Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Fulham

  • February 06, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Kevin Davies had a late header disallowed as Bolton were held to a goalless draw at home by Fulham.

In truth, the game will not live long in the memory but Wanderers fans will not be happy with referee Mark Clattenburg after his controversial decision in the closing stages.

Both sides were poor from the off and it was the visitors who carved out the first opportunity of the afternoon as David Elm poked the ball over the crossbar from a Jonathan Greening corner.

Kevin Davies had a half-chance for Bolton soon after but found Aaron Hughes in the way, before Tamir Cohen sliced a shot over on 19 minutes.

Midway through the first-half, Wanderers forced Mark Schwarzer into his first save of the afternoon. Matt Taylor's inswinging free-kick from the right flank found the head of Sam Ricketts, but it was a comfortable save for the Fulham goalkeeper.

Kagisho Dikgacoi sent a 25-yard strike narrowly wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's goal before Wanderers came close to breaking the deadlock on the stroke of half-time.

Lee Chung-Yong's crossfield ball resulted in Kevin Davies nodding the ball down to his namesake Mark, whose shot deflected off Schwarzer before coming back of the bar and being cleared to safety.

The start of the second half was just as poor as the previous 45 minutes and almost an hour was on the clock before Taylor volleyed straight at Schwarzer.

Kevin Davies also saw a shot fail to trouble the Fulham 'keeper and Bolton boss Owen Coyle made the decision to introduce loan signing Vladimir Weiss with 20 minutes to go, after already bringing Johan Elmander and Chris Basham in to the game.

Weiss' introduction seemed to spark Wanderers into life and he immediately tried his luck with a shot that deflected behind for a corner.

Then, against the run of play, Nicky Shorey almost put the visitors ahead when his free-kick deflected off the wall and narrowly over the bar with Jaaskelainen wrong-footed.

With just three minutes remaining, Kevin Davies played in Elmander but when found one-on-one with Schwarzer he somehow sent his shot the wrong side of the post.

Then came the controversy. Chung-Yong's corner picked out Kevin Davies six-yards from goal and he planted a bullet header into the top corner, only for referee Clattenburg to rule the goal out for an alleged push on Brede Hangeland.

The decision could well prove to be costly for Bolton as television replays showed no infringement, meaning the match finished goalless. Wanderers now lie in 17th place in the Premier League with the tough trip to Manchester City's Eastlands on Tuesday night next up.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, A O'Brien (Basham 63), Knight, Ricketts, Chung-Yong, M Davies (Elmander 57), Muamba, Cohen, Taylor (Weiss 71), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Gardner, Wilshere

Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Shorey, Duff, Dikgacoi (Etuhu 55), Murphy, Greening, Elm (Okaka 76), Nevland (Smalling 76)
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Riise, Stoor

Attendance: 22,289
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
17 Cheltenham Town 27 31
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