Fulham boost promotion hopes by beating leaders Wolves

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Fulham 2 Wolves 0

Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksander Mitrovic scored as Fulham massively boosted their promotion hopes by beating the Championship leaders.

Sessegnon tapped the opener into an empty net shortly before half-time for his 13th goal of the season, after Mitrovic’s shot was parried into his path by keeper John Ruddy.

The Newcastle loanee then smashed home the second from the edge of the box on 72 minutes, having brilliantly turned and shrugged off two defenders.

Wolves had been a threat on the break and substitute Diogo Jota missed an open goal at the death, but the Whites were excellent and extended their unbeaten run to 12 Championship games.

Wolves, who remain nine points ahead of Cardiff at the top, had not lost since January and were handed only their fifth league defeat of the campaign. 

Mitrovic had Fulham’s best chance before Sessegnon’s opener on 38 minutes when Tom Cairney’s blocked shot drifted into his path and he lobbed Ruddy, only to see his effort cleared off the line by Conor Coady.

Ruddy could not hold onto Mitrovic’s low, hard shot that allowed Sessegnon to score, after Wolves’ Helder Costa had been their brightest spark with two goal-bound shots blocked inside the box.

Mitrovic did brilliantly when he received a pass from Tom Cairney with his back to goal, turning his marker and wriggling free of another defender to make sure of victory on 71 minutes.

And the Whites twice went close to a third, with a fine curling effort from Stefan Johansen just missing past the far post before Matt Targett shot wide in stoppage time.

Fulham (4-3-3): Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Targett; McDonald, Johansen, Cairney (Odoi 90); Ayite (Ojo 63), Mitrovic, Sessegnon.
Subs not used: Button, Fonte, Norwood, Christie, Kamara.