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Fulham beat Wolves but Bobby Zamora faces long lay-off

Fulham 2 Wolves 1: Fulham's Craven Cottage victory over Wolves was tempered by the news that Bobby Zamora could be out for at least four months with a broken leg.

The striker, who has just signed a new four-year deal with the club, was caught by Karl Henry in the 29th minute and collapsed in agony.

Zamora needed lengthy treatment before being carried off the pitch wearing an oxygen mask. Fulham's manager, Mark Hughes, said: "If the injury is as we think it is, then he will be out for four months after surgery. If the break is just above his ankle bone, he could be out for even longer.

"I don't blame [Henry], there is always a danger legs can get trapped. I don't think there was any intent."

Wolves had taken the lead in the 10th minute through Jelle Van Damme, but Fulham hit back with two second-half goals from Moussa Démbéle. Mick McCarthy's side were reduced to 10 men when Christophe Berra was sent off in an unhappy day for Wolves.

Hughes was delighted with Démbéle's contribution. The striker, signed from the Dutch side AZ Alkmaar for £5 million in the transfer window, was impressive, and Hughes tipped the 23-year-old to have a bright future at the club.

He said: "Moussa is an good young player. When he is in possession, you can expect him to do something exciting with the ball, and not many players have that ability. He will get better the more he plays in the Premier League."

Wolves went ahead when Van Damme connected with Kevin Doyle's cross to hammer home at the far post for his first goal for the club. Fulham searched for a route back into the match, Zamora going close with a free-kick from the edge of the box that fizzed over the bar. But that proved to be his final contribution after he suffered his serious ankle injury.

Fulham scored a deserved equaliser in the 49th minute when Démbéle kept his cool to slot past Marcus Hahnemann. It could have been worse for Wolves had the referee, Phil Dowd, awarded Fulham a clear penalty when Simon Davies was fouled by Hahnemann. Both sides had further chances, with Doyle heading wide for Wolves and Démbéle also shooting wide from distance. But the striker was on target again in stoppage time when he fired home from 25 yards following a well-worked set-piece after Berra had fouled Eddie Johnson to earn himself a second yellow card.

McCarthy had no complaints about the sending-off, but felt his side deserved a share of the points. He said: "We gave a silly free-kick away and the wall did not stand together. Berra had been booked and it looked like another foul to me, so I have no complaints.

"I am disappointed not to have got a point. When we got to the 90th minute, I thought we'd done it. We had defended well and had chances, but we could not see it off. I'm pleased with our start overall but we should have had a point."

Substitutes: Fulham: Gera for Zamora (30), Baird for Pantsil (46), Johnson for Dempsey (83). Wolves: Fletcher for Van Damme (46), Jones for Doyle (61), Guedioura for Ebanks-Blake (85).

Bookings: Fulham: Pantsil, Hangeland, Murphy. Wolves: Ward, Berra, Henry, Mancienne, Jarvis, Jones.

Sending-off: Wolves: Berra.

Attendance: 25,280

Referee: Phil Dowd

Source: Independent

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