Fulham 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • September 13, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Despite Kevin Davies' late strike, first half goals from Zoltan Gera and Bobby Zamora put Fulham on their way to a comfortable 2-1 victory over Bolton at Craven Cottage.

Gera put the hosts ahead inside 15 minutes, volleying home from Zamora's cross. Provider then turned goalscorer five minutes before the break as Zamora turned away from Danny Shittu and Gavin McCann before firing past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Davies pulled one back for Bolton inside the final ten minutes after heading Jaaskelainen's long free-kick past Mark Schwarzer, but Fulham held on for the victory.

Fulham began the game brightly and should have been ahead inside the opening minute, but Gera somehow skied his shot over the bar when it looked easier to score.

Debutant Andy Johnson went close soon after, before Zamora had the ball in the net, only to see his goal disallowed for a foul on Jaaskelainen.

But Bolton couldn't hold on much longer and fell behind on the quarter hour mark. Zamora got the better of Gretar Steinsson before crossing for Gera to volley past a stranded Jaaskelainen.

Wanderers almost had an instant reply, but Gavin McCann's audacious lob was tipped over by Schwarzer.

Zamora, who had already had gone goal disallowed, should have broken his Fulham duck with his next effort, but under pressure from Andy O'Brien, he scuffed a shot straight at Jaaskelainen.

But it proved to be a case of third time lucky for the former Tottenham and West Ham forward as he doubled the home side's lead five minutes before the break.

Easily turning through the challenges of Shittu and McCann, Zamora composed himself and struck low and hard past Jaaskelainen to send Fulham in 2-0 up at half time.

They could have extended their lead after the restart, but Simon Davies' effort was easily tipped round for a corner by Jaaskelainen.

Wanderers were now starting to make an impact on the game, and Davies forced Schwarzer into a save following good work from Samuel.

Davies was then on the receiving end of a rough challenge, before Kevin Nolan was booked for a lunge on summer transfer target Jimmy Bullard.

As a result, the Wanderers skipper was subject to a chorus of boos from the home fans, but they were soon in for a nervous final ten minutes as the visitors pulled one back.

Jaaskelainen's long punt up field was met by Davies who headed towards goal and past the dive of Schwarzer, although substitute Heidar Helguson was credited with the goal at the time, television replays showed the goal to be Davies'.

Wanderers now looked to be interested in the game, but were almost punished on the break, however, Simon Davies couldn't beat Jaaskelainen after going clean through.

Referee Steve Tanner blew for time, meaning Fulham took all three points, which in all truth, were fully deserved.

Next up for Wanderers is a home game with Arsenal, who today enjoyed a 4-0 success against Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Murphy, Bullard, Gera, Zamora (Nevland 84), Johnson (Ki-Hyeon 75)
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Teymourian, Stoor, Dempsey, Kallio
Booked: Ki-Hyeon
Goals: Gera 15, Zamora 41

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson (Helguson 64), Shittu, A O'Brien, Samuel, Gardner, Muamba, Nolan, McCann (Riga 51), J O'Brien, Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Vaz Te, Cohen, Fojut
Booked: Nolan
Goals: Davies 82

Attendance: 23,656
Referee: Steve Tanner

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