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Bolton 3-1 Fulham Cham 30 1415 GetWestLondon

last updated Wednesday 11th February 2015, 2:28 PM
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Matt Lewis at GetWestLondon


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


Sloppy Fulham let the points slip as Bolton Wanderers turned the tables at the Macron Stadium.

The Whites opened the scoring in Lancashire but Eidur Gudjohnsen's crucial psychological half-time goal sparked a Trotters revival in the second period.

Kit Symons made one change to the side that drew with Birmingham City at the weekend as Jack Grimmer replaced Jazz Richards.

Scott Parker returned to the Whites bench after illness while Ross McCormack wore the captain's armband.

Bolton had not won any of their previous five games in all competitions, losing three, and went into this one with injury list as long as The Great Wall of China.

Neil Lennon was missing no less than nine first-team regulars as the likes of Liam Trotter, David Wheater, Adam Bogdan, Emile Heskey and Max Clayton remained sidelines.

And with Fulham unbeaten in the last five meetings between these two sides at this ground it seemed as though the odds were heavily in favour of the west Londoners in Lancashire.

Much has been made of Bolton's recruitment of Heskey and his strike partner Gudjohnsen and the former Chelsea man was through early on, only for Nikolay Bodurov to make a vital block.

Fulham's younger strikeforce, McCormack and Hugo Rodallega, both had opportunities to open the scoring before the deadlock was broken midway through the first half.

The goal came from an unlikely source as Shaun Hutchinson claimed only his second of the season after the Trotters had failed to clear their lines from a corner.

And Symons' Whites looked to be heading in with their noses in front at the break until Gudjohnsen, unlucky not to have notched earlier, levelled on the stroke of half time.

Adam Le Fondre thought he had put the hosts in front 10 minutes after the restart as he beat the keeper but not Konstantinos Stafylidis as the Greek full-back cleared off the line.

But there was nothing Fulham could do to stop Saidy Janko completing the turnaround.

Bolton switched the play from left to right and the on-loan Manchester United midfielder collected the ball on the edge of the penalty area before blasting an unstoppable drive past Marcus Bettinelli.

Bettinelli won't want to see the Trotters' third though.

The tall Whites goalkeeper found himself in no man's land and his poor clearance fell straight to the feet of Le Fondre and the former Reading man swept it home to seal the points for Wanderers.























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