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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
17:11 4th March 2012

Thames-side Torment

Fulham 5 (Pogrebnyak 36, 44, 61, Dempsey 56, 83)

Wolves 0

For the Wolves supporters that made the trip down to Craven Cottage, the afternoon was as grey and bleak as the weather as Fulham rattled in five goals without reply with Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak helping himself to a hat-trick

Terry Connor made just the one change to the team that had started against Newcastle with Michael Kightly starting in place of the injured Dave Edwards.

The rain that had fallen for most of the day continued as Wolves kicked-off defending the end of the ground that housed around 1,400 of their fans.

An early Fulham corner taken by Damien Duff was headed clear by Kevin Doyle before Ronald Zubar was shown the yellow card as he caught Clint Dempsey with a high challenge just outside the visitors area.

Danny Murphy tapped the free-kick to John Arne Riise and his low shot bounced to safety off the defensive wall.

Wayne Hennessey saved a shot on the turn from Dempsey at the near post and then the keeper got a touch to a low, long-range shot from Riise.

After Richard Stearman cleared for a corner as Duff prepared to shoot, Andy Johnson was lucky to escape a booking when he caught Doyle with a high tackle.

Fulham were dominating the attacking play and Aaron Hughes drilled a low shot wide from 22-yards before Riise fired over the near angle after he had been set up by Dempsey.

Karl Henry limped off in the 19th minute with what appeared to be a thigh injury to be replaced by Nenad Milijaš.

Wolves' first real attempt on goal almost resulted in them opening the score as Stearman's header, following Jamie O'Hara's free-kick, was only just off target.

Brede Hangeland was yellow carded after a heavy touchline challenge on O'Hara. The midfielder floated the free-kick into the box but it was headed clear.

Hennessey made a terrific close range save to thwart Johnson who had connected with Riise's low centre in the heart of the six-yard box.

There was a half chance for Doyle after O'Hara had helped on a cross from Matt Jarvis but the ball was turned behind by a defender before the Irishman could get a shot in.

Fulham took the lead in the 36th minute after they had been awarded a debatable corner. Mousa Dembele's shot looked to go straight out but the referee deemed that it had taken a deflection. From Duff's corner Pogrebnyak powered home a header.

A minute before the break Kevin Foley's underhit pass played Stearman in trouble and Dempsey took possession feeding Johnson on the right and his cross was turned in by Pogrebnyak.

Half-Time: Fulham 2 Wolves 0

Three minutes after the restart, Hennessey collided with Christophe Berra as he went to collect a cross and Johnson latched on to the loose ball on the bye-line. The striker tried to pick out a team-mate but the ball went through to the far side with no-one able to get a touch.

Dempsey forced a good save from Hennessey as the home side kept up the pressure and it didn't come as a surprise when they increased their lead as Dempsey ran round the back of the defence to collect Johnson's through ball and slot it past Hennessey.

Stephen Fletcher replaced Kightly in the 61st minute but, just seconds after his introduction, it was four as Pogrebnyak scored from close in to complete his hat-trick after Hennessey could only parry Johnson's low shot.

Corners from O'Hara and Jarvis both resulted in brief scrambles in the home area before the ball was cleared but then Johnson clipped the top of the crossbar at the other end with a curling effort from outside the area.

Nothing was going right for Wolves with Fletcher firing high and wide after running into the Fulham box and then having a shot blocked by Riise after good work by Jarvis had created the chance.

Berra was booked for a clumsy challenge on Johnson but nothing was given when Doyle was body checked by Philippe Senderos on the left-hand corner of the home area.

Seven minutes from the end, Demsey completed Wolves' agony with a simple fifth after substitute Mahamadou Diarra had set the chance up.

In stoppage time there was a rare piece of action for Mark Schwarzer who had to smother a drive from O'Hara.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, Pogrebnyak (Frei 86), A. Johnson, Murphy (capt) (Diarra 69), Senderos, Duff (Davies 80), Hughes, Dempsey, Dembele.

Unused subs: Stockdale, Sa, Etuhu, Halliche.

Booking: Hangeland (22 - foul).

Wolves: Hennessey, Zubar, Ward (capt), Kightly (Fletcher 61), Berra, Stearman, Foley (Hunt 83), O'Hara, Doyle, Henry (Milijaš 19), Jarvis.

Unused subs: De Vries, R. Johnson, Bassong, Jonsson.

Bookings: Zubar (7 - foul), Berra (73 - foul).

Referee: M. Jones.

Attendance: 24,034.

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