Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Wolves maintain momentum

Kevin Doyle

Wolves' impressive start to the season continued as goals from Kevin Doyle and Matt Jarvis earned them a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Molineux.

Doyle, who had already missed a good opportunity to open the scoring, did so in the 42nd minute when he collected Jarvis' pass and smashed a shot past Mark Schwarzer.

Jarvis doubled the hosts' advantage moments later, pouncing after Roger Johnson's header had come back off the woodwork.

In the opening seconds Pajtim Kasami, on his league debut for the Cottagers, made a burst into Wolves' box and unleashed a shot which deflected wide.

Wolves won a free-kick in a useful position which Stephen Hunt delivered into the danger zone, but Roger Johnson had to slide to keep the ball in and Mark Schwarzer claimed it.

Wanderers went the closest yet just before the half-hour mark when Doyle got the better of Brede Hangeland as they chased a ball over the top. The Republic of Ireland striker got around Schwarzer to carve out a shooting angle, but blazed his attempt over the bar.

Schwarzer then leapt across his goal to push away a drive from Jamie O'Hara, but with three minutes of normal time remaining in the opening period, Wolves' pressure paid off as they snatched the lead.

Receiving the ball from Jarvis, Doyle skipped away from two defenders, turned and lashed it beyond Schwarzer into the net.

Jarvis then sent a curling shot narrowly off target before making it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time, tucking away the rebound after Johnson had headed Hunt's cross against the post.

The hosts' momentum showed no sign of letting up and Steven Fletcher flashed another effort inches wide in the 65th minute.

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