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  • Date:14 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Reebok Stadium
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93:04 +3.04

Kevin Davies fouled by John Pantsil, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Taylor.

92:19 +2.19

Clinton Dempsey challenges Gary Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.

92:00 +2.00

Inswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line.

90:25 +0.25

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Zat Knight makes a clearance.

89:54

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Damien Duff, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

89:01

Ivan Klasnic replaces Johan Elmander.

87:46

Corner from the left by-line taken by Simon Davies, Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

87:33

Shot by Danny Murphy. Gary Cahill gets a block in.

86:30

The referee blows for offside against Johan Elmander. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.

85:04

(Bolton) makes a substitution, with Matthew Taylor coming on for Martin Petrov. Mark Davies is brought on as a substitute for Fabrice Muamba.

82:17

Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

80:31

The ball is crossed by Simon Davies, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

78:34

Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.

77:39

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Stuart Holden strikes the post.

76:09

John Pantsil booked.

75:53

The referee blows for offside against Johan Elmander. David Stockdale takes the free kick.

75:25

Kevin Davies produces a cross, Stephen Kelly manages to make a clearance.

73:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Zoltan Gera. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick. Clinton Dempsey comes on in place of Zoltan Gera.

72:54

Bobby Zamora has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

72:23

John Pantsil produces a cross, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

70:36

Bobby Zamora gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Booking for Bobby Zamora for unsporting behaviour. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.

69:49

Unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Johan Elmander results in a free kick. David Stockdale restarts play with the free kick.

68:18

Foul by Damien Duff on Fabrice Muamba, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Stuart Holden from left channel, save by David Stockdale.

67:46

Volleyed right-footed shot by Fabrice Muamba. Blocked by Damien Duff.

65:08

Simon Davies decides to take a short corner.

64:51

Gretar Rafn Steinsson challenges Simon Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dickson Etuhu takes the indirect free kick.

61:49

Martin Petrov takes a inswinging corner.

61:04

Johan Elmander takes a shot. The referee shows Zoltan Gera a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Save made by David Stockdale.

58:16

Inswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line.

57:50

Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.

57:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Dickson Etuhu. Free kick taken by Dickson Etuhu.

56:35

Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

55:47

Gretar Rafn Steinsson delivers the ball, blocked by Simon Davies.

51:09

Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Hughes. John Pantsil takes the indirect free kick.

50:25

Shot from outside the area by Bobby Zamora misses to the left of the goal.

49:28

The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov.

48:00

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov played to the near post.

47:44

Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

46:54

Long range effort by Stuart Holden goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

45:44 +0.44

Bobby Zamora challenges Zat Knight unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

45:35

Zat Knight challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Damien Duff.

44:34

Bobby Zamora gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.

44:15

Fabrice Muamba has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

43:51

Shot by Chung-Yong Lee. Blocked by Dickson Etuhu.

43:07

Martin Petrov crosses the ball, save made by David Stockdale.

42:11

Dickson Etuhu challenges Johan Elmander unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.

41:08

Unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

39:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on Simon Davies. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.

39:10

Caution for Fabrice Muamba.

37:18

Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.

36:43

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chung-Yong Lee. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.

35:24

Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line, Zoltan Gera makes a clearance.

35:18

The ball is crossed by Chung-Yong Lee, Stephen Kelly gets a block in.

34:49

Danny Murphy challenges Fabrice Muamba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Zat Knight.

33:04

Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

31:43

Unfair challenge on Dickson Etuhu by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

30:29

Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Close range header by Zoltan Gera misses to the right of the goal.

29:20

Stuart Holden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff from right wing, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

28:21

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Davies.

27:04

The ball is delivered by Bobby Zamora, Simon Davies takes a shot.

27:04

The ball is swung over by Bobby Zamora, Simon Davies takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

25:09

Fabrice Muamba fouled by Bobby Zamora, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

24:47

The ball is crossed by Simon Davies, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.

23:46

Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Fabrice Muamba, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.

22:49

Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

21:30

Gretar Rafn Steinsson delivers the ball.

20:40

Bobby Zamora produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

19:16

The assistant referee signals for offside against Fabrice Muamba. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.

18:46

Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Hughes. Indirect free kick taken by David Stockdale.

