Adama Traore’s strike sinks Fulham deeper into relegation


Adama Traore struck a goal deep into added-time to fire Wolves to victory and sink Fulham deeper into the relegation mire.

Fulham thought they had done enough to earn what would have been a precious point only for Traore to break their hearts in the second minute of stoppage-time with a powerful shot which beat Alphonse Areola at his near post. It was his first Premier League goal in 16 months.

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It was just deserved for Wolves as despite a below par performance they ought to have already been ahead.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side thought they had edged in front on the stroke of half-time when Willian Jose headed in what would have been his first goal for the club only for VAR to intervene and rule it out for a very marginal offside call.

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It looked to be a real let off for Fulham, who, save for a Ruben Loftus-Cheek header in the first half, offered next to nothing in attack.

With a victory enough to lift the Cottagers out of the bottom three, Parker’s decision to leave it until the 75th-minute to make an attacking switch will have raised eyebrows.

The introduction of Josh Maja provided a slight improvement, although Fulham still failed to test Rui Patricio in between the Wolves goal.

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And with the hosts throwing caution to the wind late on, they were caught short on the counter-attack, with Traore’s shot proving decisive.

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The victory lifts Wolves up to 12th, while Fulham remain 18th, three points behind Newcastle having played two games more.


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