Fulham 1-1 Wolves Substitute Manor Solomon scores for third game in a row to earn hosts point
Report and free match highlights as substitute Manor Solomon scores for third successive Premier League game to rescue point for Fulham in ill-tempered encounter with Wolves; Pablo Sarabia had given visitors deserved first-half lead at Craven Cottage
Fulham were once again grateful to Manor Solomon as Wolves were pegged back in a feisty Friday Night Football encounter which ended in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.
Half-time substitute Solomon, who scored the winner in last weekend’s 1-0 victory at Brighton and was also on target in Fulham’s 2-0 success over Nottingham Forest earlier this month, cut inside from the left and unleashed a stunning strike into the far corner just after the hour mark to extend his side’s current unbeaten league run to four matches.
Wolves had deservedly led at the break through Pablo Sarabia’s first goal (23) since joining from Paris Saint-Germain, but neither side were able to convert one point into three as Jose Sa’s brilliant save kept out Carlos Vinicius’ header in stoppage time.
The result means Fulham stay in sixth place ahead of the weekend’s remaining Premier League games, with Wolves still in 15th position, four points above the relegation zone.
“Our first half was not at the level it should be,” Marco Silva said afterwards. “We let them start the game so easy, without pressure. They were comfortable and, when you allow that, it’s much harder for us to win the game. We never got going.
“We spoke at half-time, we changed two players but we changed many things and we as a team were very different. We were much more aggressive and stronger in our duels. Our dynamic was completely different in the second half.
“Manor scored a great goal and we had a chance from Vinicius which drew a great save from Sa, but I feel a draw was a fair result.”
Wisdom of Solomon rescues Fulham
A win would have given Fulham 41 points, the highest tally by a promoted team after 25 fixtures of a 38-match Premier League season. Indeed, only Manchester United have earned more points than Fulham’s 20 since the Premier League resumed after the World Cup.
The new and improved Riverside Stand is increasing in attendance with each passing week. By the time the trees in the adjacent Bishops Park are in full bloom, the residents might well be dreaming of a European tour – but they were second best during the opening period.