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Charlton 3 Bolton 2 – match report

Charlton 3 Bolton 2: Addicks come from two down to record long overdue home win

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 30 March 2013

Charlton came from two goals down to end their home hoodoo and dent Bolton's play-off hopes.

The Addicks were staring at a fourth straight Valley defeat, and 10th of the season, after Wanderers raced into a two-goal lead through Marvin Sordell and Medo Kamara.

But skipper Johnnie Jackson pulled one back before half-time and Bolton fell to pieces in the second half when Sam Ricketts was sent off.

Turnaround: Yann Kermorgant scored from the spot to complete a remarkable comeback for Charlton

Turnaround: Yann Kermorgant scored from the spot to complete a remarkable comeback for Charlton

MATCH FACTS

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Morrison, Dervite, Wiggins, Pritchard, Hughes (Gower 72), Jackson, Harriott (Wilson 86), Kermorgant,
Fuller (Haynes 86).

Subs Not Used: Button, Green, Obika, Feely.
Booked: Hughes, Solly, Kermorgant.

Goals: Jackson 25, Dervite 60, Kermorgant (pen) 63.

Bolton: Lonergan, Ricketts, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Medo, Spearing, Pratley (Odelusi 82), Ngog, Sordell (Butterfield 59), Lee (Craig Davies 69).

Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Eagles, Kevin Davies, Wheater.

Sent Off: Ricketts (58), Craig Davies (90).

Booked: Ricketts, Dawson, Spearing, Craig Davies.

Goals: Sordell 4, Medo 20.

Att: 17,322

Ref: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

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Dorian Dervite immediately dragged
Charlton level and Yann Kermorgant struck the winner from the penalty
spot to complete an unlikely comeback, while Bolton finished with nine
men after a late red card for Craig Davies.

Charlton were missing two of their
senior defenders, Leon Cort and Matt Taylor, through injury and illness
and their patched-up back four were under the cosh from kick-off.

Chung-Yong Lee had already shot over and David Ngog forced a save from Ben Hamer before Bolton took a fourth-minute lead.

Sordell collected Ngog's pass and
turned makeshift centre-half Dervite inside out before tucking the ball
past Hamer.

Charlton attempted to hit back and midfielder Bradley
Pritchard was twice denied by Trotters keeper Andy Lonergan.

But Bolton doubled their advantage in
the 20th minute when Ngog found Medo 25 yards out and the Sierra Leone
midfielder beat Hamer with a swerving drive which went in off the post.

However, five minutes later Charlton
grabbed a lifeline when Bolton cleared a corner only as far as Jackson
on the edge of the area.

The midfielder took the ball past two
defenders before rifling it low into the net.

Captain's strike: Johnnie Jackson started the Charlton revival with his 25th-minute goal

Captain's strike: Johnnie Jackson started the Charlton revival with his 25th-minute goal

They almost grabbed an
equaliser before the break, but Pritchard could not quite get a toe on
Ricardo Fuller's ball across goal.

At the start of the second half
Lonergan could only parry Callum Harriott's deflected shot but Craig
Dawson was on hand to clear.The game swung Charlton's way on the hour
when Ricketts was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Fuller.

Bolton were hit with a double
punishment as, from the free-kick, Kermorgant's curler came back off the
post and Dorvite reacted first to lash in his first goal for the
club.And three minutes later they were ahead.

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Fuller burst into the area and was brought down by Darren Pratley, with Kermorgant stepping up to take the penalty.

The Frenchman has form for fluffing
his lines from the spot, having famously tried and failed with a chip in
a play-off penalty shoot-out while playing for Leicester.

But as The Valley held its breath,
Kermorgant wisely opted for power and blasted his shot wide of
Lonergan.Charlton had to endure seven minutes of stoppage time but
Bolton substitute Davies used up most of it by earning himself two
yellow cards to complete Bolton's second-half meltdown.

Off: Dougie Freedman speaks to referee Trevor Kettle after his Bolton team finished the game with nine men

Off: Dougie Freedman speaks to referee Trevor Kettle after his Bolton team finished the game with nine men

Red card: Samuel Ricketts is given his marching orders in the 58th minute

Red card: Samuel Ricketts is given his marching orders in the 58th minute

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Bolton 3 Birmingham 1 – match report

Bolton 3 Birmingham 1: Trotters come from behind to record first win in three

PUBLISHED:

17:25 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 29 December 2012

Bolton put the disappointment of back-to-back defeats behind them with a come-from-behind victory over struggling Birmingham.

