Saturday 17 August 2002, 3:00pm at Loftus Road, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
4
Saha (pen) 11'; Legwinski 33', 78'; Marlet (pen) 38'
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
1
Ricketts (pen) 4'
Saturday 17 August 2002

11' Penalty

Louis Saha

33' Goal

Sylvain Legwinski

38' Penalty

Steve Marlet

78' Goal

Sylvain Legwinski

64' Yellow Card

Andy Melville Card was given for a foul

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Junichi Inamoto
Off:Steed Malbranque

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Facundo Sava
Off:Louis Saha

4' Penalty

Michael Ricketts

9' Yellow Card

Bernard Mendy Card was given for a foul

48' Yellow Card

Bruno N'Gotty Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Henrik Pedersen
Off:Bernard Mendy

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mike Whitlow
Off:Jay Jay Okocha

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paul Warhurst
Off:Kevin Nolan

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Loftus Road became home sweet home for Fulham as they began their two-year groundshare with a thumping 4-1 victory against Bolton - thanks to two-goal Sylvain Legwinski and referee Alan Wiley.

The Burntwood official awarded a hat-trick of spot-kicks, two for Jean Tigana's men, as Fulham officially began their stint at Queens Park Rangers' home while Craven Cottage undergoes a £70million revamp.

Michael Ricketts fired the Trotters in front from the spot after just five minutes - sparking hopes of a repeat of last year's 5-0 opening-day demolition job at Leicester among the travelling fans.

But Sam Allardyce's afternoon went rapidly downhill from there as Louis Saha won and converted spot kick number two, in the 12th minute.

And a two-goal blast in four minutes before the break put usually-shot-shy Intertoto Cup finalists Fulham on the way to their first three-point haul of the season.

Legwinski slotted the first of his brace the far corner in the 34th minute - and Steve Marlet's penalty four minutes later put Jean Tigana's men 3-1 up.

The second half failed to live up to the hectic pace of the first, but Legwinski wrapped up the Cottagers' victory when he thundered home from the edge of the box with 11 minutes left.

Earlier, Fulham's Republic of Ireland World Cup star Steve Finnan had made a surprise comeback from a twisted ankle and flu bug.

Allardyce's men got the new season off to flying start thanks to an ice-cool Ricketts penalty in the fifth minute.

Youri Djorkaeff poked the ball past Cottagers centre-back Alain Goma.

The Cottagers player made a clumsy challenge on his fellow Frenchman, ref Wiley pointed to the spot and Ricketts - after a stop-start run-up - sent Edwin van der Sar the wrong way.

Fulham hit back immediately, and after Marlet had somehow sent a point-blank header wide, Saha levelled from the spot after 12 minutes.

He rounded Gudni Bergsson eight yards from goal and tumbled theatrically, winning another penalty. The French forward coolly beat Jussi Jaaskelainen with a powerful strike into the bottom left corner.

The best opportunity for Tigana's men to prise open the visitors' defence appeared to be down the left flank, where Luis Boa Morte had the beating of Bernard Mendy - who had already been booked for pulling him down as he approached the penalty box.

Marlet, who endured a nightmare in front of goal last season - hitting the net just nine times after his £11.5million move from Lyon - missed a fine chance after 31 minutes.

Steed Malbranque slipped a fine pass through the Bolton backline but French international Marlet shot at Jaaskelainen's feet.

Legwinski showed him how it should be done three minutes later in a replica move.

It was Finnan who played the ball in from the right wing this time, and after Legwinski skilfully cut inside, he rolled a precise shot into the far corner to give the home side a deserved 2-1 lead.

And it got even better for the jubilant Fulham fans seven minutes before the break.

Boa Morte skinned Mendy again and the right-back sent him sprawling inside the box. Marlet took this spot-kick and confidently swept the ball high into the right side of the net to make it 3-1.

After the break, Legwinski won a towering header to set Saha free. He cut inside and curled the ball a foot wide of the far post from 16 yards.

Junichi Inamoto's introduction two minutes later sent the sizeable Japanese contingent in the home crowd into raptures - and his first contribution was to whip a corner onto Marlet's head. The ball flashed narrowly over.

Wanderers substitute Henrik Pedersen curled a fine effort inches over van der Sar's crossbar with 20 minutes left.

In the 79th minute, Legwinski made the most of Paul Warhurst's botched clearance and cracked home a thumping 18-yard drive to clinch the 4-1 success.


Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 17 August 2002
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 16,338

Referee: Alan Wiley

Fulham

Line-up: Van der Sar; Finnan, Goma, Melville, Brevett; Malbranque (Inamoto 68'), Legwinski, Davis, Boa Morte; Saha (Sava 78'), Marlet

Unused substitutes: Taylor, Ouaddou, Collins

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; Mendy (Pedersen 45'), N'Gotty, Bergsson, Charlton; Frandsen, Okocha (Whitlow 45'), Nolan (Warhurst 70'), Gardner; Ricketts, Djorkaeff

Unused substitutes: Poole, Holdsworth

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Fulham 1 3
2 Leeds United 1 3
3 Chelsea 1 3
4 Manchester United 1 3
5 Everton 1 1
6 Tottenham Hotspur 1 1
7 Blackburn Rovers 1 1
8 Middlesbrough 1 1
9 Southampton 1 1
10 Sunderland 1 1
11 Arsenal 0 0
12 Aston Villa 0 0
13 Birmingham City 0 0
14 Liverpool 0 0
15 Newcastle United 0 0
16 West Ham United 0 0
17 Charlton Athletic 1 0
18 West Bromwich Albion 1 0
19 Bolton Wanderers 1 0
20 Manchester City 1 0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Steve Finnan
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 3Rufus Brevett
  • 14Steed Malbranque
  • 18Sylvain Legwinski
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 20Louis Saha
  • 7Steve Marlet
Substitutes
  • 12Maik Taylor
  • 25Abdeslam Ouaddou
  • 6Junichi Inamoto
  • 10John Collins
  • 9Facundo Sava
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • 15Bernard Mendy
  • 5Bruno N'Gotty
  • Gudni Bergsson
  • 16Simon Charlton
  • Per Frandsen
  • 10Jay Jay Okocha
  • 4Kevin Nolan
  • 11Ricardo Gardner
  • Michael Ricketts
  • Youri Djorkaeff
Substitutes
  • 1Kevin Poole
  • Mike Whitlow
  • Paul Warhurst
  • Dean Holdsworth
  • 9Henrik Pedersen