Saturday December 17, 2011 Day 16 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

  • Dempsey 32’
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  1. Fulham brush past Bolton

    Fulham brush past Bolton

    Fulham heaped more misery on beleaguered Bolton boss Owen Coyle with a comfortable 2-0 win in their Premier League clash at Craven Cottage. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+2' The full-time whistle goes at Craven Cottage, and it has been a consummate display from the hosts, who beat beleaguered Bolton 2-0 courtesy of goals from Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz! Owen Coyle will come under increased pressure, while Martin Jol's side have responded well to being dumped out of Europe in midweek. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+1' The visitors stride forward through Mark Davies, but another move breaks down as Ngog's touch lets him down once more.
    • 90' There will be two added minutes at the end of this second half, and Bolton are devoid of ideas in the final third.
    • 89' Baird is cynically tugged from behind by Mark Davies, and Fulham can build once more from halfway.
    • 88' Eagles concedes yet another corner for Fulham, and the hosts are receiving a terrific support from a set of very happy home fans.
    • 87' Hangeland is almost on hand to head the ball home at the back post as Johnson stands the ball up invitingly, but his delivery is slightly too deep!
    • 86' It's desperate stuff at the back from Bolton as Ruiz almost breaks through once more from the right, and Fulham are flying.
    • 85' Dembele strides purposefully upfield after receiving the ball on the edge of the Fulham box, and he makes good ground before Alonso intervenes.
    • 84' Eagles drives a speculative shot on target from 25 yards out, but it's a pretty average effort and Stockdale saves.
    • 83' It's far too easy for Fulham now as they continue to keep possession and Bolton look devoid of ideas.
    • 82' Murphy almost slips in Ruiz with a precise through ball, but Cahill does well to get a faint touch on the ball to deflect it wide.
    • 81' Johnson and Ruiz continue to combine to good effect, and Fulham are looking a class outfit.
    • 79' Murphy is booked for a late challenge on Reo-Coker, and that was purely mistimed and clumsy.
    • 78' Stockdale pulls off a solid save down low to his right as Muamba drives a low shot from 25 yards.
    • 77' Ruiz goes wide with a free kick 25 yards out, then curls a promising effort from range over the bar as he continues to look bright.
    • 75' Muamba hauls down Dempsey on the edge of the Bolton box, and he is perhaps lucky to remain on the field.
    • 74' Fulham have Bolton pegged firmly back in their own half, and the hosts are thriving here.
    • 73' Ngog's body language is poor as he shrugs following a sloppy touch, and he has provided very little since his introduction.
    • 72' Dembele has a shot blocked as he looks to test Jaaskelainen from the edge of the Bolton box, and the visitors remain on the back foot.
    • 71' Eagles picks up the ball on the edge of the Fulham box, but he drives his shot wide of the far post, and another potential opening comes to nothing.
    • 69' Johnson again makes hay down the right, and his cut back to Dempsey sees the American drag his shot wide!
    • 68' Jaaskelainen lumps a long ball upfield, but Ngog is subdued and unable to bring the ball down.
    • 67' Hangeland continues to marshal the Fulham back four to great effect, and the imposing defender is dominant.
    • 65' Dempsey almost makes it three! Johnson does superbly to charge down the right and drill a stunning ball across the six-yard box, but the diving Dempsey cannot quite bundle the ball home at the back post!
    • 64' STAT: Fulham have won four and lost none of the last eight Premier League games against Bolton.
    • 63' Bolton are simply unable to exert any pressure in the Fulham half, and it is all too comfortable for Jol's men.
    • 61' Gretar Steinsson is booked for a clumsy challenge on Johnson, and Fulham continue to pile on the pressure.
    • 60' Bolton have lost 17 of their last 20 Premier League matches (W3 D0 L17), a run which started with a 0-3 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage.
    • 59' Alonso very cynically bundles over Dempsey, who was making a dangerous run down the left before being hauled down.
    • 57' Ngog is a lively presence for Bolton, but is unable to hold the ball up in the manner of Davies before him.
    • 56' Hangeland for once dallies inside the Fulham box, and Muamba is able to drive a low shot on target, but Stockdale is able to save pretty comfortably.
    • 55' On comes David Ngog as Coyle withdraws Kevin Davies, and the striker/captain is not happy with that decision.