Dougie Freedman's side suffered losses to lowly Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday over the festive period and fell behind after just 11 minutes on Saturday.

Nikola Zigic headed his fifth of the season but the hosts hit back to lead by half-time with goals from Marcos Alonso and Chung-Yong Lee.

Comeback: Lee (second left) put Bolton in front

Comeback: Lee (second left) put Bolton in front

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan; Mears, Ream, Knight, Alonso; Lee, Pratley, Spearing (Butterfield 89), Andrews, Eagles (Afobe 90); K Davies.

Subs not used: Lonergan, Ricketts, Riley, Petrov, Sordell.

Booked: Lee.

Goals: Alonso 27, Lee 33, Andrews (pen) 79.

Birmingham: Butland; Hancox, Caldwell, Davies, Robinson; Burke (Redmond 72), Spector (Elliott 59), Mullins, Reilly (Jervis 79), Hall; Zigic.

Subs not used: Doyle, Pablo, Gordon, Delfouneso.

Booked: Mullins, Caldwell, Zigic. Sent off: Zigic.

Goal: Zigic 11.

Referee: Simon Hooper.

Attendance: 17,068.

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A second-half penalty from Keith Andrews
settled the matter and Zigic saw red as Birmingham's three-match
unbeaten run came to an end.

The hosts started much the brighter, Chris Eagles cutting in from the
right and trying his luck with an early long-range strike but Jack
Butland was equal to the challenge.

The Trotters threatened again moments later as Jay Spearing hit a superb
looping volley from 30 yards which just dropped wide of the post.

But it was Lee Clark's side who seized the advantage. Chris Burke's
right-wing corner hung in the air and Zigic came through a crowded scene
to nod home from six yards.

Bolton's frustration continued to build when Eagles flashed a shot across goal after being played in by Kevin Davies' backheel.

They did not have to wait much longer for the goal their dominance
deserved after Tyrone Mears burst down the right and delivered a teasing
ball for Alonso to provide the headed finish, outmuscling Curtis Davies
to do so, in the 27th minute.

Spot on: Andrews slots home Bolton's third

Spot on: Andrews slots home Bolton's third

It got even better for Freedman's side just past the half-hour mark, Lee
skipping past two defenders, rounding Butland and squeezing the ball in
from a tight angle.

The impressive Spearing linked well with Davies and the veteran striker
forced a smart stop from Butland as Bolton finished the half on top.

Clark turned to his bench for inspiration early in the second half, bringing on Wade Elliott for Jonathan Spector.

The veteran winger was soon involved, feeding Burke down the flank but his cross cleared everyone in a packed penalty area.

Burke tried to atone but his 20-yard strike was well held by Adam Bogdan as the visitors began to grow into the game.

But after Steven Caldwell handled in the box, Andrews stepped up to calmly steer the spot-kick past Butland in the 79th minute.

Zigic was given his marching orders late on after picking up two
bookings in little over a minute as the Serb went from hero to zero.

Bolton 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1: Mamady Sidibe strike keeps Wednesday out of relegation zone

Bolton 0 Sheffield Wed 1: Sidibe strike keeps Wednesday out of relegation zone

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18:22 GMT, 26 December 2012

Mamady Sidibe scored his first goal in almost three years to present Sheffield Wednesday with their third victory on the run and keep them out of the relegation places.

The Malian striker nearly retired after suffering a string of serious knee injuries but found the net with a classy header, two days after extending his loan from Stoke to cover the Christmas period.

In a game which lacked the punch of a typical Boxing Day fixture, the 33-year-old’s goal was a moment to cheer, not least for the 3,852 Wednesday fans who had made the trip from Yorkshire to Lancashire without the aid of public transport.

Winner: Sidibe scored the only goal at Reebok Stadium

Winner: Sidibe scored the only goal at Reebok Stadium

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ream, Knight, Ricketts (Alonso 73), Eagles (Sordell 73), Andrews, Spearing, Petrov (Lee 66), Ngog, Afobe.

Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Butterfield, Pratley, Riley.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera,
Reda Johnson (Mattock 76), Antonio (Jermaine Johnson 90),McCabe, Prutton, Helan, Sidibe (O'Grady 76), Lee.

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Trouble: Wednesday are fourth from bottom and two points ahead of the relegation zone

And in a first quarter of misplaced passes and dud attacks, Ngog’s strike on 14 minutes was the only time either goalkeeper was tested. The former Liverpool striker ran at the backtracking Wednesday defence before firing a left-foot strike across goal which Chris Kirkland did well to palm away.

