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Bolton 1 Fulham 3: O'Brien gaffes push Megson's men back into the mire

15 March 2009 02:24
The 300 visiting fans celebrating a long-awaited win for Fulham

were easily drowned out by the boos for dismal Bolton

.

Three individual errors helped Fulham double their goal tally from 14 previous away matches and gave them the first victory on their travels this season.

Kevin Davies' goal in first-half stoppage time had cancelled out Andrew Johnson's opener but a second mistake by Andy O'Brien allowed Simon Davies to restore Fulham's lead early in the second period, and Gavin McCann completed a wretched day for Bolton with the terrible pass which led to substitute Diomansy Kamara's killerblow in the dying minutes.

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Something to shout about: Simon Davies celebrates after scoring his team's second goal

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Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insists he will not think about the possibility of a place in the Europa League until his team have reached at least 40 points.

He said: 'Keeping things in perspective is the hardest part of being a Premier League manager. It was such an important victory coming on the back of two home defeats.In this league you're either punching the air or getting a spade out to bury yourself and everyone.'

Bolton manager Gary Megson had his spade out, saying only centre-back Gary Cahill had been close to the standard expected.

'You can't defend like that at any level,' he said. 'Making one mistake it happens. Making it twice you can't accept that. If we hadn't made mistakes, I don't think they were going to do anything that would get them a goal.'

For a side renowned for their grasp of football's more rudimentary skills, Bolton showed a strange reluctance to obey the first rule of defending, on all three occasions trying to be clever when a downfield punt was the safer option.

O'Brien anticipated Simon Davies' through ball well but his heavy touch took the ballpast Jussi Jaaskelainen and Johnson won the foot race before toe-pokingthe ball home.

That's Andy: Johnson opens the scoring for Fulham

Fulham let Bolton back into it quickly by allowing Kevin Davies far too much time to execute a slow-motion one-two with Mark Davies, but O'Brien's second aberration arrived early in the second half.

Johnson robbed him of the ball deep in his own half and, when Danny Murphy's effort came off the bar, Simon Davies hit a shot which neither Jaaskelnainen nor JlloydSamuel could prevent from crossing the line.

Bolton showed yet more generosity two minutes from time when McCann hit a ridiculously ambitious pass across his own box straight to Clint Dempsey, who teed up Kamara to shoot low and hard across Jaaskelainen.

BOLTON (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, A O'Brien, Samuel (Riga 74min); Taylor, M Davies (Muamba 68), McCann, Gardner; K Davies, Elmander. Subs (not used): Al Habsi, Puygrenier, Makakula, Shittu, Hunt.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky; S Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey; Zamora (Kamara 84), Johnson (Nevland 90). Subs (not used): Zuberbuhler, Gera, Dacourt, Stoor, Smalling.

Referee: C Foy (Merseyside).

Double take: Kevin Davies (right) celebrates with Johan Elmander after scoring Bolton's second goal

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Source: Daily_Mail