MX23RW : Wednesday, December 12 19:32:08
Nov 3, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Molineux
Attendance: 24,388
WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers
2-0
Fulham
Saiss (9'), Bonatini (26')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Result: Wolverhampton Wanderers down Fulham to go four points clear

Result: Wolves down Fulham to go four points clear
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Wolverhampton Wanderers defeat Fulham 2-0 at Molineux on Friday night to go four points clear at the top of the Championship.

Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Fulham 2-0 at Molineux on Friday night to go four points clear at the top of the Championship.

The win ensures that Nuno Espirito Santo's men will be top of the second tier until after the international break, regardless of results in Saturday's games.

Goals from midfielder Romain Saiss and forward Leo Bonatini in the first half put Nuno's side in full control and Fulham had no answer as their winless run was extended to six games.

Wolves pressed for the opener early on as defender Willy Boly failed to latch on to a Barry Douglas set piece before Ruben Neves drove a low shot past David Button's post.

The hosts kept up the pressure and were ahead inside 10 minutes from their second corner as Douglas's ball in was powered past Button off the head of Romain Saiss.

Fulham midfielder Floyd Ayite then struck a shot straight at Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy as the visitors looked for an equaliser, but their problems worsened when Douglas claimed his second assist of the evening, curling in a free kick to be nodded home by Bonatini after 26 minutes.

Slavisa Jokanovic's Cottagers had chances to reduce the arrears as Ayite and Neeskens Kebano both had a swipe at a cross before Boly cleared, but the hosts entered the break in full control.

Bonatini could have had his second five minutes into the second half, but his header - again from a Douglas set piece - was tipped wide by Button.

The Brazilian pressed further later on but could not steer a header past Button from eight yards out.

Attacking partner Diogo Jota could have netted a brace but his first touch let the Portuguese down on two occasions - he was played in by Saiss with the ball trickling under his feet, before scuffing his first touch from a Neves pass.

Fulham failed to muster a chance in the second period and their performance was summed up as defender Ryan Sessegnon had the chance to set his side on the counter-attack but was unable to take control of the ball from inside his own half.

The result leaves Fulham six points adrift of the playoff places, which could be extended to nine points ahead of the weekend's other fixtures.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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