On 25 minutes, the Yorkshire side scored from their first chance of merit. Right-back Lewis Buxton was given far too much space by the corner of the box and his flat cross invited Mamady Sidibe, who had stolen in front of Tim Ream, to power a header past Adam Bogdan.

It was the 6ft 4in Malian’s first goal since February 2010, when he netted in Stoke’s 3-0 rout of Blackburn. The 33-year-old has endured a torrid time with knee injuries, missing the entirety of last season, and considered giving up football.

But on Christmas Eve, he extended his loan with the club until January 19 and this Boxing Day goal, after all his troubles, was a rather festive way to celebrate. Indeed, his merriment was such that he lost a glove, which he had to run 20 yards to retrieve.

Problems at home: Bolton have lost their last two Championship matches at Reebok Stadium

Problems at home: Bolton have lost their last two Championship matches at Reebok Stadium

Not long after, Miguel Llera flashed Keiran Lee’s corner past the post and four minutes before the interval Kieran Lee twisted and turned in the area and tested Bogdan with a low shot.

Bolton’s only other chance came in added time, when Martin Petrov’s free-kick was punched clear by Kirkland.

The half-time whistle brought not-so pantomime boos from the home crowd. Bolton emerged with more effectiveness, if not the goal craved.

On 52 minutes Afobe roasted Anthony Gardner with pace and pulled back for Ngog, who could only chest goalwards. As the ball spun wide unmarked Petrov was unable to touch it in. In the 71st minute a deep cross from the left from Chris Eagles was met by Afobe but his shot was bundled away by Kirkland. The 19-year-old did not deserve to be on the losing side.

Freedman rolled the dice and brought on Chung-Yong Lee for Petrov and Marvin Srodell for Eagles to move into a more attacking formation. But despite the switch clear-cut chances remained at a premium.

With 13 minutes remaining Sidibe, doubtless tiring after only his fourth start of the season, was replaced by Chris O’Grady. He soaked up the applause from the away section as he made way.

The final 10 minutes saw pressure without real purpose from the hosts. Ngog’s soft header wide was the best of the chances but the day belonged to Sidibe.

Marvin Sordell: Six released on bail over offensive banner

Six Millwall fans arrested over 'Sordell is a c***' banner are released on police bail

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UPDATED:

10:34 GMT, 12 November 2012

Six football fans arrested after an offensive banner was unfurled at Millwall have all been released on bail.

A sign directed at Bolton striker Marvin Sordell, who was racially abused by one of the club's fans last month, was unveiled at The Den during the Lions' 2-1 win against Derby in the npower Championship on Saturday.

The banner, which read 'Sordell is a c***', related to complaints made by Sordell after he was abused by fans while warming up for a match on October 6, leading to a 13-year-old boy being banned from Millwall's ground.

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

Target: Bolton's Marvin Sordell

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said
six men were arrested on suspicion of public order offences and have
been bailed until early December.

The banner on display was swiftly removed by Millwall staff.

The club has so far refused to
comment on the issue, and assistant manager Joe Gallen – standing in for
Lions manager Kenny Jackett, who missed the game with flu – also opted
not to discuss the matter.

Sordell took to Twitter after the
Millwall match last month to claim that he and team-mates Lee
Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe were subjected to racist
taunts.

That sparked an investigation led by
both clubs and last week Millwall confirmed the boy in question admitted
to abusing Sordell and subsequently issued a written apology which the
player accepted.

Given his age, Millwall have not
imposed a life ban on the youngster and offered him a place on a
Millwall for All' educational programme 'in the hope that we can change
his outlook on equality, racism and life in general'.

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse

Controversy: A Fan has been banned from ground over Sordell abuse

Bolton 2 Cardiff 1: match report

Bolton 2 Cardiff 1: Freedman off to winning start as Ngog completes comeback

PUBLISHED:

19:16 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

20:03 GMT, 3 November 2012

David Ngog made a remarkable cameo appearance for Bolton as he came off the bench to score the winning goal before being sent off in Dougie Freedman's first match as Trotters manager.

The hosts had started brightly against npower Championship leaders Cardiff but struggled to create opportunities, and their failure to deal with a first-half Peter Whittingham cross allowed Craig Noone to fire home the opener from 18 yards.

