Wolves 4 Fulham 4 - Report and pictures

An incredible game finished 4-4 at Molineux as Wolves came from 3-1 down but still blew a lead in stoppage time.

Kortney Hause opened the scoring with his first ever Wolves goal but by half time they were 3-1 down with Stefan Johansen, Floyd Ayite and a stunner from Tom Cairney putting the Cottagers in charge.

Wolves mounted a remarkable second half comeback with Matt Doherty prodding home from close range before Ivan Cavaliero scored a beauty and then David Edwards popped up with a 90th minute rocket to spark scenes of delirium.

But Ayite headed home in the 94th minute as Fulham claimed a deserved point.

Teenager Harry Burgoyne made his debut in goal with Andy Lonergan and Carl Ikeme out injured but couldn't be faulted for the goals and indeed made some impressive saves.

Analysis

What a game of football.

Wolves' supporters have been made to endure some real dirge in the past 18 months.

And while their team didn't win here, the 19,020 that turned up at Molineux were treated to a thrilling feast of attacking football.

This more than made up for a few of those dire nil-nils last season.

The two sides mustered no fewer than 46 shots between them. Wolves went 1-0 up, conceded three in 10 minutes to fall 3-1 behind at half time, then scored three without reply to make it 4-3 in the last minute before Fulham equaliser four minutes later.

It was a game no one who witnessed it will ever forget. And those of a Wolves persuasion will never forget the scenes that greeted David Edwards' 90th minute goal.

Edwards sprinted down the touchline towards the bench with every single outfield player joining him to celebrate with the bench while the rest of Molineux went crazy.

But Wolves' old bugbear, sloppy defending, came back to haunt them deep into injury time.

In truth defeat would have been incredibly harsh on Fulham who enjoyed the lion's share of possession and player better football than any team seen at Molineux this season.

But Wolves showed remarkable spirit, drive and determination to bring it back from 3-1 down.

Their supporters booed Lambert's decision to replace Romain Saiss with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson at 3-1, but 15 minutes later Wolves were level.

Lambert kicked every ball from the touchline (even acting as ball boy to retrieve the ball from behind the advertising hoardings) and will have learned a lot about his team here.

As against QPR they created plenty of chances, but on this occasion poor defending also cost them.

Harry Burgoyne couldn't be faulted for any of Fulham's goals but Wolves' back five had an average age of 22. As Lambert said last week, they will make mistakes. But those mistakes are costing Wolves.

If Lambert wasn't aware of the rollercoaster that is Wolverhampton Wanderers, he certainly is now.

Key moments

6 - Nouha Dicko drives the ball across goal - Ivan Cavaleiro looks set to tap home but a Fulham defender takes it off his toes.

6 - Floyd Ayite fires wide from 10 yards after wriggling into a shooting position. It's an open start at Molineux.

8 - Danny Batth heads Cavaleiro's free kick just wide at the back post.

22 - GOAL - Helder Costa whips an inswinging corner to the far post and Kortney Hause gets up highest to power a header low past keeper David Button.

28 - First big test for Harry Burgoyne and he does well, blocking Ayite's rasping 15-yard shot to earn a big round of applause from the home fans.

32 - Dicko races to close down a short Tim Ream header - keeper Button spills the ball but Dicko fires wide of the open goal on the turn, albeit from a tight angle.

33 - GOAL - Ryan Fredericks picks out Stefan Johansen in the box and he produces an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

37 - Big chance for 2-1. Costa gets to the byline and cuts back for Cavaleiro but he scoops his shot over from close range, leaning back.

39 - GOAL - Fredericks again lays on a Fulham goal, crossing deep to the back post where Ayite heads past Burgoyne.

43 - GOAL - Tom Cairney scores a wondergoal to extend Fulham's lead to 3-1. A free kick near the corner flag is chipped back to him and he unleashes a fabulous 25-yard volley that flies into the corner. Again, no chance for Burgoyne. Even the home fans applaud.

49 - A Costa free kick reaches Edwards - his shot is saved and the ball drops to Matt Doherty who prods goalwards but it's cleared off the line.

