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Fulham   1 - 1   Bolton

By Aimee Lewis

Damien Duff
Damien Duff and Erik Nevland celebrate Fulham's leveller

Damien Duff's second-half equaliser prevented Bolton from enjoying their first victory since the end of October.

Fulham dominated throughout but a resolute Bolton, who made two goalline clearances, seemed set to steal a win.

The visitors' goal came when Fulham failed to clear, allowing Gary Cahill to head down towards Ivan Klasnic, who turned and shot low from 12 yards.

But Duff levelled after a period of sustained pressure, shooting low into the left corner from the right.

Fulham had a few selection worries in attack with strikers Diomansy Kamara and Bobby Zamora injured, while Andy Johnson, who only started training again this week after recovering from a groin injury, was deemed not fit enough for the substitutes' bench.

It was later revealed England international Johnson had undergone an exploratory operation to get to the cause of the persistent pain which has been troubling him.

It was a lack of potency in the final third which ultimately prevented Fulham from ending up with three points.

Second-half performance delights Hodgson

However, credit must go to Bolton's stoic defending as the visitors, who remain in the bottom three, battled to avoid a fourth successive Premier League defeat.

In an uninspiring first half, Fulham only twice tested what has so far this season been a fragile Bolton defence, with Gretar Rafn Steinsson coming to the visitors' rescue on both occasions.

The Iceland international put his body on the line to prevent a certain goal as Erik Nevland unleashed a shot from four yards out in the 17th minute.

Five minutes later and a sliding tackle from Steinsson scooped the ball away from the onrushing Zoltan Gera, who looked set to test Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal.

With just over 10 minutes remaining of the first half Bolton went ahead after the home side failed to clear the danger around their own box.

We knew it would be difficult - Megson

Cahill headed towards Klasnic and the Croatian impressively controlled the ball and turned Brede Hangeland to leave Mark Schwarzer stranded in the Fulham goal.

The first half was marred by silly fouls, which continued into a second half that Fulham began with purpose.

But Bolton's defence - which had kept only one clean sheet in their last 18 league away games - initially held firm.

The alert Matthew Taylor headed away Clint Dempsey's goalbound effort from danger, while a reflex save from Jaaskelainen kept out Duff's low, curling shot.

Jaaskelainen was called into action again with an acrobatic save to halt Nevland's 25-yard strike.

606: DEBATE

But Bolton could withstand the pressure for only so long as Fulham finally levelled via the tireless Duff, who hovered out to the inside right and beat Jaaskelainen with a fine finish.

Steinsson had the chance to clinch all three points for the visitors but the defender, unmarked inside the box, headed wide in the final minutes.


Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"We were good value for the 1-1. If anything, perhaps we can be a little bit sad that we didn't get the second goal.

"It was on the cards, with two balls cleared off the line and Jussi Jaaskelainen made two fantastic saves.

"It's the third game in the week, we've a lot of injury problems and Bolton worked really hard for their point."

Bolton manager Gary Megson:
"As people (the players) they're terrific. The honesty is there and you can see the integrity.

"We had chances I would expect, if we were confident, we would score from.

"I'm sure everybody would have expected us to get nothing (from the game). We've got to use the result as a springboard to push us up the table."

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Saturday, 28 November 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 1-1 Bolton FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Duff 75
  • Klasnic 35

Fulham

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: BennettAtt: 23,554
FULHAM
BOLTON