17:37

Martin Petrov takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a save.

16:21

Danny Murphy challenges Paul Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Petrov.

13:35

Corner from the right by-line taken by Stuart Holden, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

13:26

Martin Petrov produces a cross, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

11:57

The offside flag is raised against Kevin Davies. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

11:07

Martin Petrov sends in a cross.

10:45

Danny Murphy produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

8:55

Johan Elmander has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

8:31

The ball is delivered by Zoltan Gera, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

8:08

The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, Zat Knight makes a clearance.

6:11

Stephen Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee. Stuart Holden crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Dickson Etuhu.

5:14

The ball is swung over by Kevin Davies.

3:09

Bobby Zamora is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

2:29

Foul by Zat Knight on Zoltan Gera, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

0:44

Stuart Holden gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.

The referee gets the match started.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The referee gets the second half started.

The referee ends the match.

Match Preview

Hughes perfect match for Fulham - Coyle Bolton boss Owen Coyle expects Fulham and Mark Hughes to be a winning combination this season. It has been a difficult summer for the Cottagers following manager Roy Hodgson's defection to Liverpool and the search for his successor which only ended with the appointment of Hughes at the end of July. Going into Fulham's opening Barclays Premier League game against Bolton on Saturday, Hughes has no new signings to his name and only around a fortnight of preparation with the players under his belt, but Coyle has predicted a positive campaign for the former Manchester City boss and his new club. "You have a terrific manager first and foremost in the shape of Mark Hughes," Coyle said. "There is no doubt that he will mould that team the way he wants, but he will also recognise that he has inherited some very good players from Roy. "So when you put the combination together, Fulham will show everyone this season again that they are a quality side." Hughes has a tough act to follow after Hodgson led the Londoners to unprecedented success last term by taking them to the Europa League final. Coyle defied the odds at his previous club Burnley as the Clarets reached the Carling Cup semi-finals and promotion to the Premier League in 2008-09, and the Scot feels Fulham's exploits in Europe have demonstrated what smaller clubs can achieve if all the right factors come together. "What it shows you is that if you have the belief and a group of players who are prepared to work - and sometimes the bounce of the ball goes your way - then it can be achievable," Coyle said. "I've been fortunate enough to be involved in some dressing rooms like that myself - we did it at Burnley where we played 61 games that season with something like 16 players because we were embargoed and couldn't sign a player from January onwards. "Fulham had a terrific season (in 2009-10) and I think all clubs in that area would look at Fulham and think 'they are a similar-sized club to ourselves - that is achievable'. "It is, but you need the belief and the quality to back it up." Zat Knight is in line to face his old club after recovering from a hip problem. Knight sat out last week's friendly against Osasuna but is available to play against his former employers. New signing Martin Petrov has impressed in pre-season and is set to make his debut. Meanwhile, Hughes has set his sights on the ambitious signing of Manchester City's want-away striker Craig Bellamy. Hughes is determined to add more depth to his squad as he attempts to match the lofty ambitions at Craven Cottage following his appointment as Hodgson's successor this summer. Hughes had previously said that he thought Bellamy would be out of his price range but he now seems keen on landing the former Liverpool man. When asked if he would be interested in signing the striker, Hughes responded: "Yes. He was one of the top players in the Premier League and if he comes on the market, and if we're in the position where we can conclude a deal for Craig Bellamy, then yes we would be very interested. "At the end of the day the way the situation seems to be forming for Craig that Manchester City won't use him at Premier League level, so from Craig's point of view it is very important that he makes the right decision for his career because a wrong decision at this point in time could hurt him, so I wish him well in what decision he takes." Hughes has so far been unable to land any of his transfer targets although he hopes to conclude a deal for AZ Alkmaar striker Moussa Dembele. Dembele's transfer, which is thought to be in the region of #5million, would be a welcome after Andy Johnson's knee injury meant that Fulham had to rely on makeshift striker Zoltan Gera to partner Bobby Zamora up front last season. Hughes was at the Premier League on Thursday trying to secure a work permit for the Belgium striker, who had also attracted the interest of Birmingham. "We have made some progress with Moussa," said Hughes. "We hope that he will be in London by the close of play to do a medical, although it hasn't been fully signed off by his club yet." One man who will not be travelling to the Reebok Stadium is defender Philippe Senderos. The Swiss defender, who arrived on a free transfer this summer, has been ruled out for upto eight months after picking up an Achilles injury in training this week.

