Saturday April 7, 2012 Day 32 Finished Reebok Stadium

Bolton Wanderers 0 - 3 Fulham

  • Dempsey 30’, 45’
  • Diarra 80’

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  1. Fulham hammer Bolton

    Fulham hammer Bolton

    Clint Dempsey scored twice as Fulham beat Bolton 3-0 at the Reebok Stadium to end the Trotters' excellent run of Premier League form. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • Fulham
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • - A magnificent victory for Fulham - but Bolton will be furious at missing this chance to steal a march on their relegation rivals.
    • 90'+3 Sam Ricketts manages to go in the book in the final seconds for bringing down Dempsey, but the whistle then goes to end Bolton's pain.
    • 90'+2 Bolton still push for a consolation, Petrov thumping in a hot - but Hughes is there in the last minute as he was from the start to make a block.
    • 90'+1 Trotta now also forces a save from Bogdan after making space to try a left foot shot.
    • 90' Substitute Frei makes a run up the right for Fulham and cuts in, but there's nothing on and Bogdan collects.
    • 89' Three added minutes to play.
    • 88' Trotta comes on for his league debut for Fulham. Kacaniklic makes way for him.
    • 87' Petrov pings in a ball from the left, but Schwarzer is there to collect it yet again.
    • 85' Bolton keep plugging away, hard to see anything coming out of it though.
    • 84' Duff - the clear man of the match - comes off after a stunning performance. Frei comes on.
    • 83' Bolton ping it around the box until Petrov picks out Eagles, who is unmarked, but his shot flies well over from 10 yards out.
    • 82' A mistake by Dembele in the box turns the ball over to Bolton in the area...
    • 81' That really is it for Bolton, and the home fans are heading for the exits already.
    • 80' IT'S 3-0! Fulham hit on the break up the left, Riise is unchallenged and delivers a ball across to the box where Diarra is there to slot the ball home from five yards!
    • 79' Duff, Dempsey and Fulham finally seem to be running out of puff at last, but the game is pretty much safe now.
    • 78' The free kick is looped in by Eagles, straight into the hands of Schwarzer.
    • 77' Stephen Kelly concedes a free kick to Bolton with a failed attempt to kick Kevni Davies in the head.
    • 76' Quarter of an hour left for Bolton to get something out of this, with bright sunshine breaking through now.
    • 75' Eagles picks out Klasnic, but the striker can't find space or time to get a shot away.
    • 74' Bolton come forward up the left and win a throw deep in Fulham's half.
    • 73' Possession stats show Fulham have had 57 per cent of the ball just now.
    • 72' Ruiz comes off, Dickson Etuhu replaces him.
    • 71' Ruiz lands badly on his left ankle with nobody else involved - he won't carry on.
    • 70' Klasnic is subbed on by Bolton, and immediately has a chance as Petrov delivers a pass to him in space in the box - but he miscontrols it, and as he regathers Hangeland and Riise are there to close him down.
    • 69' Petrov takes it, but it's caught by Schwarzer and Fulham come up again.
    • 68' Bolton finally get back into the game after that frenetic Fulham spell, winning a free kick 35 yards out.
    • 67' Owen Coyle must surely make another change, this is not going to plan...
    • 66' Aaron Hughes gets onto the corner but it's deflected away by Eagles. Danger over for now for Bolton.
    • 65' Duff wins a corner, once again beating Alonso on the right. Hard to remember the last time a full-back has been so outclassed by a winger.
    • 64' The way this match is going we could have had five goals in this second half - Fulham in the ascendency now though.
    • 63' Dempsey bursts forward again, looking for his hat-trick, but loses his feet running onto the through ball.
    • 62' Straight up the other end Fulham hit on the break, and Duff again forces Bogdan into a save to prevent a certain goal! The winger again cuts in from the right, beats his man and hits a left-footed shot that was on target.
    • 61' So close for Dempsey! A magical one-two with Ruiz, and the striker then beats the last defender and is set to grab his hat trick, but his shot goes the wrong side of the post.
