Saturday August 14, 2010 Day 1 Finished Reebok Stadium

  1. Stand-in Stockdale denies Bolton

    Stand-in Stockdale denies Bolton

    An inspired display by keeper David Stockdale earned new Fulham boss Mark Hughes a 0-0 draw with Bolton in their Premier League opener. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Fulham
    • 90'+4 And that's the final whistle. It's ended Bolton 0 Fulham 0, largely thanks to an inspired display by David Stockdale in the Fulham goal! It's a point apiece at the Reebok. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90'+4 Late, late free kick to Bolton. But that's a poor delivery. Into the Fulham box but there's not a Bolton man in sight as Fulham head clear.
    • 90'+3 Cahill gets a blow to the head for his trouble. He rubs it ruefully but is fine to continue.
    • 90'+2 The final seconds now as Etuhu almost gets on the end of a Zamora dinked pass.
    • 90'+2 And the ball is safely back with Jaaskelainen.
    • 90'+1 That's another Fulham corner. Cleared away again.
    • 90' We're into stoppage time.
    • 89' We're in the last minute of normal time as Elmander makes way for Ivan Klasnic.
    • 89' In it comes looking for Zamora. But it's Hughes with the header which Jaaskeainen gathers just under his bar!
    • 88' Late corner for Fulham. Simon Davies will take it.
    • 88' Zat Knight is named as man of the match by the Bolton tannoy. Have they not been watching Stockdale?
    • 86' Matthew Taylor comes on for Petrov while Muamba is replaced by Mark Davies.
    • 85' Bolton come forward now. That's a wayward pass whioch goes out for a throw. It gives Bolton boss Coyle a chance to make two changes.
    • 84' Simon Davies breaks for Fulham. The ball is sprayed out wide by Dempsey for Zamora. Jaaskelainen is quick to spot the danger and gathers.
    • 82' Simon Davies finds Kelly. Forced backwards. Etuhu picks it up. SHOOTS!! But that's a comfortable stop by the Bolton Keeper low down to his left.
    • 81' Last ten minutes. Both keepers are standing firm and it looks like a share of the spoils is on the cards.
    • 80' Finds DEMPSEY!! Great strike from the corner of the box!! Pushed away by Jaaskelainen!!
    • 79' Throw to Fulham. It's a relief to the Londoners to have the ball at the other end.
    • 78' HOLDEN!! Cuts inside and lets fly with a shot that beats Stockdale only to cannon off the post!! So close for Bolton!!
    • 77' Elmander caught offside this time. if anyone can break the deadlock, it's him. The Swede has been ivnolved in most of Bolton's chances today - while Zamora is looking a bit frustrated.
    • 76' Kevin davies has it. Finds Petrov. Petrov hooks it in, it takes a deflection which takes the sting off teh ball and it's hacked clear.
    • 75' We're in the last 15 minutes. Good play by Dempsey, but that's cleared away.
    • 74' And it is Dempsey who comes on for Zoltan Gera.
    • 73' Zamora again involved as the ball drifts out and it looks like Fulham boss Hughes is lining up a change. Could be Clint Dempsey.
    • 71' Atwell's whistle blows again. Zamora complains and goes into the book for grabbing the ref's shirt!! He could have perhaps have seen red for that!
    • 71' We're in the last 20 minutes. It's been an entertaining match but can any team break the deadlock?
    • 70' Zamora looks to get on the end of a rare Fulham attack. The ball is shepherded back to Jaaskelainen.
    • 69' In comes the free kick. Punched clear by Stockdale.
    • 68' Foul by Duff on Muamba. Hauled the Bolton man to the ground right out of the wrestling manual and then has the cheek to complain! You have to admire his front!
    • 67' Owen Coyle shouts instructions while Hughes looks implacable.
    • 67' Thumped away by the Bolton backline. That's a chase for Elmander but Stockdale was always favourite to win that one.
    • 66' Gera tries to get Fulham moving, but that's away for a Fulham throw.
    • 64' This time the Bolton move breaks down on the edge of the Fulham box. Bolton have stepped it up here and look the team more likely to score at the moment.
    • 62' Mark Hughes' faith in David Stockdale has been more than rewarded so far!! Elmander must be wondering what he has to do to beat the stopper today!
    • 60' ELMANDER!! He's free in the box!! And again he's denied by the sprawling Stockdale. This is a personal duel but what a performance by the Fulham keeper!! Amazing!!
    • 60' Thumped into row Z by Knight, just inside the halfway line. That's a no-nonsense approach!
    • 59' GERA!! Tries the overhead kick in the box, but that's deflected to safety. Worth an effort that one!
    • 57' LEE!! The ball is crossed in and headed only as far as the South Korean. Doesn't quite catch it and that's comfortable for Stockdale.