    • 54' Fulham continue to dominate the possession, and you would not think Bolton were trying to chase this game.
    • 53' What a chance for Ruiz! The ball breaks loose for the forward inside the Bolton box, but he is challenged by Cahill just as he looks to shoot!
    • 52' Stockdale is very alert as he flies off his line to smother a loose ball and ensures that Klasnic is not afforded a shot at goal.
    • 51' Bolton break from deep through Muamba, but there is no cutting edge in attack for the visitors.
    • 50' Fulham enjoy a good spell of possession, stroking the ball around at the back with very little pressure.
    • 49' Johnson is picked out by Ruiz on the edge of the Bolton box, but he can only plant a pretty tame shot on target.
    • 48' Mark Davies wins a free kick in the Fulham half as Dembele makes a rather late challenge on the midfielder, but the hosts are not troubled.
    • 47' Bolton have lost all 12 previous PL matches when conceding the first goal this season, and have not come from two goals down in a PL away match in seven years.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Craven Cottage, and Chris Eagles has replaced Darren Pratley in the only change.
    • - George Currie reckons it's about time Fulham showed some attacking flair and says they cannot afford to sit back in the second half and invite pressure. What do others think?
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at Craven Cottage, and Fulham lead Bolton 2-0 and it could be more! Dempsey and Ruiz have got themselves on the scoresheet, and the second was a sublime effort. What was your assessment of that first half? What do you see the final scoreline being? Get in touch with me on Twitter...
    • 45+1' Fulham are cutting Bolton to shreads! Johnson beats Boyata with ease but cannot find Dembele with his cut back, before Ruiz wins a corner with fine play at the back post!
    • 45' There will be two added minutes at the end of this first half with Fulham very comfortable indeed.
    • 44' Etuhu produces a superb, lung-busting run through the heart of the Bolton half, only to lack the final ball to Johnson.
    • 43' Fulham have only won two of their last nine Premier League games at Craven Cottage (W2 D4 L3), though they did win last time out against Liverpool.
    • 42' Muamba is booked for a poor challenge on Johnson, and the Bolton midfielder has no qualms about being cautioned for that.
    • 41' It's a very promising opening for Bolton as Reo-Coker gets in down the right and cuts the ball back for Mark Davies, but he scuffs his shot poorly and Stockdale saves comfortably!
    • 40' Ivan Klasnic has scored Bolton’s last two goals at Craven Cottage, one in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup.
    • 39' Boyata wins a header inside the Fulham box, but again Bolton lack the clinical final touch as he goes wide.
    • 38' Bolton enjoy a fleeting spell of possession, before Klasnic drags a tame shot wide of the far post from the edge of the Fulham box.
    • 37' Fulham continue to dominate the possession, and it's a shell-shocked Bolton they're facing now.
    • 36' STAT: Fulham have won eight and lost none of their 10 Premier League home matches against Bolton.
    • 35' Bolton are utterly stunned by that, and Fulham thoroughly deserve their advantage with two clinical finishes.
    • 34' GOAL!!!! RUIZ MAKES IT TWO! It's two goals in three minutes for Fulham as Ruiz turns from provider to scorer, switching roles with Dempsey as he latches on to a through ball from the American and proceeds to dink an exquisite and audacious chip over the head of Jaaskelainen!
    • 32' GOAL!!!!! DEMPSEY PUTS FULHAM IN FRONT! It's a quite stunning goal from Fulham as Ruiz hares down the right and whips over a pinpoint delivery with his left foot, and Dempsey glances a precise header into the far corner!
    • 32' It's all Fulham, and Bolton simply cannot alleviate the pressure on their goal.
    • 31' Ruiz is caught offside as he looks to get in behind Alonso down the right, and Bolton are handed a reprieve.
    • 30' Hangeland concedes a corner, but Bolton do not make the most of the set piece and Riise is able to clear comfortably.
    • 29' Hangeland does well to challenge Mark Davies inside the Fulham box with an impeccably timed interception.
    • 28' Finally, Bolton enjoy some possession of their own, and Pratley wins a corner for his side with a positive run down the right.
    • 27' Reo-Coker is booked for a bad foul on Murphy, and he cannot get close to the Fulham captain at the moment.
