Sunday 27 November 2005, 2:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
McBride 4', 18'
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
o.g. Legwinski 90'

4' Goal

Brian McBride

18' Goal

Brian McBride

51' Yellow Card

Liam Rosenior Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Carlos Bocanegra Card was given for a foul

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sylvain Legwinski
Off:Luis Boa Morte

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Heidar Helguson
Off:Collins John

90' Own-goal

Sylvain Legwinski

38' Yellow Card

Gary Speed Card was given for a foul

42' Yellow Card

Tal Ben Haim Card was given for a foul

45' Yellow Card

El Hadji Diouf Card was given for a foul

68' Yellow Card

Jay Jay Okocha Card was given for a foul

83' Yellow Card

Kevin Nolan Card was given for a foul

86' Yellow Card

Joey O'Brien Card was given for a foul

90' 2nd Yellow Card

El Hadji Diouf Card was given for a foul

32' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bruno N'Gotty
Off:Radhi Jaidi

53' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jay Jay Okocha
Off:Hidetoshi Nakata

Fulham made it three home wins on the trot with a well-deserved victory over Bolton Wanderers. A first half brace from Brian McBride did the damage in a match Fulham dominated.

Following the sad passing away of George Best during the week, the memory of arguably of the one of the most naturally talented players in living memory was respectfully saluted with a minute of applause from both sets of supporters.

The Whites got off to a fine start when, after only four minutes, a wonderfully angled pass from Tomasz Radzinski split the Bolton defence and Brian McBride displayed his goal poacher’s instincts by nipping in front of his marker and slotting home.

Radzinski was unlucky to see his eighth minute shot deflect wide for a corner after the Canadian international had linked up well McBride.

Despite being a goal down, Bolton continued to stick to their plan of hitting high balls into the danger zones in and around the Fulham area – with Kevin Davies often the target.

Although the visitors were looking to keep the Fulham defence under pressure, the Whites gave them a timely reminder of the consequences of committing men forward when, on 17 minutes, Steed Malbranque broke away and slipped a well-weighted ball to Collins John.  The Dutchman’s first touch took him round Jaaskelainen, but unfortunately he was unable to reach the ball in time to finish.

Brian McBride doubled his tally in the18th minute with an opportune piece of forward play. Radhi Jaidi failed to deal with a long Mark Crossley kick under pressure from McBride and the American striker wriggled past the defender and dispatched a spectacular volley past Jaaskelainen.

The Whites continued to up the pressure as they came close to extending their lead as a flurry of chances came their way.

Mark Crossley was called into action on 28 minutes when he had to pluck a Kevin Davies header out of the air after a well-delivered Bolton corner.  Fulham replied at the other end when a smart one-two on the right wing freed Malbranque to run into the area.  The Frenchman rounded one defender before seeing his left footed shot deflect wide.

Fulham hit the visitors on the counter attack again on 33 minutes. This time, Radzinski played a well-directed pass over Bolton’s central defensive pairing and into the path of Collins John, whose fierce shot flew just wide of the near top corner.

The remainder of the half was characterised by Bolton winning a number of free kicks around the edge of Fulham’s area – with plenty coming to no avail.

The visitors had Fulham on the back foot early in the second half when a neat passing move on the right hand side of the area forced a corner.  The Whites dealt with the threat capably and soon crafted a scoring opportunity at the other end when the ball was worked to Steed Malbranque, whose shot from the edge of the area was well gathered by Jaaskelainen.

Luis Boa Morte was replaced by Sylvain Legwinski just after the hour mark when the Fulham Captain picked up two knocks in quick succession. 

Collins john was proving to be more than a handful for the Bolton back line. On more then one occasion, the young striker worked his way into space to get on the end of a long pass up field before sprinting goal wards.  Thankfully for the visitors, the pace of Ricardo Gardner saved the Trotters.

As the match entered the closing stages Bolton started to enforce their style of play on proceedings.  For long periods Fulham defence, superbly marshalled by Carlos Bocanegra and Alain Goma, held firm as all manner of awkward balls were pumped into the Fulham area.  Credit should also go to Papa Bouba Diop, whose presence in front of the defence helped nullify the threat of Davies.

Sylvain Legwinski's own goal in the first minute of injury time ensured a nervy finish. But Fulham held firm for the remaining minutes.  A bad day in London for the Trotters was capped off when El-Hadji Diouf was shown his second yellow card for dissent as both teams walked off the pitch.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 27 November 2005
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 19,768

Referee: Graham Poll


Line-up: Crossley; Volz, Goma, Bocanegra, Rosenior; Malbranque, Diop, Boa Morte (Legwinski 61'), Radzinski; McBride, John (Helguson 89')

Unused substitutes: Warner, Knight, Pearce

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; O'Brien, Ben Haim, Jaidi (N'Gotty 32'), Faye; Nolan, Speed, Nakata (Okocha 53'), Gardner; Diouf, Davies

Unused substitutes: Walker, Fojut, Vaz Te

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 14 37
2 Arsenal 13 26
3 Wigan Athletic 13 25
4 Manchester United 12 24
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 24
6 Bolton Wanderers 13 23
7 Liverpool 12 22
8 Manchester City 14 21
9 West Ham United 12 19
10 Charlton Athletic 13 19
11 Middlesbrough 13 18
12 Newcastle United 14 18
13 Blackburn Rovers 14 18
14 Fulham 14 15
15 Aston Villa 14 15
16 Everton 13 13
17 West Bromwich Albion 13 11
18 Portsmouth 14 10
19 Birmingham City 13 9
20 Sunderland 14 5
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 15Collins John
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 10Heidar Helguson
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • 28Joey O'Brien
  • 26Tal Ben Haim
  • 15Radhi Jaidi
  • 25Abdoulaye Faye
  • 4Kevin Nolan
  • 6Gary Speed
  • 16Hidetoshi Nakata
  • 11Ricardo Gardner
  • 21El Hadji Diouf
  • 14Kevin Davies
  • 12Ian Walker
  • 5Bruno N'Gotty
  • 28Jaroslaw Fojut
  • 10Jay Jay Okocha
  • 20Ricardo Vaz Te