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FutureStarrManor Solomon is a Super Sub for Fulham
MANOR SOLOMON has emerged as a key sub for Fulham. He came off the bench to secure a 2-0 victory against Nottingham Forest two weeks ago and then scored an injury-time winner against Brighton last weekend.
Marco Silva's side were denied a point by Israeli winger Solomon after Pablo Sarabia gave Wolves an early lead during this spirited Friday Night Football clash. Solomon, who also scored against Nottingham Forest, curled in an incredible goal past Jose Sa after half-time to extend Fulham's unbeaten league streak to four matches.
Solomon played an integral role in Fulham's 1-1 draw at home to Wolves, scoring his third goal in three appearances off the bench. It marked Israel international Solomon's third Premier League goal since returning from serious ankle injury; he had already scored against Brighton last weekend and Nottingham Forest.
Manor Solomon came on at half-time to help Fulham recover from their poor first-half performance. A stunning curler from the edge of the box equalised with eight minutes remaining, arrowing into the far corner with an exquisite goal and a fantastic point to cap off a great week.
Wolves started the brighter of the two sides in the opening period and Pablo Sarabia fired them into a lead after Raul Jimenez knocked a cross down to him which he controlled before firing past Bernd Leno. It was Wolves' first goal this season and only their fifth in Premier League since its start.
In the opening half, both teams had chances to score. Kenny Tete made a crucial block to keep Matheus Nunes from scoring before Jimenez nodded wide from Sarabia's cross. Nonetheless, Fulham did have their only opportunity when Bobby De Cordova-Reid ran free down the right before delivering a cross to Vinicius who headed straight at Jose Sa.
At halftime, Silva made two substitutions - Sasa Lukic and Manor Solomon for Cordova-Reid and Harrison Reed. It proved to be a wise move.
In the second period, Wolves were mostly quiet but did have a few opportunities for goal. Andreas Pereira came close to scoring when his 30-yard freekick was tipped over by Jose Sa. However, Wolves suffered an early setback when Matheus Cunha was stretchered off in the 65th minute following an innocuous challenge.
Wolves' determination in the second half proved decisive as they kept themselves in contention for second place, winning four of their last six matches on the road and now sit just five points behind Arsenal with six matches remaining. It will be a major boost for them going forward as they look to defend their title this weekend.
Marco Silva was delighted with their result. After a poor start to the season, they are looking to climb back into the top flight with a win at Leeds in the FA Cup on Tuesday and against west London rivals Brentford on Monday March 6.
Manor Solomon came off the bench for a third consecutive game to earn Fulham a draw against Wolves at Craven Cottage. His equaliser cancelled out Pablo Sarabia's first-half opener to give Marco Silva's side what could prove an important point in their bid for European qualification.
Fulham entered the weekend six in the table and hadn't lost a Premier League game since before the World Cup break, but were pegged back by Wolves after half-time. Despite an able defense, Wolves managed to create an early chance when Raul Jimenez nodded past Tim Ream from Matheus Nunes' cross. And Jose Sa made an excellent save to deny Vinicius a header from Bobby Decordova-Reid's cross.
After Matheus Cunha was stretchered off for an apparent innocuous challenge from Antonee Robinson, Wolves took a shock lead when Pablo Sarabia capitalised on Nelson Semedo's pull-back to drive home their first goal of the season. But Fulham levelled matters just after an hour mark when Solomon strode forward, dropped a shoulder and curled an incredible effort past Sa for his third goal in as many games.
Solomon struck for a third straight substitute appearance, becoming just the 19th player in Premier League history to do so. His goals against Brighton in last weekend's 1-0 win and Nottingham Forest earlier this month completed an incredible comeback.
At the break, Silva made a double substitution, replacing Decordova-Reid and Harrison Reed with Solomon and Sasa Lukic. And his decision paid off as Solomon cut inside from outside the area before unleashing an unstoppable curler that flew past Sa.
In the second half, Fulham began to press. Jimenez glanced a Sarabia cross wide before Cunha was brought down following an innocuous challenge by Robinson. With only one minute remaining in regulation time, Cunha had an excellent opportunity to score but Sa saved his free-kick well and in stoppage time Sa dived to his right to block Carlos Vinicius' towering header from Kenny Tete's cross.
Fulham earned a thrilling draw against Wolves thanks to Manor Solomon's stunning strike in the third-half, which extended their unbeaten run in Premier League matches to five games. The Israeli winger scored his first goal since scoring against Brighton and Nottingham Forest - lifting London out of the bottom three and into the top six.
In the opening period, Wolves seemed lacking ideas and Aleksandar Mitrovic's absence seemed to hinder their attack. However, just after 20 minutes had elapsed, Pablo Sarabia struck for his first goal with the club when he capitalised on Raul Jimenez's knockdown.
Wolves' first goal against Fulham in the league came through an incredible finish from Solomon, replacing Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Sasa Lukic for Harrison Reed at halftime. At full time Silva made two changes - Solomon for Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Sasa Lukic for John Stones.
After a promising start, Fulham began to falter in the second half. Matheus Cunha was taken off on a stretcher after an unsportsmanlike challenge and Wolves came close to retaking the lead when Jimenez hit a cushioned header wide of goal. Joao Palhinha then received a caution for a late sliding tackle on Cunha which ended their chances of coming back into contention.
As a result, Silva had to play with seven men in the second half and still had plenty of opportunities for Wolves even without their star player. Vinicius got his first opportunity when he headed Bobby De Cordova-Reid's cross straight at Jose Sa in the 37th minute.
After the break, Fulham had the better of the chances but Solomon's goal kept them in contention for a top-six spot. His strike showcased his skill, picking up the ball at the edge of the box and curling it into an unguarded far corner for his third goal in as many matches.
If Silva chooses to give the 23-year-old more chances, there is no reason why he couldn't become an important star for Craven Cottage in the near future. His three goals in as many matches - including one in the opening half on Friday - represent an amazing comeback from being on the fringes last summer.
On Friday evening, Fulham managed a thrilling 1-1 draw against Wolves at home. Manor Solomon scored an amazing goal off the bench to save his side from defeat for the second time this season.
It was a game of two halves, with Pablo Sarabia scoring in the opening period and Fulham drawing level with five minutes remaining in regulation time. However, Fulham took the lead for good in the 23rd minute when Raul Jimenez's powerful cross was headed home by Sarabia past Bernd Leno.
At halftime, Silva made two substitutions, substituting Solomon and Sasa Lukic for Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harrison Reed. In the second period, Valencia were more assertive - Solomon almost opening his account with a left-footed shot that was saved by Jose Sa.
In the 64th minute, Fulham finally pulled level when Solomon made an incredible run and beat a defender to a ball on the left wing. He pushed it hard to his right before darting inside and cutting it with his left foot for an incredible curling shot that had everyone in raptures.
Wolves kept pushing for an equaliser but were denied by Sa, who saved Carlos Vinicius' towering header in the 87th minute. This was still an important point for both sides as Fulham look to secure European football while Wolves remain well clear of the bottom three after winning five consecutive matches under Julen Lopetegui.
Fulham are now in sixth place, four points behind Newcastle United who host Tottenham on Saturday. Additionally, they are level on points with West Ham United who host Liverpool at Anfield on Friday evening - taking them one step closer to securing European football for the first time since 2011-12.