Saturday 28 November 2009, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Duff 75'
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
1
Klasnic 35'
Fulham and Bolton played out a tough one-all draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon. The opening goal of the match came from the visitors in the first-half when Fulham failed to clear a long throw and Klasnic pounced on a loose ball to shoot past Schwarzer.

75' Goal

Damien Duff

33' Yellow Card

Jonathan Greening Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:John Pantsil

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kagisho Dikgacoi
Off:Zoltán Gera

35' Goal

Ivan Klasnic

2' Yellow Card

Mark Davies Card was given for a foul

23' Yellow Card

Grétar Steinsson Card was given for a foul

50' Yellow Card

Ricardo Gardner Card was given for a foul

53' Yellow Card

Gavin McCann Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Jussi Jääskeläinen Card was given for a foul

72' Yellow Card

Jlloyd Samuel Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fabrice Muamba
Off:Ivan Klasnic

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin Davies
Off:Tamir Cohen

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Fulham pressured for the equaliser, which finally came on 74 minutes, after Damien Duff arrowed a shot inside Jaaskelainen’s far post. 

With Bolton looking to reverse their recent run of disappointing form, the Whites looked set for a tough task in breaking down a determined Wanderers back line. Whilst neither goalkeeper was significantly troubled in opening 20 minutes. It was Fulham who were looking the most positive in attack – albeit without creating any significant opportunities.

Jonathan Greening created a good opening for Erik Nevland early on but the Whites striker saw his shot charged down at the last moment by Steinsson.

The midfield battle was broken momentarily when a crafty free kick from Taylor almost found space in the box but Pantsil was quick to close down. Soon after, Jonathan Greening found himself in a good position to trouble the Wanderers back line on 28 minutes when he intercepted a loose pass in midfield only to see his shot sail over the bar.

The visitors took the lead somewhat against the run of play on 35 minutes when the Fulham defence failed to clear a long throw into the box, allowing Ivan Klasnic to seize on the loose ball and rifle a shot past Schwarzer from close range.

The Whites closed out the first-half competently keeping Bolton’s attacking intentions at bay but unsuccessfully imposing their attacking play on the opposition.

Fulham made a bright start to the second-half, putting Bolton under pressure from the opening whistle. Unfortunately, the Whites were unable to capitalise but the tide was still flowing against Wanderers.

The Whites, despite being a goal behind, showed no signs of desperation and maintained their attacking shape well. Although chances were not forthcoming, the booking of McCann on 52 minutes was indicative of Bolton’s desperate rearguard action.

Certainly judging by the flow of fouls in the second-half, Fulham were well on the ascendancy, forcing their opponents into some desperate pieces of defending. Clint Dempsey came close to getting Fulham back on level terms on 55 minutes but Taylor headed off the line.

A scramble in the 59th minute almost saw Zoltan Gera make contact with an ambitious overhead kick from seven yards.

Clint Dempsey led a breakaway attack on 61 minutes – feeding the ball to Duff who saw his left-footed effort well saved by Jaaskelainen.

Bolton continued to threaten through the odd set-piece but Fulham were still knocking at the door. On 66 minutes Erik Nevland forced a wonderful save from Jaaskelainen when his left-footed effort was tipped over the bar.

The run of play continued in Fulham’s favour, yet the Whites were unable to take advantage of their opportunities. Roy Hodgson replaced John Pantsil with Simon Davies on 68 minutes. Davies took up position on the right side of defence as the Whites looked to open up their opponents.

Fulham's pressure was rewarded in the 75th minute when Damien Duff found the back of the net after Erik Nevland set the Irish winger free in space down the right. Duff collected the ball on the edge of the area and took a touch before hitting a fine right-footed shot beyond the grasp of Jaaskelainen into the back of the net.

With the game hanging in the balance, Zoltan Gera was replaced by Kagisho Dikgacoi on 80 minutes. The move saw Chris Baird move to right-back, Dikgacoi take up position on central midfield with Duff moving to the left flank and Davies moving to the right wing.

The Whites continued to dominate possession in midfield and, as much as a resolute Bolton defence would allow, maintained their pressure on the visiting goal. Unfortunately Bolton were able to ride out the final minutes to secure a point.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 28 November 2009
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,554

Referee: Steve Bennet

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil (Davies 67'), Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; Duff, Baird, Greening, Gera (Dikgacoi 79'); Nevland, Dempsey

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Smalling, Seol Ki-Hyeon, Bjorn Helge Riise, Johnson

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; Steinsson, O'Brien, Cahill, Samuel; McCann; Mark Davies, Gardner, Tamir Cohen (Davies 77'), Taylor; Klasnic (Muamba 59')

Unused substitutes: Al-Habsi, Knight, Ricketts, Lee Chung-Yong, Elmander

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 13 33
2 Manchester United 14 31
3 Arsenal 12 25
4 Tottenham Hotspur 13 25
5 Aston Villa 13 22
6 Manchester City 13 22
7 Liverpool 13 20
8 Sunderland 14 20
9 Stoke City 14 20
10 Fulham 14 19
11 Burnley 14 17
12 Blackburn Rovers 14 17
13 Wigan Athletic 14 17
14 Hull City 15 16
15 Birmingham City 13 15
16 Everton 13 15
17 West Ham United 14 14
18 Bolton Wanderers 13 12
19 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 10
20 Portsmouth 14 7
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 23Clint Dempsey
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 26Chris Smalling
  • 7Seol Ki-Hyeon
  • 17Bjorn Helge Riise
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 34Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 21Eddie Johnson
Bolton Wanderers (4-1-4-1)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • 2Grétar Steinsson
  • 28Joey O'Brien
  • 5Gary Cahill
  • 3Jlloyd Samuel
  • Gavin McCann
  • 16Mark Davies
  • 11Ricardo Gardner
  • 21Tamir Cohen
  • 7Matthew Taylor
  • 17Ivan Klasnic
Substitutes
  • 26Ali Al-Habsi
  • 12Zat Knight
  • 18Sam Ricketts
  • 6Fabrice Muamba
  • 27Lee Chung-Yong
  • 9Johan Elmander
  • 14Kevin Davies