Fürth - Bas Dost grabbed his eighth Bundesliga goal of the season as VfL Wolfsburg recorded a well-earned 1-0 win against cellar-dwellers Greuther Fürth.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, the Dutchman took advantage of some static defending to put the game beyond struggling Fürth in the 23rd minute.
Wolfsburg conductor Diego kept the home side busy early on, and it was his invention that forced the opening goal of the afternoon. The Brazilian's slide-rule pass found the feet of Vieirinha, who stroked across the face of goal for Dost to steal a march on three green and white shirts and ram home his sixth Bundesliga goal on the road this season
Chasing a game for the third time this calendar year, Fürth's route one approach proved fruitless, with Wolfsburg more than happy to swarm target man Gerald Asamoah and start again from the back. Diego was inevitably involved whenever the Wolves did venture forward, but Dieter Hecking's men almost paid the price for momentarily switching off as Nikola Djurdjic warmed the palms of Diego Benaglio.
Djurdjic was on the receiving end of an even more presentable opportunity after the restart, but could only send a tame drive straight at the keeper. For all their endeavour, Fürth were largely restricted to speculative shots from range, with Edgar Prib chancing his arm and sending a dipping effort past the post in the 70th minute.
Wolfsburg's performance was professional if nothing else, and with the Fürth legs tiring, the patient Wolves looked by far the more likely to add to their tally. Second-half substitute Ivica Olic struck on the turn, before Dost tried his luck with two minutes left on the clock to no avail. The win puts breathing space between Wolfsburg and the bottom three, but leaves Fürth floundering, twelve points behind 15th-placed Fortuna Düsseldorf.
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