Away match blogger Stu Hall gives his thoughts on Wolves win against Fulham
With Bristol City emphatically beating Huddersfield on Friday night, the pressure was back on in the relegation dogfight after a brief reprieve following Tuesday’s heroics at Brentford.
Wolves faced a Fulham side right up the other end of the table chasing a playoff position so the task would not be an easy one.
Wolves being Wolves though, especially this season, we have come to expect the unexpected.
And this was certainly unexpected as the Brentford win was.
Whilst the stats might point to Fulham having the majority of possession, this doesn’t tell the tale of the game.
In the same way as the Reading had a massive percentage in the opening weeks of the season but did not do a fat lot with the ball, the same was similar here.
Passing amongst themselves was all well and good but the chances they actually created were few and far between.
Indeed, after an initial wave of Fulham pressure producing no fewer than 4 blocks from shots from the edge of the box, Costa had the first meaningful attempt testing Button in the Cottagers goal.
Evans and then Cavaleiro both had shots fired marginally wide before Marshall bought a diving save from Button who pushed it wide.
At the other end Ikeme was never really being troubled and it looked like only one side were going to take the lead.
A ball down the line for Costa from Hause seemed to have been a bit too hopeful with Fredericks looking likely to intercept but Costa’s persistence won him the ball on the edge of the box near the touchline to jink inside and cross to Cavaleiro who couldn’t miss from 2 yards out.
Again though as this is Wolves the fear was there that we would sit back and allow them onto us and to some extent this was true. The difference this time though was that we coped with the pressure with Aluko managing to pull a save out of Ikeme after earlier firing wide.
It was as excellent first half display as the Brentford game, the difference here being though going into the break in the lead and the travelling fans responded accordingly.
The second half began with Wolves battering Fulham who looked shellshocked.
They just could not deal with the movement of the front 3 and Costa being back to top form once again.
A brilliant ball down the line from Edwards found Coady with space galore who pulled the ball back for Weimann to place cooly into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
It was the least Wolves deserved and the first time a bit of flair and skill had been on show in gold and black, or in this case luminous green, for months.
Cavaleiro’s return really can’t be underestimated and his link up play with Costa in the opening minutes of the 2nd period was a joy to behold.
Fulham though responded well to going 2 behind with a sloppy goal from Wolves point of view.
Batth failed to clear the ball sufficiently and when it broke to Odoi on the edge of the box you could tell it would end up in the back of the net.
It may have taken a slight deflection on its way in but it suddenly reinvigorated the crowd and Wolves would have to withstand pressure for the first time since the start of the game.
Cavaleiro was replaced by Dicko which made sense considering the Portuguese is only just returning from injury but this blunted Wolves and the introduction of Saiss for Marshall seemed to be to sure things up and hold on to the one goal lead.
With 20 minutes remaining though Costa broke down the right hand side again, pulling the ball back for Edwards from the by line who like Cavaleiro early on, couldn’t miss from 2 yards out.
And that was pretty much it for the game as a contest as Wolves were content to keep it tight and break if they could which Fulham had no answer to.
One strange incident though where Dicko broke on the left side, put a brilliant through ball into space only for that ball being to the Fulham keeper Button who was wearing a very similar bright yellow kit to Wolves fetching green number.
How it was allowed I have no idea but it was the only time this happened throughout the game.
It was another brilliant win, twice in 4 days in the capital and all of a sudden there is a 5 point gap to the relegation places and amazingly, 6 points to the top half of the table,
The international break has come at just the wrong time in respect of continuing momentum but at least it is entered in a healthier place than at the beginning of the week.