Fulham 1-1 Wolves: Solomon beauty cancels out Sarabia goal in game of two halves
Manor Solomon scored a wonderful second-half goal as Fulham drew 1-1 against Wolves on Friday evening.
The winger came on to score his third goal in as many matches – after hitting the winner at Brighton last weekend and also netting against Nottingham Forest – cancelling out Pablo Sarabia’s first-half opener for Wolves.
Wolves were just three points above the Premier League drop zone going into the weekend but secured what could prove an important point against a high-flying Fulham side who have lost only two matches – at Newcastle and home to Tottenham – since the World Cup break.
However, the Cottagers’ attacking prowess was diminished as talisman striker Aleksandar Mitrovic missed a second straight game due to a hamstring injury.
Fulham struggled to get going against a Wolves side who started quickly but there were few clear chances at the start of the match, with both sides struggling to find openings.
Wolves capitalised on their possession dominance when Sarabia fired the visitors into the lead in the 23rd minute.
Raul Jimenez knocked the ball down in the box to Sarabia, who had time to take a touch then fire past Bernd Leno for his side’s opener and his first goal for the club.
It was a rare goal for Fulham to concede, just a fifth in the league since the resumption of the Premier League in December.
It was an uncharacteristically flat start from the hosts but they did have a chance in the 37th minute, when Carlos Vinicius headed a Bobby De Cordova-Reid cross straight at Jose Sa.
From the final kick of the first half, Sa had to tip an Andreas Pereira free-kick over the bar but Fulham struggled to impose themselves, despite going into the weekend sixth in the table after an impressive first half of the season.
Wolves suffered a blow when Matheus Cunha was carried off on a stretcher early in the second half, following an innocuous challenge.
Fulham did not start the second half with significantly more attacking threat than the first, but they did strike an equaliser shortly after the hour mark.
Half-time substitute Solomon picked up the ball at the edge of the box and expertly curled past Sa and into the far corner.
Fulham had a late chance to wrap up the win, but Vinicius’ header was saved by a diving Sa and the points were shared.
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