Fulham 0-1 Bolton Wanderers

  • February 20, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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90 minutes stand between Bolton and a trip to Wembley after they claimed a 1-0 victory over Fulham in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Ivan Klasnic scored the only goal of the game after 19 minutes at Craven Cottage, ensuring Wanderers will make the trip to Birmingham City in the sixth round to decide who will advance into the final four of the competition.

Owen Coyle's side had chances to extend their lead in the second half, while the hosts could also have snatched a replay, but the Trotters held on to claim a rare victory in London and reach the last eight for the first time in six years.

Fulham were the quicker out of the blocks and registered their first chance on target with less than five minutes on the clock as Moussa Dembele forced Adam Bogdan into a low save with his legs.

Bolton responded well and Stuart Holden fired wide at the other moments later, before they broke the deadlock on 19 minutes with Klasnic's fifth goal of the season.

Impressive approach play involving Lee Chung-Yong and Fabrice Muamba resulted in the latter firing a cross into the six-yard box. Aaron Hughes failed to deal with the ball and Klasnic reacted quickest to volley past a helpless Mark Schwarzer.

Mark Hughes' side went in search of an immediate equaliser and Brede Hangeland brought Bogdan into action just two minutes later with a header from a corner.

Fulham continued to press forward and Zoltan Gera fired over the crossbar after receiving the ball from Dembele.

The hosts almost found a way through the Wanderers backline in the latter stages of the first half, but a superb last ditch challenge from Gary Cahill prevented Andy Johnson a clear run on goal.

Clint Dempsey fired wide from distance in the last action of the first half, with the Trotters taking a slender 1-0 lead into the break at the Cottage.

Just as they did in the opening exchanges, Fulham raced out of the blocks again in the second period and could have been level within moments of the restart as Dembele fired over Bogdan's bar, before bringing the Hungarian goalkeeper into action with a low curling shot just a few minutes later.

Controversy then struck, just before the hour, as Martin Petrov and Chris Baird were both booked for an off-the-ball incident. Replays appeared to show the Fulham defender shove Petrov in the face, leaving him somewhat lucky to remain on the field.

Steve Sidwell was next to try his luck for Fulham, only to find Bogdan in superb form once again, before Wanderers had two fantastic opportunities to win the game within the space of five minutes.

First, Kevin Davies found himself unmarked at the back post, only for Baird to deny the skipper a shot on goal, before Klasnic saw a volley clawed away by Schwarzer in what was probably Bolton's best chance of the game.

Danny Murphy curled a free-kick over the crossbar for the hosts, before Petrov took too long to get a shot away at the other end, bringing Schwarzer into a comfortable stop at his near post.

Substitute Bobby Zamora, back after five months out with a broken leg, should have equalised in stoppage time, only for his attempted lob on Bogdan to sail well wide of the target.

Fulham continued in their search for a late goal and when Dempsey saw a shot blocked by Cahill in the final minute, referee Stuart Attwell called time on events, meaning Bolton stand just one game away from a trip to Wembley Stadium.

The sixth round tie against Birmingham City at St.Andrews will take place on the weekend of 12th/13th March 2011. Bolton return to action on Saturday when they face a trip to Newcastle United's St.James' Park.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Dempsey, Murphy, Sidwell, Gera (Zamora 67), Johnson, Dembele
Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kelly, Pantsil, Kamara, Etuhu, Greening
Booked: Baird

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Robinson, Cahill, Wheater, Alonso, Chung-Yong, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Klasnic (Elmander 79), K Davies
Subs Not Used: Jaaskelainen, Taylor, Rodrigo, Blake, Cohen
Booked: Muamba, Petrov, Robinson, Holden
Goals: Klasnic 19

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Attendance: 19,571

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