Monday 26 February 2018

Dempsey on the double for Cottagers

Fulham 3
Bolton 0

Clint Dempsey scores Fulham's first goal. Photo: Getty Images
Clint Dempsey scores Fulham's first goal. Photo: Getty Images

Simon Peach

Clint Dempsey's majestic performance drove Fulham to a comfortable victory over Bolton and helped the midfielder into the club's record books.

Dempsey's goals either side of the break saw him equal and then surpass Fulham's club record for most Premier League goals, lifting Mark Hughes' side to the safety of ninth place in the process.

The visitors started the stronger and were unfortunate not to break the deadlock within the opening minute as Fabrice Muamba somehow missed from six yards out. Fulham hit back as Dempsey set up Eidur Gudjohnsen in the box, only for the Icelandic striker to scuff the ball over the bar, and also went close himself.

The American soon broke the deadlock however, superbly rifling home a half-cleared corner into the top corner. The 15th-minute volley was almost followed up minutes later by a second, although this time the midfielder could not keep his shot down.

Dempsey added his record-clinching second three minutes after the break as he turned in Simon Davies' low cross.

Brede Hangeland then put the result firmly beyond doubt when he thumped home a header from Danny Murphy's free-kick on 65 minutes.

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