Doyle opens account in Wolves triumph

 

Wolves 2 Fulham 1:Goals from Kevin Doyle — his first for the club — and David Edwards secured Wolves’ first home Premier League victory of the season.

The Republic of Ireland international had looked the liveliest player on the pitch so it was no surprise he reacted quickest to Christophe Berra’s flick-on from Greg Halford’s long throw to nod past Mark Schwarzer in the 18th minute.

Seconds before the interval Andy Keogh had the ball in the net from a first-time shot but was flagged offside.

Fulham were so poor in the first half they failed to register a single shot but Wolves did not have the same problem and added a second goal five minutes after the interval.

Andrew Johnson’s aimless header in the centre circle was picked up by Edwards who released Keogh through the inside-right channel.

The midfielder continued his run forward and when Keogh cut the ball back to the penalty spot Edwards’ sweetly struck first-time strike gave Schwarzer no chance.

But Fulham were handed a lifeline when referee Kevin Friend, on his Premier League debut, ruled Michael Mancienne had hauled Bobby Zamora to the floor contesting Johnson’s cross and Murphy rolled home the penalty in the 67th minute.

The visitors increased the pressure in the closing stages but Wolves held on for a deserved three points.