62 - Great double save from Burgoyne. A cross is cut back to Cairney - his 18-yard shot is blocked by the keeper, who then smothers Aluko's follow-up from point blank range.

65 - GOAL - Conor Coady gets two bites of the cherry to cross from the right - the second is headed goalwards by Dicko and Matt Doherty forces the ball over the line from a couple of yards out.

74 - GOAL - Cavaleiro receives the ball some 40 yards for goal - he has Tim Ream for company but races towards the box and fires a superb left-footed shot past Button. What a strike. Molineux erupts.

90 - GOAL - The ball breaks to David Edwards at the back post and he lashes into the roof of the net from a tight angle sparking scenes of wild delirium.

94 - GOAL - Malone swings over a cross, no one from Wolves attacks the ball and Ayite heads home at the back stick.

Teams

Wolves (4-3-3): Burgoyne, Iorfa, Batth (c), Hause, Doherty; Coady (Price, 87), Saiss (Bodvarsson, 59), Edwards; Costa (Teixeira, 87), Dicko, Cavaleiro. Subs: Flatt, Borthwick-Jackson, Saville, Enobakhare.

Goals: Hause (22), Doherty (65), Cavaleiro (74), Edwards (90)

Fulham (4-2-3-1): Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Malone, McDonald, Johansen; Aluko (Parker, 72), Cairney (c), Ayite; Martin. Subs: Bettinelli, Odoi, Kebano, Sigurdsson, Piazon, Sessegnon.

Goals: Johansen (33), Ayite (39, 90+4), Cairney (43)

Attendance: 19,020

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire)

Position in the table

19th (22 points from 20 matches)

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Comments for: "Wolves 4 Fulham 4 - Report and pictures"

CAROLINA WOLF

Live and learn PL.

West Park

Not there today but looks like the defence is still shocking. .

Digger

We obviously still need to strengthen the defence, but in fairness Fulham put 5 past a very poor Reading side last week

Digger

Should be '..very good Reading side'!

The Flying Winger

Well done to the team for that comeback and gutted that we conceded the late goal, delighted for Cav hopefully this will give him much more confidence.

Why do we always go for attack when we are behind and leave our poor defence under pressure from the Start?

Superb from Edwards to again be the inspiration.

Disagreed with Saiss being taken off and Coady left on, did the celebrations no matter how much we needed something take our eye off the last few mins.

Was it wise for the keeper to be in White?

Defence again my goodness we need some changes in January.

Pleased Stearman is back Tuesday for an important and difficult game, hope to see Mason and Prince soon.

Cradley Wolf

3 white feathers to be given to the defence before every game !!!

Every team who comes to the Mol will come without any fear as they

know they will be sure to score !!

What a let down after the euphoria of going 4 - 3 up but we all know

that these so called defenders couldn't defend even if their lives

depended on it !!

Only one thing for it, Ship em all out in January maybe a few

league 2 teams will come in for them cos that's all they're fit for !!

Lambert needs to get busy from 1st January to get a completely new

defence in place to keep us safe in this division for a push next season

otherwise before we know it League 1 will come beckoning down on us

like a ton of bricks !!

Sharmwolf

With the worst defence in any of the professional leagues this will happen week after week. Unless it is sorted relegation will follow

Olly the cat

Wow! What a Christmas cracker. It's a shame that we couldn't hang, but ten out of ten for excitement and commitment from Wolverhampton Wanderers in the second half. What a shame that so many good chances to score were wasted in the first half.

Bruce, Arouca, Trinidad

A very exciting game and at half time we would certainly have settled for a share of the points. Realistically, however, our home form remains abysmal and if we are to pull well clear of the drop zone we have to win some home games. We also need to recognise that Fulham are not one of the league's top teams and yet they outplayed us for most of the game. On to Cardiff and a relegation 6-pointer; let's hope that our reasonable away form continues.

sue

What a roller coaster,some shocking defending,thought we were going to get murdered after first half but they fought back brilliantly,lots of negatives(defending) but also some positives I thought Cavaleiro was great,Dangerous did what he does best after an average game.

