Fulham v Bolton Wanderers: Match Preview

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Fulham v Bolton Wanderers; Barclays Premier League; Craven Cottage; Saturday 17 December 2011; 15:00

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Mark Schwarzer has suffered a spinal injury for Fulham so David Stockdale has been recalled from his loan at Ipswich to play in goal.

Zdenek Grygera is a long term absentee with a cruciate knee ligament injury but central midfield duo Steve Sidwell and Danny Murphy may be fit to return.

Ivan Klasnic and Nigel Reo-Coker are ready to start for Bolton, whilst Sam Ricketts has an outside chance of playing after missing 10 months with a ruptured achilles tendon.

Wanderers have a number of players out and most will be for the foreseeable future. These names include Ricardo Gardner, Tyrone Mears, Lee Chung-Yong, Stuart Holden and Sean Davis.

Jol targets Fulham reaction

Martin Jol is looking to bounce back from Fulham's Europa League exit by leading the club to the upper echelons of the Barclays Premier League.

The ex-Spurs boss wants this side to be ruthless in front of goal and begin to climb up the table.

"The Premier League is our priority," explained the Dutchman. "I will try to get this club in the top 10 and then in the top eight, and maybe the top six. That's my mission.

"We have to fight until the end of the season. Hopefully we'll get 40 points as soon as possible and if you look at our performances in the League, and our goal record, they are completely different from other teams.

"We're always on the fringe doing something and sometimes it comes off, like it has against Arsenal, Wigan, Sunderland and Liverpool."

Fulham are just six points ahead of rock-bottom Bolton and Jol wants his side to start doing well against the teams in and around them.

"You need results against teams that are in a similar position in the League. It's not easy to play against the top sides but I think we have done well against the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool this season."

Opponents Bolton have lost 12 of their 15 Barclays Premier League games this term and Owen Coyle wants them to start the game well and break their worrying habit of going behind early on in games.

"There's certainly no getting away from the fact that when you are on a disappointing run then the next game becomes bigger," said the under-fire Trotters manager.

"We will go to Fulham and be positive and look to win. We need to be ready from the outset and not be chasing a game like we did for 45 minutes last weekend.future will be insignificant if we don't go and win games."

"The players have got to realise that we are not five or six games into the season. We've played 15 games and we want to stay in the Barclays Premier League. All the plans for longevity that we've made for the club and the future will be insignificant if we don't go and win games."


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