Fulham 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • November 28, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's run of four successive defeats came to an end as they came away with a point after a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

Ivan Klasnic had given Wanderers a first half lead with his second goal of the season, but Damien Duff's deflected strike 15 minutes from time meant the game ended all square.

The first half created little in terms of goalmouth activity and it wasn't until the 16th minute that Fulham carved out the first real chance.

Some poor defending in the Wanderers defence allowed Erik Nevland to turn the ball goalbound from inside the six yard box, only for Gretar Steinsson to make a superb goalline block.

Steinsson was alert to the danger once again moments later, denying Zoltan Gera after he had been played in by the lively Nevland.

With 34 minutes on the clock, Bolton took a surprise lead. Matt Taylor's free-kick from the right flank appared to cause little danger, but after Gary Cahill nodded the ball into Klasnic, he turned and shot low past Mark Schwarzer.

Klasnic's strike was enough to give the visitors a half-time lead, but they were soon under pressure after the restart as Fulham went in search of the equaliser.

Despite dominating possession, 57 minutes were on the clock before Fulham finally broke the Bolton defence. Fortunately for Bolton, Taylor was in place to head Clint Dempsey's header off the line from a corner.

Zoltan Gera failed with an acrobatic attempt just before the hour, before Taylor shot well wide at the other end.

Jussi Jaaskelainen kept Wanderers lead intact with two vital stops. First, he denied Duff's curling effort before tipping Nevland's goalbound effort over for a corner.

Fulham's pressure finally paid off on 75 minutes as Duff's shot from wide went through the legs of Jlloyd Samuel before taking a flick off the knee of Cahill and finding its way into the far corner.

Duff came close on 84 minutes, but Bolton had the best chance of the game in stoppage time, only for Steinsson to head over when found unmarked from a Taylor free-kick.

Bolton's 17-year wait for a win at Craven Cottage continues and they return to action next Saturday when they visit fierce rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil (Davies 68), Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Gera (Dikgacol 80), Baird, Greening, Duff, Nevland, Dempsey
Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Ki-Hyeon, Riise, Johnson, Smalling
Booked: Greening
Goals: Duff 75

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, A O'Brien, Cahill, Samuel, Cohen (M Davies 78), Gardner, McCann, Taylor, K Davies, Klasnic (Muamba 60)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Elmander, Knight, Ricketts, Chung-Yong
Booked: K Davies, Steinsson, Gardner, McCann, Jaaskelainen, Samuel
Goals: Klasnic 35

Attendance: 23,554
Referee: Steve Bennett

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