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Fulham   3 - 0   Bolton

Clint Dempsey celebrates scoring Fulham's opener
Dempsey celebrates the opener

A Clint Dempsey brace helped to ease any lingering relegation fears for Fulham as they comfortably beat Bolton.

Eidur Gudjonhsen missed a great chance, skewing wide, before Dempsey fired in a rising volley to open the scoring.

Gudjohnsen's chipped shot deflected on to the post but Dempsey slotted in from the Icelandic striker's flick.

Moussa Dembele's effort was deflected on to the bar as Fulham pressed, then Brede Hangeland's header from a Danny Murphy free-kick sealed the win.

It was no more than Fulham deserved, their enterprising play - and the creative and incisive Dempsey - proving too much for a jaded Bolton side.

The result lifts Fulham to ninth place in the table, eight points above the drop zone with four games to play.

Although not mathematically safe from relegation, Mark Hughes's men are now in a strong position to secure their top-flight status - and if they continue to play in this rich vein of form, they will do it in style.

Bolton, already all but safe, looked like a side with little to play for, even though they went into the game with slim hopes of achieving a Europa League spot.

That now looks highly unlikely given they are nine points behind fifth-placed Tottenham, who occupy the position which guarantees entry into that competition.

Fresh from severely denting Arsenal's hopes of winning the title, Bolton could have caused damage at the other end of the table but never looked to have the same hunger as last time out, as they were unable to produce a repeat of their FA Cup victory at Craven Cottage in February.

Shorn of the injured Daniel Sturridge, the visitors lacked threat up front and were lethargic throughout their line-up.

In contrast, Fulham started the game at pace and their intensity did not drop.

From the moment Dempsey tested Jussi Jaaskelainen with a low drive early on, you could sense there was only ever going to be one winner at Craven Cottage.

Gudjohnsen should have got on the scoresheet but was through his shot before the ball arrived and fired horribly wide from six yards.

But Dempsey applied a clinical finish when his chance came, driving in a volley after Chris Baird hooked a corner back across goal.

The lively Dembele latched on to a through ball and forced Jaaskelainen into another decent stop before Gudjohnsen was denied when one-on-one with the keeper, whose body deflected the striker's shot on to the post.

Bolton were finally stirred into a response but Mathew Taylor shot tamely at Mark Schwarzer and then Tamir Cohen wasted the best chance of the half for the Trotters when his finish lacked power and was easily saved.

Fulham wasted no time in reasserting themselves after the break and Dembele's shot from just outside the box was deflected on to the bar.

Almost immediately after that, the Cottagers struck their second when a well-worked corner was delivered into the box, Gudjohnsen flicked the ball on and Dempsey displayed razor-sharp predatory instincts to turn the ball home.

With little resistance coming from Bolton - a shadow of the side that beat Arsenal - Fulham pressed at will and were almost rewarded again when a smart free-kick fashioned a chance for Dembele.

The striker's precise turn gave him space and his shot fizzed just past the post.

Hughes's men did not have to wait long for their third, though, and it came from another set-piece.

Murphy's brilliant delivery from a free-kick on the right was met by the towering Hangeland, who sent a powerful header back into the far corner.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 3-0 Bolton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Dempsey 15
  • Dempsey 48
  • Hangeland 65

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: TaylorAtt: 23,222
    FULHAM
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Fulham 49%
    • Bolton 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 7
    • Bolton 6

