Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Fulham: Pedro Neto’s goal condemns visitors to fourth straight loss

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Fulham: Pedro Neto’s goal condemns visitors to fourth straight loss

Pedro Neto’s goal was his first at Molineux in 33 appearances

Pedro Neto’s goal helped Wolves return to winning ways as they condemned Fulham to a fourth straight Premier League defeat.

The hosts, who had lost their two previous top flight games by an aggregate score of 7-1, move up to 12th in the table with the victory.

However, they were still far from their best and created few clear-cut chances against a resolute Fulham side.

Neto’s goal was a rare moment of quality in the final third, with the Portugal under-21 international superbly driving an effort into the bottom right corner early in the second half.

With Alphonse Areola impressing in goal, the visitors had looked good value for a point at Molineux, where they have not won in the league since 1985.

And even after Neto’s strike, substitute Aboubakar Kamara spurned a glorious opportunity to level the scores, firing a close-range shot straight at the Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

Neto inspires Wolves win

After being thrashed by West Ham last Sunday, the visit of a Fulham team yet to earn a point on their return to the top flight seemed an ideal opportunity for Wolves to get back on track.

Fans of the West Midlands club were buoyed in the week by the news that the club had secured the long-term services of captain Conor Coady and forward Raul Jimenez.

However, for the second week running, it appeared as though Nuno Espirito Santo is yet to find a way to ignite the attacking spark of a side that has lost Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty (to Liverpool and Tottenham).

The duo supplied 23 goals last term and were integral to Wolves’ ability to counter attack with pace and penetrate with runs behind opposition defences.

In the first period in particular, those qualities were absent in a display short on imagination and intensity.

Neto’s sweet left-foot provided the solution, in part.

The 20-year-old winger was Wolves’ most purposeful player throughout, drawing a fine save from Areola before emphatically breaking the deadlock.

Nelson Semedo was denied a goal on his first home start, following up Neto’s drive, while Jimenez also saw the Fulham keeper save after opportunistically latching on to a long clearance over the top.

Progress without a point

Fulham boss Scott Parker has accused his side of being naive, particularly in defence since their Premier League return.

But he will have been encouraged by this display, albeit their progress came without delivering the reward of a point.

Antonee Robinson, Maxime le Marchand and on-loan Torino defender Ola Aina, all started in a new-look defence and the visitor’s appeared unrecognisable from the side that shipped 10 goals in their opening three matches.

Former AC Milan target Robinson, 23, was assured in defence and attack but should have done better with a first-half attempt after bursting past two home defenders.

Aina, a Nigeria international who started his career with Chelsea and Le Marchand also contributed to a disciplined rearguard effort.

Pleasingly for Parker, his side also did not concede any real chances once they had started to chase the game, while Ademola Lookman impressed on his debut, starting the move from which Kamara ought to have equalised.

More to follow.

Player of the match

Pedro NetoPedro Neto

with an average of 7.40

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number7Player namePedro Neto

  2. Squad number9Player nameJiménez

  3. Squad number16Player nameCoady

  4. Squad number37Player nameTraoré

  5. Squad number27Player nameSaïss

  6. Squad number15Player nameBoly

  7. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves

  8. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

  9. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker

  10. Squad number10Player nameDaniel Podence

  11. Squad number11Player nameRui Patrício

  12. Squad number2Player nameHoever

  13. Squad number49Player nameKilman

  14. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho

Fulham

  1. Squad number19Player nameLookman

  2. Squad number1Player nameAreola

  3. Squad number9Player nameMitrovic

  4. Squad number7Player nameKebano

  5. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

  6. Squad number29Player nameZambo Anguissa

  7. Squad number10Player nameCairney

  8. Squad number23Player nameBryan

  9. Squad number17Player nameCavaleiro

  10. Squad number34Player nameAina

  11. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

  12. Squad number47Player nameKamara

  13. Squad number20Player nameLe Marchand

  14. Squad number13Player nameReam

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 15Boly
  • 16Coady
  • 49Kilman
  • 22Nélson SemedoSubstituted forHoeverat 78′minutes
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesBooked at 90mins
  • 7NetoSubstituted forTraoréat 82′minutes
  • 27Saïss
  • 9Jiménez
  • 10Castelo PodenceSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 17Soares Silva
  • 20Machado Ferreira
  • 21Ruddy
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 37Traoré
  • 59Buur

Fulham

  • 1Areola
  • 34Aina
  • 13Ream
  • 20Le MarchandBooked at 79mins
  • 33Robinson
  • 10Cairney
  • 29Zambo Anguissa
  • 17CavaleiroSubstituted forLookmanat 67′minutes
  • 14De Cordova-ReidSubstituted forKebanoat 81′minutes
  • 23BryanSubstituted forKamaraat 67′minutes
  • 9Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 3Hector
  • 4Odoi
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Johansen
  • 12Rodák
  • 19Lookman
  • 47Kamara

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Fulham 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Fulham 0.

  3. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Ademola Lookman (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  6. André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  8. Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  9. Attempt missed. Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

  10. Attempt blocked. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Attempt missed. Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ademola Lookman.

  14. Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré replaces Pedro Neto.

  15. Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Bobby De Cordova-Reid.

  16. Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Foul by Maxime Le Marchand (Fulham).

  19. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ki-Jana Hoever replaces Nélson Semedo because of an injury.

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