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Fulham (2) 4-0 (0) Bolton


Kit Symons passed his latest audition to land the Fulham manager's job on Wednesday night and left his old friend Dougie Freedman clinging on to his at Bolton Wanderers.

Fulham romped to an impressive victory over fellow strugglers Bolton at Craven Cottage with goals from Hugo Rodallega, Fernando Amorebieta, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Tim Hoogland.

It took them above Freedman's side in the Championship's bottom three and left Wanderers without a win in 10 matches.

Since taking over from Felix Magath, Symons, a former Fulham player, has guided the team to back-to-back league victories, taking them off the foot of the Championship and making him a strong candidate with the five-man panel assembled by the club's chairman, Shahid Khan, to help him choose the next manager.

Symons said: "That performance and result certainly won't do me any harm. When I took over 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."

Fulham, boosted by their first win of the season at Birmingham City on Saturday, had the ball in the net inside three minutes but Ross McCormack was offside as he struck at the far post.

However, they did not have to wait much longer to take the lead, Rodallega opening the scoring in the ninth minute with his third goal of the season. McCormack was the provider, chipping into the penalty area where Bolton's Matt Mills would have hooked the ball clear had his standing foot not given way, allowing Rodallega to score past Andy Lonergan.

The Greek winger Konstantinos Stafylidis almost doubled the advantage moments later but his 20-yard drive was tipped on to the post by Lonergan.

Bolton rallied briefly as the first half wore on but the closest they came to an equaliser was a volley from Darren Pratley which grazed the crossbar.

Instead Fulham struck again in first-half stoppage time when Bryan Ruiz crossed for the full-back Amorebieta to head powerfully home.

Fulham piled on the misery for Bolton in the second half, with Rodallega squaring for the Danish midfielder Christensen to tap in his first goal for the club in the 67th minute. Hoogland completed the rout with 11 minutes left, taking a square pass from George Williams and firing past Lonergan into the bottom corner.

Symons had sympathy for Freedman, hos former Crystal Palace team-mate. "It's the other side of the game. We're euphoric and on a high, but unfortunately there's always someone on the other end of it," he said.

Freedman, who faced fan protests calling for him to be sacked during the home defeat by Derby on Saturday, said: "It's a difficult job and it's proving to be more difficult than 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'."






















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