Saturday 19 December 2015, 3:00pm at Macron Stadium, Bolton
Bolton Wanderers
2
Clough 61', 74'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Garbutt 28'; McCormack 85'

61' Goal

Zach Clough
Assist by Mark Davies

74' Goal

Zach Clough
Assist by Liam Feeney

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neil Danns
Off:Jay Spearing

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Emile Heskey
Off:Zach Clough

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Stephen Dobbie
Off:Gary Madine

28' Goal

Luke Garbutt
Assist by Ross McCormack

85' Goal

Ross McCormack

53' Yellow Card

Richard Stearman Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ben Pringle
Off:Luke Garbutt

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cauley Woodrow
Off:Moussa Dembele

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie O'Hara
Off:Scott Parker

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Fulham were left to curse their missed chances as they drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Fulham were left to curse their missed chances as they drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Luke Garbutt’s fine long range finish following a defensive error had put Fulham in front, with Alexander Kačaniklić coming close to making it two when he hit the crossbar shortly after.

Moussa Dembélé and Kačaniklić then each missed a one-on-one opportunity either side of half-time, with the latter’s coming moments before Zach Clough equalised with a placed shot.

And Clough was on target again later from close range to ram home what looked like the winner, only for Ross McCormack to earn his team a point with another stunning free-kick.

The division’s top scorer almost won it for the Whites in stoppage time, but his powerful strike from the edge of the box cannoned back off the bar.

Senior Coach Stuart Gray made two changes to his team, with Jamie O’Hara and Tom Cairney dropping to the bench as Emerson Hyndman and Scott Parker started in central midfield. Both sets of players wore black armbands in memory of Fulham legend Jimmy Hill who had passed away.

There was a fairly low tempo to the start of the game as sheets of drizzle swept across the pitch, but Fulham went close in the 11th minute when Garbutt whipped a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Unfortunately none of the arriving players – McCormack, Dembélé and Kačaniklić – were able to convert.

Seven minutes later a deep Liam Feeney cross caused concern for Fulham as it looked to be dropping into the far corner until Andrew Lonergan pushed the ball away. Rob Holding then had a go from just inside the area, but Richard Stearman made an important block.

The deadlock was broken on 28 minutes with Garbutt’s first Fulham goal. Prince-Desire Gouano wanted too much time on the ball 20 yards out and he promptly had his pocket picked by McCormack. He laid the ball off to Garbutt who let fly first time with his weaker right foot into the bottom corner.

Five minutes later Kačaniklić came within an inch of doubling the lead. A fine Hyndman run culminated in him playing in the Swede to his right, but his placed shot clipped the top of the crossbar and went over.

The goal had made Bolton nervy, as was evident when a loose pass sent Dembélé in on goal, but he just lacked the composure to hit the target under pressure from Gouano.

On 38, a corner found its way to Tim Ream at the far post, and the two-time Wanderers player of the year composed himself before bending in a strike that went just beyond the far post.

It was all Fulham and they had the ball in the net moments later when McCormack finished with a neat chip, but the whistle had long gone for offside.

The Whites haven’t scored from a corner all season but went incredibly close when Dembélé flicked Garbutt’s delivery towards goal, only for Ben Amos to make a fine save.

Dan Burn then let fly from at least 35 yards, but former Fulham man Darren Pratley got enough of a block in to stop him from making a clean connection.

The Trotters had the first decent chance of the second period when Gary Madine’s glancing header sailed not far wide following a deep delivery into the area.

Clough then tried his luck with a dangerous 25-yard free-kick following a foul by Stearman for which he was booked, but Lonergan watched it all the way and made a comfortable save.

The home side were looking much more confident after the restart and Feeney was next to try his luck, but dragged a shot short of the near post.

The Whites were not without their threat, though, and should have made it two on the hour mark when a rapid counter attack sent Kačaniklić in on goal one-on-one, but he was denied by Amos.

It was an incident that proved crucial, too, as Bolton went straight up the other end and equalised. Mark Davies saw Clough in space and squared the ball to him, with the striker allowed the time to take a touch before placing an effort into the corner.

Gray responded by throwing Ben Pringle and Cauley Woodrow on in place of Garbutt and Dembélé.

Fulham were next to register a shot on goal as Hyndman let fly from 20 yards, but it was straight down the throat of Amos who caught it easily enough.

But it was Wanderers who grabbed the crucial third goal in the 74th minute when Feeney fizzed a wicked cross into the six yard box where Clough was lurking to bundle home.

The visitors should have equalised when Pringle was slid in four minutes later, but he could only rifle into the side-netting. O’Hara then entered the action as he replaced Parker, before Emile Heskey came on for home hero Clough.

Heskey was soon in the book for cynically clipping Kačaniklić as he bore down on goal. The free-kick was a good distance out but that didn’t stop McCormack from finding the bottom left hand corner, just as he did four days earlier against Ipswich.

That galvanised Fulham and with a few minutes remaining they countered with five men to Bolton’s four, but referee Nigel Miller intercepted Kačaniklić’s pass as we advanced on goal and the move broke down.