The 63rd-minute introduction of Ngog sparked a fightback from Freedman's men, the Frenchman having a goal disallowed before winning a penalty – converted by Martin Petrov – and flicking in a winner from close range.

Winner: David Ngog (centre) celebrates with his Bolton team-mates

Winner: David Ngog (centre) celebrates with his Bolton team-mates

Match facts

Bolton:
Bogdan, Ricketts, Knight, Mills, Warnock, Lee (Ream 79), Andrews,
Pratley (Petrov 57), Eagles, Mark Davies, Kevin Davies (Ngog 63).

Subs Not Used: Lynch, Sordell, Afobe, Spearing.

Sent Off: Ngog (90).

Booked: Warnock,Lee,Ngog.

Goals: Petrov 69 pen,Ngog 74.

Cardiff: Marshall,
Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Cowie, Whittingham, Kim (Gunnarsson
70), Noone, Mason (Frei 83), Helguson (Gestede 63).

Subs Not Used: Lewis, McNaughton. Kiss, Conway.

Booked: Connolly.

Goals: Noone 40.

Att: 17,304

Ref: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

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However, Bolton's hero was then given his marching orders for a second yellow card in the 90th minute, capping an eventful evening for the frontman.

It was a cagey encounter for much of the first half with both teams battling for possession in the centre of the park, providing little challenge for Adam Bogdan and David Marshall in their respective goals.

Having not mustered a shot on target for the opening 40 minutes, it was the league leaders who opened the scoring. The hosts failed to clear their lines from a Peter Whittingham cross, allowing Noone to fire the ball into the bottom-right corner of the goal from the edge of the area.
Noone's effort was all that separated the two sides at the end of a drab first half at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton emerged for the second half with renewed intent and energy and it was not long before they started to threaten an equaliser.

Keith Andrews fired wide from the edge of the area before Chris Eagles stung the palms of Marshall from a similar distance.

Cardiff responded to Bolton's attempted fightback by placing their opponents under a spell of sustained pressure, but were unable to make it count and extend their lead.

Substitute Ngog had the ball in the back of the net on 64 minutes – just moments after replacing Kevin Davies – but the linesman ruled out the effort for offside, though he looked to have been played on by at least two Cardiff defenders.

Winning start: New Bolton manager Dougie Freedman (centre)

Winning start: New Bolton manager Dougie Freedman (centre)

Bolton's spell of pressure told on 68 minutes when Martin Petrov grabbed an equaliser from the penalty spot. Ngog, who was a constant thorn in the side of the Cardiff defence after coming on, went down under a soft challenge from Kim Bo-kyung to allow Petrov to slot the ball past Marshall.

The Trotters doubled their lead just six minutes later. Cardiff's attempts to deal with a Mark Davies cross fell into the path of Eagles, who unleashed a long-range effort, which was flicked into the back of the net by Ngog on the edge of the six-yard box.

Ngog's evening came to an end shortly before the end when he picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Andrew Taylor.

Cardiff pushed to salvage something from the game and had a strong shout for a penalty in stoppage time, but were forced to return home empty-handed.

Millwall to report alleged racism against Marvin Sordell

Millwall to report alleged racism to police after Sordell claim

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UPDATED:

10:27 GMT, 8 October 2012

Millwall have pledged to call in police to investigate claims that four Bolton players were subjected to racist abuse.

Bolton forward Marvin Sordell claimed on Twitter that he was taunted by fans at the London club's ground on Saturday as he warmed up as a substitute.

He also alleged that three other Bolton players were abused during the npower Championship fixture.

Claim: Marvin Sordell says he and other Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Claim: Marvin Sordell says he and other Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Scotland Yard have said no official complaint had been made, but that any allegations would be investigated.

A spokesman said: 'There has been no complaint made to us, but if any allegation of racist behaviour or chanting is made it will be investigated thoroughly.'

Sordell, who also plays for England Under 21s, said on the social networking site: 'It's 2012 in England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game! #shocking.'

In another entry, he claimed Lee Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe also suffered abuse.

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe (pictured) had been targeted too

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe (pictured) had been targeted too

He said: 'Chungy, Pratts, Benik and I had all sorts of things said to us. The police were standing yards away and did nothing.'

Both Millwall and Bolton are investigating the claims.

Millwall's statement said: 'The two clubs remain determined to do everything in their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

'We will be speaking to the police and
the match officials on this matter but no further comment will be made
until this process has been completed and the investigations have been
concluded.'

