Andrew Johnson made his Fulham debut but it was two other summer arrivals who starred as Roy Hodgson's side survived a late scare in beating Bolton 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
Zoltan Gera opened his account with an emphatic 15th-minute finish and Bolton cracked for a second time when Bobby Zamora pounced shortly before half-time.
Kevin Davies took advantage of a moment of hesitancy in Fulham's defence to pull a goal back with nine minutes to go as Bolton struck out of the blue.
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