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Fulham 4-0 Bolton Wanderers

Fulham beat Bolton 4-0 to move above them in the Championship.
Fulham boast a 100% league record under caretaker manager Kit Symons

Fulham thrashed fellow strugglers Bolton for their third successive win under caretaker manager Kit Symons to increase the pressure on opposite number Dougie Freedman.

Hugo Rodallega slotted in the opener before Fernando Amorebieta headed in.

Bolton offered little, with Darren Pratley going closest with a volley.

Instead, Fulham took control as Lasse Vigen Christensen tapped in and Tim Hoogland drilled home as the Cottagers moved above Bolton into 22nd.

After losing seven of their first eight games under previous boss Felix Magath, Fulham have now collected six points from two games and need two points to move out of the bottom three.

The defeat for Bolton, though, will put further pressure on manager Freedman.

Match facts
Fulham have won their last three games in all competitions, after winning only one of their first nine games this seasonBolton have won only one of their last seven games in all competitions, losing the last three
They have now won four of the last six meetings at Craven Cottage in all competitions, drawing one and losing oneThey have lost six of their seven away games in all competitions this season, winning one

They have just five points, having won once all season and drop to 23rd.

Fulham, fresh from beating Birmingham 2-1 last-time out, were confident from the outset and Ross McCormack had the ball in the net within minutes of kick-off, but it was ruled out for offside.

Their opener came soon after, though, as Rodallega pounced on a defensive error by Matt Mills to slot in his third of the season.

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Kit Symons on Fulham v Bolton

Bolton keeper Andy Lonergan tipped Konstantinos Stafylidis's 20-yard strike on to the post as Fulham pressed in search of a second, which arrived in first-half stoppage time as Amorebieta headed in Bryan Ruiz's cross.

Bolton's only effort of note in the first-half was Pratley's strike, which grazed the top of the crossbar.

Any hopes of getting back into the game were ended for the away side midway through the second half when Danish youngster Christensen grabbed his first goal for the club, leaving Hoogland to wrap up the win when he drove the ball into the bottom corner for a late fourth.

Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons:

"That performance and result certainly won't do me any harm.

"When I took over in I tried to galvanise the club and get everyone pulling together, and to start winning games, and on both counts it's going pretty well so far.

"It's a great feeling hearing the fans sing my name. I've had stadiums booing me before, when I played, so it's nice to have one cheering me now."

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"It's a difficult job and it's proving to be more difficult that I thought but I feel very confident we can do it. Will I be given time? I think so.

"The performance was concerning. We've gifted them a goal once again. We've got to stop giving away silly goals.

"We need a result. I've told the players they are in a relegation battle, with a big 'R'."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 2Hoogland
  • 6Bodurov
  • 33Burn
  • 5Amorebieta
  • 8ParkerSubstituted forWilliamsat 71'minutes
  • 21Christensen
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 10Ruiz
  • 44McCormackSubstituted forRobertsat 80'minutes
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forWoodrowat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 9Smith
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 27Williams
  • 28Hyndman
  • 32Kavanagh

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 29HerdBooked at 77mins
  • 4MillsSubstituted forDaviesat 52'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 14Dervite
  • 3Moxey
  • 6Spearing
  • 5Ream
  • 7Feeney
  • 21PratleySubstituted forMasonat 53'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 28DaviesSubstituted forBeckfordat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Mason
  • 10Beckford
  • 13Kenny
  • 16Davies
  • 19Garvan
  • 27Lee Chung-yong
  • 44Kamara
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
14,496

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 4, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 4, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jay Spearing with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Roberts (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Williams.

Attempt blocked. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

Attempt missed. George Williams (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Mark Davies.

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

Booking

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Patrick Roberts (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Ross McCormack.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 4, Bolton Wanderers 0. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Hugo Rodallega.

Booking

Chris Herd (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Herd (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Hugo Rodallega.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. George Williams replaces Scott Parker.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 3, Bolton Wanderers 0. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

Chris Herd (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Chris Herd (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

Mark Davies (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich106222091120
2Nottm Forest105501771020
3Watford106221911820
4Derby105411910919
5Ipswich10532148618
6Charlton10460139418
7Wolves10532129318
8Middlesbrough10523148617
9Sheff Wed10442107316
10Reading104331414015
11Blackburn104241618-214
12Leeds104241012-214
13Brentford104241215-314
14Cardiff103431313013
15Bournemouth103341413112
16Millwall103251013-311
17Rotherham10325812-411
18Huddersfield103251220-811
19Brighton10244911-210
20Birmingham102441117-610
21Wigan102351012-29
22Fulham102171220-87
23Bolton10127719-125
24Blackpool10037514-93
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