Bolton said it was working with
Millwall in the inquiry, and added: 'Both clubs remain determined that
racist behaviour or language will not be tolerated.'

Marvin Sordell claims Lee Chung-yong, Darren Pratley and Benik Afobe racially abused at Millwall

Police probe race claim after Sordell says Millwall fans abused Bolton players

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UPDATED:

21:29 GMT, 7 October 2012

Police have launched an investigation into Marvin Sordell’s claims that Bolton players were racially abused by Millwall supporters on Saturday.

Via Twitter, Sordell — who played for Team GB during London 2012 — accused Millwall fans of making racist jibes towards Lee Chung-yong, Darren Pratley, Benik Afobe and himself during Owen Coyle’s side’s 2-1 defeat at The Den.

And police chiefs are probing the allegations after Sordell also claimed officers did not intervene despite hearing the taunts.

Claim: Marvin Sordell says he and other Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Claim: Marvin Sordell says he and other Bolton players received racist abuse at Millwall

Sordell tweeted: ‘It’s 2012 in
England and people are still shouting racial abuse at a football game!
Chungy, Pratts, Benik and I had all sorts of things said to us. The
police were standing yards away and did nothing.

‘Funniest thing is, if I had come on and scored and gave them some back, I would be the one who got fined.’

Millwall have already started an
internal investigation into the alleged incident, examining CCTV
pictures and identifying possible witnesses as they look to get to the
bottom of the allegations.

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe (pictured) had been targeted too

Him too: Sordell also said team-mate Benik Afobe (pictured) had been targeted too

The south London club will hand lifetime bans to anyone found guilty of making racial slurs.

The FA are also investigating the
matter and a Lions statement read: ‘Millwall and Bolton Wanderers are
investigating allegations made by Bolton player Marvin Sordell that he
was subjected to racial abuse by an individual whilst warming up as a
substitute during Saturday’s Championship clash at The Den.

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

Sordell also said Lee Chung-Yong (left) was subjected to abuse at The Den

‘The two clubs remain determined to do everything in their power to ensure that racist behaviour will not be tolerated.

‘We will be speaking to the police and match officials on this matter.’

Bolton 2 Watford 1: Matt Mills scores as Wanderers win

Bolton 2 Watford 1: Wanderers benefit from Mills boon

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16:43 GMT, 15 September 2012

Matt Mills scored his first goal for Bolton as they bounced back from two consecutive defeats to beat Watford at the Reebok Stadium this afternoon.

The former Reading and Leicester defender struck early on, and Bolton captain Kevin Davies hit a second just before the break to give the home side some breathing space.

Net profit: Kevin Davies (2nd L) scores Bolton's second goal

Net profit: Kevin Davies (2nd L) scores Bolton's second goal

Watford fought back in the second half and Lloyd Doyley's cross-cum shot provided a tense finish for both sides.

Bolton went close after only two minutes but Manuel Almunia made a great save from Marcos Alonso's header and the ball was cleared off the line.

MATCH FACTS

BOLTON: Bogdan, Mears, Mills, Knight, Alonso, M Davies, Andrews (Pratley 66), Spearing, Eagles, K Davies, N'Gog (Afobe 59). Unused subs: Lonergan, Petrov, Ricketts, Sordell, Lee.

Goals: Mills 3, K Davies 42

Booked: Mears

WATFORD: Almunia, Doyley, Neuton, Nosworthy, Pudil, Yeates (Beleck 88), Hogg, Abdi (Smith 80), Murray (Forestieri 67), Iwelumo, Vydra. Unused subs: Bond, Cassetti, Chalobah, Ekstrand.

Goals: Doyley 58.

Booked: Doyley, Pudil.

Referee: E Ilderton

Att: 16,608

Gianfranco Zola's side didn't heed the warning though and were behind a minute later.

A Chris Eagles corner was well met by Mills and despite Almunia getting a hand to it, he could not keep it out.

Watford's first sight of goal came 10 minutes later but after moving infield, Mark Yeates dragged his shot, which was easily held by Adam Bogdan.

Owen Coyle's side went close to another as the first half wore on, but Almunia was quick off the line to stifle an David Ngog shot.

The striker was well into the action and just a minute later spared his side's blushes by clearing a Nyron Nosworthy header off the line from a Watford corner.

Bolton's Eagles continued to cause problems from set pieces, this time swinging in a dangerous cross that Davies could only head over but with three minutes to go to half-time, Bolton doubled their lead and once again, a ball into the box from Eagles did the damage, with Davies steering the cross into the far corner.

