Fulham v Bolton: Player Rankings

Schwarzer – 7/10
Didn’t have much to do in all honesty, but kept us in it at the end. He will, however, be disappointed that he failed to keep a clean sheet.

Pantsil – 8/10
A very good game by our charismatic right-back. Lost the ball a couple of times but it would be unfair to criticise him too heavily as this was a sold all-round performance.

Hughes – 6/10
A few early mistakes but a generally decent performance, even though he rarely came under pressure.

Hangeland – 7/10
The odd shaky moment early on but did his job when called upon.

Konchesky – 6/10
Again, not a great deal to do and was guilty of a few stray balls.

Murphy – 7/10
A good captain’s performance. Marshalled the midfield well.

Bullard – 7/10
Outstanding effort in the first half but tired in the second.

Davies – 7/10
A typically impressive performance out on the right. Some dangerous crosses and came close to grabbing a third late on as well.

Gera – 8/10
One superb player. Very impressive touch, some wicked crosses in from the left and a fantastic goal to set us on the road to three points.

Zamora – 9/10
His tremendous turn and rocket shot for the second goal was simply stunning but his hold-up play and link-ups with Andy Johnson were fantastic. A strong all-round performance.

Johnson – 8/10
If Andy Johnson is unfit I can’t wait until all his cylinders are firing. What a debut performance! He didn’t stop running and caused untold problems to the Bolton defence. All that was missing was the goal and that surely won’t be long in coming.

Seol – 3/10
Woeful. Totally ineffectual.

Nevland – 6/10
Hard to score as he barely touched the ball.

Man of the match: Bobby Zamora
It was a close call as any of three or four players could have been worthy winners, but Zamora’s fantastic work rate and stunning goal are enough to give him the nod.


Phew! Fulham make supporters sweat…again

We certainly don’t make things easy for ourselves. For 80 pulsating minutes we totally dominated against Bolton. It was one of the most one-sided matches I can remember for ages at the Cottage. With Brede Hangeland and John Pantsil marshalling at the back; Danny Murphy and Jimmy Bullard controlling the midfield; and the instantly gelling partnership of Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson up front; aided and abeted by the ultra-efficient Zoltan Gera, the lads systematically took the visitors apart.

It was a typically physical Bolton side, full of muscle and aggression, who were quick to close us down in the early stages. However, as soon as we started getting into our rhythm, with quick inter-passing, we opened up their midfield and defence with ease. It was super stuff…and then it all started to unravel.

Two goals to the good and Roy takes off Andy Johnson. An understandable move given the fact he’s not match fit – even though there was little evidence of that in the way he played – but it turned the game completely on its head…for all the wrong reasons. In his place came Seol Ki-Hyeon and the difference was staggering. Whereas Johnson had spent the entire match running, chasing and causing problems, Seol huffed and puffed, lost the ball and generally looked out of his depth.

Then we conceded a ridiculously sloppy goal and, bizarrely, the pressure was on. Surely the unthinkable couldn’t happen? Even a point for Bolton would have been criminal as they really deserved nothing from this match at all. The outstanding Zamora then made way for Erik Nevland but the action was all at the other end as Bolton were all over us like a rash. Somehow we managed to cling on – thanks, in part, to some excellent goalkeeping by Mark Schwarzer – but it was nail-biting stuff. The relief was palpable around the ground when the whistle finally blew. It was a close call but the three points were in the bag. Phew!