Wednesday 27 April 2011, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Dempsey 15', 48'; Hangeland 65'
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers

15' Goal

Clint Dempsey

48' Goal

Clint Dempsey

65' Goal

Brede Hangeland

79' Yellow Card

Bobby Zamora Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bobby Zamora
Off:Mousa Dembélé

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dickson Etuhu
Off:Danny Murphy

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrew Johnson
Off:Eidur Gudjohnsen

83' Yellow Card

Ivan Klasnic Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Wheater
Off:Grétar Steinsson

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ivan Klasnic
Off:Kevin Davies

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ricardo Gardner
Off:Fabrice Muamba

Fulham produced a thrilling attacking display at Craven Cottage as they recorded a convincing win over Bolton Wanderers.

A brace from Clint Dempsey got the Whites on their way before Brede Hangeland rounded off the scoring with a trademark header.

There were nervy moments for the Whites within the first minute of play when Fabrice Muamba spurned a good opportunity to give his side the lead, side footing from close range to a grateful Mark Schwarzer.

The action moved straight to the other end where Eidur Gudjohnsen fed the ball to Clint Dempsey, whose shot from 25 yards produced a good save from Jussi Jaaskelainen. The entertaining start continued and this time Dempsey returned the favour for Gudjohnsen only for the Icelander to put the ball over the bar from a good position.

Fulham took the lead in the 15th minute with a wonderfully executed volley from Clint Dempsey. Bolton failed to clear a corner which allowed Chris Baird to try his luck from a narrow angle. Fortunately, Baird’s shot deflected into the path of Dempsey who made certain with a crisp volley.

The Whites continued to press and went close with good opportunities for Dempsey and Salcido, whilst Jaaskelainen produced a wonderful fingertip save to deny Mousa Dembele. And the Finnish goalkeeper had to be off his line quickly to close down Eidur Gudjohnsen after he was put through on goal and clipped a nonchalant finish past the onrushing stopper and against the foot of the post.

As the half-time interval approached Fulham started to threaten once more and more skilful play from Davies and Dempsey helped craft a shooting opportunity for Dembele, which was deflected wide for a corner.

The Whites got the second-half action underway in the knowledge that they would need to build upon their lead in order to keep a dangerous Bolton side at bay. And Clint Dempsey wasted little time in doubling Fulham’s lead with a tap-in from close range in the 48th minute.

Bolton failed to adequately deal with a short corner which allowed the ball to be playing into the area where a deft flick from Gudjohnsen set Dempsey up with a simple finish.

Mousa Dembele was clearly eager to get his name on the score sheet and was demonstrating his full repertoire of tricks – as he repeatedly left the Bolton defence guessing. In fact, through the Whites’ sheer speed of passing and movement Bolton often struggled to settle themselves and maintain their shape.

On 56 minutes a positive piece of attacking play from Simon Davies, who beat two defenders with a cut in from the right wing, culminated in a penalty appeal against Zat Knight, who appeared to handle Davies’ shot in the area.

Brede Hangeland made it three for Fulham on 65 minutes with a towering header from Danny Murphy’s free-kick.

Mousa Dembele’s involvement in the action ended on 68 minutes when he was replaced by Bobby Zamora. The Belgian international went off to a rapturous round of applause after an impressive performance.

Simon Davies looked in inspired form as he set up Bobby Zamora for a goal which was ultimately chalked off for handball. Nonetheless, the build-up play from Davies was thrilling to watch.

Danny Murphy made way for Dickson Etuhu shortly after as the Whites looked to maintain their clean sheet. Fulham’s final change of the game saw Eidur Gudjohnsen replaced by Andrew Johnson.

Fulham continued to dominate possession right up to the final whistle to ensure another great night at Craven Cottage.  

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 27 April 2011
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London


Line-up: Schwarzer; Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido; Davies, Sidwell, Murphy (Etuhu 78'), Dempsey; Gudjohnsen (Johnson 84'), Dembélé (Zamora 68')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kakuta

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; Steinsson (Wheater 67'), Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Taylor, Muamba (Gardner 72'), Tamir Cohen, Lee Chung-Yong; Davies (Klasnic 72'), Elmander

Unused substitutes: Bogdan, Petrov, Rodrigo, Blake

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 34 73
2 Chelsea 34 67
3 Arsenal 34 64
4 Manchester City 33 59
5 Tottenham Hotspur 33 55
6 Liverpool 34 52
7 Everton 34 47
8 Bolton Wanderers 34 46
9 Fulham 34 42
10 Stoke City 34 42
11 Newcastle United 34 41
12 Sunderland 34 41
13 Aston Villa 34 41
14 West Bromwich Albion 34 40
15 Birmingham City 34 38
16 Blackburn Rovers 34 35
17 Blackpool 34 34
18 Wigan Athletic 34 34
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 33
20 West Ham United 34 32
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Carlos Salcido
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 22Eidur Gudjohnsen
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 24Gaël Kakuta
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • 2Grétar Steinsson
  • 5Gary Cahill
  • 12Zat Knight
  • 4Paul Robinson
  • 7Matthew Taylor
  • 6Fabrice Muamba
  • 21Tamir Cohen
  • 27Lee Chung-Yong
  • 14Kevin Davies
  • 9Johan Elmander
  • 1Adam Bogdan
  • 31David Wheater
  • 10Martin Petrov
  • 11Ricardo Gardner
  • 17Ivan Klasnic
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 20Robbie Blake