Yeates almost grabbed a goal back out of nothing before the break, but his speculative volley from the edge of the area cannoned back off the crossbar and Jay Spearing hooked the ball clear.

The first chance of the second half came after 50 minutes.

Ngog crossed to Davies but the ball was only half cleared into the path of Eagles and his rasping goalbound shot was diverted wide by Nosworthy, but Watford looked dangerous too, and a Daniel Pudil 20 yard drive went just wide of Bogdan's far post.

Watford were rewarded for their impressive start just before the hour mark after Doyley's cross eluded Bogdan and found the far corner, and the away side continued to press with Nosworthy going close again with a header from a Yeates corner but the defender could not hit the target.

Kevin Davies had a really good chance to calm the home supporters' nerves with 12 minutes to go after substitute Benik Afobe picked him out, but the Bolton captain could only head straight at Almunia, though Bolton were able to hang on for the points.

Bolton 0 Fulham 3: Clint Dempsey and Mohammed Diarra leave Trotters in trouble

Bolton 0 Fulham 3: Dempsey at the double to leave Trotters in trouble

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16:49 GMT, 7 April 2012

Clint Dempsey struck twice as Fulham dealt relegation-threatened Bolton's survival chances a blow.

The American took his season's tally to 21 with a superb free-kick and a firm header before Mahamadou Diarra wrapped up a convincing Barclays Premier League win at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton paid the price for a lacklustre first-half display and remain deep in trouble after their three-game winning run was brought to an end.

Look at me: Dempsey celebrates a victory for Fulham on the road

Look at me: Dempsey celebrates a victory for Fulham on the road

MATCH FACTS

Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Wheater, Ream, Alonso, Mark Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley (K Davies 46), Miyaichi (Eagles 46), Ngog (Klasnic 60), Petrov.

Subs not used: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Knight, Sordell.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff (Frei 83), Dembele, Diarra, Kacaniklic (Trotta 88), Ruiz (Etuhu 73), Dempsey.

Subs not used: Stockdale, Baird, Senderos, Davies.

Goals: Dempsey (30, 45), Diarra (80)

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 21,939

They had entered the game with confidence but must now regroup quickly for a tough trip to Newcastle on Monday.

The Trotters made just one change by replacing striker Ivan Klasnic with fit-again midfielder Darren Pratley.

That meant captain Kevin Davies was
again on the bench despite scoring on his last two appearances but
Bolton might have done with his aggression as they failed to take an
early grip.

Fulham were without veteran
midfielder Danny Murphy and new strike star Pavel Pogrebnyak but were
the more energetic with Damien Duff on song and Dempsey adding the
cutting edge.

The game's opening exchanges were
quiet and it was not until the 13th minute either side created a serious
opportunity as Bolton's David Ngog broke clear on the right only for
Ryo Miyaichi to side-foot over.

Pick that one out: Dempsey scores his first from a free-kick

Pick that one out: Dempsey scores his first from a free-kick

No stopping that: Dempsey beats Adam Bogdan with his free-kick

No stopping that: Dempsey beats Adam Bogdan with his free-kick

Duff found space outside the area to hit Fulham's first attempt on goal but his effort found only the side-netting.

Dempsey turned the ball into the net
for the first time after 24 minutes when a deflected Duff shot rolled
into his path but the flag was raised for offside.

But the American had better luck on the half-hour as he lined up a free-kick 30 yards out after Pratley fouled Diarra.

Rising high: Dempsey puts Fulham 2-0 up with a header

Rising high: Dempsey puts Fulham 2-0 up with a header

Dempsey was keen to take it ahead of
John Arne Riise and Bryan Ruiz and justified his confidence as he
connected sweetly to fire into the top corner.

Bolton were slow to respond and Fulham pushed them back again before Dempsey sliced well wide with an ambitious overhead kick.

The Trotters finally showed some intent as Marcos Alonso came forward but shot harmlessly at Mark Schwarzer from distance.

Martin Petrov then looked for Ngog with a cross but Aaron Hughes cleared and Nigel Reo-Coker also shot at Schwarzer.

Yet Fulham continued to look the more
dangerous in attack and doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time
as Duff beat Alonso on the outside and crossed to the back post for
Dempsey to head his second.

Jumping for joy: Clint Dempsey celebrates his first goal of the afternoon

Jumping for joy: Clint Dempsey celebrates his first goal of the afternoon

Bolton boss Owen Coyle attempted to
inject some urgency by sending on Davies and Chris Eagles for Pratley
and Miyaichi at the start of the second half.