    • 56' Lee Chung-Yong tumbles in the box under Murphy's challenge! Nothing doing says the ref. Boos around the Reebok but that looked the right decision!
    • 54' Sprayed out wide to the Bolton left. Muamba. It's knocked out, Steinsson with the quick throw. Possibly too quick as Fulham win possession.
    • 54' Poor control by Zamora following Murphy's pass. He raises a hand in apology.
    • 52' Jeers for ref Atwell as Hughes appears to stumble. He appeals and the ref gives the foul against the baffled Muamba. Poor decision by the man in the middle.
    • 51' In comes the ball from the Fulham left and there's Jaaskelainen to gather safely.
    • 50' Bright sunlight at the Reebok. Fortunately it's across the pitch and not in either keepers' eyes.
    • 48' That's almost one for Bolton!! Elmander swivels on the ball and cracks it goalwards with his left!! There's Stockdale again to tip the shot over the bar!! Great save!!
    • 47' In our comments board, Nick thinks 2-1 to Fulham. Potters-bar reckons 0-0 but is hoping for 8-1! What do you think?
    • 46' That's another foul to add to Bolton's account. In comes the free kick. Headed away.
    • 46' And away we go again! Zamora immediately felled by Knight.
    • - And the teams are out for the second half. Where will the first chance come from?
    • - We're almost ready for the second half. The stats point to Bolton having the edge with five shots on target to Fulham's two, while the visitors have conceded nine fouls to Bolton's seven. Thought we were hearing the whistle a bit today!
    • 45'+1 And that's the last action of the half. It's stalemate at the break - Bolton 0 Fulham 0.
    • 45'+1 Jaaskelainen launches it long. The ball bounces around before falling to MUAMBA!! The whistle's already gone for a foul as the ball is lashed wide!
    • 45' We're in the last minute.
    • 44' Confusion between Jaaskelainen and Robinson almost lets in Zamora!! The Finnish keeper spills Robinson's hefty header back! Words exchanged between the Bolton men.
    • 43' Poor control by Elmander gives Etuhu the chance to win the 50-50. Clips Elmander and the Fulham man is penalised. But the Swede went down easily there!
    • 41' Kevin Davies complains about ref Atwell's decision, but it'll be another Fulham free kick in their own half.
    • 40' Wer're in the last five minutes. It's been an even match so far with chances at either end. This could go either way!
    • 39' Fulham have bodies back as Bolton look to make inroads. But that'll be the first yellow of the match as Fabrice Muamba clatters Simon Davies.
    • 38' Meanwhile, cheers ring out around the Reebok as a fan is urged to phone home by the tannoy as his wife has gone into labour. Wonder if he'll wait for the end of the match?
    • 37' Cleared by a solid Fulham backline, but again Bolton come forward. That's a teasing cross and again Stockdale is there to gather under pressure.
    • 36' Lee Chung Yong tries to get his cross away, charged down and Bolton will have another corner.
    • 34' ELMANDER!! Dickson Etuhu is caught napping on the ball!! Elmander nips in and shoots!! There's Stockdale again to make the save!!
    • 33' Won back by Bolton. Holden has time to pick his pass. He's looking for Lee Chung-Yong. Haven't heard too much from the South Korean so far.
    • 32' Lofted ball by Knight. But again the Trotters have been penalised. Fulham free kick just inside their own half.
    • 31' In to the near post looking for Hangeland. That's headed well wide under pressure.
    • 31' Pumped in from just wide of the box. That's out for a Fulham corner.
    • 30' Zamora and Gera link up. Looks for Duff, half cleared and down goes Duff under Stuart Holden's clumsy challenge. Fulham free kick.
    • 28' Great take by Jaaskelainen. Clean as the proverbial whistle. Always good for defenders to see your keeper come and claim confidently.
    • 28' Fulham on the attack. In comes the cross, headed back across goal and the ball is put behind for a Fulham corner.
    • 27' Cushioned header by Aaron Hughes back to Stockdale. Apart from that one wobble, the keeper's started well.
    • 25' Zat Kight with the lofted ball into the area. Stockdale is underneath it but drops it under pressure! The keeper just recovers in time with Elmander drawing back his right foot to fire home!!
    • 22' This is turning into an absorbing match as we reach the halfway point of the first period.
    • 21' ZAMORA!! What an effort!! He spots Jaaskelaninen off his line and tries a cheeky chip with his left foot. It drifts over but what a strike that would have been!!
    • 21' Long ball in to the edge of the Bolton box. Too long and Bolton clear.
    • 18' MARTIN PETROV!! Great control to bring the ball under control and he drives it with his right!! There's Stockdale to make a clean save!! Good effort by the new boy!!