    • 26' Fulham win yet another corner, and Boyata is being attacked at every opportunity by Johnson.
    • 25' It's all Fulham, and Dembele wins a corner out on the right with a touch of trickery and Bolton cannot escape.
    • 24' Ruiz shows a touch of class with a sublime touch to beat Pratley inside the Bolton half, but he is eventually crowded out.
    • 23' Fulham rather waste the free kick, but Bolton continue to find themselves firmly under the cosh as the visitors are unable to clear.
    • 22' Jaaskelainen bides his time at the back before punting a long ball upfield, but Fulham quickly counter and Mark Davies brings down Dempsey in a dangerous area!
    • 21' Baird puts his goalkeeper under a great deal of pressure with a poor back pass, but Stockdale does well to beat the energetic Mark Davies to the ball.
    • 20' Stockdale is a very composed presence at the back as he takes the ball past the onrushing Klasnic and clears upfield to Dempsey.
    • 19' What a chance! Murphy whips over a devilish delivery from a corner out on the left, but Hangeland can only head wide after towering above Knight and Cahill to win the header!
    • 18' Johnson blasts a snap shot towards target from inside the Bolton box, but it's blocked by Alonso and deflected behind for a corner.
    • 17' Fulham have enjoyed a staggering 80 per cent of the possession in the last five minutes, and Bolton have not managed to settle.
    • 16' Ruiz almost picks out Riise with a sublime reverse-pass out to the left, but the full-back cannot quite keep the ball in play on the stretch.
    • 15' Riise gets down the left at pace with a purposeful run, but he drags his effort wide of the far post with a fierce strike.
    • 14' Murphy loses the ball after a sudden aberration, but Klasnic slices a tame shot wide and out of play after a spirited run.
    • 13' Fulham keep possession in their own half with consummate ease, and Klasnic and Davies are sitting very deep.
    • 12' Murphy is brought down by Re-Coker, and he is perhaps fortunate not to be booked as the challenge was very late and clumsy.
    • 11' Knight concedes a corner kick as Fulham continue to pile on the pressure, and the hosts are looking very bright.
    • 10' STAT: The only teams who have avoided the drop after accumulating less than 10 points after 16 match rounds (Bolton now have 9 after 15) are Wigan in 2007/2008 and Coventry City in 1995/1996.
    • 9' What a chance for Johnson! The striker races through on goal as he plays a slick one two with Dempsey and gets in behind Knight, but his shot runs agonisingly wide of the far post as Jaaskelainen rushes out!
    • 8' Riise hurls a long throw into the Bolton box, but the visitors manage to clear through a header from Cahill.
    • 7' Murphy almost picks out Johnson with a very bright through ball, but he plays it slightly too late and the offside flag is swiftly raised.
    • 6' Davies does superbly to dispossess Etuhu before finding Klasnic, and eventually Reo-Coker cuts in from the right and fires a low shot narrowly wide of the far post with Stockdale very concerned!
    • 5' Ruiz is almost picked out in space down the right by Senderos, but the delivery is a touch too deep and it runs out of play.
    • 4' Murphy is furious with Riise for not playing the ball safely on the floor and instead squandering possession to Cahill with a wild pass.
    • 3' Hangeland picks out Johnson with good vision, but the forward is quickly crowded out by Bolton defenders, desperate not to give him any time on the ball.
    • 2' Knight clips a raking diagonal ball over towards Davies from a free kick deep inside the Bolton half, but Fulham defend it well through Riise.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Craven Cottage, and immediately Johnson chases eagerly after a long ball from Senderos, but to no avail.
    • 14:55 Danny Murphy and Kevin Davies lead out the two sides, and we're just five minutes from kick off now at Craven Cottage...
    • 14:50 Right, it's time to post your pre-match predictions ahead of kick off... what do you think the scoreline will be? Who do you think will get on the scoresheet? Get in touch on Twitter...
    • 14:45 Martin Jol believes Fulham can get back to winning ways against Bolton - even without Bobby Zamora. The Cottagers suffered last-gasp heartache in the Europa League on Wednesday, with Odense netting a stoppage-time equaliser that saw them miss out on the knockout stage, but the Dutchman believes "There is always some positives in everything."
