Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Fulham lost 4-1 at Craven Cottage on Monday evening to Wolverhampton Wanderers, with George Williams managing to pull back a consolation goal in added time.
Dan Armstrong, Donovan Wilson, Christian Herc and Connor Johnson were on target for Wolves.
Despite the loss, the Whites still made it into the play-off semi-final as Blackburn drew 0-0 with Aston Villa.
Wolves came into this matching having already secured their play-off spot by finishing second in the league. Wolves had won in their two previous outings and were undefeated in five.
Fulham’s form had dipped as of late, last time losing out in a 3-2 loss at Blackburn. The Whites had lost three of their last four games in the league.
The Whites started the better of the two teams, Williams trying to get in behind the back line. A long ball was sent forward and pressured the defender into hitting it out for a corner.
The corner was whipped in by Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson and the keeper punched the ball as far as de la Torre. The American lofted the ball back-post and John Ruddy, inbetween the stick for Wolves scrambled it away.
The first guilt edge chance came in the 8th minute. A ball was slipped through to Elijah Adebayo, unmarked in the box, he shot hard but the keeper came off his line quickly and made a save. Williams smashed the rebound into the net, but the flag went up for offside keeping the game level.
Five minutes later Wolves had their first real chance. A deflected shot beat the Fulham keeper Magnus Norman, however good work from Aaron Davies as he tracked back and cleared from the line.
Just before the 20 minute mark Niall Ennis came close to opening for Wolves. He cut in from the right and turned hard shaking off his defender. He smashed an effort into the netting, letting Fulham off the hook.
A quarter of the way through the match and Wolves had found their feet and both teams were getting forward. Tayo Edun Sprinted down the left wing and swung a ball towards goal that almost crept into the top right corner and Ruddy needed to make a save.
Ennis just before the half hour mark almost put Wolves ahead, a ball was sent into the box and Ennis tried to head it in but pressure from Mundle-Smith meant he shot wide.
Wolves started to get the upper hand in the game, and another chance fell to them in the 38th minute. From a corner, Aaron Hayden got free of his marker and send a powerful header at goal, luckily missing by half a foot.
Wolves, in the ascendancy won a free kick 20 feet from the goal. Michael Zyro stood over the ball and whipped it just wide of the bottom right of the goal.
The breakthrough came in the 42nd minute. Armstrong was sent through on goal as he ran down the blind side of Davies, with one touch he struck an accurate shot into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to break the deadlock.
Fulham looked to get back into the game before the break, with Thornsteinsson drilling a shot at the near post on the left. The keeper got low and blocked it, Adebayo tried to nod in the rebound but the keeper got up quickly and caught his effort.
The second half started off quickly like the first. Williams within seconds had a chance to level, striking within the box but a Wolves defender managed to get a foot in just in time.
A long ball forward saw the Wolves defence in disarray. The ball was headed back across goal, de la Torre managed a shot but that too a defender got a nick on to send it over the bar.
In the 74th minute Wolves doubled their lead with a storming shot. Herc was 25 yards out with no one around him. He looked up and shot hard at goal, with Norman not able to read the ball went past him and into the back of the net.
The floodgates opened and the Whites gave away a penalty with ten minutes left on the clock. Norman made the save before the striker collected the rebound and slotted it past him with his second bite of the cherry.
Wolves then were on the front foot, they hit the woodwork in quick succession and Norman did well to keep the score at three until the 85th minute, when a corner was whipped in and headed home by the subsititute Johnson to make it 4.
Williams was able to get one back before the full-time whistle, a ball was whipped in and he got free of his defender and placed a header into the top left corner.
The game finished at 4-1, that goal meant the Whites stayed in fourth place above West Ham, and will now travel to Newcastle in the semi-final in their hunt for promotion.
Competition: PL2, Division 2
Date: Monday 24 April 2017
Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Line-up: Norman; Felix, Davies, Mundle-Smith, Edun; Kait, O'Riley; de la Torre, Williams, Thorsteinsson; Adebayo
Unused substitutes: Ashby-Hammond, Martin, Harris, Elstone, Nabay
Line-up: Ruddy; Breslin, Hayden (Johnson 73'), Leak, Deslandes; Herc, Finnie; Zyro (Randall-Hurran 64'), Ennis, Armstrong; Wilson
Unused substitutes: Simpson, Brown, Carnat, Nazon, Delacoe