Bolton Wanderers 1-3 Fulham

  • March 14, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's three game unbeaten run at the Reebok Stadium came to and end as Fulham took a deserved three points after a 3-1 win.

Andy Johnson opened the scoring three minutes before the break after a mistake from Andy O'Brien, but Kevin Davies equalised on the stroke of half time.

Simon Davies put Fulham back in front 10 minutes after the break and substitute Diomansy Kamara sealed the points with just two minutes remaining.

The result was Fulham's first Premier League away win of the season and Bolton's first defeat at home in nearly two months.

Both sides started the game poorly and it took nearly half an hour for the first real chance to materialise, from which Bolton should really have taken the lead.

Johan Elmander's free kick was fumbled by Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal before Gary Cahill had two efforts blocked and Gavin McCann somehow fired wide with the goal gaping.

Just five minutes later, Matt Taylor thought he had given Wanderers the lead, but his strike was ruled out as he had strolled into an offside position.

The visitors then hit Bolton on the counter attack and should have taken the lead themselves, but Jussi Jaaskelainen pulled off a smart reaction save to deny Bobby Zamora from 10 yards.

Then, just three minutes before the break, the visitors did take the lead, courtesy of some poor defending from O'Brien.

Under pressure from Johnson, the former Ireland international knocked the ball past Jaaskelainen but was beaten for pace by the Fulham striker who slid in to send the ball between the posts.

But their lead didn't last long as Wanderers equalised just moments before the break through Kevin Davies' 11th goal of the season.

After chesting the ball into the path of Mark Davies, Kevin received the return ball, held off challenges from a couple of defenders and fired past Schwarzer.

Fulham looked set to retake the lead just five minutes after the break, but some last ditch defending from Mark Davies prevented Johnson from doubling his tally for the afternoon.

However, the visiting fans didn't have to wait long to celebrate again, as Simon Davies put Fulham in front for the second time.

After dispossessing O'Brien, Johnson ran into the penalty area before laying the ball off for Danny Murphy, his shot came back off the crossbar and Simon Davies fired home the rebound, despite Jlloyd Samuel's desperate lunge to clear the ball off the line, it had crossed.

Gary Cahill came close to grabbing a second Bolton equaliser in the 68th minute, but his glancing header went just wide from a Gavin McCann corner.

Mark Davies was then replaced by Fabrice Muamba after picking up a knee injury in a challenge with Clint Dempsey.

Wanderers pushed forward for an equaliser, but ultimately could not find that final ball and were punished two minutes from time as Dempsey pounced on a poor ball from McCann before playing in substitute Kamara who fired low past Jaaskelainen.

After the defeat, Bolton remain 11th in the table, just four points above the bottom three with a trip to West Bromwich Albion next weekend.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel (Riga 74), Taylor, McCann, M Davies (Muamba 68), Gardner, K Davies, Elmander
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Puygrenier, Makukula, Shittu
Goals: K Davies 45

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Johnson (Nevland 89), Zamora (Kamara 84)
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Gera, Dacourt, Stoor, Smalling
Goals: Johnson 42, Davies 56, Kamara 88

Attendance: 22,117
Referee: Chris Foy

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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