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Bolton   0 - 0   Fulham

Danny Murphy and Stuart Holden
Fulham's Danny Murphy (left) and Stuart Holden, who hit the post for Bolton, contest a header

By Les Roopanarine

Fulham and Bolton cancelled each out as an even, competitive affair ended with Mark Hughes banking a valuable away point on his debut as Fulham manager.

Bolton's Stuart Holden came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the post with a low shot late in the game.

Fulham's best chance came when England man Bobby Zamora floated a speculative effort on to the roof of the net.

The afternoon's highlight, however, was the outstanding performance of Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Deputising for the injured Mark Schwarzer, who this week submitted a transfer request amid continued speculation about a possible move to Arsenal, the 24-year-old reserve keeper produced a remarkably assured display.

Stockdale spent most of last season on loan at Plymouth, and had previously played only one Premier League game, but proved equal to everything Bolton could muster.

His most impressive moment came when he made a flying second-half save from Johan Elmander, the Sweden international who did everything but score, and who had frequent cause to rue the Fulham keeper's athleticism.

Stockdale's heroics and a disappointing stalemate notwithstanding, the Bolton manager Owen Coyle will take plenty of encouragement from his team's performance.

Coyle satisfied after 'tough' opener

Since his arrival last January, Coyle has spoken repeatedly of a desire to alter Bolton's reputation for functional football.

The jury remains out on that one - Holden's effort aside, Bolton's most promising moment came from a goal kick which was chested down in the area by Kevin Davies, obliging the scrambling Stockdale to collect at the feet of Elmander.

Yet there was enough on show here to suggest that the desire of the club chairman, Phil Gartside, to see greater entertainment at the Reebok Stadium - and, with it, more bums on seats - might yet be fulfilled under Coyle.

That had much to do with the midfield scheming of Martin Petrov, the Bulgaria international released by Manchester City at the end of last season and promptly snapped up by Coyle.

Deployed on the left flank, Petrov twice threatened to force a first-half breakthrough, first when a probing run into the area was thwarted by John Paintsil and then when testing Stockdale from distance.

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Understandably, perhaps, the 31-year-old's influence waned as the match wore on, but his vision and technique were undeniable.

An encouraging midfield display from US international Stuart Holden, making only his third appearance for Bolton, offered further hope that the absence of Jack Wilshere, so impressive while on loan at the Reebok from Arsenal last season, will not be too keenly felt.

If Coyle's task is to keep the club on the upward trajectory he has set since his appointment, his opposite number faces a more onerous assignment.

Hughes happy with Fulham start

With memories still fresh of an exhilarating run to last year's Europa League final, which came just twelve months after the highest league finish in the club's history, Hughes has inherited a club where his predecessor, Roy Hodgson, set exacting standards.

With that in mind, this was a chance to show that his Fulham side will operate more effectively away from home than was the case under Hodgson, who presided over just one away win last season (and that on the opening day).

Hughes' preparations can hardly have been helped by the uncertainty surrounding Schwarzer, or by the pre-season achilles injury that has sidelined new signing Phillippe Senderos.

Yet, while his new side could not set the tone for the season with an away victory, they have lost none of the defensive resilience so central to their success under Hodgson.

Of greater concern to Hughes will be the lack of chances they carved out.

Zamora's early floated effort aside, Jaaskelainen was rarely troubled.

Simon Davies hit a Zamora cross wide midway through the first half, while Clint Dempsey's cross-shot provided a momentary scare late on, but the visitors otherwise offered little attacking threat.


Bolton manager Owen Coyle:

"We probably did enough to win the game, but Fulham are a very good side.

"A clean sheet was positive for us, and if we can just sharpen up in the final third, that will serve us very well.

"We've made a conscious effort to make sure we have a good shape to us, but we have to do it on a weekly basis.

"Once the new players integrate, I believe we'll get stronger. We've got to have that intensity on a game-by-game basis."

Fulham manager Mark Hughes:

"I thought it was a well-contested game and we stood up to the challenge very well.

"When you play Bolton you have to compete and stand up to the challenge, and I thought we did that.

"The confidence exuded by David Stockdale, who came in for Mark Schwarzer and did very well, filtered right through the team.

"Mark obviously sees an opportunity, and has expressed a wish to take it if he can, but he understands our situation.