The rewards were almost immediate as Alonso was tripped just outside the area and Eagles curled a free-kick narrowly wide.

Eagles then had a fierce shot from the edge of the area blocked after the ball came back to him from a corner he had taken.

No way through: Aaron Hughes beats David Ngog to the ball and clear to safety

No way through: Aaron Hughes beats David Ngog to the ball and clear to safety

Beating his man: Dempsey gets past David Wheater

Beating his man: Dempsey gets past David Wheater

Petrov tried to control an awkward ball from Davies but volleyed wide from 18 yards as Bolton continued to press for an opening.

Eagles clipped a cross into the area but Ngog collided with Davies and could not keep his header on target.

Bolton were almost caught out as Duff
again tricked his way past Alonso to get a clear sight of goal but Adam
Bogdan palmed away his low strike.

Showing his pace: Damien Duff beats Marcos Alonso to the ball

Showing his pace: Damien Duff beats Marcos Alonso to the ball

Ngog beat Brede Hangeland to race
towards the Fulham goal but was bundled off the ball by Riise on the
edge of the area and referee Mike Dean ignored his appeals for a
penalty.

Dempsey spurned a good chance to claim a hat-trick when he shot wide after finding room just inside the Bolton box.

Bolton ignored an injury to Ruiz to continue an attack but Fulham held firm.

Getting there first: Mahamadou Diarra beats Alonso to the ball to score

Getting there first: Mahamadou Diarra beats Alonso to the ball to score

Back of the net: Diarra sees the ball go in the back of the net

Back of the net: Diarra sees the ball go in the back of the net

Making sure of the points: Mahamadou Diarra celebrates with his team-mates after scoring Fulham's third goal

Making sure of the points: Mahamadou Diarra celebrates with his team-mates after scoring Fulham's third goal

The Costa Rican received treatment
when play was eventually stopped but was unable to continue and was
carried off and replaced by Dickson Etuhu.

Fulham ended the game as a contest 10
minutes from time as Riise burst clear unchecked on the left and
crossed low for Diarra to slide in a third.

Moussa Dembele threatened another with a good run in the closing moments but was crowded off the ball.

Fabrice Muamba news: Bolton will return to play Spurs in FA Cup

We WILL return to play Tottenham, insist Bolton as Muamba's family urge club to keep FA Cup run going despite horror collapse

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UPDATED:

14:00 GMT, 21 March 2012

Bolton will return to Tottenham to replay the FA Cup match with the blessing of Fabrice Muamba's fiancee and family.

They will make their first return to the pitch since his heart attack at White Hart Lane when they take on Blackburn this Saturday.

And they will then take on Spurs – in all likelehood on Tuesday – in the match which was abandoned after the horrific scenes last weekend.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle said: 'We spoke together with the players as a group this morning and I talked with Fabrice's family last night.

Star support: Lionel Messi wears a shirt for Fabrice Muamba before Barcelona's match with Granada

Visit: Emmanuel Adebayor arrives at the London Chest Hospital on Tuesday

Backing from the stars: Lionel Messi wears a tribute t-shirt on Tuesday night after Emmanuel Adebayor's visit

'Fabrice's father Marcel and his
fiance Shauna were keen that we fulfil our fixtures. Once the players
knew this, there was no doubt in our minds that we would play the
matches.'

It comes as Muamba's amazing recovery from a cardiac arrest has raised hopes he could make a top-flight comeback.

Bolton club doctor Jonathan Tobin, who visited Muamba on Tuesday evening, said: 'I'm glad to say that the early signs of recovery have continued. I went in and he said “Hi, doc”.

'I asked him how he was and he said “Fine”.'

'I explained to him what had happened,' he said. 'That's the sort of level of communication I have had with Fabrice.'

Support: Bolton team-mates Nigel Reo-Coker, Darren Pratley and Mark Davies visit on Tuesday

Support: Bolton team-mates Nigel Reo-Coker, Darren Pratley and Mark Davies visit on Tuesday

Tobin revealed that it took 15 shocks to get the player's heart started after he collapsed.

Speaking at the hospital in Bethnal
Green, east London, he told of his reaction when he first realised the
player was in trouble.

Going through his head was the
thought 'Oh my God, it's Fabrice', he said. He described how a paramedic
had held his hips as he stood in the ambulance trying to treat the
footballer on the way to the hospital.

