Dempsey stars in Cottagers win
Published 27/04/2011 | 22:02
Clint Dempsey's majestic performance gave Fulham a 3-0 victory against Bolton and helped the midfielder into the club's record books.
The America international capped a wonderful first-half performance 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 break Fulham's club record for most Premier League goals by a single player, before Brede Hangeland stooped in to head home the Cottagers' third.
The visitors that 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.
Dempsey soon broke the deadlock, superbly rifling home a half-cleared corner into the top corner.
Fulham's excellent first half period could have been tempered just before the break when Tamir Cohen found space to rifle a goalbound shot from eight yards, but Mark Schwarzer held the ball to quell the home faithful's fears.
Fulham started the second period in similarly impressive fashion and almost doubled their advantage through Moussa Dembele's 22-yard drive, which was deflected onto the bar and out.
The home side did not have to wait long for a second, though, as Dempsey tapped home Eidur Gudjohnsen's flick-on in the 48th minute.
The Fulham onslaught continued, and after Simon Davies saw a shot well-blocked by Zat Knight, the third came from a set piece.
Danny Murphy's pinpoint free-kick was met on the penalty spot by Hangeland, whose header flew into the top right-hand corner with 25 minutes remaining.