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[LNB]were easily drowned out by the boos for dismal Bolton[LNB].[LNB]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.[LNB]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.[LNB] BOLTON NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB]FULHAM NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB]Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool[LNB]Arsenal 4-0 Blackburn[LNB]Everton 3-1 Stoke[LNB]Hull 1-1 Newcastle[LNB]Bolton v Fulham: How the game unfolded[LNB]Sunderland 1-2 Wigan[LNB]Middlesbrough 1-1 Portsmouth[LNB] [LNB] Something to shout about: Simon Davies celebrates after scoring his team's second goal[LNB] BOLTON NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB]FULHAM NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB]Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool[LNB]Arsenal 4-0 Blackburn[LNB]Everton 3-1 Stoke[LNB]Hull 1-1 Newcastle[LNB]Bolton v Fulham: How the game unfolded[LNB]Sunderland 1-2 Wigan[LNB]Middlesbrough 1-1 Portsmouth[LNB]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. [LNB]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.'[LNB]Bolton manager Gary Megson had his spade out, saying only centre-back Gary Cahill had been close to the standard expected. [LNB]'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.'[LNB]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. [LNB]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.[LNB] That's Andy: Johnson opens the scoring for Fulham[LNB]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. [LNB]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.[LNB]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.[LNB]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.[LNB]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. [LNB]Referee: C Foy (Merseyside).[LNB] Double take: Kevin Davies (right) celebrates with Johan Elmander after scoring Bolton's second goal[LNB] BOLTON NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB]FULHAM NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB[LNB]Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool[LNB]Arsenal 4-0 Blackburn[LNB]Everton 3-1 Stoke[LNB]Hull 1-1 Newcastle[LNB]Bolton v Fulham: How the game unfolded[LNB]Sunderland 1-2 Wigan[LNB]Middlesbrough 1-1 Portsmouth[LNB] [LNB]  

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