Saturday 7 April 2012, 3:00pm at Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Barclays Premier League
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Dempsey 30', 45'; Diarra 80'
A brace from Clint Dempsey including a stunning free-kick and a goal from Mahamadou Diarra gave Fulham an emphatic away victory at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

90'+3 Yellow Card

Sam Ricketts Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Eagles
Off:Darren Pratley

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin Davies
Off:Ryo Miyaichi

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ivan Klasnic
Off:David Ngog

30' Goal

Clint Dempsey

45' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Damien Duff

80' Goal

Mahamadou Diarra
Assist by John Arne Riise

73' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Dickson Etuhu
Off:Bryan Ruiz

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Damien Duff

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marcello Trotta
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

0
15
30
45
60
75
90

Martin Jol was forced into two changes as Pavel Pogrebnyak was unable to recover from an ankle injury in time and Danny Murphy was ruled out through illness. Diarra came into midfield and Alex Kacaniklic was handed a full debut on the wing following an impressive showing against Norwich City a week ago.

Clint Dempsey led the line while Brede Hangeland captained the side on his 200th Fulham appearance, at the ground where he made his Whites debut more than four years ago.

After a cagey opening, the first shot of the game fell to the home side after quarter of an hour. Former Fulham midfielder Darren Pratley fed David Ngog down the right who cut the ball back into the path of Ryo Miyaichi. Fortunately for Fulham, the youngster from Japan got his effort all wrong and sliced over the bar.

Fulham had to wait five more minutes for their first decent chance when Dempsey held the ball up well before finding Damien Duff on the right-wing. The Bolton full back made the mistake of allowing Duff to cut in on his left-foot but the Irishman’s fierce low drive flashed just wide of Adam Bogdan’s near post.

The away side did have the ball in the back of the net on 24 minutes after Dempsey slotted past Bogdan after Duff’s shot from range had ricocheted into his path but the Texan was ruled to have been in an offside position when Duff’s initial effort came in.

But the boys in black wouldn’t have to wait long for a goal as Dempsey netted his 20th of the season in emphatic style. Fulham were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out in a central position after Ngog brought down a marauding Diarra and Dempsey stepped up to blast the set piece into the top-right hand corner leaving Bogdan with no chance whatsoever.

Dempsey was enjoying himself and tried his luck again minutes later with an audacious overhead kick from Stephen Kelly’s cross. Bogdan’s goal was in little danger on this occasion though. Bolton responded through Ngog’s turn and shot and Nigel Reo-Coker’s drive but Mark Schwarzer wasn’t especially troubled by either effort.

In the last minute of the half Fulham doubled their advantage and it was Dempsey again showing that he is more than comfortable playing the role of lone striker. Damien Duff beat Bolton’s left-back Marcos Alonso to give himself a yard of space to loft over a cross and Dempsey ghosted in to power a header into the back of the net.

Owen Coyle needed a drastic improvement from his relegation-threatened side and attempted to alter the balance of play by introducing Kevin Davies and Chris Eagles at half-time.

The changes did see Bolton create a couple of opportunities at the start of the second period, but neither effort by Eagles or Martin Petrov were on target.

Damien Duff had given Alonso a miserable first 45 and continued in the same vein in the second period. Just before the hour mark he skipped inside the Spaniard before arrowing a left-footed strike towards the far corner but Bogdan was there to make an excellent one handed stop to deny him.

Moments later Clint almost secured the perfect hat-trick when he ran with the ball into the box but dragged his left-footed effort narrowly wide at the near post. He then turned provider as he sent Duff through one-on-one but again Bogdan showed great reflexes to deny the Irishman.

There were concerns for Fulham on 73 minutes when Bryan Ruiz, who had enjoyed a splendid game in behind Dempsey, was stretchered from the field of play. The Costa Rican was replaced in the middle of the park by Dickson Etuhu.

With 10 minutes to go Fulham wrapped the points up as Diarra notched his first goal for the Club. John Arne Riise bombed down the left-wing and played a tantalising cross into the six-yard box for the former Real Madrid man to slide the ball into the back of the net.

Substitute Marcello Trotta could have added his name to the scoresheet in stoppage time after dancing his way into the penalty box but his low effort was too close to Bogdan so Fulham had to settle for just three goals as they secured a well-deserved third away win of the season.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 7 April 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 21,939

Referee: Mike Dean

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Bogdan; Ricketts, Wheater, Ream, Alonso; Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley (Eagles 45'); Miyaichi (Kevin Davies 45'), Ngog (Klasnic 60'), Petrov

Unused substitutes: Jääskeläinen, Steinsson, Knight, Sordell

Manager: Owen Coyle

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff (Frei 83'), Dembélé, Diarra, Kacaniklic (Trotta 88'); Ruiz (Etuhu 73'); Dempsey

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Davies

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 31 76
2 Manchester City 31 71
3 Tottenham Hotspur 32 59
4 Arsenal 31 58
5 Chelsea 32 56
6 Newcastle United 32 56
7 Everton 32 44
8 Liverpool 32 43
9 Sunderland 32 42
10 Fulham 32 42
11 Norwich City 32 40
12 West Bromwich Albion 32 39
13 Swansea City 32 39
14 Stoke City 31 38
15 Aston Villa 31 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 31 29
17 Queens Park Rangers 31 28
18 Blackburn Rovers 32 28
19 Wigan Athletic 32 28
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 22
Goals
0
3
Total Shots
12
11
Shots On Target
1
6
Passing Accuracy
81%
81%
Fouls
12
10
Corners
5
3
Offsides
0
4
Bookings
1
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Bolton Wanderers (4-3-3)
  • 1Adam Bogdan
  • 18Sam Ricketts
  • 31David Wheater
  • 32Tim Ream
  • 3Marcos Alonso
  • 16Mark Davies
  • 19Nigel Reo-Coker
  • 21Darren Pratley
  • 30Ryo Miyaichi
  • 24David Ngog
  • 10Martin Petrov
Substitutes
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • 2Grétar Steinsson
  • 12Zat Knight
  • 7Chris Eagles
  • 14Kevin Davies
  • 17Ivan Klasnic
  • 29Marvin Sordell
Manager
  • Owen Coyle
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 23Clint Dempsey
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 42Marcello Trotta
Manager
  • Martin Jol
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