Bolton then brought Madine off for Stephen Dobbie.

Just as four minutes of time were added on, McCormack took aim from the corner off the box and was desperately unlucky to see his thunderous effort thwack against the bar.

Both sides wanted the win and Bolton were next to go close and Heskey spun and shot in the box but missed the target, as both teams were forced to settle for a point.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 19 December 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Macron Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 14,543

Referee: Nigel Miller

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Amos; Holding, Prince, Wheater, Moxey; Spearing (Danns 75'), Pratley; Feeney, Clough (Heskey 80'), Mark Davies; Madine (Dobbie 88')

Unused substitutes: Rachubka, Dervite, Casado, Tom Walker

Manager: Neil Lennon

Fulham

Line-up: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Stearman, Burn, Ream; Kacaniklic, Hyndman, Parker (O'Hara 78'), Garbutt (Pringle 64'); McCormack, Dembele (Woodrow 64')

Unused substitutes: Lewis, Hutchinson, Cairney, Matt Smith

Manager: Stuart Gray

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Middlesbrough 22 46
2 Derby County 22 44
3 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 43
4 Hull City 22 41
5 Burnley 22 38
6 Ipswich Town 22 34
7 Birmingham City 22 33
8 Cardiff City 22 33
9 Brentford 22 32
10 Sheffield Wednesday 21 30
11 Queens Park Rangers 22 29
12 Blackburn Rovers 21 28
13 Nottingham Forest 22 28
14 Reading 21 27
15 Leeds United 21 26
16 Preston North End 21 25
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 25
18 Fulham 22 24
19 Huddersfield Town 22 21
20 Bristol City 22 20
21 Milton Keynes Dons 22 19
22 Rotherham United 22 18
23 Charlton Athletic 22 18
24 Bolton Wanderers 22 14
Goals
2
2
Total Shots
16
13
Shots On Target
3
4
Passing Accuracy
72%
70%
Fouls
9
9
Corners
5
5
Offsides
2
2
Bookings
0
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Bolton Wanderers (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Ben Amos
  • 45Rob Holding
  • 2Prince
  • 31David Wheater
  • 3Dean Moxey
  • 8Jay Spearing
  • 21Darren Pratley
  • 7Liam Feeney
  • 10Zach Clough
  • 16Mark Davies
  • 14Gary Madine
Substitutes
  • 13Paul Rachubka
  • 4Dorian Dervite
  • 20Casado
  • 18Neil Danns
  • 42Tom Walker
  • 19Emile Heskey
  • 23Stephen Dobbie
Manager
  • Neil Lennon
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Stuart Gray
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 2, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darren Pratley.
  • 90'+1' Attempt missed. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 90'+1' Ross McCormack (Fulham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Ben Pringle.
  • 89' Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 88' Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Stephen Dobbie replaces Gary Madine.
  • 88' Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).
  • 85' Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Fulham 2. Ross McCormack (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 84' Foul by Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 84' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 81' Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Davies.
  • 80' Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey replaces Zach Clough.
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Jamie O'Hara replaces Scott Parker.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Ben Pringle (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 75' Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Neil Danns replaces Jay Spearing.
  • 74' Goal! Bolton Wanderers 2, Fulham 1. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Pringle.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Moxey with a cross following a corner.
  • 70' Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 69' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.
  • 68' Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 68' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Foul by Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 67' Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Moxey.
  • 64' Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Moussa Dembele.
  • 64' Substitution, Fulham. Ben Pringle replaces Luke Garbutt.
  • 61' Goal! Bolton Wanderers 1, Fulham 1. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mark Davies.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a through ball.
  • 59' Attempt blocked. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 59' Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 57' Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 57' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gary Madine.
  • 54' Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 53' Richard Stearman (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 53' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 53' Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' Foul by Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 51' Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Spearing following a set piece situation.
  • 50' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 50' Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 49' Attempt blocked. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Madine with a headed pass.
  • 48' Foul by Luke Garbutt (Fulham).
  • 48' Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Dean Moxey tries a through ball, but Zach Clough is caught offside.
  • 46' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 46' Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • Second Half begins Bolton Wanderers 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Bolton Wanderers 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Richard Stearman.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Richard Stearman.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Darren Pratley with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 45' Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 43' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 43' Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Fulham) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross following a corner.
  • 41' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jay Spearing.
  • 40' Offside, Fulham. Richard Stearman tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Rob Holding.
  • 39' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Garbutt.
  • 38' Attempt missed. Tim Ream (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
  • 37' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jay Spearing.
  • 36' Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
  • 33' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Emerson Hyndman.
  • 31' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 31' Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 30' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 30' Delay in match Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.
  • 28' Goal! Bolton Wanderers 0, Fulham 1. Luke Garbutt (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 26' Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham).
  • 26' Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 21' Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 21' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Attempt missed. Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rob Holding with a headed pass.
  • 20' Attempt blocked. Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Madine.
  • 19' Attempt blocked. Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Madine.
  • 17' Foul by Richard Stearman (Fulham).
  • 17' Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 17' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 17' Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 13' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Rob Holding.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.
  • 10' Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).
  • 10' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 8' Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Gary Madine tries a through ball, but Zach Clough is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.