Pavel Pogrebnyak (36 mins)
Pavel Pogrebnyak (44 mins)
Clint Dempsey (56 mins)
Pavel Pogrebnyak (61 mins)
Clint Dempsey (83 mins)
Barclays Premier League
, Mar 4, 2012
Ground: Craven Cottage , Kickoff: 14:05 , Att 24,034
Jol sounds Wolves battle alert Martin Jol has warned Fulham to expect a battle when Wolves visit Craven Cottage on Sunday.
The west Londoners head into the match on the back of their first successive Barclays Premier League victories of the season, which have propelled them away from the relegation places.
Wolves are 11 points worse off and are dangerously close to the drop zone, although they will have been boosted by an impressive result at Newcastle.
Terry Connor's side staged an unlikely comeback at St James' Park, clawing back a two-goal deficit to secure a point - something that did not surprise Fulham boss Jol.
"They had the same before," he said. "I saw them against Swansea where they were 2-0 down and still got a result.
"They have a good spirit and I think it a good team, a good squad - you saw against Newcastle away from home.
"Normally if Newcastle are 2-0 up, I don't think they will throw that away but they got a 2-2.
"We are wary of that and they can be a strong team, but we will play at home.
"If we play to our strengths and score goals at the right moments, I hope we will can use our home advantage.
"We played them early in the season and they looked quite good.
"They had a very good start for three or four matches, but the Premier League is the Premier League.
"You need to win your games, you depend on your main players and I feel they have been a bit unfortunate.
"You will get that at any club, though, as we had Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora together maybe five or six times this season. You need a bit of luck and a settled team." Fulham come into the match after a morale-boosting 1-0 victory at west London neighbours QPR.
January addition Pavel Pogrebnyak netted his second in as many games for the Whites and Jol admits the Russian has had a big impact at the club.
"That is the main thing, you always need players that can make the difference," the Dutchman said.
"If a striker is doing that for you then you can win games.
"We relied a bit on Clint Dempsey scoring important goals for us but it is always good that a new player that comes in and scores two goals because I feel there are goals in us.
"At first he came in and made a very good impression on the players. He gave us a boost and looked very good.
"After the first game we said 'one swallow doesn't make a summer' and then we said the same after the second game.
"Hopefully he will get on with it and do the same as what he did before: score goals for us." Pogrebnyak is likely to start for Fulham once more tomorrow, with right-back Stephen Kelly the only fresh injury concern.
Meanwhile, Karl Henry has revealed a meeting between the Wolves players only hours after Mick McCarthy's sacking has united the squad for the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.
Midfielder Henry stressed the need for no splits in the Wolves camp if they are to guarantee a fourth season of top-flight football.
Former captain Henry said: "The players have been here a long time and appreciate everything Mick has done but we have got a job to do.
"We are professionals and the day Mick was sacked we got together and said, whoever comes in, we have got to embrace the way he does things and his philosophy.
"If we have a split camp, it would not do any favours to us and we have got to get one with it. We need to stay in this league for ourselves and the club - and the fans will benefit." Henry has pulled no punches about the way Wolves have under-achieved this season and admits they are to blame for McCarthy's dismissal.
He said: "It has been a difficult last few weeks and all the lads are gutted that Mick has gone. He is a good manager and has done a lot here.
"Ultimately players get the manager the sack. We know we should not be where we are. There is enough quality for us to be a mid-table side and we have not produced.
"But we are not panicking. We have been in deeper holes than this before and got out of them.
"We are disappointed that we are here again but we are not adrift, we are not 10 points from safety.
"People might want to write us off but it is a load of rubbish and we got a good point at Newcastle.
Fulham vs Wolverhampton
Last modified 16:27 04/03/12
Pog treble sinks Wolves Pavel Pogrebnyak's superb start to life at Fulham continued as he netted a hat-trick in the 5-0 thrashing of struggling Wolves.
The Russia international was drafted in on transfer deadline day to fill the void left by Bobby Zamora's move to QPR, but few could have predicted his impact.
