Fulham's EPL future secure

A superb second half performance from Fulham has earned the Cottagers a 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Craven Cottage.

A superb second half performance from Fulham has earned the Cottagers a 3-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at Craven Cottage.

Jean Tigana's side has now cemented its place in the Premiership for next season, while Bolton is left knowing it is still mathematically possible for it to go down - although it looks unlikely.

The first half was a pretty dull affair that only really came to life in the 42nd minute when Bjarne Goldbaek fired in an unstoppable drive to leave Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen with no chance.

Up to that point, Bolton had seemed the most likely to break the deadlock, with Frenchman Youri Djorkaeff running the show in midfield as he created chances for strikers Fredi Bobic and Rod Wallace.

Indeed, Bolton started the second half the better side as well, as Wallace shot across goal when he could have done better.

But Fulham was coming forward more and started to create openings at will.

The second goal came after 72 minutes when Steve Marlet curled an unstoppable left-footed shot into the corner and Barry Hayles made it 3-0 just four minutes later when he was put clear on the right and finished superbly.

By this time Bolton had had all the stuffing well and truly knocked out of it and Fulham continued to press right up until the end of the match without finding a fourth goal.

The win moves the Cottagers up to eleventh and in pole position for an Intertoto place in the summer.

To earn that honour it needs to finish ahead of Everton, who is level on points with it, but has an inferior goal-difference.
Source Sportal