Our eight game unbeaten start to the season, albeit via the Europa League mostly, came to a halt at Wolves this afternoon when Mick McCarthy`s side beat us 2-0.
Martin Jol, shuffling his pack, made four changes to the side that beat Dnipro in midweek with Andrew Johnson, Dickson Etuhu, John Arne Riise and Philippe Senderos all returning. One notable absentee from the squad though was Bobby Zamora. Making his Premeir League debut was one of our young summer signings, Pajtim Kasami.
The game started brightly with both sides creating half chances. Wolves saw a shot from Henry blocked by Senderos whilst Johnson couldn`t quite get anything on a dangerous looking ball into the Wolves area.
Duff had a chance to open the scoring but meeting a pull-back from Johnson, the Irishman would have been disappointed to see his shot go straight at Hennessey in the Wolves goal.
The highly rated Matt Jarvis was troubling Fulham with his powerful running on the flank, a sign of things to come perhaps. Kasami was the victim of a poor challenge from Berra and required treatment although Mike Dean didn`t even award Fulham a foul.
The home side were starting to get on top and Schwarzer had to push away a shot form Jamie O`Hara from some way out. Just as it looked as if Fulham would make it to half time, the roof fell in.
First, a lack in concentration saw us fall for the short corner trick and when Jarvis slid the ball to Kevin Doyle his shot left Schwarzer with no chance. Four minutes later, Wolves doubled their lead. Schwarzer couldn`t get to a cross from Stephen Hunt and Jarvis was on hand to score.
2-0 down at half time and up against it!
Martin Jol made two changes at half time, bringing on Moussa Dembele and Steve Sidwell with Etuhu and Kasami making way.
Wolves continue dot push Fulham back though and both Jarvis and Hunt tried to increase the home sides lead. Had our midweek exertions left us slightly drained?
Clint Dempsey tried to get Fulham back into the match but his long range shot was well wide but forays forward were becoming rarer and Schwarzer had to be alert to push a shot from Hunt around the post.
Fulham almost snatched a consolation goal towards the end when Hennessey parried Johnson`s shot and Dempsey thought he was going to tap the rebound home only to be deprived by a great tackle from Ward.
Another defeat on the road in the Premier League, let`s hope it`s not the start of a familiar tale shall we!
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