    • 60' Great chance for Bolton! N'Gog is onto a through-ball and is charging into a one-on-one with Schwarzer, but Riise barges in at the last second to clear the ball!
    • 59' That was just Fulham's third shot on target...
    • 58' Fulham hit on the break and it's Duff up the right once more, first getting in a cross that is batted back to him, then forcing a terrific diving save from Bogdan.
    • 57' Davies releases Eagles on the right - he gets a ball in to N'Gog that is intercepted by Hughes. Eagles gets the ball in again and gets in two more balls, but Fulham again hold firm.
    • 56' Eagles takes the free kick from the left flank, but it flies straight off for a goal kick.
    • 55' Alonso gets one over Duff at long last by winning a free kick off the winger for handball.
    • 54' Kevin Davies gets involved again, laying a ball off for Petrov to have a crack from the edge of the box. It runs wide, but things going the right way for the hosts.
    • 53' Bolton looking much better already - they've immediately got more width and spark going forward.
    • 52' Mark Davies penalised for a tackle from behind on Brian Ruiz. Nice facial reaction by Ruiz - you'd have thought he'd been run through with a broadsword rather than clipped on the heel.
    • 51' From the restart Mark Davies tries a long throw that is caught directly by Schwarzer.
    • 50' The corner is headed safely off by Aaron Hughes, but there's a clash of heads and we'll have a brief bit of treatment.
    • 49' Kevin Davies has also been brought on by Bolton (for Pratley), and now he gets in on the action too as Bolton win a corner.
    • 48' Fulham were sitting back and playing on the break at 0-0 - so at 2-0 up we're not expecting any changes to the tactics in the second half!
    • 47' Early free kick for Bolton, and it's Eagles who will take - just outside the box on the left... He tries to whip in a fierce curler, but it doesn't curl enough and flies wide of the top right corner.
    • 46' We're back in action at the Reebok Stadium, with the ineffective Miyaichi being replaced by Chris Eagles at half-time.
    • 45'+1 Boos from the home fans as the whistle goes, but as the players head off into their two separate tunnels it looks like Fulham already have the three points wrapped up.
    • 45' IT'S 2-0! DEMPSEY AGAIN! Once more Duff makes Alonso look stupid up the right flank, delivering an inch-perfect cross which gives Dempsey a tap-in header from point-blank range.
    • 45' Petrov collects the ball from the Fulham corner and intentionall fires it at Riise to send it off for a goal kick.
    • 44' Fulham break again, this time up the left and Kacaniklic forces Reo-Coker to concede a corner.
    • 43' Petrov - Bolton's best player this half - again makes something happen on the left flank, but Fulham are still defending as if they're in the last five minutes of a Cup clash with a one-goal lead.
    • 42' On the break Fulham take it up the right once more - Duff is running rings around Aonso on that flank - and when the ball comes in Dempsey is just inches short of getting his head to the ball to nod in a second goal.
    • 41' Bolton get another bite at the cherry as Reo-Coker finds space coming through the middle. His shot is a miserable travesty, though, straight at Schwarzer.
    • 40' Petrov gets another ball in, and this time Aaron Hughes clears it with a glancing header to keep it out of Bolton attackers' reach.
    • 39' Petrov gets a looping cross in to Miyaichi, but he can't head it on target. Bolton regain it though...
    • 38' Bolton still trying to build some moves, but Fulham are more than happy to soak up the pressure. They were content to sit back and play on the break even before the goal, hard to see them changing that now.
    • 37' Duff works yet another lovely move up the right, his ball into the box overhit and running off for a goal kick. But the Irishman is in irresistible form today.
    • 36' Dempsey's free kick is just the ninth goal away from home this season for Fulham.
    • 35' Miyaichi makes a run to the right corner for the hosts, but his ball in trundles meekly into Schwarzer's arms.
    • 34' Duff and Ruiz link up on the right as Fulham look like tearing Bolton open - Stephen Kelly gets a chance at an overhead kick and hits it well but can't find the target.
    • 32' Fulham come forward again, starting to open up Bolton at will.
    • 31' That was a beauty from Dempsey - with a wonderful controlled curve to the ball's flight that could have come straight out of The Masters over at Augusta.