Black Country Wanderer

Wouldn't be Wolves without a few twists and turns would it?

Shame we couldn't hang on for the win,but it would have been robbery to take three points to be fair

Interesting comparison between Martin ,who everyone wanted,and Cav, who we bought, amidst a fair share of criticsm,i know which one I would rather have

Defensively we are a shambles,so lets keep attacking,if we can score 4 again Fulham, there aren't many going to outscore us

Couldn't quite understand taking Saiss off,but it seemed to work somehow,keep the faith PL, these foreigners know how to attack you know

Mountain Wolf

A really exciting final 30 minutes. Well done for having the character to fight back. However, far too many missed opportunities during the first hour.

Stafford_DeWolf

Great entertainment, but pathetic defending. Taxi for this Wolves back four or every chance of a swift return to league 1. Ridiculous.

JackoMac

Well done PL must have been some half-time talk. Interesting the difference it makes to Iorfa when Stearman is not there. PL knows the defence is light in experience. and he will sort it. I won't criticise the booing because folks paid their money but I didn't agree with it. I like Saiss and I would prefer Prince to Coady when he's fit. But we needed an extra forward so someone had to go. Thought Dicko and Cav looked lively today. Well done on your debut Harry lots of courage today.

MANINBLACK

I wish that players would stop shirt pulling in the pen area. Danny is a past master and should be ashamed. Most of the players we have are very poor. Overpaid. Ticket prices are way too high. £7/8 max for the man in the street.

cashyiswolves

Lambert said we were outstanding were we outstanding in the first half and outstanding defending

Keep off the scotch Jock the foreigners that you said "they have had their chance" got YOU out of gaol Jock

Woodsetton wolf

We lost the first section (60mins) of the game 3-1 with one up front and then won the second section 3-1 (30mins) with two up front. Neither striker scored but having two on allows us to apply more pressure and play further up the pitch. PL really does need to start with this more attacking formation at home whilst away he is probably wiser to go with a single striker.

He has got to bite the bullet at home because there is no way that this team are going to defend their way out of trouble. We are still crying out for a creative player in central midfield. If there is one in the under 23's chuck him in...Albrightondek, advice please.

chris h

We have four strikers on our books excluding the kids and not one of them has scored in the first team since Aug and yet listening to some folks you would think change all or three of the back four and all our problems would be over. Nonsense. Our midfield first half was totally outclassed. One of the midfielders should have stopped McDonald's cross (and what a wonderful cross it was), but it should have been stopped. Same with Cairney's goal from the corner, great shot as it was someone should have marked him, a midfielder probably Saiss. Neither of those goals (from my view at the game, will see recordings later) were down to the back four. I thought Danny played Martin well and it is a good job our defenders and dependable Dave can score because it seems our strikers cannot. Above all an enjoyable game and a great comeback inspired by a more direct over the top approach to combat their high line.

Black Country Wanderer

Cant agree there Chris,the defense was awful,and totally at fault for 3 if not all 4 goals

Yes you can argue that someone should have picked up Cairney,why single out Saiss?There were at least 4 players that were ball watching there

Your right its a good job the defenders and Dave scored, because they did precious else right

I know where your coming from,and yes the striker problem is massive,but you cant keep giving goals away like we do and not expect the back four to get criticised

I notice you didn't even mention Cavs goal,i know you don't rate the foreigners, but he played well today, even defended well at times,he could really play in Dickos role if he cant get his scoring boots on

chris h

BCW Didn't see enough of their fourth, I think I was in dreamland or praying for the final whistle. I agree the defence cannot escape responsibility. But you do have to defend as a team. Certainly for their second goal a midfielder found space ( I thought it was McDonald but Tim mentions some other guy) and put in an excellent cross. Clearly one of our midfielders should have stopped the cross. I mention Saiss for the third because surely as our defensive midfielder he would have been tasked to mark their creative forward playing midfielder( McDonald was playing deeper for them). I have always noted on the Fulham site that the cross for their fourth goal came from Molly Malone. If so, where was Texiera, after replacing Costa looking after the left fullback's forward runs should be down to him. You should defend as a team and just because you let in a goal doesn't always make it down to a fault from the back four. Some Wolves' fans picked on Berra and he has gone on(on a free) to have a sound career at Ipswich. Some also said Ward was never a left back, he has since played left back week in week out for Burnley in the Premier. Now it seems to be the turn of Hause (who did something today that Dicko has failed to do: score), Iorfa and Danny Batth (the latter I think played well today against Martin).

