Bottom club Bolton Wanderers were withing five minutes of getting all three points against managerless Fulham, but Ross McCormack struck a late free-kick to rescue a point for the visitors.
Bolton are five points adrift at the bottom of the Championship, and haven’t won a game since the 12th of September, so really need to start picking up points or it will be too late to survive the drop.
Fulham may have rescued the point, but it was not the best display from the London club and when a new manager takes over, he will have plenty to do defensively if Fulham are to mount a serious challenge for the top-six.
The visitors took the lead through full-back Luke Garbutt on the 28th minute, but holding on to a lead seems to be the Achilles heel of Fulham and, after half time, Bolton came out and put the visitors under pressure, with Zac Clough scoring a brace to put the home side ahead.
The home side looked like they had the three points in the bag as Fulham failed to break down the home side, then on the 85th minute the Fulham captain and top scorer McCormack stepped up and scored a wonderful free-kick to take his tally to 14 goals for the season.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies three things that we learned from the 2-2 draw…
1) Fulham can score, but can not defend
Whoever takes charge at Craven Cottage needs to organise and probably invest in the defensive qualities of the team.
On numerous occasions, Fulham have been in the lead and have been pegged back – scoring is what they do best with defensive duties looking like an after thought. They have already conceded 39 goals this season, the most of any team in the division.
The Bolton goals were preventable on Saturday.
2) Bolton will go down
It was a spirited performance from the Trotters, and probably deserved all three points.
Unfortunately though, time is running out and although it was a good performance, it was against a rudderless team.
They can not invest in new players until the financial situation is resolved, so it has to be hard work and team spirit that will keep them up.
The festive period will be critical. Bolton’s next game is against fellow strugglers Rotherham United, and then they have two home games and thus must pick up wins or they will surely go down.
3) Fulham must keep hold of Ross McCormack
Although Fulham are in 18th, I don’t really see them being dragged into the relegation battle, as long as they keep their captain and leading scorer McCormack.
His 14 goals have got them out of trouble on more than one occasion this season, and will likely continue to if they do not sort their defence out.
If Fulham let him go in January, I can see them struggling, but keep him and then the new manager sorts out the defence, and quickly they could be that one team that has a late dash for the play-offs.
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