Sunday 26 February 2006, 1:00pm at Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Barclays Premier League
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
o.g. Helguson 45'; Nolan 68'
Fulham FC
Helguson 22'

45' Own-goal

Heidar Helguson

68' Goal

Kevin Nolan

42' Yellow Card

Kevin Nolan Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gary Speed
Off:Abdoulaye Faye

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ricardo Vaz Te
Off:Hidetoshi Nakata

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tal Ben Haim
Off:Jay Jay Okocha

22' Goal

Heidar Helguson

36' Yellow Card

Luis Boa Morte Card was given for a foul

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Papa Bouba Diop
Off:Tomasz Radzinski

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Brian McBride

Despite taking a first half lead through a Heidar Helguson goal luck again deserted Fulham on the road, having conceded an own goal on the stroke of half time, we went down 2-1 following a 67th minute winner from Kevin Nolan.

Chris Coleman’s intention of  fielding the same starting eleven which had beaten West Brom 6-1 at the Cottage two weekends ago took a pre match blow when goalkeeper Antti Niemi was injured in the warm up, Tony Warner coming into the starting eleven. Papa Bouba Diop now returned from the African Cup of Nations was on the bench.

Fulham almost made a dramatic start inside two minutes when a swift break forward saw Radzinski chip the ball behind the home defence finding Helguson who fired against the underside of the bar.  

Bolton’s first attempt at goal came after nine minutes when a Stelios corner was flicked on by Faye, N’Gotty tried a spectacular volley but lofted the ball over the bar. Play switched quickly to the other end where Helguson and Boa Morte combined down the left before Boa’s cross was deflected back by N’Gotty into Jaaskelainen’s hands.

Bolton’s next attempt caused Fulham hearts to flutter. Radzinski was penalised for a foul and an angled free kick whipped in, Nolan’s flick grabbed only at the second attempt by Warner.

Fulham went in front after 22 minutes and it was that man Helguson who once again did the damage rising high to head in a beautifully whipped in free kick from Elliott. Bolton responded immediately and had the ball in the net through Nolan but the Bolton man had moved a fraction early and Referee Dowd ruled out the goal,

Warner was soon in action again going down low to hold a Nolan shot after the midfielder was played in by Gardner. A long throw from Okocha caused a moment of panic in the Fulham defence but Nakata volleyed the effort just over.

It was end to end stuff and Jaaskelainen had to be alert to reach another Elliott free kick before diving bravely to foil Helguson. In the 35th minute Luis Boa Morte was booked for a foul on Joey O’Brien, a second caution soon followed when Nolan was booked for a foul on Malbranque. The resulting free kick almost brought a second Fulham goal as Boa Morte’s low cross was almost turned into his own net by Faye, Bolton relieved at escaping having only conceded a corner.

Bolton levelled just before the break.Stelios’ corner was returned to him and his cross was headed goalwards by Faye forcing a fine save from Warner the resulting scramble saw Hiedar Helguson push the ball into his own goal.

The opening exchanges of the second half were scrappy and it was not until the 58th minute that we saw a worthwhile effort on goal when Faye headed over from Okocha’s cross. It was to be the Bolton man’s last action as he was replaced by Speed on the hour.

Bolton took the lead after 67 minutes. The move started on the left hand touchline with Davies just keeping the ball in play before passing to Nolan who jinked his way past two defenders before sliding the ball past Warner into the far corner of the net.

Fulham almost hit back immediately with Helguson rising high at the far post to meet Bocanegra’s cross but the effort was held by Jaaskelainen.

In the 74th minute  Fulham made a double substitution,  Papa Bouba Diop replaced Tomasz Radzinski and at the same time Collins John came on for Brian McBride.

Bolton were now on top and almost increased their lead after 79 minutes when a short corner was eventually played to Okocha who thundered a shot narrowly over. Fulham did however almost level when Diop climbed highest to meet Boa Morte’s free kick but his header dropped wide. The next move saw Boa Morte’s cross turned for a corner which Bocanegra met with a firm header, Jaaskelainen stopped the ball but in the resulting scramble Boa Morte somehow scooped the ball over from a yard out.   

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 26 February 2006
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 23,104

Referee: Phil Dowd

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; Faye (Speed 60'), N'Gotty, Jaidi, O'Brien; Giannakopoulos, Okocha (Ben Haim 90'), Nakata (Vaz Te 82'), Nolan, Gardner; Davies

Unused substitutes: Walker, Borgetti


Line-up: Warner; Volz, Bocanegra, Knight, Bridge; Radzinski (Diop 75'), Elliott, Malbranque, Boa Morte; McBride (John 75'), Helguson

Unused substitutes: Rosenior, Goma, Jensen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 27 69
2 Manchester United 26 54
3 Liverpool 27 54
4 Tottenham Hotspur 27 46
5 Blackburn Rovers 27 43
6 Bolton Wanderers 25 42
7 Arsenal 27 41
8 West Ham United 26 41
9 Wigan Athletic 27 40
10 Manchester City 27 37
11 Newcastle United 27 36
12 Everton 27 36
13 Charlton Athletic 27 35
14 Fulham 27 32
15 Aston Villa 27 31
16 Middlesbrough 25 28
17 West Bromwich Albion 26 26
18 Birmingham City 26 23
19 Portsmouth 27 18
20 Sunderland 27 10
Bolton Wanderers (4-5-1)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • 25Abdoulaye Faye
  • 5Bruno N'Gotty
  • 15Radhi Jaidi
  • 28Joey O'Brien
  • 7Stelios Giannakopoulos
  • 10Jay Jay Okocha
  • 16Hidetoshi Nakata
  • 4Kevin Nolan
  • 11Ricardo Gardner
  • 14Kevin Davies
  • 12Ian Walker
  • 26Tal Ben Haim
  • 6Gary Speed
  • Jared Borgetti
  • 20Ricardo Vaz Te
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 31Wayne Bridge
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 27Simon Elliott
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 10Heidar Helguson
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 15Collins John