• Date: Sat 06 February 2010
  • Venue: Reebok Stadium
  • Ref: Clattenburg, M
  • Attendance: 22,289

Bolton Wanderers vs Fulham

Team Lineups

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Paul Robinson
Zat Knight
Sam Ricketts
Andy O'Brien (Chris Basham, 64)
Fabrice Muamba
Matt Taylor (Vladimir Weiss, 71)
Mark Davies, M (Johan Elmander, 57)
Tamir Cohen
Chung-Yong Lee
Kevin Davies, K

Fulham

Mark Schwarzer
Brede Hangeland
Chris Baird
Nicky Shorey
Aaron Hughes
Danny Murphy
Damien Duff
Jonathan Greening
Kagisho Dikgacoi (Dickson Etuhu, 55)
Erik Nevland (Chris Smalling, 76)
David Elm (Stefano Chuka Okaka, 76)

Match Report
Struggling Bolton were controversially denied three points against Fulham when Kevin Davies' winner was disallowed in the last minute to ensure the match ended 0-0. The Wanderers captain - making his 500th career appearance - looked to have won it for the hosts when he planted a firm header past Mark Schwarzer. But referee Mark Clattenburg mysteriously spotted a foul as Chung-Yong Lee's free-kick came over and chalked off the late 'winner'. It was one of the few moments of interest in a woeful 90 minutes of football which leaves Owen Coyle's men one place above the relegation zone. Injury-hit Fulham, without Bobby Zamora, Andy Johnson, Clint Dempsey, Zoltan Gera and John Paintsil, had ended a run of six Premier League games without a win by beating Portsmouth in midweek, but they looked to have come to the Reebok Stadium for a point from the start. The game's first opportunity came after just three minutes when Paul Robinson picked out Tamir Cohen but the midfielder's header lacked the power to trouble Mark Schwarzer in the Cottagers goal. Without his first-choice strike duo, Roy Hodgson handed a first start to David Elm and the Swede went close when he turned over Jonathan Greening's corner on 11 minutes. The best chance of the first half fell to Mark Davies when his namesake Kevin headed back across the six-yard box but the midfielder's attempt cannoned up off Schwarzer's leg and onto the underside of the crossbar. The second half proved even more disappointing than the first as both sides struggled to carve out clear-cut opportunities. The closest Fulham came was when Nicky Shorey's deflected free-kick flew just over, much to the relief of a wrong-footed Jussi Jaaskelainen. Substitute Johan Elmander wasted a superb opportunity to win it with a minute left when Kevin Davies sent him clear but the Swede failed to hit the target. Kevin Davies then thought he had saved the day for Bolton but Clattenburg's whistle came to Fulham's rescue.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Ref blows up and a point apiece is probably fair - but it will not go down as a classic.

90

Bolton are pressing for the winner and look the side most likely to score.

89

Davies has the ball in the net for Bolton but the ref has blown for an infringement - four minutes stoppage time to be played.

88

A glorious chance for Bolton to win the match as Elmander only has Schwarzer to beat but he puts it wide of the target.

85

Basham crosses for Muamba but his shot from 12 yards but his shot flies to the right of the goal.

84

Duff's cross-shot goes straight out of play - sums up the match really, not much quality.

83

Damien Duff's cross is met by Okaka but he can't generate enough power to trouble Jaaskelainen.

80

Nicky Shorey takes the free kick but it deflects, via the wall, over the bar.

79

Okaka is felled, giving the Cottagers a free-kick in a dangerous area.

76
Substitution
 

Double sub for the away side as Smalling and Okaka replace Elm and Nevland.

75

Chris Basham tries to smash one in from 35 yards but it's another one for the crowd to catch.

73

Finally the crowd have a chance to cheer as Cohen plays in Lee but Schwarzer makes a good save.

71
Substitution
 

On-loan star Vladimir Weiss replaces Taylor for Bolton.

70

Maybe both sides are going to settle for a point as neither are showing much ambition at present.

66

Murphy breaks for Fulham but Nevland's shot is a poor one and easily blocked.

64

The game is still lacking in quality - all hustle and bustle but very little in meaningful action.

63
Substitution
 

Chris Basham replaces the injured O'Brien for Bolton.

60

Taylor takes a snap shot for Bolton but Schwarzer saves easily once more.

59

Hangeland is involved in a clash of heads with Elmander but Fulham's Norwegian defender is okay to carry on after treatment.

57
Substitution
 

Mark Davies leaves the field and is replaced by Johan Elmander.

55

Matt Taylor hits a free-kick from 20 yards but slams the ball straight into the Fulham wall.

54
Substitution
 

Dickson Etuhu replaces the injured Dikgacoi for Fulham.

52

Andy O'Brien is struggling and may have to be replaced.

50

Fabrice Muamba fouls Kagisho Dikgacoi and the game is already starting to follow a similar pattern to the first half - it's crying out for a goal.

48

Lee is fouled by Greening but the resulting free-kick flies harmlessly into the arms of Schwarzer.

47

Cohen takes the first shot of the second half but, like the first 45 minutes, it misses the target.

46

We're underway at the Reebok.

Half time
 

Davies' chance towards the end of the half was the high point of a 'very average' first half - let's hope for better fare in the second period.

44

Greening fouls Chung-Yong Lee as the first half draws to a close - not the best game you will ever see!!!

42

Schwarzer's feet come to the rescue as Mark Davies' shot is deflected up onto the cross bar from the keeper's boot.

39

Mark Davies finds the ball at his feet in the area but his tame shot is dealt with by Schwarzer.

37

Ricketts has been caught by Greening and needs attention for what looks a painful blow to his knee.

34

Elm is sent sprawling by Andrew O'Brien but the ref keeps his cards in his pocket.

32

Ricketts' cross is fumbled by Schwarzer but the Aussie manages to clear the danger.

29

Kagisho Dikgacoi's shot from 30 yards has Jussi Jaaskelainen scrambling across his goal but the ball drifts harmlessly wide.

26

Replays suggest that the ref got the penalty call spot on as the ball hit former Fulham star Knight's chest.

25

Zat Knight appears to handle Greening's through ball but the ref waves away the Fulham appeals for a penalty.

24

Mark Schwarzer finally has to make a save as Matt Taylor's free-kick is headed towards goal by Sam Ricketts.

20

The game has still to come to life with no real clear cut chances and neither keeper has had to make a save.

17

It's now Cohen's turn to test the keeper from distance, but he doesn't, as the ball is dragged wide.

15

Kevin Davies tries his luck from outside the box but the striker's shot is well blocked by Aaron Hughes.

12

Hangeland climbs all over Kevin Davies but referee Clattenburg is having none of it.

11

David Elm gets a shot in from close range but is unable to control the ball and it flies high and wide of the target.

9

Damien Duff's shot from distance is well blocked in Fulham's first real attack of any note.

6

It's still a game of cat and mouse at the Reebok with little to get the crowd going at present.

3

Tamir Cohen gets on the end of a cross from Paul Robinson but his effort sails wide of the target.

3

A quiet start to the game with neither side committing too many men forward.

1
Kickoff
 

The referee gets proceedings underway at the Reebok Stadium.