Saturday 9 April 2005, 3:00pm at Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Barclays Premier League
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
Okocha (pen) 13'; Nolan 33'; Giannakopoulos 54'
Fulham FC
Boa Morte 47'

13' Penalty

Jay Jay Okocha

33' Goal

Kevin Nolan

54' Goal

Stelios Giannakopoulos

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ricardo Gardner
Off:Vincent Candela

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Khalilou Fadiga
Off:Fernando Hierro

47' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

12' Red Card

Claus Jensen Card was given for a handball

13' Yellow Card

Liam Rosenior Card was given for dissent

61' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Steed Malbranque

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Andrew Cole

Jay-Jay Okocha (penalty), Kevin Nolan and Stelios Giannakopoulos got the goals to extend Bolton's unbeaten home run to six league games and consign the Whites to another defeat on the road.

Okocha scored from the spot after Claus Jensen had been sent off for handling. Andy Cole got Fulham's consolation goal. Fulham were also anxious to gain maximum points in an attempt to steer clear of the teams at the bottom. In former Blackburn and Manchester United striker Cole they carried a threat in and around the area. He had weighed in with 11 league goals before this game.

The match came to life in the 11th minute when Bolton took the lead and Fulham were reduced to 10 men. A corner from Stelios Giannakopoulos was headed powerfully towards goal by the giant figure of Bruno N'Gotty. However former Bolton midfielder Claus Jensen was deemed to have handled the ball on the line and was sent off by referee Dermot Gallagher. Fulham protested vigorously - Liam Rosenior was booked - but Okocha stayed calm to send Edwin van der Sar the wrong way from the penalty spot. It was just the start Bolton wanted but there was a sense of lingering injustice in the Fulham camp.

Cole tried his luck from 25 yards as Fulham hit back on the counter but his effort went wide of the target by some distance.

Bolton almost added a second in the 21st minute when N'Gotty launched a free-kick forward. Kevin Nolan took the ball in his stride and cracked in a volley only to see van der Sar tip his effort superbly over the top.

Bolton were enjoying the majority of possession and Fernando Hierro released Nolan after 31 minutes. He cut inside and cleverly laid the ball into the path of Okocha 20 yards out. However he dragged his effort wide of the target.

Bolton went 2-0 in the 33rd minute thanks to Nolan's fourth goal of the season. Okocha delivered a deep cross and Kevin Davies flicked the ball on to Nolan, who steered a header beyond van der Sar and into the corner.

Nolan missed a clear chance of extending Bolton's advantage in the 37th minute when Okocha played the ball into the area. He seemed to be taken by surprise and hooked a shot wide front in front of the posts when it seemed easier to score.


A poor clearance from Clark landed at the feet of Hierro 20 yards out but he sent his effort into the crowd, much to the relief of the visitors. Bolton were knocking the ball around in style as half-time approached and looking worthy of their high status in the table.

The home side made a lively start to the second half and Greece winger Stelios Giannakopoulos whipped in a volley in the 46th minute that was blocked by Alain Goma. However a minute later Fulham pulled a goal back when Luis Boa Morte scored at the back post after being set up by Cole.

That stunned the home supporters who had seen their team dominate the first half. Now it was Bolton's turn to look edgy despite having a one-man advantage. N'Gotty got a touch of the jitters under pressure from Cole when Clark played the ball forward and conceded a corner.

Bolton, however, restored their two-goal advantage in the 54th minute after a poor clearance from van der Sar. Nolan was first to react and delivered a glorious through-ball to Giannakopoulos, whose finish was emphatic. Bolton kept up the pressure and Giannakopoulos saw his close-range header deflected to safety following a cross from Hunt.

It was becoming an uphill struggle for Fulham, who had previously won only three league games on the road this season.

Okocha was looking back to his old self in the middle of the park while Nolan and Giannakopoulos were also putting in solid shifts. The Nigerian continued to try his luck on goal and rattled in a shot after 63rd minutes that was blocked by Moritz Volz.

This was a good spell by Bolton, who seemed to have recovered from conceding a goal at the start of the second half. Fulham continued to make a decent fist of it despite being a man down and two goals behind. Brian McBride thought he added a second goal only for Bolton defender Nicky Hunt to get a vital touch on the line. Collins John then went close for Fulham but Ricardo Gardner somehow managed to hook his effort off the line. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 9 April 2005
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 25,493

Referee: Dermot Gallagher

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; Hunt, Ben Haim, N'Gotty, Candela (Gardner 84'); Giannakopoulos, Speed, Okocha, Hierro (Fadiga 84'); Nolan; Davies

Unused substitutes: Poole, Jaidi, Pedersen


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Goma, Rosenior; Malbranque (Radzinski 80'), Clark, Claus Jensen, Boa Morte; McBride, Cole (John 82')

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Bocanegra, Pembridge

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 32 81
2 Arsenal 32 70
3 Manchester United 31 67
4 Everton 31 51
5 Liverpool 32 50
6 Bolton Wanderers 32 49
7 Middlesbrough 32 45
8 Charlton Athletic 32 44
9 Tottenham Hotspur 31 43
10 Aston Villa 31 41
11 Manchester City 32 40
12 Newcastle United 30 38
13 Birmingham City 32 37
14 Blackburn Rovers 32 36
15 Portsmouth 32 34
16 Fulham 31 33
17 Southampton 32 27
18 West Bromwich Albion 31 27
19 Crystal Palace 31 26
20 Norwich City 31 20
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-1-1)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • 2Nicky Hunt
  • 26Tal Ben Haim
  • 5Bruno N'Gotty
  • Vincent Candela
  • 7Stelios Giannakopoulos
  • 6Gary Speed
  • 10Jay Jay Okocha
  • Fernando Hierro
  • 4Kevin Nolan
  • 14Kevin Davies
  • 1Kevin Poole
  • 15Radhi Jaidi
  • 11Ricardo Gardner
  • 39Khalilou Fadiga
  • 9Henrik Pedersen
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 17Collins John