Fulham 5-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Last Updated: Sun, 04 Mar 2012 16:39
Fulham won 5-0 after a relentless attacking display which sent a pitiful Wolves side crashing down into the relegation zone.
Wolves had not won at Craven Cottage since 1967, and had only managed a single goal in their last four visits. They did absolutely nothing to show they had any ambition to improve those statistics with a naive defensive performance in the face of a fluid, attacking Fulham side.
The Cottagers set the scene for an afternoon of dominance with early efforts from Clint Dempsey and John Arne Riise, but they had to wait until the 36th minute before finding the back of the net. It was new signing Pavel Pogrebnyak who made the breakthrough, directing a thumping diving header past Wayne Hennessey from a corner, and the striker doubled Fulham's lead moments after with a neat finish from an Andy Johnson pass after a lightning quick counter-attacking move.
Wolves needed drastic improvements after half time to pull even halfway close to the standard Martin Jol's men had set, but sadly for the travelling faithful, improvements were not at all forthcoming, and it took just 10 minutes for Fulham to add to their goal tally.
This time, it was Dempsey who found himself on the scoresheet, Danny Murphy playing him in from midfield before watching on as the USA international rounded the keeper after springing the offside trap.
The impressive Pogrebnyak, however, wasn't to be outshone, as he grabbed his hat-trick after the hour mark, this time finishing from close range after Hennessey could only parry a shot from Johnson, whose approach and support play all afternoon was sublime.
Worse was to come for Wolves, who simply didn't look capable of stemming the flow of Fulham goals, and it was Dempsey once again who finished a stunning team move, 20 consecutive passes setting the scene for a clever finish from the striker.
The result moves Fulham up to eighth in the table, and leaves Wolves with everything to do in the relegation battle, and a goal difference that now needs major work.