    • 17' And that's another free-kick to Bolton. Looks for Cahill but that's good Fulham defending.
    • 16' Slightly worrying headed pass back to Jaaskelainen. The Finnish keeper just made it in time with Zamora sniffing around!
    • 15' It finds Gary Cahill, but the defender can only head down and into Stockdale's arms.
    • 14' Corner for Bolton. Good chance to test Stockdale.
    • 14' Looks for Bobby Zamora but Bolton bring it away.
    • 13' Brede Hangeland is fouled just outside the centre circle. This one will be pumped forward again
    • 12' MURPHY!! Good interplay by Fulham on the edge of the box and Murphy fires narrowly wide - but Jussi Jaaskelainen looked to have it covered.
    • 11' Bit of head tennis at the Reebok. Murphy eventually comes away with it.
    • 10' JOHAN ELMANDER!! First real chance of the match and he's dragged it well wide of David Stockdale's goal.
    • 9' That's a nice cross in to the Bolton box. Stephen Kelly just can't get on the end of it.
    • 8' A view of Owen Coyle on the bench. He looks a little tense already. Only another 37 games to go Owen!
    • 7' Hoofed clear by the Cottagers defence. No finesse about that one!
    • 6' Sprayed out wide to Gretar Steinsson and that's a foul on Lee.
    • 5' Five minutes in and it's been a cagey start. Neither keeper has really seen the ball yet.
    • 4' Headed out and ref Atwell blows for a Bollton free-kick this time.
    • 4' Chipped ball up. Down goes Zoltan Gera, free-kick to Fulham some 30 yards out.
    • 2' Won back by the Trotters. Kevin Davies appeals for the throw and gets it.
    • 2' Foul on Danny Murphy gives Fulham the first free-kick of the match.
    • 1' Early long ball for Lee Chung-Yong to chase and that's out for a goal kick.
    • 1' And Bolton get us underway!
    • 14:58 And the teams are out! Bolton in their traditional white shirts with Fulham playing in their rather garish new red, black and white kit.
    • 14:55 Although Mr Al-Fayed doesn't quite view Hodgson's departure in the same light, accusing the former manager of 'taking advantage' following his move to Liverpool.
    • 14:53 So Fulham fans wait with bated breath to see if Mark Hughes can fill Roy Hodgson's considerable shoes after the Londoners enjoyed arguably their best ever season.
    • 14:52 Bolton boss Owen Coyle makes one change to the team that faced Osasuna, with defender Zat Knight returning to face his old club. Andy O'Brien makes way. New signing Martin Petrov makes his full debut.
    • 14:49 So new Fulham boss leaves Mark Schwarzer out of the Fulham squad. Schwarzer faced a late fitness test ahead because of a back problem, but Hughes' decision may have been influenced by his recent transfer request - with Arsenal waiting in the wings. David Stockdale comes in to replace the Aussie, while defender Paul Konchesky misses out with an ankle problem. Read about Schwarzer's transfer request here
    • 14:44 Our referee today is Stuart Attwell.
    • 14:37 And the teams are in! Bolton line up as: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Holden, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Ricketts, Blake, Andrew O'Brien. /// And the Fulham starting XI: Stockdale, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Kelly, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Gera, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Riise, Stoor, Dempsey, Greening, Elm.
    • 14:33 And it was another stalemate earlier in the season at Craven Cottage. Ivan Klasnic gave the visitors the lead, but Damian Duff's strike made sure the points were shared in a 1-1 draw.
    • 14:32 The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 0-0 draw, but Kevin Davies almost won it for Wanderers with a disputed disallowed 90th minute header.
    • 14:29 And Bolton have not won in their last six Premier League matches against Fulham. Their only win in eight was a 2-1 win at the Reebok in February 2007.
    • 14:29 But Fulham have the edge in the Premier League. In 18 meetings, the Londoners have won nine against Wanderers' three, with six draws.
    • 14:26 History is just about on Bolton's side. In 72 league encounters, the Trotters have won 27, Fulham 25 with 20 draws.
    • 14:23 Fulham's biggest ever opening Premier League win was a 4-1 victory against the Trotters in 2002. Last season saw another three points in an opening 1-0 win against Portsmouth.
    • 14:19 This will be the fifth consecutive time the Trotters have opened a campaign at home. But they've lost two out of the last three, including a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland last season.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of today's Premier League opener at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton Wanderers take on Fulham.
  • Summary

