Bolton 1-3 Fulham

14 March 2009 04:53
With Jaaskelainen helpless, defender Jlloyd Samuel threw a desperate leg in the way of Davies' effort, but it had narrowly crossed the line.Bolton threw themselves forward in response and had the majority of possession, without engineering clear-cut chances.Schwarzer did not look particularly convincing when called upon in the Fulham goal, but found himself rarely tested as his team held on.And substitute Kamara made sure of Fulham's win with a low, left-footed strike after O'Brien's poor clearance had completed his miserable afternoon.Bolton manager Gary Megson:"We haven't played well throughout the game, but the goals Fulham scored, we were culpable in every one."We had opportunities to clear our lines and defend a lot better, and we didn't do that. We've gifted them three simple points."Everybody is culpable for a performance like that but the goals are individual errors."I think Fulham are a decent side - Johnson and Zamora linked up well, they caused us problems and we haven't handled them all day."Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:"There's a sense of relief, and of pride. I thought we played very well today."We dealt with Bolton's long-ball game reasonably well and restricted their chances to an absolute minimum, and then our passing play created chances and we converted three of them."We conceded a goal in first-half injury time and that could have been a fatal blow to our confidence, but the players took it in their stride."You've got to earn the right to play your football but, when you do get the ball, there's no need for you necessarily to play the ball long. You can play it through the midfield and that's what we tried to do today."Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O'Brien, Samuel (Riga 74), Taylor, McCann, Mark Davies (Muamba 68), Gardner, Kevin Davies, Elmander.Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Hunt, Puygrenier, Makukula, Shittu.Goals: Kevin Davies 45.Fulham: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey, Johnson (Nevland 90), Zamora (Kamara 84).Subs Not Used: Zuberbuhler, Gera, Dacourt, Stoor, Smalling.Goals: Johnson 42, Davies 56, Kamara 88.Att: 22,117.Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Fulham's Mark Schwarzer and Danny Murphy 8.40 (on 90 minutes).Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

Source: BBC_Sport