A Watford fan is fighting for his life after he was attacked by a group in the wake his side's 2-2 draw at with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

The 44-year-old was walking to Wolverhampton train station at about 5pm to catch a train home to Hemel Hempstead when the group he was with were "completely outnumbered" by a larger group in Littles Lane.

Detective inspector Ronan Tyrer from West Midlands Police, said: "The group of friends were completely outnumbered and the victim suffered a severe head injury which has left him in a critical condition in hospital.

"His family have been informed and we are in the process of taking statements from witnesses and locating any CCTV which might have captured those responsible for the attack. I would urge anyone with information which will help our investigation to contact me as soon as possible on 101."

Watford released a statement in the wake of the attack: "The thoughts of everyone associated with Watford FC are with a Hornets' supporter – at yesterday's game – who is now critically ill after an unprovoked post-match attack."

Anyone not wishing to speak to a police officer can give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.