Club sources admit they are
‘staggered’ by Muamba’s progress, while team-mates who visited him at
the London Chest Hospital left feeling like they had witnessed a
‘miracle’.

Coyle, who has kept a
bedside vigil since Muamba collapsed on Saturday evening, spoke to the
player on Tuesday.

Although Coyle urged caution over
Muamba, who is still in a serious condition in intensive care, he was
sufficiently encouraged by the player’s recovery to suggest he could get
back to the level at which he performed before the incident.

Leader: Bolton captain Kevin Davies arrives with his wife and child

Leader: Bolton captain Kevin Davies arrives with his wife and child

Asked if the doctors believe he could
make a full recovery, Coyle said: ‘They say that is something that has
happened before. Every case is individual and on its own merits.

‘The two things that Fabrice have
that can help him in this battle are that he is such a fit young man and
the life he’s had. He’s had to fight every step of the way in his young
journey, so those two things I am sure will stand him in good stead.
Football pales into insignificance at this moment, as we know, but he’s
an outstanding young individual and we pray that he gets back to that
level again.’

Players who visited Muamba on Tuesday
— including team-mates Kevin Davies, Darren Pratley, Nigel Reo-Coker
and Mark Davies, and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor — were said to
be amazed at the progress that he has made.

Back again: Bolton boss Owen Coyle paid another visit to his player Fabrice Muamba this morning

Back again: Bolton boss Owen Coyle paid another visit to his player Fabrice Muamba this morning

Couple: Fabrice Muamba with fiancee Shauna

Couple: Fabrice Muamba with fiancee Shauna

Adebayor said: ‘He’s much better, he can talk, that’s the most important thing for me. We almost lost him, today he’s with us again. Glory be to God. We just have to see how he reacts when he gets back on his feet.’

One source told Sportsmail: ‘The
players feel the progress Fabrice has made is nothing short of a
miracle. After what happened on Saturday, seeing Muamba speak and move
was not what they were expecting at all. The players were low after
Saturday but those who have visited him feel a lot more upbeat.’

Coyle added: ‘It’s early days, but I’ve spoken to Shauna, his partner, and his dad Marcel about it and where we all were on Saturday night, I would never have envisaged the improvement that has come. I was fortunate to see Fabrice and had a brief conversation. He has still got a long way to go but it’s encouraging.’

According to one friend, Muamba’s biggest concern after waking from his coma was how his team had done in the FA Cup quarter-final in which he collapsed.

Aime Esalo revealed the Bolton midfielder asked his father Marcel: 'Did we lose' Mr Esalo added: 'When he was told they were drawing, Fabrice asked why they had stopped the game and his father said, “Because of you”.'

Muamba’s improvement did not stop
Roberto Mancini hitting out on Thursday at what he believes are
inadequate medical standards in English football.

The Italian, whose Manchester City
side face Chelsea in the Premier League on Wednesday, said: ‘Here in
England is the best championship in the world — it’s fantastic — but we
need to improve the medical side for the players.

‘We need to screen the players more
often, maybe twice a year and more accurately. When I saw our medical
system, I was really worried when I arrived two years ago. I said that
we had to do it better.

‘It is better in Italy. The medicals
for all players are fantastic. The medicals are really strong in Italy
during pre-season, for every player, and they happen every six months.

Support: Football remained united behind Muamba as matches took place across the country

Support: Football remained united behind Muamba as matches took place across the country

Support: Football remained united behind Muamba as matches took place across the country

‘When I came here and saw all the
players in pre-season for their medical, I said to the doctor, “This is
not enough for the players”.

‘I felt it was a really light
medical. It is not enough. For me, it is not good. It’s impossible that
one young guy dies on the pitch because we didn’t do a medical
accurately.

‘I want that our players and all the
players in the Premier League can have a more accurate medical. Always,
not just once a year.’

Under current regulations, players in
England are given cardio checks as they work through the youth system.
However, this tends to stop when they reach maturity.

Mancini added: ‘In 2012, it can’t be
that something happens to a player like on Saturday. It is impossible.
This guy is 23. I hope that it will go very well for him and I pray for
him because this situation is impossible.’

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Shock: Owen Coyle and players from both sides show their concern for Fabrice Muamba

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe - a close friend of Muamba's - a show of support

Comfort: Gareth Bale gives Jermain Defoe – a close friend of Muamba's – a show of support

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence

Stunned spectators: White Hart Lane emptied in silence