Formation:442Manager: Owen Coyle

Bolton

Formation: 4411Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • Gretar Rafn Steinsson
  • Gary Cahill
  • Zat Knight
  • Paul Robinson
  • Chung-Yong Lee
  • Fabrice Muamba
  • Stuart Holden
  • Martin Petrov
  • Kevin Davies
  • Johan Elmander
  • SUBS
  • Adam Bogdan
  • Matthew Taylor
  • Mark Davies
  • Ivan Klasnic
  • Samuel Ricketts
  • Robbie Blake
  • Andrew O'Brien

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Match Report

Honours even as Cottagers earn a point Fulham made a low-key start to life under Mark Hughes after holding on for a 0-0 draw at Bolton on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season. Wanderers dominated the contest and were unlucky not to secure all three points when Stuart Holden struck the post in the 78th minute. Johan Elmander was also denied on several occasions by Cottagers goalkeeper David Stockdale, who had been selected by Hughes ahead of Arsenal target Mark Schwarzer. The Australian was facing a late fitness test ahead of the match due to a back problem but his absence from the squad may also have been explained by the fact that he had recently handed in a transfer request with a view to joining the Gunners. It was the hosts who carved out the first opportunity after 10 minutes as Elmander attempted a flick, collected the rebound and then dragged a shot wide to Stockdale's right. A minute later at the other end, Fulham skipper Danny Murphy went closer with a low strike from outside the box. Wanderers debutant Martin Petrov, regarded by many as one of the most astute purchases of the summer after joining on a free from Manchester City, began to make his mark on the game and cut into the box incisively after being fed by Kevin Davies, only to be halted by a wonderfully-timed challenge by John Pantsil. Gary Cahill connected with the corner which followed, but his downward header was comfortably collected by Stockdale and the centre-back leapt again in the box soon after but was unable to meet Petrov's inswinging free-kick. Moments later, Petrov drove in a fierce effort which Stockdale had to dive to catch, before Bobby Zamora, looking confident after making his England debut in midweek, attempted an audacious lob that drifted just over Jussi Jaaskelainen's crossbar. Having struggled to impose themselves, Fulham then enjoyed a spell of possession with Gretar Steinsson clearing a bouncing shot from Simon Davies and Zat Knight heading behind Damien Duff's free-kick. But it was Bolton who continued to make the more legitimate chances, as Elmander dispossessed Dickson Etuhu and sent a powerful strike into the arms of Stockdale. Jaaskelainen then got in a mix-up with Paul Robinson and fumbled his header, but the Finnish stopper dived on the ball before Zamora could capitalise. Bolton were again the brighter side as the second half got under way, with Holden firing in an ambitious effort that rose off-target before Elmander collected Steinsson's cross in the box, swivelled and unleashed a snap-shot which Stockdale tipped over for a corner. Having had a fairly quiet afternoon up until that point, referee Stuart Attwell was then heckled by the Bolton supporters after making a series of unpopular decisions. First Elmander hit the deck after a collision with Brede Hangeland on the edge of the area, only for Attwell to wave play on. The official then awarded Fulham a soft-looking free-kick when Fabrice Muamba made contact with Aaron Hughes, before ignoring the home crowd's cries for a penalty as Lee Chung-yong went down in the box under the challenge of Murphy. Lee made a tame effort on goal moments later but Elmander was unlucky not to score once more after working his way into a shooting position, with Stockdale on hand to avert the danger. Zamora was the next person to show his displeasure with Attwell and received a booking after raising his hands to the official and appearing to grab his shirt. Fulham were looking frustrated in general and Holden went closest to breaking the deadlock with just over 10 minutes to go, firing in a shot that bounced back off the post. Bolton boss Owen Coyle made a treble substitution in the final minutes, bringing on Matthew Taylor, Mark Davies and Ivan Klasnic for Petrov, Muamba and Elmander, but the visitors stood firm to earn their manager his first point.

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