Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Fulham

  • August 14, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton got their first point on the board as they opened the new season with a goalless draw at home to Fulham.

Johan Elmander was denied on numerous occasions by David Stockdale in goal for the visitors and Stuart Holden came closest to winning the game for Wanderers in the second half when his shot hit a post, but neither side could find a way through as the game ended all square.

Wanderers had the first chance of the game when Elmander dragged a volley wide on 10 minutes, just moments before Danny Murphy shot just wide at the other end.

Gary Cahill brought Stockdale into a simple stop with a header from a corner, before Martin Petrov sent a half-volley goalwards, but once again found the Fulham goalkeeper in fine form.

Soon after Petrov's strike, Fulham came close to breaking the deadlock themselves as Bobby Zamora spotted Jussi Jaaskelainen off his line before looping the ball just over the crossbar.

That sparked the visitors into action and the Bolton defence had to be alert as Gretar Steinsson blocked a shot from Simon Davies, before Zat Knight was alert against his old club to deny a Damien Duff free-kick from entering the danger zone.

Elmander again forced Stockdale into action before the break, but it was Fulham who almost went infront as the half came to its close.

A communication breakdown between Jaaskelainen and Paul Robinson resulted in the latter heading the ball towards his own goal, but, with Zamora lurking, the Wanderers 'keeper just about managed to grab hold of the loose ball.

Holden fired an effort wide just after the restart, before Elmander turned and shot goalwards, only to be denied by a superb diving save from Stockdale as Bolton increased the pressure.

Referee Stuart Attwell then became a controversial figure amongst the home crowd, but replays showed his decisions were correct as he first denied Wanderers a free-kick for a challenge on Elmander, before Lee Chung-Yong went down under a challenge from Murphy inside the area.

Elmander created arguably the chance of the game all by himself soon after as a quick turn of pace got him beyond the Fulham backline, only for his shot to be blocked by Stockdale and behind for a corner.

Holden came close to opening the scoring with 12 minutes to go when his shot from distance clipped the outside of the post, before Zamora was denied a probable winner by a superb challenge from Robinson in the closing stages as the game ended goalless.

Bolton return to action next Saturday when Owen Coyle takes his side to West Ham United, who suffered an opening day defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday, going down 3-0 at Villa Park.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba (M Davies 86), Holden, Petrov (Taylor 86), K Davies, Elmander (Klasnic 90)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Ricketts, Blake, A O'Brien
Booked: Muamba

Fulham: Stockdale, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Kelly, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Duff, Gera (Dempsey 74), Zamora
Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Riise, Stoor, Greening, Elm
Booked: Gera, Zamora, Pantsil

Attendance: 20,352
Referee: Stuart Attwell

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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