Willian’s stoppage-time penalty grabbed a much-needed three points for Fulham in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Wolves on Monday Night Football.
Gary O’Neil’s Wolves side have now lost each of their last two away games to last-gasp spot-kicks, although Joao Gomes’ trip on Harry Wilson was less controversial than the foul for Sheffield United’s winning goal earlier this month. It took a long VAR check to confirm it but there was clear contact on the Welshman.
Willian had already beaten Jose Sa with a penalty at the start of the half, when Nelson Semedo had caught Tom Cairney, but for the second time in the match Fulham blew their advantage, with Hee-Chan Hwang scoring a penalty of his own after Tim Ream’s clumsy challenge.
Fulham boss Marco Silva pumped his fists with delight and a good deal of relief at the end of it all. His side had failed to win any of their last four and lost their last two but now move up to 14th, level with Wolves on 15 points.
Alex Iwobi had given the hosts a fast start in west London but, after Hwang had hit the bar, Matheus Cunha capitalised on some fine play from Jean-Ricner Bellegarde to head in an equaliser and Fulham’s uncertainty at both ends of the pitch was plain to see.
But a first win over Wolves in the Premier League at Craven Cottage since 2012 was eventually secured. Fulham may have been missing key defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha but Cairney and the standout Iwobi gave them much-needed forward thrust in the centre of the park. They rode their luck, however, with a late, late handball penalty shout against Harrison Reed ignored and a strike from Hwang catching the roof of the net, before they found a way to get over the line.
Fulham travel to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday December 3; kick-off 2pm.
Meanwhile, Wolves travel to Arsenal on Saturday December 2; kick-off 3pm.