Fulham 1-3 Wolves by Kaleem Aftab at Craven Cottage
For the second time in four days Fulham missed the chance to move into the playoff positions.
Wolves eased their relegations fears with a third consecutive win on Saturday that leaves them five points above the relegation zone.
Wolves were deserved winners. Helder Costa was their menace-in-chief with yet another display showing why he’s been linked to top clubs around Europe.
“Costa killed us,” said Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic.
“We were not solid enough to stop him.”
Paul Lambert said: “Since I’ve been at the club Costa has been fantastic. There have been a few games where he has gone off the boil but that happens to everyone. But it’s not just him, it was all the strikers.”
The Dutch winger stole the ball from hapless Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks on 34 minutes, then passed the ball to Ivan Cavaleiro, who could not miss from four yards out.
Andreas Weimann doubled Wolves’ lead a couple of minutes after the restart.
There was brief hope for the home side when substitute Dennis Odoi scored from the edge of the box.
But Costa ensured Lambert would go home smiling in the 72nd minute, turning Fulham left back Ryan Sessegnon inside out, before laying the ball off to Dave Edwards to score his 10th goal of the season.
Lambert is yet another manager to call Fulham “the best footballing side in the league.”
Yet the league table shows Fulham still in seventh place and the strain is starting to show on Jokanovic.
“It’s part of football,” he said. “
We believe that we can make one more stop and be in the top six. The international break is coming at a good moment.
“We will then have eight games left to get into the top six.”