Saturday 17 December 2011, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Dempsey 32'; Ruiz 34'
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers
0
A stunning Bryan Ruiz lob capped off a dominant performance from Fulham as they ran out 2-0 winners against Bolton at Craven Cottage.

32' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

34' Goal

Bryan Ruiz
Assist by Clint Dempsey

80' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

27' Yellow Card

Nigel Reo-Coker Card was given for a foul

43' Yellow Card

Fabrice Muamba Card was given for a foul

63' Yellow Card

Grétar Steinsson 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:Grétar Steinsson
Off:Dedryck Boyata

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Ngog
Off:Kevin Davies

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After a somewhat measured start to the game from both sides, Bolton registered the first attack on goal when Nigel Reo-Coker fired a speculative effort wide from a narrow angle on five minutes. The Whites crafted a more promising situation two minutes later when Clint Dempsey threaded a pass through to the rapidly advancing Andrew Johnson – unfortunately with only Jussi Jaaskelainen to beat, Johnson rolled his left-footed finish past the far post.

Certainly, of the two sides, Fulham were enjoying greater possession in threatening areas, forcing the Trotters to defend uncomfortably deep. Bolton, mainly looking to build their attacks off Kevin Davies’ knockdowns and flick-ons, were finding little joy in their attempts to work the ball further up the pitch.

Threatening both from open and set-plays, Fulham continued to look dangerous with Dickson Etuhu and Brede Hangeland coming close to breaking the deadlock from two Danny Murphy corners.

As the half-hour mark approached, Fulham started building up a real head of steam. A free kick from John Arne Riise deflected dangerously in front of goal and Clint Dempsey worked numerous promising positions as Jaaskelainen’s goal came under intense pressure.

Fulham deservedly took the lead on 32 minutes with a wonderfully directed header from Clint Dempsey from Bryan Ruiz’s right wing cross. Dempsey placed his header beautifully past Jaaskelainen from 10 yards.

Fulham doubled their lead soon after courtesy of typically audacious finish from Bryan Ruiz. This time Clint Dempsey was the provider, setting Ruiz away in a central position. The Costa Rican international closed in on Jaaskelainen before scooping the ball over the keeper.

Making a composed start to the second-half, Fulham maintained the upper hand. Bolton struggled to deal with Fulham’s attacking midfield trio of Dembele, Dempsey and Ruiz as the Fulham men displayed technique in abundance in front of the Bolton penalty area.

Owen Coyle elected to switch his attacking options early in the second-half, replacing target man Kevin Davies with David Ngog. To their credit Bolton spiritedly continued to search for a way back into the game; however this was at the cost of leaving themselves exposed to the counter-attack.

The Whites were aware of this and only a couple of marginal offside decisions prevented the Whites from putting Bolton further to the sword. The absence of Kevin Davies for Bolton helped make life easier for Brede Hangeland and Philippe Senderos in the air.

A driving run across the face of goal from Andrew Johnson saw the Fulham man skip past two challenges before seeing his left-footed shot blocked. Zat Knight then had Bolton’s travelling fans on the edge of their seats late on when, accompanied by Johnson, he elected to head the ball back to his keeper – handing a prime opportunity to the Fulham striker when the ball fell predictably short. Unfortunately Jaaskelainen collected comfortably from Johnson’s attempted lob.

As the clock ran down, Fulham looked in no mood to surrender a two-goal advantage for the second time in two games and professionally guarded their lead right up to the final whistle.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 17 December 2011
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,643

Referee: Chris Foy

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Baird, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Ruiz, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey; Dembélé, Andrew Johnson

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Kelly, Hughes, Gecov, Duff, Frei, Sá

Manager: Martin Jol

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up: Jääskeläinen; Boyata (Steinsson 45'), Cahill, Knight, Alonso; Pratley (Eagles 45'), Reo-Coker, Muamba, Mark Davies; Kevin Davies (Ngog 56'), Klasnic

Unused substitutes: Bogdan, Robinson, Petrov, Tuncay

Manager: Owen Coyle

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 15 38
2 Manchester United 15 36
3 Chelsea 15 31
4 Tottenham Hotspur 14 31
5 Arsenal 15 29
6 Newcastle United 16 27
7 Liverpool 15 26
8 Stoke City 16 24
9 Norwich City 16 20
10 Aston Villa 15 19
11 Fulham 16 18
12 Swansea City 16 18
13 West Bromwich Albion 16 18
14 Everton 15 17
15 Queens Park Rangers 15 16
16 Sunderland 15 14
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 14
18 Wigan Athletic 15 12
19 Blackburn Rovers 16 10
20 Bolton Wanderers 16 9
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
23
16
Shots On Target
5
6
Passing Accuracy
76%
76%
Fouls
8
13
Corners
8
4
Offsides
7
3
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 9Orlando Sá
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2)
  • 22Jussi Jääskeläinen
  • 25Dedryck Boyata
  • 5Gary Cahill
  • 12Zat Knight
  • 3Marcos Alonso
  • 21Darren Pratley
  • 19Nigel Reo-Coker
  • 6Fabrice Muamba
  • 16Mark Davies
  • 14Kevin Davies
  • 17Ivan Klasnic
Substitutes
  • 1Adam Bogdan
  • 2Grétar Steinsson
  • 4Paul Robinson
  • 7Chris Eagles
  • 10Martin Petrov
  • 9Tuncay
  • 24David Ngog
Manager
  • Owen Coyle
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