    • 14:40 David Stockdale is in goal for Fulham for the first time in the PL this season. Last season, he replaced Mark Schwarzer in seven PL matches, losing once and conceding just six goals in total. He has just returned from a loan spell at Ipswich where he kept one clean sheet in his last nine matches, and conceded 15 goals in his last five matches.
    • 14:35 Fulham have kept a clean-sheet in their last three PL matches against Bolton. They have only kept a PL opponent from scoring in four matches in a row against Sunderland (Dec 2009 – Nov 2011 (still running) and Leicester City (Sep 2001 – Apr 2004 (still running).
    • 14:30 STAT: Owen Coyle has lost 39 of his 74 PL matches in charge of Bolton, the same amount as his predecessor Gary Megson, who was in charge for 84 PL matches until he was replaced.
    • 14:25 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Fulham: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Ruiz, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Orlando Sa, Gecov, Duff, Hughes, Frei /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Mark Davies, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Robinson, Eagles, Sanli, Petrov, Ngog
    • 14:20 Martin Jol: "Now we can focus now on the games in the league. If you look at the league table, we need to focus on wins and getting points on the board. We need to try and win these home games (like Bolton). We talked about it, we look forward now and we don't have to play all these matches (across Europe)."
    • 14:15 Owen Coyle: "I was very fortunate to be here as a player and the fans were very kind. They knew the type of player I was - not the best player in the world, but I was wholehearted and I gave everything I could. That is the same now as a manager, but you have to accept that the fans pay good money to come and support the club loyally, home and away, and we have to start giving them something back."
    • 14:10 TEAM NEWS: Fulham striker Bobby Zamora faces a late fitness test. The 30-year-old has an issue with his left knee and will be assessed on Saturday, although midfielder Simon Davies (back) and goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer (spine) will definitely miss out. The latter will be replaced by David Stockdale, while Fulham will be able to call upon skipper Danny Murphy (ankle) along with attackers Bryan Ruiz (ineligible) and Andrew Johnson (suspension) after the midweek Europa League draw with Odense.
    • 14:05 Bolton striker Ivan Klasnic is fit after recovering from a knee injury. Klasnic sustained the problem in the 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, a fixture missed by Wanderers midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker, who has been sidelined with a hamstring complaint but could make his comeback at Craven Cottage. Defender David Wheater is unavailable again as he serves the third game of his four-match suspension.
    • 14:00 Fulham host struggling Bolton Wanderers in their Premier League encounter at Craven Cottage with both sides seeking valuable points.
  • Summary

    • 65' Dempsey almost makes it three! Johnson does superbly to charge down the right and drill a stunning ball across the six-yard box, but the diving Dempsey cannot quite bundle the ball home at the back post!
    • 53' What a chance for Ruiz! The ball breaks loose for the forward inside the Bolton box, but he is challenged by Cahill just as he looks to shoot!
    • 41' It's a very promising opening for Bolton as Reo-Coker gets in down the right and cuts the ball back for Mark Davies, but he scuffs his shot poorly and Stockdale saves comfortably!
    • 34' GOAL!!!! RUIZ MAKES IT TWO! It's two goals in three minutes for Fulham as Ruiz turns from provider to scorer, switching roles with Dempsey as he latches on to a through ball from the American and proceeds to dink an exquisite and audacious chip over the head of Jaaskelainen!
    • 32' GOAL!!!!! DEMPSEY PUTS FULHAM IN FRONT! It's a quite stunning goal from Fulham as Ruiz hares down the right and whips over a pinpoint delivery with his left foot, and Dempsey glances a precise header into the far corner!
    • 19' What a chance! Murphy whips over a devilish delivery from a corner out on the left, but Hangeland can only head wide after towering above Knight and Cahill to win the header!
    • 9' What a chance for Johnson! The striker races through on goal as he plays a slick one two with Dempsey and gets in behind Knight, but his shot runs agonisingly wide of the far post as Jaaskelainen rushes out!
    • 6' Davies does superbly to dispossess Etuhu before finding Klasnic, and eventually Reo-Coker cuts in from the right and fires a low shot narrowly wide of the far post with Stockdale very concerned!
    • 14:25 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Fulham: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Ruiz, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey, Johnson, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Orlando Sa, Gecov, Duff, Hughes, Frei /// Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Alonso, Mark Davies, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Robinson, Eagles, Sanli, Petrov, Ngog

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