    • 30' GOAL! It's Clint Dempsey, who steps up to the free kick and curls it perfectly round the wall into the top corner!
    • 29' N'Gog on thin ice, first with a shoulder barge challenge on Hughes and then a trip of Ruiz. Free kick Fulham, 30 yards out.
    • 28' Petrov finally escapes on the left to get a ball in to Miyaichi, but the Japanese starlet can do nothing with it.
    • 27' Bolton trying the slow build-up again, but still Fulham's packed defence is there to stop them at every turn.
    • 26' Petrov takes the corner - it's a poor ball in that Alonso does well to make contact with, even if his ambitious attempt to glance it in from the near post only ends up sending the ball out of play.
    • 25' Petrov earns a corner off Kelly with decent work on the left flank.
    • 24' GOAL DISALLOWED FOR FULHAM! Fulham hit on the break and Duff makes another lovely run, making Alonso look silly before taking his shot. It deflects to Dempsey, who knocks it in - but the flag is up.
    • 23' Petrov takes it, but it's an awful free kick into the box that Diarra heads cleanly away.
    • 22' Bolton finally get something as Riise is penalised for a very marginal foul. Free kick on the right flank deep in Fulham's half.
    • 21' Bolton decide to try the patient build-up, keeping the ball and moving well, but Fulham's black-clad defence is there to close down every gap.
    • 20' A couple of long balls on either side end up going straight to each of the keepers.
    • 19' Duff cuts inside at last, beats Alonso and cracks off a shot that is hit well but misses the right upright by a clear two yards.
    • 18' A slow Fulham move finally sparks up as Duff gets it and makes a jinking run up the right...
    • 17' Fulham boot it straight back upfield - plenty of route one stuff on show so far here - and lose the ball immediately.
    • 16' Free kick to Bolton as Hangeland trips N'Gog, but Fulham steal the ball straight back.
    • 15' Bolton win a free kick in their own half, it's thundered into the box by Bogdan where it finds N'Gog. He can only poke it straight at Schwarzer.
    • 14' N'Gog clears the corner and Bolton hit on the break - Davies and Pratley combine to open up a chance, with N'Gog delivering a pass for Miyaichi in the box. But the home fans are left groaning as the Japanese teenager spoons it lifelessly over the bar.
    • 13' Excellent run by Duff up the right, ended with an excellent dangerous cross that Wheater has to head out for a corner.
    • 12' It's all very pedestrian at the moment - Martin Jol looks like he'd be happy to sit down on the bench and nod off for a bit.
    • 11' Fulham definitely shading the possession at the moment and getting the decisions too as Mike Dean makes the baffling decision to penalise David Wheater for an immaculate sliding tackle.
    • 10' The corner is taken by Petrov but pumped into the middle of the six-yard box where Mark Schwarzer takes it with ease.
    • 9' Bolton break up the left again but Aaron Hughes is there to clear the danger, conceding a corner.
    • 8' Davies has too much to do and too little support, getting closed down by Ruiz who is tracking back, but Bolton steal it back and come up again only for Alonso's cross to fly straight out for a goal kick.
    • 7' Solid work from Kacaniklic on the left ends up winning Fulham a throw - Mark Davies collects and clears and Bolton will hit on the break.
    • 6' Fairly sleepy early exchanges here being dominated by a battle for dominance in midfield.
    • 5' Half-chance for Fulham as Bryan Ruiz beats the offside trap to latch onto a long ball through the centre by Hangeland - Bogdan comes out to claim it, but an early open door for the visitors.
    • 4' Dembele wins a free kick in the middle of the park for Fulham, but Martin Jol's men quickly lose the ball.
    • 3' Kelly leaps to head the corner clear of the box.
    • 2' Bolton win the first corner of the match as Petrov's cross glances off Kelly.
    • 1' Fulham kick off, and we're under way at the Reebok Stadium.
    • 14:58 A big cheer for Owen Coyle as he trots out with his men, the fans applauding him for having been named Manager of the Month for March.
    • 14:55 It's a gloomy, grey and chilly day in Lancashire for this match, but it's stayed dry and there's little breeze.