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 11
    • Bolton 8

    Corners

    • Fulham 10
    • Bolton 7

    Fouls

    • Fulham 12
    • Bolton 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:15 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+2:51 Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ivan Klasnic. Johan Elmander has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:32 Andrew Johnson delivers the ball.
    • 90:00+1:41 Ivan Klasnic produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 90:00+0:40 Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies.
    • 89:39 Unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Aaron Hughes results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:07 Simon Davies crosses the ball, Steve Sidwell takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 87:09 The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor.
    • 86:23 Corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee to the near post, clearance made by Andrew Johnson.
    • 85:17 Matthew Taylor sends in a cross, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 83:08 Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:08 Substitution Eidur Gudjohnsen leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Johnson.
    • 83:08 Zat Knight concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora.
    • 82:32 Booking Ivan Klasnic goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 82:14 Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 81:04 A cross is delivered by David Wheater, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
    • 80:30 Carlos Salcido concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Gardner. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 78:21 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 78:21 Booking Booking for Bobby Zamora for unsporting behaviour.
    • 77:37 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Dickson Etuhu coming on for Danny Murphy.
    • 77:37 The referee gives a free kick against Bobby Zamora for handball.
    • 76:08 Ivan Klasnic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
    • 74:39 Unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Centre by Matthew Taylor, Header by Gary Cahill from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 72:45 Matthew Taylor takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort on goal by Johan Elmander from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 72:22 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:01 Substitution Kevin Davies leaves the field to be replaced by Ivan Klasnic.
    • 71:01 Substitution Ricardo Gardner is brought on as a substitute for Fabrice Muamba.
    • 70:23 Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Tamir Cohen from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 67:21 Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 67:21 Substitution Bobby Zamora joins the action as a substitute, replacing Moussa Dembele.
    • 67:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamir Cohen on Aaron Hughes.
    • 66:02 Substitution David Wheater is brought on as a substitute for Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 64:44 Assist by Danny Murphy.
    • 64:44 GOAL - Brede HangelandFulham 3 - 0 Bolton Brede Hangeland finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Fulham 3-0 Bolton.
    • 64:19 Foul by Paul Robinson on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy produces a cross,
    • 62:21 Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies, clearance by Zat Knight. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy to the near post, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
    • 59:30 Gretar Rafn Steinsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 58:17 Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Moussa Dembele makes a clearance.
    • 57:58 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line to the near post, Moussa Dembele manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:20 Simon Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight. Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, clearance made by Zat Knight.
    • 55:39 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
    • 54:32 The ball is delivered by Chris Baird, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:24 Moussa Dembele delivers the ball.
    • 53:15 Corner from left by-line taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
    • 52:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Carlos Salcido. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 52:21 Handball decision goes against Clint Dempsey. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:46 Moussa Dembele produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 50:06 Moussa Dembele fouled by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 49:29 Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Steve Sidwell results in a free kick. Zat Knight takes the direct free kick.
    • 47:03 Assist by Eidur Gudjohnsen.
    • 47:03 GOAL - Clint DempseyFulham 2 - 0 Bolton Clint Dempsey finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 2-0 Bolton.
    • 46:46 Centre by Simon Davies, clearance by Zat Knight. Short corner taken by Simon Davies.
    • 46:21 Moussa Dembele takes a shot.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:30 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+1:06 Moussa Dembele sends in a cross, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
    • 45:00+0:01 Steve Sidwell challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the direct free kick.
    • 44:38 Simon Davies delivers the ball.
    • 43:43 Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 40:52 Corner taken by Danny Murphy, Close range header by Aaron Hughes goes over the bar.
    • 38:20 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 37:06 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Brede Hangeland results in a free kick. Matthew Taylor produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 36:07 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 34:29 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Paul Robinson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Brede Hangeland goes over the bar.
    • 29:34 Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 29:01 The ball is crossed by Paul Robinson, clearance by Carlos Salcido.
    • 27:04 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
    • 26:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Clint Dempsey. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:29 Chris Baird takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 24:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies from the right by-line, Tamir Cohen makes a clearance.
    • 23:26 Eidur Gudjohnsen has an effort at goal from deep inside the box striking the post.
    • 22:36 Clint Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Matthew Taylor takes the free kick.
    • 22:07 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 21:25 The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Effort from deep inside the area by Chung-Yong Lee misses to the left of the goal.
    • 19:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Matthew Taylor. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 18:45 Carlos Salcido has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 17:09 Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
    • 15:09 Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
    • 14:04 GOAL - Clint DempseyFulham 1 - 0 Bolton Clint Dempsey gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Bolton.
    • 13:33 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line.
    • 13:24 The ball is sent over by Chris Baird, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
    • 13:17 Carlos Salcido crosses the ball, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 8:27 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Aaron Hughes results in a free kick. Chung-Yong Lee has an effort direct from the free kick.
    • 8:27 Aaron Hughes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Chung-Yong Lee takes the free kick.
    • 7:08 Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:50 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Baird. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 5:41 The ball is delivered by Simon Davies, Gretar Rafn Steinsson makes a clearance.
    • 5:03 The ball is delivered by Tamir Cohen, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 4:33 Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Johan Elmander. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:56 The ball is swung over by Clint Dempsey, Shot on goal by Eidur Gudjohnsen from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 3:13 Gretar Rafn Steinsson crosses the ball, clearance made by Chris Baird.
    • 2:22 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a fantastic save.
    • 0:26 The ball is crossed by Kevin Davies, Fabrice Muamba takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    27 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 27 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 34 39 73
    2 Chelsea 34 37 67
    3 Arsenal 34 31 64
    4 Man City 33 21 59
    5 Tottenham 33 8 55
    6 Liverpool 34 12 52
    7 Everton 34 5 47
    8 Bolton 34 1 46
    9 Fulham 34 4 42
    10 Stoke 34 0 42
    11 Newcastle 34 1 41
    12 Sunderland 34 -10 41
    13 Aston Villa 34 -12 41
    14 West Brom 34 -15 40
    15 Birmingham 34 -17 38
    16 Blackburn 34 -15 35
    17 Blackpool 34 -22 34
    18 Wigan 34 -23 34
    19 Wolves 34 -23 33
    20 West Ham 34 -22 32

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