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Match report: Fulham v Bolton Wanderers

Bolton, demolished 4-0 at Craven Cottage by a Fulham side who have now won their last 3 games. A game that Dougie Freedman needed to win. Surely that is it for the current man in charge?

Clint Hughes

A tension could be felt in the air at Fulham Wednesday night as fans and executives alike rested their final hopes on Dougie Freedman, before the relegation place battle. One last chance, one final push to see if there is anything that could be salvaged from Freedman's time at the helm, and give us some hope that he is still the right man for the job...and then it began.

The whites (or maybe not the whites on this occasion, but you get what I mean) started the opening few minutes well, holding their own against what would prove to be a quality Fulham side and retaining possession comfortably. This comfort however would last a mere 4 minutes as Fulham had the ball in the back of Andy Lonergans net. Luckily enough Ross McCormack had strayed offside before unleashing his shot, but this gave supporters no hope for what was to follow. 9 minutes into the match Hugo Rodellega confirmed suspicions as he capitalised on a Matt Mills slip and fired the Londoners ahead.

This would spell the start of a terrible opening 45 minutes for the wanderers with Andy Lonergan having to pull two fantastic saves from the top draw just to keep Bolton in the game. The Fulham full backs were causing real problems down their respective flanks and we were struggling to get any real service to our target man Craig Davies. This Fulham dominance continued for the whole of the first half, but we kept solid and looked as if we would go into half time 1-0 down; at which point we could regroup and work on a strategy to get back into the game.

This was however only until the stroke of half time when left back Fernando Amorebieta gave Fulham a safety net with his header from the centre of the box following a well worked Bryan Ruiz set piece. Spirits sank as we went into the dressing room at half time 2-0 down, and looking like there was a mountain to climb in order to get anything from this game.

The introduction of Mark Davies, Jermaine Beckford and Joe Mason in the second half did see a small period of pressure being applied to the opposition, however this period was not to be long lived as Christensen smashed in Fulhams third from just inside the penalty area. Just like that it was over. And as you looked over at your fellow fan to see the look in their face everybody in Craven Cottage knew that this was no longer a competition.

The humiliation continued throughout the rest of the match as our chances of seeing a result had disappeared and Fulham were now playing for fun. Causing our defenders problems all day, every forward minded player in that Fulham side looked capable of scoring a goal. However the source of the final goal of the match would come from an unexpected source. Right back Tim Hoogland put his name on the score sheet on the 79th minute and thus concluded an awful night to be a Bolton fan. A night in which we couldn't muster one shot on target!

So as the full time whistle sounded and put an end to the suffering the question on every fans lips was 'Was that Dougie Freedmans last game in charge?' Well I certainly believe that it will have been. As much as I like to give every manager the chance to mould this football club into a successful team, I'm afraid I just can't put up with Freedmans negative tactics, poor line up's and excuse filled press conferences any longer. And so for the very first time I have ever said this...Freedman Out!