    • 14:50 This is a great chance for Owen Coyle's men to take a jump towards survival. All four clubs below Bolton in the league have brutal tougher matches this weekend: Wigan head to Chelsea, Wolves travel to Stoke and Blackburn are at West Brom, while tomorrow QPR play United at Old Trafford. With Fulham having no chance of European football and no danger of relegation, Bolton will never have a better chance of stealing a march.
    • 14:45 Not all the history points towards Fulham winning: Owen Coyle’s side have kept just two clean sheets in their last 18 games at the Reebok Stadium, but still have three wins in their last six league matches on this turf. Fulham, meanwhile, have won just once in their last 10 away games in the league.
    • 14:40 The Cottagers have a habit of doing well against Bolton: Fulham have won 11 matches against Bolton in the Premier League, more than against any other opponent. Bolton, by contrast, haven't won any of their last nine Premier League matches against the Londoners, though they have nabbed a point on four of those occasions.
    • 14:35 Fulham have their unofficial Bolton specialist up front today: Clint Dempsey has netted three goals in his last two games against Bolton.
    • 14:30 TEAMS - Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Wheater, Ream, Alonso, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Eagles, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Sordell //// Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Dembele, Diarra, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Dempsey. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Etuhu, Frei, Davies, Trotta
    • 14:25 Fulham had a tough March: they earned a win against Norwich last week thanks to some backs-to-the-wall defending, but three defeats on the bounce before that has seen them stall in mid-table. Premier League standings
    • 14:20 Bolton come into the match on the back of three consecutive wins in the league, a string of results that has been a massive shot in the arm for their hopes of survival in the top flight. The motivating factor of playing for a stricken team-mate has undeniably been a boost for the club. Jol: Bolton galvanised by Muamba
    • 14:15 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Easter Saturday clash between Bolton and Fulham at the Reebok Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 83' Bolton ping it around the box until Petrov picks out Eagles, who is unmarked, but his shot flies well over from 10 yards out.
    • 80' IT'S 3-0! Fulham hit on the break up the left, Riise is unchallenged and delivers a ball across to the box where Diarra is there to slot the ball home from five yards!
    • 70' Klasnic is subbed on by Bolton, and immediately has a chance as Petrov delivers a pass to him in space in the box - but he miscontrols it, and as he regathers Hangeland and Riise are there to close him down.
    • 61' So close for Dempsey! A magical one-two with Ruiz, and the striker then beats the last defender and is set to grab his hat trick, but his shot goes the wrong side of the post.
    • 60' Great chance for Bolton! N'Gog is onto a through-ball and is charging into a one-on-one with Schwarzer, but Riise barges in at the last second to clear the ball!
    • 58' Fulham hit on the break and it's Duff up the right once more, first getting in a cross that is batted back to him, then forcing a terrific diving save from Bogdan.
    • 45' IT'S 2-0! DEMPSEY AGAIN! Once more Duff makes Alonso look stupid up the right flank, delivering an inch-perfect cross which gives Dempsey a tap-in header from point-blank range.
    • 42' On the break Fulham take it up the right once more - Duff is running rings around Aonso on that flank - and when the ball comes in Dempsey is just inches short of getting his head to the ball to nod in a second goal.
    • 30' GOAL! It's Clint Dempsey, who steps up to the free kick and curls it perfectly round the wall into the top corner!
    • 24' GOAL DISALLOWED FOR FULHAM! Fulham hit on the break and Duff makes another lovely run, making Alonso look silly before taking his shot. It deflects to Dempsey, who knocks it in - but the flag is up.
    • 14' N'Gog clears the corner and Bolton hit on the break - Davies and Pratley combine to open up a chance, with N'Gog delivering a pass for Miyaichi in the box. But the home fans are left groaning as the Japanese teenager spoons it lifelessly over the bar.
    • 14:30 TEAMS - Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Wheater, Ream, Alonso, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Ngog, Petrov. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Eagles, Knight, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Sordell //// Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Dembele, Diarra, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Dempsey. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Etuhu, Frei, Davies, Trotta

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