Bolton hit back to beat Fulham

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:31

The Manchester United teenager only completed his loan signing earlier in the day after last Monday’s transfer deadline switch was held-up through red tape.
But he wasted no time making an impact, capping his impressive first appearance for Neil Lennon’s side with a rasping 25 yard drive 10 minutes from time as Kit Symons side failed to capitalise on a promising start to the Sky Bet Championship encounter.
The Swiss-born youngster’s stunning goal returned the Trotters to winning ways after three defeats and two draws from their previous five games.
He also provided the cross for Eidur Gudjohnsen’s third goal of his Bolton comeback and his first from open play for the Trotters since 2000 when he also netted home and away against the Londoners.
Adam Le Fondre rubber-stamped Wanderers’ deserved success after 89 minutes with his first goal since joining on loan from Cardiff after a dreadful error by Marcus Bettinelli.
Wanderers were excellent value for their win after a slow start. Indeed, Gudjohnsen’s shot, blocked by Shaun Hutchinson, was the only meaningful goal attempt in a sterile opening 20 minutes.
The veteran Icelander, named as Wanderers’ seventh captain of the season, appealed for handball but referee Graham Sutton remained unmoved.
And in their first attack, after 21 minutes, the Cottagers took the lead.
Nikolay Bodurov’s flicked header was well saved by Andy Lonergan but from the resulting corner, Alexander Kacaniklic cut the ball back for ex-Motherwell defender Hutchinson to fire home his second goal of the season from close range.
Unmarked Ross McCormack fizzed another effort wide of a post before Janko dispossessed Ryan Tunnicliffe only for Gudjohnsen to shoot straight at Bettinelli from 18 yards.
Fulham, however, were the most effective side going forward and McCormack’s angled right foot attempt was pushed out of harm’s way by busy Lonergan.
Five minutes from half-time Wanderers had a much more vociferous handball protest rejected as Josh Vela’s goalbound drive smashed into Bulgarian Bodurov. Boss Lennon, no lover of Championship referees since his arrival from Celtic, berated the fourth official as Fulham survived.
The reprieve was a brief one as Gudjohnsen broke Bolton’s league goal drought against the Londoners dating back 640 minutes to Ivan Klasnic’s strike at Craven Cottage on November 28, 2009.
Janko, making his first senior appearance since United’s 4-0 League Cup humiliation at MK Dons, delivered an excellent right-wing cross. Unmarked Gudjohnsen controlled the pass superbly before glancing the ball wide of Bettinelli.
Bolton started the second half equally brightly with Bettinelli pushing over Janko’s cross and Le Fondre hammering another effort past the target.
He was even closer after 55 minutes, denied a first goal since his arrival, by Kostas Stafylidis’ goal-line clearance.
Fulham were on the ropes and Bettinelli thwarted Le Fondre to deny Wanderers a deserved lead. But it took a Janko pile-driver to finally put Bolton in front before Le Fondre applied the coup de grace.

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