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Premier League

  • December 17, 2011
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Craven Cottage, London
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 25643

Fulham 2-0 Bolton Wanderers: Dempsey and Ruiz on scoresheet to keep visitors rooted to the foot of the table

Wonder goal from Bryan Ruiz keeps Bolton bottom as Martin Jol's side recovers from midweek heartbreak to seal its fourth win of the Premier League season

Fulham earned its fourth Premier League win of the season as an impressive first half gave it a 2-0 victory over Bolton.

A goal from Clint Dempsey and a wonder-strike from Bryan Ruiz secured the points as the hosts scored two in two minutes to consign Bolton to the bottom of the table for another week.

Dempsey placed a good header from distance into the corner before Ruiz scooped the ball over the head of Jussi Jaaskelainen to round off a devastating counterattack from the hosts, sealing a dominant win.

The first chance of the match fell to Nigel Reo-Coker after five minutes. Kevin Davies won the ball back from Dickson Etuhu for the visitors and a nice passing move was followed by a shot which dragged wide of the far post.

Fulham quickly countered, however, and Andy Johnson had a real chance to open the scoring after he was put through by Dempsey. The striker tried to dink an effort over Jussi Jaaskelainen, but his shot skewed wide.

And in the 32nd minute, the home side took the lead. A nice move from Fulham was capped off with a fine finish as Dempsey headed home Ruiz's cross from 13 yards out. Jaaskelainen may have got down quicker, but in his defense, the header was perfectly aimed into the corner.

And before the visitors could catch their breath, they were two goals behind. Dempsey returned the favor for Ruiz, putting the attacker in behind the defense. It seemed for a moment that the 26-year-old had lost the ball under his feet, but what followed was truly outstanding.

The Costa-Rican paused and effortlessly lobbed the ball over Jaaskelainen's head and into the goal, the ball looping in beautifully.

Bolton had a chance to get back into it minutes later with its first real chance of the match, but Mark Davies' shot was saved well by David Stockdale in front of the watching Fabio Capello before the teams headed in for halftime.

The second half was considerably quieter than the first, with Fulham content to sit back and counter attack.

It was working well, and almost led to a third goal when Johnson's driven cross flew across the goalmouth, where Dempsey was sliding in. The American couldn't get much of a connection, however, and was wide of the far post when he sent his shot into the side netting.

Bolton was unquestionably getting more of the ball as the game progressed, but didn't trouble Stockdale too much. He made a couple of fairly routine stops, but looked solid while doing so.

The match petered out late on, as Fulham cruised to an easy victory that left Bolton bottom of the Premier League.

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