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Fulham escape defeat at home to Bolton - Match Report Cham Md 14

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 1-1 (1) Bolton Wanderers

Championship Match Day 14 1718 Craven Cottage

Saturday 28th October 2017     KO: 15:00pm

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham)

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
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Fulham captain Tom Cairney's injury-time strike earned Fulham a point and denied Bolton a first away win of the season in a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

Former Newcastle man Sammy Ameobi had put the visitors ahead in the 28th minute after latching on to a long punt by Ben Alnwick.

The visitors defended bravely to hold on to their advantage but Cairney headed home Kevin McDonald's cross in the third of six additional minutes to secure his side a share of the spoils.

The result leaves Wanderers bottom of the league, but stretches their unbeaten run to three games.

As for Fulham, the London side remain within sight of the top six but have still won just once at home this term.

Fulham dominated the early stages, with captain Cairney, making his first start since August following a knee injury, conducting the proceedings.

Match Stats Fulham Bolton
Goals (0) 1 1 (1)
Scores Cairney 90+4 Ameobi 28
Goal attempts 19 13
On target 5 3
Shooting Accuracy 26% 23%
Possession 77% 23%
Passes 615 179
Pass Success 88% 60%
Crosses 28 13
Crosses Success 25% 38%
Corners 11 5
Tackles 16 23
Tackles Success 62% 48%
Saves 3 4
Fouls 9 17
Offsides 3 2
Yellows 1 4
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Floyd Ayite thought he had put the hosts in front in the 14th minute when he slotted home Cairney's neat pass, but his effort was ruled out by the assistant referee.

Somewhat against the run of play, Bolton went in front.

A huge kick from goalkeeper Alnwick fell into Ameobi's path and the forward bundled his way past three Fulham players before sending a left-footed shot low into the far corner from just inside the area.

It was only the second league goal Bolton have scored on their travels this season and their first on the road since mid-August.

Fulham should have been level in the 38th minute when Cairney sent Kamara clear but the Frenchman opted to chip the outrushing Alnwick and saw his effort clip the outside of the near post.

The half-time whistle produced boos from the home support and their mood was not improved in the early stages of the second period when David Button was forced to palm an Adam Armstrong effort behind.

Substitute Neeskens Kebano blazed over on the hour mark with his first touch of the game after a great run and cross down the right flank by Ryan Fredericks.

Fulham were insistent on playing out from the back and Button could have been punished when he sent a pass straight to the feet of Armstrong only for the Bolton man to send his first-time shot wide from 30 yards in the 69th minute.

Kebano squandered a great chance to equalise when he went through with 13 minutes left but saw his shot blocked bravely by Alnwick.

It looked as if the Trotters would hold on for a vital win but Cairney had other ideas, meeting McDonald's cross from the left and heading past Alnwick to secure the hosts a last-gasp point.

Fulham: Button, Fredericks, Kalas (De La Torre 89), Ream, R Sessegnon, Cairney, McDonald, Norwood (Johansen 70), Fonte (Kebano 57), Kamara, Ayité

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Odoi, Tayo Edun, Cissé

Cairney 90+4 (header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin McDonald with a cross following a corner.

Booked: McDonald (86,d)

Bolton Wanderers Alnwick, Little, Wheater, Beevers, Taylor (Robinson 49), Pratley, Henry, Ameobi (Morais 68), Vela (Le Fondre 82), Armstrong, Madine

Unused substitutes: Howard, Derik, Darby, Noone

Ameobi 28 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Alnwick.)

Booked: Henry (12,f), Wheater (57,f), Alnwick (78,tw), Little (84,f)

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (County Durham)

Attendance: 18,792

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