"We're not going to jeopardise our position in the Premier League; we're in possession of an exceptional goalkeeper, and we want that situation to remain."

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Bolton 0-0 Fulham FT
(HT 0-0)

      Bolton

      Substitutes

      Fulham

      Substitutes

      Ref: AttwellAtt: 20,352
      BOLTON
      FULHAM

      Possession

      • Bolton 50%
      • Fulham 50%

      Attempts on target

      • Bolton 9
      • Fulham 7

      Attempts off target

      • Bolton 4
      • Fulham 5

      Corners

      • Bolton 4
      • Fulham 8

      Fouls

      • Bolton 12
      • Fulham 13
      • Final Result
      • 94:24 The match begins.
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:04 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by John Pantsil results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
      • 90:00+2:19 Clinton Dempsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 90:00+2:00 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Davies.
      • 90:00+1:36 Attacking throw-in by Bobby Zamora (Fulham).
      • 90:00+0:56 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 90:00+0:25 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff, clearance made by Zat Knight.
      • 90:00 The referee brings the game to a close.
      • 89:54 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line, clearance by Zat Knight.
      • 89:25 Defending throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
      • 89:01 Substitution Ivan Klasnic replaces Johan Elmander.
      • 87:46 Corner taken by Simon Davies, Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 87:33 Danny Murphy has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
      • 86:30 Johan Elmander is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by David Stockdale.
      • 85:04 Substitution Mark Davies on for Fabrice Muamba.
      • 85:04 Substitution Martin Petrov leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Taylor.
      • 82:17 Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 80:31 The ball is delivered by Simon Davies, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 79:19 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
      • 78:55 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
      • 78:34 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 77:54 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 77:39 Effort from the edge of the box by Stuart Holden hits the post.
      • 76:09 Booking John Pantsil goes into the referee's book.
      • 75:53 The offside flag is raised against Johan Elmander. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
      • 75:25 Centre by Kevin Davies, Stephen Kelly makes a clearance.
      • 73:34 Substitution Clinton Dempsey on for Zoltan Gera.
      • 73:34 The offside flag is raised against Zoltan Gera. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 73:02 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
      • 72:54 Bobby Zamora has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
      • 72:23 Centre by John Pantsil, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
      • 72:08 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 71:55 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 71:42 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 70:45 Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 70:45 Booking Booking for Bobby Zamora for unsporting behaviour.
      • 70:36 Bobby Zamora challenges Gary Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick.
      • 70:19 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 69:49 Unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
      • 69:12 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 68:43 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 68:18 Fabrice Muamba fouled by Damien Duff, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Holden crosses the ball in from the free kick, David Stockdale makes a save.
      • 67:46 Shot from 20 yards by Fabrice Muamba. Blocked by Damien Duff.
      • 66:58 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
      • 65:55 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 65:08 Simon Davies takes a short corner.
      • 64:51 Gretar Rafn Steinsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Davies. Dickson Etuhu restarts play with the free kick.
      • 64:26 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
      • 63:53 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 63:35 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 61:49 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line.
      • 61:23 Save by David Stockdale.
      • 61:23 Booking Zoltan Gera receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 61:04 Johan Elmander takes a shot.
      • 60:23 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 59:04 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
      • 58:34 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
      • 58:16 Inswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line.
      • 57:50 Zoltan Gera takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
      • 57:00 Unfair challenge on Dickson Etuhu by Gretar Rafn Steinsson results in a free kick. Dickson Etuhu restarts play with the free kick.
      • 56:35 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
      • 55:52 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 55:47 A cross is delivered by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Simon Davies gets a block in.
      • 54:48 Defending throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
      • 53:42 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 53:22 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 53:04 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 52:10 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
      • 52:00 Attacking throw-in by Zoltan Gera (Fulham).
      • 51:09 Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Hughes. John Pantsil restarts play with the free kick.
      • 50:47 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 50:25 Bobby Zamora produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
      • 50:04 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 49:28 Martin Petrov delivers the ball.
      • 48:00 Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the left by-line played to the near post.
      • 47:44 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
      • 47:16 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 46:54 Effort on goal by Stuart Holden from long distance goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 46:30 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
      • 46:17 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
      • 45:35 Foul by Zat Knight on Bobby Zamora, free kick awarded. Damien Duff restarts play with the free kick.
      • 45:07 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:10 Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.
