Preview: Fulham v Bolton

26 November 2009 02:25
Fulham host Bolton Wanderers looking to make it two home wins in four days following their 3-0 midweek victory over Blackburn Rovers. An Erik Nevland strike and two Clint Dempsey goals gave the Cottagers what appeared to be a comfortable win, although manager Roy Hodgson was not entirely satisfied. He said after the game: "The first 40 minutes was not the sort of game you like to watch because the ball was all up in the air. "We hoped to get the ball down, but credit to Blackburn because they kept us pinned down and stopped us doing what we wanted to do. "Fortunately, we had the fight and character to stay in the game and then we had one moment in the first half where we scored a good goal." Neither Danny Murphy (knee) nor Andy Johnson (groin) were fit enough to feature against Rovers, while Diomansy Kamara is a definite absentee after undergoing a knee operation. Bolton head to the capital having dropped into the bottom three as a result of a 2-0 home reverse at the hands of Blackburn last weekend. Gary Megson's side have lost their last four games in all competitions and the pressure is beginning to build on the Reebok Stadium manager, who has never been a firm favourite with a section of the club's fans. However, Megson is content to live with the pressure, saying: "I've been dealing with this for two years. "I've been getting sacked every morning, I haven't known what I was doing since I've been here." His plight has been further hampered by the news that midfielder Sean Davis is almost certain to miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. However, Israel midfielder Tamir Cohen is on track to recover from a groin problem and Ricardo Gardner is likely to shake off a calf strain to feature. Last season the Cottagers did the double over Bolton, winning this fixture 2-1 thanks to goals by Zoltan Gera and Bobby Zamora.

Source: ESA