Fulham 4-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • October 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman's future as Bolton manager is under serious scrutiny, after his side were thrashed 4-0 at fellow strugglers Fulham.

Wanderers were humiliated at Craven Cottage, against one of just two teams who began the evening below them in the Championship table.

They failed to muster a single shot on target throughout the duration of the game and were beaten courtesy of goals from Hugo Rodallega, Fernando Amorebieta, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Tim Hoogland.

Freedman made five changes to the side that lost to Derby County on Saturday - as Chris Herd, Tim Ream, Darren Pratley, Neil Danns and Craig Davies took the places of Kevin McNaughton, Mark Davies, Owen Garvan, Lee Chung-Yong and Joe Mason.

The away side started brightly but were fortunate not to go a goal down inside four minutes, as Ross McCormack slotted the ball beyond Andy Lonergan. Fortunately, for Bolton, the goal was ruled out by the assistant referee's offside flag.

A brief pause in play allowed Rodallega to receive treatment for an injury, but he was soon back in the thick of the action and was on the scoresheet with just nine minutes played - capitalising on a slip from Dorian Dervite before slotting the ball underneath the onrushing Lonergan.

Bolton were rattled and could have been two-down moments later, as Kostas Stafylidis' strike cannoned back off the post, while Lonergan was alert to punch away a cross from McCormack to deny Tim Hoogland a certain goal at the far post.

Wanderers had appeals for a penalty turned down when Craig Davies appeared to be upended inside the box on the quarter-hour, before the game settled down as both sides created little in possession.

The Trotters came agonisingly close to a 26th minute equaliser, as a cross-field ball from Liam Feeney picked out the run of Pratley. He managed to divert the ball towards goal, but was denied glory against his former club by the thickness of a crossbar.

Despite some strong attacking play involving Feeney and Craig Davies, Bolton couldn't find that bit of magic in the final third, while Rodallega was halted at the other end by Lonergan as Fulham looked to strike on the break.

A neat flick from Danns created an opportunity for Craig Davies as the half drew to a close, but he sliced a volley into the stands when a more composed approach was required.

Bryan Ruiz came close to doubling the home side's lead with a curling strike, before Danns fired wide at the other end, before Fulham put the ball in the net in stoppage time to take a commanding two-goal advantage into the interval.

Wanderers failed to deal with a free-kick into their box and Amorebieta rose highest to power a header past Lonergan and pile the pressure on the visiting manager, Freedman.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second half, but a triple substitution arrived little over five minutes after play had resumed in what could have been construed as an act of desperation - as Mark Davies, Jermaine Beckford and Mason came on for Matt Mills, Pratley and Craig Davies.

Bolton's first real chance of the game arrived on the hour, but Dervite was unable to get his header on target after rising well to meet a corner from Feeney.

Beckford and Mason were working well as a duo, while Ream and Jay Spearing both had goalbound strikes charged down, but the hammer blow came at the midway point of the half as Christensen raced on to a pass from Rodallega before calmly slotting the ball beyond a helpless Lonergan to end the game as a contest.

Wanderers should have pulled one back on 71 minutes, but Beckford poked the ball wide from a Feeney cross, but the game was up for the visitors - and potentially Freedman - as Hoogland drilled home a fourth for the hosts with 11 minutes to go, via the inside the post.

Stafylidis and Patrick Roberts were denied by Lonergan and Dervite, respectively, as Fulham continued their surge forward in the final 10 minutes, before referee Stuart Attwell called time on a bitterly disappointing evening that could well have major consequences ahead of the weekend visit of Bournemouth to Macron Stadium.

Fulham: Bettinelli, Hoogland, Bodurov, Burn, Amorebieta, Parker (Williams 71), Christensen, Stafylidis, Ruiz, Rodallega (Woodrow 78), McCormack (Roberts 80)
Subs Not Used: Kiraly, Smith, Hyndman, Kavanagh
Goals: Rodallega 9, Amorebieta 45+2, Christensen 67, Hoogland 79

Bolton Wanderers: Lonergan, Herd, Mills (M Davies 52), Dervite, Moxey, Spearing, Ream, Feeney, Pratley (Mason 53), Danns, C Davies (Beckford 53)
Subs Not Used: Kenny, Garvan, Chung-Yong, Kamara
Booked: Herd, M Davies

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Attendance: 14,496

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