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Match Stats - Bolton v Fulham 09.04.05

last updated Friday 08th April 2005, 3:12 PM
Big match facts from BBCSport FULHAM scored their first goals in five games and recorded their first victory in six Premiership outings when defeating fellow relegation threatened Portsmouth last Sunday. That leaves the Cottagers four places and six points above the drop zone, but defeat could see them drop back two spots.
  • Chris Coleman's side have lost their last three on the road in the Premiership, and have not scored in three League and Cup games away from home, one of which was the FA Cup fifth round clash at the Reebok. Fulham last claimed maximum points away from the Cottage at St Andrews on 22 January, in a 1-2 triumph over Birmingham.
  • The Cottagers ended last season with a 0-2 win at Bolton. They then beat the Trotters again 2-0 in their first match back at Craven Cottage this season, when Andrew Cole bagged a brace. The Londoners have not lost a top flight match on Bolton turf in over 41 years, since the 2-1 reverse on 8 February 1964. Fulham are aiming to do the 'double' over Bolton for the second successive season and third time in their history.
  • Drawn six Premiership matches this season. Only Chelsea and Liverpool have finished level less often (five games each).
  • Lost 15 games in the highest echelon. Crystal Palace and Norwich have each lost 17, and Portsmouth 16.
  • Conceded the opening goal 19 times in top flight matches this term - only Norwich (23) and Portsmouth (20) have allowed the opposition to score first more often.
  • Lost the lead only four times in top flight games this term. No club has surrendered the advantage less often.
  • Lost the last four League and Cup games away from home, against Liverpool (3-1 PL), Bolton (1-0 FAC), Tottenham (2-0 PL) and Manchester United (1-0 PL).
  • Drawn one and lost four away from home in all competitions, since beating Birmingham 1-2 at St Andrews on 22 January.
  • Won only one of the last seven Premiership games on the road.
  • Managed only one clean sheet in Premiership matches away from Craven Cottage (at Norwich).
  • Claus JENSEN started his career in English football at Bolton.
  • If he plays, Sylvain LEGWINSKI will be making his 150th appearance for Fulham.
  • If Luis BOA MORTE is named in the eleven, he'll be making his 150th start for the Cottagers.
  • Andrew COLE has scored five Premiership goals in his career against Bolton.
BOLTON WANDERERS are in sixth place and aiming to qualify for Europe for the first time in their history going into this home game against a Fulham side desperate to avoid being dragged into the relegation dogfight, with just six teams beneath them. Bolton have amassed their highest ever points return to this stage of a Premiership season, while Fulham are on their lowest ever return in their fourth season in this League.
  • Wanderers, with only four goals in six League games, could climb to within a point of Liverpool in fifth place if they win and the Merseysiders are beaten at Manchester City. Three points would extend the Trotters' undefeated home sequence to six matches, and would mean Sam Allardyce could go into his 2,000th day in charge of Bolton on Sunday in a joyous frame of mind.
  • Fulham are Bolton's bogey team in the Premiership. The Greater Manchester side are yet to score at home against them, and are attempting to pick up their first win in eight League exchanges. This though is their third meeting of the season. It was a different story in the fifth round of the FA Cup, when Bolton's smallest gate of the season turned up to witness a 1-0 victory, but not a classic. Kevin Davies' early goal shot Bolton into the quarter-finals.
  • Won 10 of the last 14 League and Cup games.
  • Lost two of the last four Premiership games.
  • Not won a top division encounter when the opposition has scored first - drawing four and losing eight of the 12 in which the opening goal has been conceded.
  • Previous highest total of Premiership points after the first 31 games was 37 last season, when finishing a highest ever eighth.
  • Won four of the last six home Premiership games.
  • Unbeaten in five Premiership games at home.
    Won three and drawn two home League matches since losing 0-1 to Blackburn on 28 December.
  • Kept two consecutive clean sheets in League games at the Reebok.
  • Not shipped a home League goal in over two months, or in 204 minutes (three hours 24 minutes) of Premiership football at the Reebok.
  • Gary SPEED - the most experienced player in Premiership history, is the only remaining team member to have figured in every one of Bolton's League matches this term. If he maintains that sequence, this will be his 446th career appearance in the Premier League.
  • If he plays, Jay-Jay OKOCHA will be making his 100th appearance for Bolton.
  • Suspended: El-Hadji DIOUF
OPTA Stats from Premiership games
  Fulham Pompey +/-
Games Played 31 30 -1
Goal Attempts
Goals 38 36 -2
Ave Goals per game 1.23 1.20  
Shots (excl blocked shots) 327 292 -35
Ave Shots per game 11 10 -1
% Shots on Target 39% 42%  
% Goals to Shots 12% 12%  
Short Passes 6630 6831 +201
Long Passes 3345 3116 -229
Total Passes 9975 9,947 -28
Ave Passes per game 322 332 +10
Overall Pass Completion % 69% 68%  
Total Crosses 752 593 -159
Ave Crosses per game 24 20 -4
Cross Completion % 23% 27%  
Clean Sheets 8 6 -2
Goals Conceded 35 48 +13
Ave goals conceded per game 1.13 1.60  
Tackles 933 967 +34
Ave Tackles per game 30 32 +2
Tackles Won % 72% 75%  
Blocks, Clearances & Interceptions 1337 1399 +62
Ave Blocks, etc., per game 43 47 +4
Fouls 480 426 -54
Yellow Cards 44 50 +6
Fouls per Yellow Card 10.9 8.5  
Red Cards 1 4 +3
SkySport by Mark Buckingham
Top Opta Teams (after 30/31 games)
Aspect Top Team Bolton Fulham
Goals Scored Arsenal 72 8th 38 12th 36
Shots onTarget Arsenal 198 10th 128 12th 123
Shots Attempted Chelsea 429 8th 327 13th 292
Passes Made Man Utd 14950 15th 9975 16th 9946
Crosses Man Utd 1004 8th 752 19th 593
Goals Conceded Norwich 63 15th 35 5th 48
Tackles Made Charlton 1107 15th 933 12th 967
Tackles Won Charlton 793 14th 672 9th 721
Clean Sheets Chelsea 22 11th 8 17th 6
Fouls Conceded Blackburn 532 3rd 480 11th 426
Yellow Cards Blackburn 60 7th 44 3rd 50
Fouls per yellow Norwich 17.6 7th 10.9 20th 8.5
Red Cards Blackburn 4 17th 1 3rd 4
  Bolton Draw Fulham
League 24 16 21
Premier 0 2 5
HEAD TO HEAD at Bolton
  Bolton Draw Fulham
League 15 8 7
Premier 0 2 1
Fulham year on year Opta Stats comparison
(after 30 games)
Aspect 04/05 03/04
Goals Scored 12th 36 5th 42
Shots onTarget 12th 123 5th 155
Shots Attempted 13th 292 9th 325
Passes Made 16th 9946 10th 10856
Crosses Attempted 19th 593 19th 566
Goals Conceded 5th 48 11th 40
Tackles Made 12th 967 1st 1035
Tackles Won 9th 721 1st 770
Clean Sheets 17th 6 8th 10
Fouls Conceded 11th 426 8th 436
Yellow Cards 3rd 50 14th 53
Fouls per yellow 20th 8.5 11th 8.2
Red Cards 3rd 4 11th 3
Last season Fulham striker Brian McBride grabbed a brace to spoil Bolton's end-of-season party
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