Possession

  • Fulham 50%
  • Bolton 50%

Attempts on target

  • Fulham 7
  • Bolton 2

Attempts off target

  • Fulham 5
  • Bolton 3

Corners

  • Fulham 8
  • Bolton 5

Fouls

  • Fulham 7
  • Bolton 21
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:20 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+1:27 Brede Hangeland challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Taylor delivers the ball, Gretar Rafn Steinsson has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 90:00+0:10 The ball is delivered by Jlloyd Samuel, Paul Konchesky manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:19 Clinton Dempsey produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 88:53 Kevin Davies is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 84:49 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Fabrice Muamba.
  • 83:43 Foul by Kevin Davies on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 83:14 Damien Duff has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 79:56 Substitution Kagisho Dikgacoi comes on in place of Zoltan Gera.
  • 76:18 Substitution Mark Davies comes on in place of Tamir Cohen.
  • 76:18 Inswinging corner taken by Gavin McCann from the left by-line, Tamir Cohen concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Schwarzer. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 75:32 The ball is delivered by Gavin McCann, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
  • 74:23 Erik Nevland provided the assist for the goal.
  • 74:23 GOAL - Damien DuffFulham 1 - 1 Bolton A goal is scored by Damien Duff from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-1 Bolton.
  • 71:51 Corner taken by Jonathan Greening.
  • 71:10 Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
  • 71:10 Booking Jlloyd Samuel receives a caution.
  • 71:03 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Jlloyd Samuel results in a free kick.
  • 70:15 Damien Duff crosses the ball, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 69:15 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line.
  • 67:20 Substitution Simon Davies replaces John Pantsil.
  • 67:09 The ball is swung over by Chris Baird.
  • 65:52 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, Kevin Davies makes a clearance.
  • 65:28 The ball is crossed by John Pantsil, Gary Cahill makes a clearance. Erik Nevland produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 64:16 Corner taken right-footed by Gavin McCann.
  • 63:30 Booking Jussi Jaaskelainen booked.
  • Correction - 62:49 The offside flag is raised against Erik Nevland. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:49 Erik Nevland is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 61:53 Damien Duff takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Kevin Davies.
  • 60:52 Damien Duff takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 60:14 Matthew Taylor produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 59:50 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Fabrice Muamba coming on for Ivan Klasnic.
  • 59:32 Shot from just outside the area by Zoltan Gera misses to the right of the target.
  • 58:05 Foul by Andrew O'Brien on Clinton Dempsey, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathan Greening from left channel.
  • 56:13 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 55:15 Jlloyd Samuel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Erik Nevland. Shot on goal comes in from Clinton Dempsey from the free kick, blocked by Tamir Cohen.
  • 52:05 Jonathan Greening restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:05 Booking Gavin McCann receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 51:52 Gavin McCann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera.
  • 50:01 Foul by Ivan Klasnic on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Damien Duff from the free kick.
  • 49:36 Paul Konchesky decides to take a short corner.
  • 49:15 Jonathan Greening takes the free kick.
  • 49:15 Booking Ricardo Gardner goes into the referee's book for not retreating ten yards at a set play.
  • 48:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew O'Brien on Clinton Dempsey.
  • 46:43 Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Gary Cahill results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jonathan Greening from left channel, clearance by Matthew Taylor.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:08 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 43:01 Foul by Paul Konchesky on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor from right wing.
  • 40:44 Foul by Clinton Dempsey on Gary Cahill, free kick awarded. Gavin McCann takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:49 Foul by Zoltan Gera on Gretar Rafn Steinsson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gary Cahill.
  • 37:51 Kevin Davies produces a cross, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Jlloyd Samuel. Jonathan Greening takes the direct free kick.
  • 35:18 The ball is swung over by Aaron Hughes, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 34:01 Gary Cahill provided the assist for the goal.
  • 34:01 GOAL - Ivan KlasnicFulham 0 - 1 Bolton Ivan Klasnic scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Bolton.
  • 32:17 Booking Jonathan Greening is booked.
  • 30:08 Corner taken by Damien Duff from the left by-line, clearance by Kevin Davies.
  • 29:53 Andrew O'Brien challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 29:36 A cross is delivered by Ricardo Gardner, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 27:59 Effort on goal by Jonathan Greening from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 26:11 Corner taken right-footed by Gavin McCann, Tamir Cohen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 25:46 Gavin McCann takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Zoltan Gera manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:56 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner by Zoltan Gera results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Matthew Taylor.
  • 23:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Kevin Davies. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor from right wing, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
  • 22:39 Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.
  • 22:39 Booking Gretar Rafn Steinsson shown a yellow card.
  • 22:34 Gretar Rafn Steinsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey.
  • 21:00 Erik Nevland delivers the ball, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 20:20 Tamir Cohen concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Greening. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 19:41 Tamir Cohen challenges Mark Schwarzer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 19:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Pantsil by Matthew Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 17:45 Foul by Gavin McCann on Jonathan Greening, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 15:58 Corner taken by Damien Duff, Jonathan Greening takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson gets a block in.
  • 13:57 Damien Duff is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Jlloyd Samuel.
  • 10:18 Unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 9:46 Andrew O'Brien fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • Correction - 8:47 Shot by Paul Konchesky from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 8:47 Effort on goal by Jlloyd Samuel from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 8:27 Gavin McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on John Pantsil. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Damien Duff, clearance by Tamir Cohen.
  • 7:28 The referee blows for offside against Ricardo Gardner. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 7:04 John Pantsil delivers the ball, clearance by Andrew O'Brien. The ball is delivered by John Pantsil, clearance by Andrew O'Brien.
  • 1:50 Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
  • 1:50 Booking Kevin Davies receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 1:47 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Brede Hangeland.
  • Correction - 0:56 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Tamir Cohen results in a free kick. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:56 Tamir Cohen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Premier League results

28 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham R
Blackburn 0-0 Stoke R
Fulham 1-1 Bolton R
Man City 1-1 Hull R
Portsmouth 1-4 Man Utd R
West Ham 5-3 Burnley R
Wigan 1-0 Sunderland R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 13 25 33
2 Man Utd 14 17 31
3 Tottenham 14 14 26
4 Arsenal 12 21 25
5 Aston Villa 14 8 23
6 Man City 13 7 22
7 Liverpool 13 9 20
8 Sunderland 14 1 20
9 Stoke 14 -2 20
10 Fulham 14 2 19
11 Burnley 14 -12 17
12 Blackburn 14 -12 17
13 Wigan 14 -16 17
14 Hull 15 -14 16
15 Birmingham 13 -3 15
16 Everton 13 -6 15
17 West Ham 14 -2 14
18 Bolton 13 -11 12
19 Wolverhampton 13 -14 10
20 Portsmouth 14 -12 7

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