Tuesday 23 April 2002, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Goldbaek 42'; Marlet 72'; Hayles 76'
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
0
Fulham demolished Bolton 3-0 at an ecstatic Craven Cottage on Tuesday to mathematically secure their Premiership status and spark dreams of an Intertoto Cup campaign.

42' Goal

Bjarne Goldbaek

72' Goal

Steve Marlet

76' Goal

Barry Hayles

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Marlet
Off:Louis Saha

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Collins
Off:Sean Davis

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrejs Stolcers
Off:Steed Malbranque

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mario Espartero
Off:Nicky Southall

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dean Holdsworth
Off:Fredi Bobic

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Ricketts
Off:Rod Wallace

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90
Forgotten midfielder Bjarne Goldbaek hit his first goal of the season in the 42nd minute, putting the Londoners on the road to victory.

The Dane - starting his first match since January due to Luis Boa Morte's knee injury - cracked in a fine 20-yard drive.

And two fine goals in four minutes late on wrapped up the three-point haul, taking the Cottagers out of reach of third-bottom Ipswich and level on points with fellow Intertoto hopefuls Everton.

Steve Marlet scored number two with a majestic 72nd-minute curler - and Barry Hayles proved Fulham really have rediscovered their scoring touch when he raced clear and fired past the helpless Jussi Jaaskelainen four minutes later.

Fulham's hardline anti-alcohol boss Jean Tigana played Sean Davis – despite the midfielder being found guilty of drink-driving earlier today, resulting in a 12-month ban from the roads.

The 22-year-old, who was fined £600 and ordered to pay £55 costs in court, was also hit by a maximum two-week fine by Tigana, who named him in his side for the penultimate match at Craven Cottage before next season's £70million refit.

Bolton almost roared into the lead inside 60 seconds. Fredi Bobic latched onto a hopeful punt forwards but Edwin van der Sar parried his effort.

Fulham forward Hayles has been out of favour in recent weeks, despite being top-scorer, and he looked nervous when Steed Malbranque slipped a pass into his feet inside the visitors' area. He panicked and totally mishit his shot, which Jaaskelainen simply picked up.

At the other end, Bolton's Anthony Barness thundered an 18-yard shot over van der Sar's crossbar.

And the Londoners' season-long fear of shooting meant the visitors looked more likely to score, with Wanderers continuing in the ascendancy as the half-hour mark arrived.

Rufus Brevett's clumsy tackle on Youri Djorkaeff handed the French international the opportunity to curl a 20-yard free-kick a foot wide.

But a moment of inspiration from Hayles after a moment of madness by Jaaskelainen was close to handing the home side the lead six minutes before the break.

The Finnish keeper threw the ball straight at Louis Saha, who flicked it to his fellow forward Hayles. His first-time lob looped over the keeper and hit the top of the bar before bouncing behind.

And that moment proved a warning of what was to come.

A poor Jaaskelainen punch from a left-wing Fulham corner fell to Goldbaek, 22 yards out, and he lashed home his first goal of the season with a drive Jaaskelainen could not quite keep out.

Van der Sar did well to block Bobic's fierce strike on the stroke of half-time - and a minute after the interval, Goldbaek almost bagged his second of the game.

He seized a poor Gudni Bergsson pass and raced clear of the Bolton skipper, only to shoot straight at Jaaskelainen as he lost his balance.

Davis almost made the headlines for all the right reasons when he latched onto Hayles' pass and lofted an audacious 20-yard chip over Jaaskelainen but onto the roof of the net.

But goal number two did arrive in the 72nd minute, thanks to an inspirational strike from sub Marlet.

The Frenchman seized the loose ball when Hayles held off Bergsson and curled a delightful left-foot effort past Jaaskelainen from 16 yards.

And Craven Cottage erupted again four minutes later as Malbranque swept a superb pass down the line to Hayles, who beat the Bolton offside track and thumped a 12-yard shot past the helpless Jaaskelainen.

The Finn had to push a Malbranque strike round his post to prevent further embarrassment - and he also gathered a Marlet shot-on-the-turn late on.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Tuesday 23 April 2002
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 18,107

Referee: Paul Durkin

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Brevett; Goldbaek, Davis (Collins 80'), Legwinski, Malbranque (Stolcers 84'); Hayles, Saha (Marlet 57')

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Knight

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; Barness, N'Gotty, Bergsson, Charlton; Djorkaeff, Nolan, Frandsen, Southall (Espartero 67'); Bobic (Holdsworth 73'), Wallace (Ricketts 73')

Unused substitutes: Poole, Konstantinidis

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 34 75
2 Liverpool 35 74
3 Manchester United 35 73
4 Newcastle United 36 68
5 Chelsea 36 61
6 Leeds United 36 60
7 West Ham United 35 50
8 Tottenham Hotspur 36 47
9 Middlesbrough 35 45
10 Aston Villa 36 44
11 Fulham 36 43
12 Everton 36 43
13 Southampton 36 42
14 Charlton Athletic 36 42
15 Blackburn Rovers 35 40
16 Bolton Wanderers 36 40
17 Sunderland 36 38
18 Ipswich Town 35 33
19 Derby County 36 29
20 Leicester City 36 24
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 19Bjarne Goldbaek
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 15Barry Hayles
  • 20Louis Saha
Substitutes
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 10John Collins
  • 40Andrejs Stolcers
  • 7Steve Marlet
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • Anthony Barness
  • 5Bruno N'Gotty
  • Gudni Bergsson
  • 16Simon Charlton
  • Youri Djorkaeff
  • 4Kevin Nolan
  • Per Frandsen
  • Nicky Southall
  • Fredi Bobic
  • Rod Wallace
Substitutes
  • 1Kevin Poole
  • Mario Espartero
  • Kostas Konstantinidis
  • Dean Holdsworth
  • Michael Ricketts