Both teams blundered through much of an encounter that had all the subtlety of slapstick and served as a serious commentary on the state of the Premier League.
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Gary Megson, the Bolton manager, claims the progress of England's four representatives in the Champions League intensifies the pressure on the rest and here was some telling evidence to support his case.
If this sides are representative of the league's mid-table, then maybe our game is not as healthy as we tell ourselves. For quality and drama read incompetence and tedium.
Not that Fulham will be too concerned. They garnered their first away league win of the season after recent stumbles at home and played marginally the more constructive football.
But all three of their goals stemmed from laughable mistakes by Bolton and the boos and jeers that rang around the Reebok at the end suggested the natives' sense of humour had been exhausted.
Roy Hodgson, the Fulham manager, said: 'It's nice to have complimentary comments as we have had this season for our play but I'd rather have the three points.'
Megson was as candid as he was pained by his side's performance. 'You can't defend at any level, never mind this one, like that.'
The errors that led to goals. bena when Andy O'Brien misjudged a back pass and Andy Johnson administered due punishment.
Kevin Davies equalised with a conviction that reflected his current form only for his team to throw it all away.
Johnson terrorised the hapless O'Brien, Danny Murphy hit the bar and Simon Davies just about forced the ball over the line.
Substitute Diomansy Kamara drilled in the third after McCann inexplicably gave away possession to Clint Dempsey.