      • 45:00+0:44 Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Zat Knight. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 45:00+0:21 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 45:00 The half-time whistle blows.
      • 44:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Gary Cahill. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 44:29 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 44:15 Fabrice Muamba produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
      • 43:51 Chung-Yong Lee takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Dickson Etuhu gets a block in.
      • 43:07 Martin Petrov produces a cross, save by David Stockdale.
      • 42:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Dickson Etuhu. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
      • 41:08 Brede Hangeland fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
      • 40:31 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
      • 39:10 Booking Fabrice Muamba receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 39:10 Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Davies. David Stockdale takes the indirect free kick.
      • 38:36 Defending throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 38:25 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 37:18 Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Chung-Yong Lee. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
      • 36:43 Chung-Yong Lee is caught offside. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
      • 35:24 Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, clearance made by Zoltan Gera.
      • 35:18 A cross is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, blocked by Stephen Kelly.
      • 34:49 Fabrice Muamba fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Zat Knight takes the free kick.
      • 33:04 Johan Elmander takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a save.
      • 32:31 Defending throw-in by Martin Petrov (Bolton).
      • 31:43 Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dickson Etuhu. Indirect free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
      • 31:13 Goal kick taken long by Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton).
      • 30:29 Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line played to the near post, Zoltan Gera has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
      • 29:20 Stuart Holden concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Free kick crossed by Damien Duff, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
      • 28:21 Corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line.
      • Correction - 27:04 Centre by Bobby Zamora, Simon Davies takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 27:04 Cross by Bobby Zamora (Fulham), shot by Simon Davies (Fulham) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), resulting in open play.
      • 26:24 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
      • 25:51 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 25:09 Fabrice Muamba fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 24:47 Simon Davies produces a cross, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
      • 23:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabrice Muamba by Dickson Etuhu. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 23:31 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 22:49 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
      • 22:14 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 21:30 The ball is sent over by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
      • 20:40 Bobby Zamora has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
      • 20:04 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
      • 19:16 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
      • 18:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Aaron Hughes. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.
      • 17:37 Martin Petrov takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a save.
      • 17:14 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 16:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Danny Murphy. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Petrov.
      • 15:51 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 13:35 Stuart Holden takes the outswinging corner, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.
      • 13:26 Martin Petrov produces a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
      • 12:46 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 11:57 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Davies. Brede Hangeland takes the indirect free kick.
      • 11:14 Attacking throw-in by Gretar Rafn Steinsson (Bolton).
      • 11:07 The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov.
      • 10:45 Danny Murphy has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
      • 9:45 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 9:31 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 9:25 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 8:55 Johan Elmander has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
      • 8:31 Zoltan Gera produces a cross, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
      • 8:24 Attacking throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 8:08 Centre by Stephen Kelly, clearance by Zat Knight.
      • 7:29 Goal kick taken long by David Stockdale (Fulham).
      • 6:11 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Stephen Kelly results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Stuart Holden, clearance made by Dickson Etuhu.
      • 5:33 Attacking throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
      • 5:14 The ball is sent over by Kevin Davies.
      • 4:14 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Kelly (Fulham).
      • 3:48 Defending throw-in by John Pantsil (Fulham).
      • 3:09 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
      • 2:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Zat Knight. Danny Murphy takes the indirect free kick.
      • 1:45 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
      • 1:26 Defending throw-in by Paul Robinson (Bolton).
      • 0:44 Stuart Holden concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

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      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 14 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 1 6 3
      2 Blackpool 1 4 3
      3 Aston Villa 1 3 3
      4 Wolves 1 1 3
      5 Blackburn 1 1 3
      6 Birmingham 1 0 1
      7 Sunderland 1 0 1
      8 Bolton 1 0 1
      9 Fulham 1 0 1
      10 Man City 1 0 1
      11 Tottenham 1 0 1
      12 Arsenal 0 0 0
      13 Liverpool 0 0 0
      14 Man Utd 0 0 0
      15 Newcastle 0 0 0
      16 Stoke 1 -1 0
      17 Everton 1 -1 0
      18 West Ham 1 -3 0
      19 Wigan 1 -4 0
      20 West Brom 1 -6 0

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