Wolves3 (Zyro 6, 13, Doherty 48)
Fulham 2 (Christensen 24, McCormack 74)
Two strikes on his home debut from Michal Zyro and a goal of the season contender from Matt Doherty saw Wolves win their fourth Championship game in a row, this time against a Fulham team that always posed a threat and were in contention to the end.
There was just the one change to the team following the valiant effort at West Ham with Jordan Graham coming back for the injured Bjorn Sigurdarson.
Fulham kicked-off with the start having been delayed for 15 minutes following a serious traffic that forced the closure of Waterloo Road outside the ground. A minute’s applause was held before the game began in the memory of goalscoring legend Roy Swinbourne, and Sir Jack Hayward a year after his passing.
There was a moment of danger for the home defence when Alexander Kacaniklic broke into the right of the area and fired a low cross into a crowded six-yard box that fortunately fell to a home boot.
Wolves moved into a sixth minute lead through Zyro who coolly stroked the ball into the net after Fulham had failed to deal with Graham’s cross.
And the Pole added to his tally in the 13th minute when he beat the offside trap as he took a pass from Dave Edwards and raced into the Fulham box before planting the ball under advancing keeper Andy Lonergan.
It took a great save from Lonergan to keep out Edwards’s powerful header after more good work from Graham.
Conor Coady had to clear at the expense of a corner after a surging run from Kacaniklic took the Swede into the Wolves box.
In the 23rd minute Danny Batth blocked superbly as Moussa Dembele looked odds on to score but, just seconds later, Fulham did cut the deficit when Lasse Vigen Christensen headed home from Jazz Richards’s inswinging cross.
A deep free kick from Doherty was nodded down to Zero who this time was high and wide with a shot from the edge of the box before Lonergan had to be at his best to turn aside a low 22-yard drive from the lively Graham.
Christensen went into the book for a crude challenge on Dominic Iorfa who was in full flight on the right wing.
Ethan Ebanks-Landell did well to head behind Luke Garbutt’s cross for a corner when he was facing his own goal before Zyro missed a great chance of completing his hat-trick when he shot wide from eight-yards out after Graham had played Doherty through on the overlap.
Half-Time: Wolves 2 Fulham 1
Three minutes after the resumption Wolves regained their two goal advantage with a wonder goal from Doherty. Graham was fouled to the left of the Fulham box and when his free-kick was headed out, Doherty ran in and from fully 35-yards he hit a first-time shot that was a blur until it hit the back of the net.
Four minutes later Rajiv van La Parra almost made it four when hooked the ball onto the inside of the far post.
On the hour mark Zyro had another chance of completing a treble when he was played through by Graham, but he was thwarted by a good save from Lonergan. Dan Burn then became the second Fulham player to be cautioned for fouling Iorfa.
Lonergan made another fine save, this time from Batth’s header after a free-kick from Graham. The ball dropped to van La Parra but he could only lift it over the bar.
The visitors made a double change with Richards and Kacaniklic making way for Ryan Fredericks and Emerson Hyndman respectively.
Fulham pulled one back in the 74th minute when Ross McCormack fired home from the edge of the box after Tom Cairney had played Garbutt’s cross into his path.
Lonergan fell forward onto a van La Parra header after yet another Graham centre before James Henry was sent on for Zyro who received a tremendous ovation as he made his way to the sidelines.
One time Wolves midfielder, Jamie O’Hara, shot straight at Carl Ikeme from distance, but there was little else to trouble the keeper in the game’s dying minutes.
Wolves: Ikeme, Iorfa, Doherty, Edwards, Batth (capt), Ebanks-Landell, Graham (Byrne 86), Coady, van La Parra (Le Fondre 89), McDonald, Zyro (Henry 81).
Unused subs: Martinez, Golbourne, Saville, Price.
Fulham: Lonergan, Richards (Fredericks 72), Garbutt, Hutchinson, Cairney, Kacaniklic (Hyndman 72), Christensen (Smith 84), O’Hara, Dembele, Burn, McCormack (capt).
Subs: Lewis, Stearman, Ream, Williams.
Bookings: Christensen (35 – foul), Burn (64 – foul), Hyndman (90+3 – foul).
Referee: A. Madley.