Bolton Wanderers 0-3 Fulham
Last Updated: Sat, 07 Apr 2012 17:23
A first half brace from Clint Dempsey proved vital as Fulham strolled to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bolton at the Reebok Stadium.
Bolton came into this game on the back of a real upturn in fortunes that climaxed with a crucial victory at Wolves last weekend but they never looked like continuing that run against a well organised Fulham side today.
The Cottagers can be both brilliant and infuriating but they were edging towards the former today as they kept the ball for much of the first half and waited for their chance to strike, and strike they did with deadly effect.
Clint Dempsey bagged his 20th goal of the season on the half hour mark with a thunderous 30 yard free-kick that was too hot for Adam Bogdan to keep out.
Fulham upped the tempo and Bolton were hanging on as the break approached and, just when they thought they'd done enough to go in just a goal behind, Marcos Alonso allowed Damien Duff in behind to pick out Dempsey who nodded in from six yards on the stroke of half time.
Bolton tried to change things at the start of the second half but they could not force Mark Schwarzer into any notable action as Fulham cruised through the second half in second gear.
With ten minutes to go the visitors adding the icing to their cake as John Arne Riise slipped in Mahamadou Diarra who drove home the third of the afternoon.
The defeat keeps Bolton just above the relegation zone but their goal difference has taken a bit of a hit, while Fulham lift themselves into the top half with this fine away victory.