As for Cav, yes a great goal and certainly at times he is starting to look value for money. Not against the foreign players, I voted Remain, mate.

The Flying Winger

B C W, dog with a bone comes to mind.

Tellitasitis

I'm not concerned about the strikers scoring, Chris, when we score 4 goals, of which Dicko contributed to 2 of them, and 4 different players scored. That is as it should be, if the strikers are not scoring.

What does concern me is the constant flow of goals conceded from making the same mistakes.

Why can we not defend the back post? We have been conceding the same goals for two seasons. Replay Middlesbrough away from last season, and countless others. How long does it take before players wake up to what they are doing wrong?

With Cairney's goal, you are right. Why was our mid-field holding player not marking him on the edge of the box? Why do our back 5, or 6, defending the free kick all drop back to the 6 yard box giving him all the time and space in the world to smash in his volley, a la Blackburn?

Who coaches this stuff?

chris h

Just seen the goals again. For the fourth Caveliero I think was' marking' their left back and let Malone get in a cross from the byline, at the far post Budvarrson was beaten in the air and afterwards punched the turf recognising his failure. Nothing to do with the back four. This perfectly demonstrates you should defend as a team. To be successful you need to have a proven goalscorer, or two. We haven't got one. If this is not addressed we could finish up being relegated. Fulham were wide open defensively and their keeper didn't cover himself with glory.

Tellitasitis

And who was standing at the back post, and never challenged as the ball sailed over his head, not for the first time?

Bod was smacking the ground because he didn't get there in time, but it is first and foremost, the defender's job to defend!!

Why is there no "attacking the ball"? Why is there no getting close enough to the forward to jump with him, and at least make it difficult for him?

These aspects of defending are so basic, they are taught to 10 yr olds.

Why can't defenders read the game and anticipate?

I saw the Everton - Man U game last week, and Everton's defender Mason Holgate, playing right back, only came on as a sub for about 20 mins. He is their £2 mill signing from Barnsley. He is only 20, so younger than our defenders. He was up against Martial and then Ratchford. He didn't give them a sniff of a chance. He jumped with them on crosses, even though they had height advantage.

But what marked him out to me was his speed of thought. There was one incident where he raced over in a flash to the opposite side of the box, the left side, to snuff out a goal chance with a saving tackle because the player was through.

The contrast between his actions and our players actions could not be more marked.

I dare say our players will be at the top of their game in 5 years time, but they are no where near capable when we need them, - now.

chris h

Tell it , It was Bod's man, your two central defenders cannot mark everyone. At corners or freekicks every player should have a player to mark, as you know full well. If the guy at the far post was not Budvarsson's, what was he doing marking the far post area in the first place? He jumped, but not high enough. One assumes Batth for example was marking Martin closely. The other issue of course is Cavaliero not closing down Malone and letting Fulham's best crosser of a ball have the freedom to put in a good far cross ball. As Lambert says you should defend as a team.

Tellitasitis

Who was Iorfa marking?

Jake

chris, you watch a different game to me.

Thank the Lord for that.

Your good pal Bodvarsson, who changed the game at 3-1 down, got beat in the air. Big deal. But the ball then goes across the penalty area with some ease - that's where we should of had it. And why was Bodvarsson marking their big guy when Hause and Baath were wondering around?

I think it was Dicko trying to get to Malone - another one who wasn't good enough for us.

Get off Bodvarssons back - he isn't the problem.

Shewolf1943

Tellit. Would the answer to your question about Iorfa, would it be TIME?