    • 89' In it comes looking for Zamora. But it's Hughes with the header which Jaaskeainen gathers just under his bar!
    • 82' Simon Davies finds Kelly. Forced backwards. Etuhu picks it up. SHOOTS!! But that's a comfortable stop by the Bolton Keeper low down to his left.
    • 80' Finds DEMPSEY!! Great strike from the corner of the box!! Pushed away by Jaaskelainen!!
    • 78' HOLDEN!! Cuts inside and lets fly with a shot that beats Stockdale only to cannon off the post!! So close for Bolton!!
    • 60' ELMANDER!! He's free in the box!! And again he's denied by the sprawling Stockdale. This is a personal duel but what a performance by the Fulham keeper!! Amazing!!
    • 59' GERA!! Tries the overhead kick in the box, but that's deflected to safety. Worth an effort that one!
    • 57' LEE!! The ball is crossed in and headed only as far as the South Korean. Doesn't quite catch it and that's comfortable for Stockdale.
    • 56' Lee Chung-Yong tumbles in the box under Murphy's challenge! Nothing doing says the ref. Boos around the Reebok but that looked the right decision!
    • 48' That's almost one for Bolton!! Elmander swivels on the ball and cracks it goalwards with his left!! There's Stockdale again to tip the shot over the bar!! Great save!!
    • 44' Confusion between Jaaskelainen and Robinson almost lets in Zamora!! The Finnish keeper spills Robinson's hefty header back! Words exchanged between the Bolton men.
    • 34' ELMANDER!! Dickson Etuhu is caught napping on the ball!! Elmander nips in and shoots!! There's Stockdale again to make the save!!
    • 25' Zat Kight with the lofted ball into the area. Stockdale is underneath it but drops it under pressure! The keeper just recovers in time with Elmander drawing back his right foot to fire home!!
    • 21' ZAMORA!! What an effort!! He spots Jaaskelaninen off his line and tries a cheeky chip with his left foot. It drifts over but what a strike that would have been!!
    • 18' MARTIN PETROV!! Great control to bring the ball under control and he drives it with his right!! There's Stockdale to make a clean save!! Good effort by the new boy!!
    • 12' MURPHY!! Good interplay by Fulham on the edge of the box and Murphy fires narrowly wide - but Jussi Jaaskelainen looked to have it covered.
    • 10' JOHAN ELMANDER!! First real chance of the match and he's dragged it well wide of David Stockdale's goal.
    • 14:37 And the teams are in! Bolton line up as: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Lee, Muamba, Holden, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Elmander. Subs: Bogdan, Taylor, Mark Davies, Klasnic, Ricketts, Blake, Andrew O'Brien. /// And the Fulham starting XI: Stockdale, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Kelly, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Gera, Zamora. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Riise, Stoor, Dempsey, Greening, Elm.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • G. Steinsson
      • G. Cahill
      • Z. Knight
      • P. Robinson
      • F. Muamba Yellow Card Substitution Out (86′)
      • S. Holden
      • C. Lee
      • M. Petrov Substitution Out (86′)
      • K. Davies
      • J. Elmander Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • I. Klasnic Substitution In90′
      • A. O'Brien
      • R. Blake
      • &. Bogdán
      • M. Taylor Substitution In86′
      • S. Ricketts
      • M. Davies Substitution In86′
    • Starting line-up

      • D. Stockdale
      • J. Pantsil Yellow Card
      • B. Hangeland
      • A. Hughes
      • S. Kelly
      • D. Etuhu
      • D. Murphy
      • S. Davies
      • Z. Gera Yellow Card Substitution Out (75′)
      • D. Duff
      • B. Zamora Yellow Card

      Subs

      • P. Zuberbühler
      • J. Greening
      • C. Baird
      • C. Dempsey Substitution In75′
      • B. Riise
      • D. Elm
      • F. Stoor
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