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18:12 17th April 2010

Another Stalemate Closer To Safety

Fulham 0

Wolves 0

For the second successive Saturday Wolves fought out a goalless draw but the point earned from a relatively chanceless game against Fulham at Craven Cottage edged Mick McCarthy's men ever nearer the Premier League safety zone.

The Molineux team was unchanged from the game against Stoke City as Fulham kicked-off attacking the end of the ground that housed a sell out travelling support.

The Cottagers bossed the opening exchanges which were largely chanceless although Jody Craddock, with his head bandaged after the cut head he had suffered against Stoke, headed clear a dangerous cross from Damien Duff.

When Wolves did break from defence, Mark Schwarzer had to race from his line to prevent a corner after an over-hit back-pass from Chris Smalling.

Wolves won a 21st minute corner after a Ronald Zuber cross was headed behind but the flag-kick, taken by Dave Jones and helped on by Matt Jarvis, was cleared.

Christophe Berra threw himself in the way of a Zoltan Gera drive, and when George Elokobi's long throw was half cleared to Zubar, the French defender volleyed well wide.

Two Jarvis corners were cleared by the home defence, and then Berra and Craddock combined to make sure that a centre from Duff was cleared.

There was a chance for Kevin Doyle in the 36th minute after Jones's shot had been blocked by Smalling. Doyle sidestepped his marker but then shot a yard wide of the post.

Doyle then headed wide following a corner from Jones before Elokobi conceded an unproductive corner at the other end after another cross from Duff.

Bobby Zamora went into the book when he caught Berra as he cleared the ball and shortly before the break Elokobi won a corner that came to nothing.

Half-Time: Fulham 0 Wolves 0

Gera caught Berra in the face with an accidental elbow three minutes after the resumption but the Scottish defender was able to continue after treatment.

Duff fired wide after Marcus Hahnemann had punched out a cross from Paul Konchesky. The ball took a deflection off a defender and from Simon Davies's corner, Zamora headed well wide.

Dave Edwards was too high with an angled effort after Kevin Foley had helped the ball on, the when Fulham went on the frontfoot Chris Baird fired a dangerous cross through the heart of the goalmouth.

Danny Murphy's half volley was way off target, and Elokobi made a superbly timed tackle to deny Duff a clear shot at goal after a well directed pass from Gera.

Midway through the half Zamora was inches away from breaking the deadlock when he turned on the edge of the box and hit a shot that struck the outside of the post before bouncing to safety.

Adlene Guedioura and Nenad Milijaš replaced Edwards and Jones respectively and, after Smalling had headed onto the roof of the net and Murphy had volleyed high and wide, Chris Iwelumo went on for Jarvis.

In the closing minutes the Wolves defence looked to be well in charge although Gera wasn't far away after a cross from Duff.

Michael Mancienne conceded a foul on Gera 25-yard out but Zamora's free-kick sailed over the bar.

At the end, neither keeper had had a direct save to make and the only thing missing apart from goals, was the sound of the planes from the nearby deserted Heathrow Airport.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Konchesky, Baird, Gera, Murphy (capt), Duff, Hughes, Etuhu, Zamora, Smalling, Davies.

Unused subs: Zuberbuhler, Pantsil, Okaka, Nevland, Riise, Greening, Dikgacci.

Booking; Zamora( 41 - foul).

Wolves: Hahnemann, Zubar, Elokobi, Mancienne, Craddock (capt), Berra, Foley, Edwards (Guedioura 70), Doyle, Jones (Milijaš 73), Jarvis (Iwelumo 79).

Unused subs: Hennessey, Ebanks-Blake, Ward, Halford.

Referee: M. Dean.

Attendance: 25,597.

Leeds Academy Under 18s 0 Wolves 3 (Mendez-Laing 2, Gorman).

    Data provided by Press Association


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