Tellitasitis

Hi She, didn't know you had posted here. Apologies for the delay in replying.

Your comment made me laugh though. I think his time is up, temporarily at least, unless he suddenly becomes stronger mentally, and physically in the challenge.

If only his speed of thought and anticipation matched his fleetness of foot, we would have some player.

He could have been our own Achilles, our own Greek god, also renowned for his fleetness of foot, but sadly whereas Achilles had only one fatal flaw, his heel, ours has rather more flaws to overcome.

We can but hope for him.

Meanwhile, it appears that my question has been left as a rhetorical one, so to answer it myself, I would say he was either marking Hause, or he was attempting to escape being marked by Hause. Either way, I think they were indulging in their own private little game, because they sure as hell weren't doing anything useful to stop the ball going in the net.

Trust you are well, and ready for Christmas, good girl.

Take care,

Shi Hua, (Tellit)

Shewolf1943

Tellit love your new post name. Really worried about our defence, they are very short on confidence. They need a strong leader to guide the young ones, another Ricketts or Craddock. Maybe a Williamson if he can get fit. Sad we couldn't have hung on for a result on Saturday. Hope you have all your Christmas booze ready for a really great time. Take care.

cashyiswolves

All good teams start at the back if you've got a good defence and a goal scorer you've got a chance

Everyone of the three goals conceded in the first half could and should have been defended against

Sorry but your comments don't stand up all good teams have a good defence.

Have a look at Arsenal in their league championship days !!!!

chris h

Cashy Have you ever known a team be successful if none of its strikers haven't scored in over 3 months. Teams with misfiring strikers get relegated. Yes of course we need to tighten up at the back, but as Lambert says you defend as a team. I certainly agree two of the goals in the first half should have been defended better, but the better defending should have come from the midfielders. To be honest I cannot recall the first goal other than thinking it was a decent move by Fulham and seconds before it should have been two nil to us, but our striker, who has yet to score this season, fell over and put an open goal wide of the mark ( he did well to win possession though, but he is a striker and should have found the net). Fulham beat Reading by five last week and scored five against Huddersfield the other month. They are a good team going forward.When Arsenal won the league they had the likes of Anelka, Bergkamp and Henry scoring goals for them. Liverpool had Rush and Owen, Spurs had Jimmy Greaves, United had Denis Law, etc etc

chris h

Cashy, Should have said 'all of its strikers haven't scored for over 3 months'. Just seen Cairney''s, goal first view since the game, on a Fulham site. It was a wonderful volley they are talking about it being goal of the season.

Woodsetton wolf

Chris...we are on the edge of the relegation zone in what is effectively the second division. We are in that position because we are not as good as most of the other teams in that division either individually or collectively. This includes the defence, midfield and the attack, and only you would try to fight a hopeless battle on behalf of one of those three under performing units.

It is always the case when you are losing the discussion that you toss in erroneous detail that has no relevance to the matter in question. What is the point in listing great strikers from the past who played in great teams and in today's market would be in the £50m bracket. We are talking about the likes of Dicko (£300k) and Bod(£2m) who would not have got jobs as boot boys alongside the players you mention and are playing in an extremely mediocre team. If Fosun went out and spent £30m plus on two Premiership quality strikers they may well indeed create a few goals for themselves without much help from midfield or defence but our current strikers cannot be expected to perform like top drawer finishers when they are nowhere near that standard.

Not Convinced

what ?

Olly the cat

Jack, well done mate. That's the funniest comment on our leaky defence I have ever heard. I laughed out loud when I read it. Merry Christmas. Will you be travelling to the Europa League away games next season, or going to the German market in Birmingham?

Tellitasitis

Credit Olly, Jack, for appreciating your wit, at least, even if Not Convinced didn't appreciate the difference between 'parking a bus' and a 'colander', in footballing cliche terms.

Ever get the feeling you are wasting your time on this site, mate?

BeeCee

♣️Thing.

You know all about things with holes in don't you...?

You only have to look in the mirror to see the hole in your head where a brain should be...!