper, much to the annoyance of Mark Hughes. Davies and Dembele created further chances whilst Doyle had a header cleared at the last moment.

With time running out Barra, the Wolvesdefnder was shown a red card and Craven Cottage rocked, with delight, when Dembele scored his second of the game with a free kick that flew through the Wolves wall.

Three points doubled our season total but it could be a long wait for Bobby Zamora to appear in a Fulham shirt again.

Get well soon Bobby!

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 11 2010

Time: 6:56PM

Your Comments

Sorry to hear about Zamora - hope for your sakes he's not out for too long. ANy news on the exent of the brak yet?
fifthcolumnblue
A deserved three points. Score should've been 4-1, with the two penalties Dowd ignored. I usually don't get on the refs 'cause I know it's a tough job, but Dowd was awful today. In defense of Karl Henry, he did get the ball. It was an overly aggressive tackle, but hard to give a yellow. Just an unfortunate incident.
Teddy_KGB
Don't know what's going on with Pantsil. He's not playing very well so far this season.
Teddy_KGB
"Wolves had seven players booked in their last Premier League match, a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle." How can the Wolves manager even defend his players that "They are not dirty". Come on mate be honest to yourself. Get well soon BZ, prayers go out to you. Great win Fulham!!! Keep on the fighting spirit til the end of the season.
ameri_nf
Sorry for you guys. Get well soon Bobby
Sajit
Appalling, how am supposed to explain that behaviour to my impressionable 8 year old that attends with me. Someone needs to have a word...
DeuceBigelow
Terrible performance from Pantsil, at fault for their goal. He clearly had no idea that the Wolves player was to his left when he decided not to even try and deal with the cross that came over. Prior to the injury Zamora, Dembele and Dempsey were playing together in almost a 4-3-3 formation and looked very dangerous together. Its an awful blow for Bobby especially as he was knocking on the England team's door. Word about Wolves, their cynical, deliberate fouling including shirt pulling, body checks etc was a disgrace. Dowd was a joke, let enormous amounts go by. Fulham's crowd rarely get too animated but we were chanting at the Wolves players 'disgrace to the premiership' and both Wolves and McCarthy deserved it. Just a terribly cynical negative way of playing the game.
donfulham
boo.
woodysweats
 

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