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Dempsey at the double for Fulham

Fulham 3 Bolton Wanderers 0: Clint Dempsey scored twice in a majestic performance that handed Fulham a 3-0 Barclays Premier League victory against Bolton.

The USA international started the ball rolling in the first half with a superb strike, hooking in a half-cleared corner into the top corner.

Dempsey then nabbed his second of the evening three minutes after the break to see him become Fulham's top scorer in the Premier League era, his 33rd strike taking him past Steed Malbranque and Brian McBride before Brede Hangeland stooped in to head home the Cottagers' third.

The victory extended Fulham's unbeaten run at Craven Cottage to seven matches, during which they have picked up 19 points out of a possible 21.

Fulham's last home defeat came at the hands of West Ham on Boxing Day, which left them facing a potential relegation battle.

However, last night's victory has pushed Mark Hughes' side to ninth in the table, all-but securing Premier League survival in the process.

The visitors started the stronger and were unfortunate not to break the deadlock within the opening minute.

Kevin Davies' pass from the right found Johan Elmander, whose neat turn and pass was flicked on by Matt Taylor to Fabrice Muamba, who somehow missed from six yards out.

The chance seemed to snap the home side into life, with Jussi Jaskelainen forced into a low save from Dempsey's low drive two minutes later.

Dempsey's fine start continued and he broke the deadlock, superbly rifling home a half-cleared corner into the top corner.

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