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Bolton 3-1 Fulham Cham 30 1415 Bolton News

last updated Wednesday 11th February 2015, 2:37 PM


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Marc Iles at The Bolton News


Bolton Wanderers (1) 3-1 (1) Fulham


Not many Manchester United players have been given a standing ovation at Wanderers - but that all changed last night as Saidy Janko struck on his debut to help sink Fulham.

Paperwork issues had delayed the 19-year-old's arrival at Bolton but just hours after his move from Old Trafford was finally ratified, he fired home the decisive second to help Neil Lennon's side back to winning ways.

Eidur Gudjohnsen had equalised Shaun Hutchinson's earlier effort, sparking a fine second-half display from the Whites.

And after Janko's rocket had given his side the lead, Adam Le Fondre capped it all off with a poacher's finish to open his account for the club.

Wanderers started with three at the back, looking to use the pace of Liam Feeney and Janko down the wings.

Missing his top three goalscorers - Matt Mills, Darren Pratley and Craig Davies - Lennon paired Gudjohnsen with Le Fondre for the first time in an effort to shake off the disappointment of the weekend's defeat at Derby County.

And the early evidence was encouraging. They shaded the first quarter in what proved an open start to the game - Gudjohnsen seeing the best chance blocked after a deft first touch had taken him round defender Hutchinson.

Feeney had put a few good crosses in front the left and Lennon would have been relatively happy with what he had seen up until the Whites fell behind on Fulham's first serious attack.

Neil Danns had put his side under pressure with a rash challenge just inside his own half but Fulham picked up the pace quickly and Andy Lonergan tipped away Nikolay Bodurov's header for a corner.

From there Wanderers failed to clear their lines and Alexander Kacaniklic pulled a cross back for Hutchinson to blast home from point blank range.

Suddenly Wanderers looked disjointed.

Ross McCormack fired one effort wide from the edge of the box and then saw another low effort pushed away by Lonergan.

Unease swept around the Macron, perhaps for the first time since Lennon came to the club in October.

Gudjohnsen should have brightened the mood when he picked up on a loose ball 30 yards out but chose to shoot far too early.

And when Josh Vela's curling shot cannoned off Bodurov's arm five minutes before the interval, leaving Lennon spitting fury at the fourth official, it seemed the Northern Irishman was poised to deliver another ear-bashing team-talk.

But where Gudjohnsen had snatched a little at his chance moments earlier, he was cool as a cucumber on the stroke of half time as got on the end of Janko's excellent low cross from the right, produced a stunning first touch and then dinked a clever shot over Bettinelli to equalise; talk about rolling back the years.

His goal ended a long wait for Wanderers, who hadn't scored in six games against Fulham, a run stretching back from 640 minutes of football to 2009.

But it had been an even longer wait for the Icelander to score in open play for Bolton, his last effort coming in much more agreeable temperatures against Ipswich Town in May 2000.

Gudjohnsen had never finished on the losing side in 12 attempts against Fulham - and after his goal went in, it never looked likely that record would be dented.

Wanderers seized control of the game after the break, Le Fondre going desperately close to his first goal with a snap shot cleared off the line by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Bettinelli then blocked another Le Fondre shot, staying alert to block an unwanted follow-up from his own defender close to the line.

Wanderers were growing in belief that they could end a run of five games without a win and with Janko and Feeney starting to become more of an influence again, they were looking a decent bet.

Lennon brought Zach Clough off the bench for Gudjohnsen with 15 minutes to go to, hoping to exploit some of the empty spaces that were again cropping up in the game.

It was just such a gap that Vela strolled through on the left with 10 minutes to go. Picking up on a lucky bounce off the referee, the academy graduate picked out Janko on the edge of the box with a terrific pass, and the United loanee did the rest, beating Bettinelli with a thunderbolt.

A minute before the end, the Fulham keeper made a complete hash of a clearance to give Le Fondre the goal his work-rate deserved - the Whites striker chipping into an empty net to give the scoreline a more comfortable look.

It was no less than Wanderers had deserved for dominating the second half and finally put to rest a run of poor results against Fulham in the league which stretched back to February 2007.

The result lifts the Whites up to 13th and, who knows, with another home win under their belt at weekend against Watford, there might yet be something to play for this season after all.























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