AJ Ful of beans after vital goal

Wolves were denied a potentially vital victory in their battle to beat the drop as sub Andrew Johnson earned Fulham a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

Last Updated: 23/04/11 at 17:35 Post Comment

Johnson: Lashes home Fulham's equaliser

Johnson: Lashes home Fulham's equaliser

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The hosts, who went into the game lying bottom of the Premier League, went 1-0 up in the 22nd minute when Steven Fletcher headed in a cross from skipper Karl Henry.

Cottagers boss Mark Hughes was sent to the stands in the second half after reacting angrily to a booking for Brede Hangeland, but his team equalised with 10 minutes to go through Johnson, who had come on just seconds earlier.

The result meant Wolves moved off the foot of the table to 19th, but they will be cursing their inability to hold out for all three points.

Mick McCarthy's team were on the ropes in the opening moments as a fierce shot from Carlos Salcido brought a diving save out of Wayne Hennessey.

Moussa Dembele then tried a speculative effort from distance that sailed well over.

Next up was Clint Dempsey, cutting into box after being fed by Steve Sidwell, but the American could not get his shot on target.

Dempsey then missed Fulham's best chance yet, putting the ball over from the edge of the six-yard box after stretching to meet Salcido's cross.

It was not until the 21st minute that Wolves made their first real attempt at goal as Adlene Guedioura's header deflected wide.

Seconds later, though, they had the lead as Fletcher rose to nod in Henry's delivery.

Wolves appealed for a penalty when Richard Stearman fell in the box under a challenge from Dempsey, but the assistant referee ruled that the defender had been offside.

The hosts continued to press, although both Guedioura and Jamie O'Hara showed a lack of composure in unleashing wild shots that went nowhere near Mark Schwarzer's goal.

Dempsey struck narrowly wide and moments later the forward teed up Simon Davies, who failed to connect with the ball properly.

In first-half stoppage time O'Hara turned in the area and hit an effort the wrong side of the post.

Wolves had a scare soon after the restart when Hennessey flapped at a cross from Chris Baird, but Henry was there to avert the danger with Dembele lurking.

Two minutes later Wolves were on the attack and Guedioura sent a low drive at Schwarzer, who dived to catch it.

Eidur Gudjohnsen, making his first Fulham start, was allowed to wriggle through, but the Icelander could only scoop his shot over.

Fulham captain Danny Murphy - booed by the home crowd with every touch of the ball due to his comments earlier in the season about Wolves and dangerous tackling - had already been involved in a skirmish with Henry.

It was the Cottagers' manager who failed to control himself in the 56th minute, though, after Hangeland had been shown a yellow card for a challenge on Fletcher.

Hughes was incensed by the decision and his remonstrations with the officials led to him being sent to the stand by referee Michael Oliver.

Gudjohnsen picked out Dempsey, who miscued his shot, before hooking an effort of his own over the bar after Hennessey had only been able to palm a cross to him.

Gudjohnsen was then substituted for Bobby Zamora, with Gael Kakuta also coming on in place of Murphy.

Kakuta shot wide before Fletcher twice fired in for Wolves, one going off target and Schwarzer saving the other.

That was the Scotland striker's last contribution as he was replaced by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, and Hughes made a further change by introducing Johnson for Dempsey in the 79th minute.

Moments after Johnson took to the field, Zamora tussled with Christophe Berra for a ball into the box and it fell to the former Everton man, who dispatched a shot past Hennessey and into the net.

Ebanks-Blake missed with a header five minutes from the end, but it was Fulham who might have snatched victory at the death, Kakuta bringing a save out of Hennessey and then striking wide.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 15 December 2014
20:00
Everton 3-1 QPR Report
Sunday, 14 December 2014
16:00
Swansea 1-2 Tottenham Report
13:30
Man Utd 3-0 Liverpool  
Saturday, 13 December 2014
17:30
Arsenal 4-1 Newcastle Report
15:00
Burnley 1-0 So'ton Report
Chelsea 2-0 Hull City Report
C Palace 1-1 Stoke Report
Leicester 0-1 Man City  
S'land 1-1 West Ham  
W Brom 1-0 A Villa Report

Footer 365

Premier League: Mario Balotelli handed one-match ban for social media post

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the FA after his controversial post on social media.

Premier League: Agent confirms Hatem Ben Arfa is poised for a January transfer

Hatem Ben Arfa is set for a January move after finding himself unwanted at Newcastle and Hull, his agent has confirmed.

Liverpool: Kolo Toure says Adam Lallana is player of season

Kolo Toure has named Adam Lallana as Liverpool's player of the season despite Raheem Sterling's eye-catching form.

Mail Box

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

Manager Of The Month, My A***...

We have a Newcastle fan having a pop at his manager, some mild reaction to last night at Bournemouth, a justication of that Falcao cost and why the Neviller rules...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property