Saturday 11 January 2003, 3:00pm at Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Barclays Premier League
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Fulham could thank some wayward Bolton finishing for the match finishing goalless as they left the Reebok Stadium gratefully with a point.

67' Yellow Card

Simon Charlton Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin Nolan
Off:Delroy Facey

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathan Walters
Off:Jay Jay Okocha

34' Yellow Card

Steve Finnan Card was given for a foul

37' Yellow Card

Facundo Sava Card was given for a foul

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luis Boa Morte
Off:Facundo Sava

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Bolton striker Henrik Pedersen was left cursing his luck at the Reebok Stadium today.  

Pedersen could have buried Fulham with a hat-trick but was left with nothing to show for his efforts.  

It was a frustrating day all round for Bolton who remain in deep trouble after sharing the points at home for the sixth time this season.  

Fulham are not out of danger yet after picking up just two points from fivegames.  But they showed plenty of fighting spirit, not to mention good organisation ina difficult fixture.  

Fulham were the first side to make an impact and striker Louis Saha testedgoalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with a fierce shot from 25 yards.  

Bolton bounced back and Per Frandsen tried his luck from 30 yards after RufusBrevett had carelessly lost possession, only to see his shot drift wide.  

Pedersen should have put Bolton ahead after seven minutes but squandered a good opportunity inside the penalty area.  

He was released by Jay-Jay Okocha but the Danish striker only succeeded in sending his shot over the top from a good position.  

Bolton began to dominate and Fulham defender Alain Goma conceded a cornerafter 16 minutes under pressure from Delroy Facey.  

Then a poor punch by goalkeeper Maik Taylor landed at the feet of RicardoGardner.  However, he got a poor touch and miscued the ball nearer the corner flag thanthe goal.  

Fulham hit back and Saha skipped away from Ivan Campo with a degree of ease,but he saw his shot blocked by Anthony Barness.  

Bolton kept up the pressure and Facey got away from Martin Djetou and cutinside, only to fire a shot over the top.  

Okocha rattled in a 25-yard free-kick that stung goalkeeper Taylor's fingers.  

A minute later Pedersen squandered another good chance for the home side as hecleared the bar with a shot from inside the area.  

Fulham again found themselves on the back foot and Frandsen laid the ball offto Okocha but his shot was blocked.  

Fulham broke out of defence and Saha, fully fit after a hamstring injury,tried a shot from 20 yards that drifted just wide of the target.  

Play switched down the other end and Youri Djorkaeff turned quickly inside thearea only for his shot to finish the wrong side of the post.  

Bolton won a corner in the first minute of the second half and Gardnerdelivered an in-swinger to the near post.  

Facey got away from his marker but his deft flick was deflected to safety.  Saha was looking a threat every time he got the ball and tested Jaaskelainenin the 48th minute after getting away from Campo.  

Facundo Sava then found the net for Fulham but his effort was ruled out for an infringement.  Djorkaeff was trying hard to get Bolton going and picked out Pedersen with agood through ball.  He was in two minds as to whether to cross or shoot.   

He chose the latteroption and his effort cleared the bar.  Steed Malbranque should have made the breakthrough for Fulham after 57minutes.  

He was left clear at the back post when Steve Finnan played the ball acrossthe face of the area.  Malbranque steadied himself, took aim, then sent the ball wide of the targetfrom four yards.  

The Fulham supporters could hardly believe it while Bolton breathed a sigh of relief.  

Certainly the home side were nowhere near as fluent as they had been in thefirst half.  

Gardner almost put Bolton ahead after 71 minutes when he picked the ball upfrom deep and got away from goalkeeper Taylor.  

However his shot from an acute angle was weak and Goma was able to hack it to safety off the the line.  Malbranque was again wasteful in the 76th minute when Sean Davis delivered across from the right, screwing his shot wide.  

Pedersen followed suit six minutes later when he saw a half-volley deflected to safety.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 11 January 2003
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 25,156

Referee: Alan Wiley

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; Barness, Ivan Campo, Bergsson, Charlton; Djorkaeff, Okocha (Walters 83'), Frandsen, Gardner; Facey (Nolan 69'), Pedersen

Unused substitutes: Poole, Whitlow, Töfting

Fulham

Line-up: Taylor; Finnan, Goma, Djetou, Brevett; Malbranque, Legwinski, Davis, Goldbaek; Sava (Boa Morte 65'), Saha

Unused substitutes: Herrera, Melville, Collins, Hammond

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 22 46
2 Manchester United 23 44
3 Chelsea 23 41
4 Newcastle United 22 39
5 Southampton 23 36
6 Everton 22 36
7 Liverpool 23 35
8 Manchester City 23 34
9 Blackburn Rovers 23 33
10 Tottenham Hotspur 22 32
11 Middlesbrough 23 30
12 Leeds United 23 30
13 Aston Villa 23 29
14 Charlton Athletic 22 29
15 Birmingham City 22 25
16 Fulham 22 24
17 Bolton Wanderers 22 20
18 Sunderland 23 19
19 West Ham United 22 17
20 West Bromwich Albion 22 16
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • Anthony Barness
  • 8Ivan Campo
  • Gudni Bergsson
  • 16Simon Charlton
  • Youri Djorkaeff
  • 10Jay Jay Okocha
  • Per Frandsen
  • 11Ricardo Gardner
  • 10Delroy Facey
  • 9Henrik Pedersen
Substitutes
  • 1Kevin Poole
  • Mike Whitlow
  • Stig Töfting
  • 4Kevin Nolan
  • 19Jonathan Walters
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 19Bjarne Goldbaek
  • 9Facundo Sava
  • 20Louis Saha
Substitutes
  • Martin Herrera
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 10John Collins
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 34Elvis Hammond