Fulham were held at home by Bolton Wanderers this evening as Paul Bracewell’s side lost more ground in the First Division promotion race.
The Whites were eager to make up for losing at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday but made the worst possible start at Craven Cottage – falling behind with fifteen minutes on the clock. Sam Allardyce’s side took the lead when a strong run through midfield from Claus Jensen culminated with the Danish midfielder picking out Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen. The blonde-haired forward checked inside onto his right foot inside the area and curled an unstoppable finish past the despairing dive of Maik Taylor in the Fulham goal.
The hosts took only three minutes to draw level when Peschisolido was brought down by Jussi Jaaskelainen after a mistake at the back by Mike Whitlow. The Canadian international stepped up himself to send power the penalty past the Bolton goalkeeper in the bottom left corner but the Londoners struggled to break down a well-drilled Wanderers defence after that. Jaaskelainen pulled off fine late saves from substitutes Karl-Heinze Riedle and Barry Hayles to ensure that Allardyce’s battlers went home with a share of the spoils.
FULHAM (5-3-2): M. Taylor; Uhlenbeek (Riedle 81), Brevett, Melville, Symons, Coleman; Davis, Hayward, Clark; Horsfield (Hayles 81), Peschisolido (Cadamarteri 81). Subs (not used): Hahnemann, Morgan.
GOAL: Peschisolido (pen 18).
BOLTON WANDERERS (5-3-2): Jaaskelainen; Whitlow, Aljofree, Fish, Bergsson, Phillips (Holden 57); Johansen (O’Kane 35), Jensen, Gardner; Hansen (B. Taylor 75), Gudjohnsen. Subs (not used): Glennon, Strong.
BOOKED: Whitlow, B. Taylor.
GOAL: Gudjohnsen (15).
REFEREE: Anthony Butler (Sutton-in-Ashfield).