Having scored in his previous two appearances, Pogrebnyak continued that form against Wolves with a first-half double.
The Stuttgart loanee gave the Cottagers a 36th-minute lead by heading home a Damien Duff corner, before hitting an exquisite second as half-time approached.
Fulham continued in the same vein in the second period and, after Clint Dempsey's effort put them on course for a third successive league win, Pogrebnyak bundled home his third of the afternoon.
Dempsey netted Fulham's fifth in the 83rd minute to leave Wolves with just one win in 13 league games.
Fulham dominated from the outset and Ronald Zubar was soon booked for clattering Duff on the edge of the box.
Dempsey then outpaced Zubar to test Wayne Hennessey before the Wales international goalkeeper palmed away a low 20-yard drive by John Arne Riise.
Duff was the next to come close with a fierce shot from the edge of the box that went just wide after an impressive counter-attack.
Wolves were having to withstand a barrage of attacks in an opening 20-minute spell that was made worse when midfielder Karl Henry limped off to be replaced by Nenad Milijas.
The Serbian's introduction began a spell in the ascendancy for the Black Country side, who would have taken the lead had Richard Stearman's header from a Jamie O'Hara free-kick been slightly more accurate.
Brede Hangeland was booked for a late challenge on O'Hara as Terry Connor's side continued to press, with Riise reacting well to clear a goalbound Kevin Doyle header.
However, Fulham enjoyed the lion's share of possession and should have taken the lead moments earlier through Andrew Johnson, but Hennessey somehow blocked with his legs.
The home side's dominance eventually translated into the opener in the 36th minute, although in somewhat controversial circumstances.
Mousa Dembele, who had been Fulham's most impressive player in the first half, worked space for a shot which referee Mike Jones felt had brushed off Stearman on its way wide.
Stearman was unhappy with the decision but Duff whipped in the resulting corner for Pogrebnyak to head home from close range.
Pogrebnyak doubled Fulham's advantage eight minutes later after Fulham made the most of an awful cross-field ball from Milijas.
Dempsey chased it down and the ball was worked wide to Johnson, who teed up Pogrebnyak to fire home with aplomb.
Fulham continued in the same vein in the second period and were unfortunate not to add to their lead after a defensive mishap between Christophe Berra and Hennessey allowed Johnson to square.
Nobody was in the Wolves box to meet the ball but, after Dempsey saw an effort saved, Fulham did manage to eke out a third.
Danny Murphy's sublime pass was collected by Dempsey and he rounded the goalkeeper to slot home.
Connor brought on top scorer Steven Fletcher, but moments later Hennessey was picking the ball out of his net once more.
The Welshman could not get hold of a Johnson shot, which squirmed out of his grasp allowing Pogrebnyak to complete his hat-trick in the 61st minute.
While Wolves were managing the odd attack, the home side were in control and Johnson hit the crossbar with a curling right-footed shot.
Fulham manager Martin Jol handed former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra his debut with less than 20 minutes remaining.
Murphy made way but there was no let up in attacking intent as Dembele saw a shot blocked by Berra, who was booked shortly afterwards for a foul on Johnson.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|3||John Arne Riise||7/10|
|16||Damien Duff(sub 79)||5/10|
|13||Danny Murphy(sub 68)||5/10|
|7||Pavel Pogrebnyak(sub 84)||8/10|
|9||Carlos Orlando Sa|
|19||Mahamadou Diarra(sub 68)||6/10|
|21||Kerim Frei(sub 84)||6/10|
|29||Simon Davies(sub 79)||6/10|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|7||Michael Kightly(sub 60)||5/10|
|32||Kevin Foley(sub 83)||5/10|
|8||Karl Henry(sub 18)||6/10|
|31||Dorus De Vries|
|10||Steven Fletcher(sub 60)||5/10|
|12||Stephen Hunt(sub 83)||5/10|
|20||Nenad Milijas(sub 18)||5/10|