WOLVERHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Pedro Neto’s goal early in the second half earned Wolverhampton Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Fulham at Molineux in the Premier League on Sunday, leaving the visitors rooted to the bottom of the standings after their fourth successive league defeat.
In a tepid first half, Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola produced a superb double save to first deny Neto before getting up to smother the ball at the feet on Nelson Semedo, who was making his home debut for Wolves.
The hosts stepped it up after the break, and moments after Raul Jimenez had been denied by another fine save from Areola, Neto rifled his first goal of the season, and his first ever at Molineux, into the bottom corner in the 56th minute.
Fulham had a glorious chance to snatch an unlikely point in the 73rd minute. But substitute Aboubakar Kamara, with the goal at his mercy, fired straight at Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
Neeskens Kebano also came close to levelling late on but, in truth, a point would have been undeserved after another toothless display from Scott Parker’s side.
Wolves’ second win of the season takes them onto six points and up to 12th, while Fulham remain firm favourites for relegation at the foot of the table having failed to get off the mark.
Fulham have lost all of their first four matches in a top-flight season for only the second time ever - the last time being way back in 1951-52 - leaving Parker with plenty to ponder ahead of the international break.
“I think we got a performance today,” Parker told Sky Sports. “If you could wave a magic wand or click a finger and everything would be perfect then fine, but it is not that easy. We must keep understanding what we need to get better.”
Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Hugh Lawson
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