Fulham 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 27, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's first visit to the capital since their FA Cup semi-final defeat at Wembley ended in defeat, with Fulham beating the Trotters 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

Clint Dempsey scored in each half to give the hosts a 2-0 lead within three minutes of the restart, before Brede Hangeland completed the scoring midway through the second period.

The result moves Fulham up five places to ninth in the Premier League table, four points and one place behind Wanderers, who sit in eighth.

Wanderers started brightly and should have been ahead within the first minute, only for Fabrice Muamba to shoot straight at Mark Schwarzer from six yards after being set up by a flick from Matt Taylor.

Fulham hit straight up the other end and Dempsey brought Jussi Jaaskelainen into a smart low stop, before the American international teep up Eidur Gudjohnsen, who somehow contrived to send a shot over the crossbar from close range.

Dempsey was proving to be a thorn in the side of the visitors and he broke the deadlock on 15 minutes, firing into the top corner of Jaaskelainen's net after the Bolton defence had failed to deal with a Danny Murphy corner.

Wanderers appeared to have dealt with the danger, but when Hangeland sent a volley across goal, it deflected into the path of Dempsey who struck a stunning strike into the top corner.

Dempsey fired over the bar just a minute later, before Carlos Salcido shot wide of the target with 20 minutes gone after cutting inside from the left flank.

Wanderers were back on the attack midway through the half and if Johan Elmander had connected with a low cross-shot from Lee Chung-Yong, they would have pulled level.

Fulham hit straight up the other end and Jaaskelainen did well to keep out a low drive from Moussa Dembele. The Finn was in action again moments later, this time pushing an Eidur Gudjohnsen strike on to the post after the former Wanderers striker had evaded the defence.

Gretar Steinsson saw a curling shot claimed by Schwarzer on the half hour, while Dembele and Hangeland came close to doubling the home side's lead.

Tamir Cohen found a yard of space just before the break, but after being set up by Chung-Yong, Sunday's matchwinner volleyed into the ground and the ball flew straight through to Schwarzer.

Fulham came close to doubling their lead within a minute of the restart, with Dembele's strike taking a deflection off Zat Knight before coming back off the crossbar.

They were on target again just moments later though, as Simon Davies' low cross took a flick off Gudjohnsen before going in off the knee of Dempsey, making him Fulham's all-time leading goalscorer in the Premier League.

Davies saw a shot blocked by Knight soon after, but the hosts sealed the points with 25 minutes remaining as Hangeland beat Gary Cahill in the air to head the ball into the far corner of Jaaskelainen's goal.

Cahill came close to netting a consolation with 15 minutes to go, heading a Matt Taylor free-kick just wide of the target with Schwarzer beaten.

Bobby Zamora thought he had scored a fourth Fulham goal just a minute later, but after firing the ball into the top corner, he turned around to find a yellow card being shown his way, with referee Anthony Taylor ruling the England international to have used his arm to bring the ball down.

Steve Sidwell and Elmander had chances at both ends in the latter stages, but neither effort brought any serious threat to the opposition goal as the clock ran down on a comfortable Fulham victory.

Wanderers return to action on Saturday when they are on their travels again, this time facing Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, hoping to complete a league double over their near neighbours for the first time since 1978.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido, Gudjohnsen (Johnson 84), Sidwell, Murphy (Etuhu 78), Dempsey, Davies, Dembele (Zamora 68)
Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kakuta
Booked: Zamora
Goals: Dempsey 15,48, Hangeland 65

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson (Wheater 67), Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Chung-Yong, Muamba (Gardner 72), Cohen, Taylor, Elmander, K Davies (Klasnic 72)
Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Petrov, Rodrigo, Blake
Booked: Klasnic

Referee: Anthony Taylor
Attendance: 23,222

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