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Sky Bet Championship: Fulham beat Bolton 4-0 at Craven Cottage

Fulham leapfrogged opponents Bolton at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table after recording a comfortable 4-0 win at Craven Cottage.

Kit Symons passed his latest audition to land the Fulham manager's job - and left old friend Dougie Freedman clinging on to his.

Goals from Hugo Rodallega, Fernando Amorebieta, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Tim Hoogland secured a comprehensive victory over a Bolton side who have won just once in 10 outings to pile the pressure on boss Freedman.

Craven Cottage chairman Shahid Khan, stung by his disastrous appointment of Felix Magath, this week assembled a five-man panel to help him choose the club's next manager.

But while the Fulham Five - ex-captains Danny Murphy and Brian McBride, former Sunderland striker, manager and chairman Niall Quinn, academy boss Huw Jennings and season-ticket holder David Daly - weigh up the options, the obvious candidate appears to be already in the dug-out.

Since taking over from Magath, former Cottagers defender Symons has guided previously winless Fulham to back-to-back league victories and off the foot of the Championship.

The outlook is bleak for Symons' ex-Crystal Palace team-mate Freedman, though, as his side have now slipped below Fulham in the table and the fans are calling for him to be axed.

Fulham, clearly buzzing after breaking their win duck at Birmingham on Saturday, had the ball in the net inside three minutes but Ross McCormack was offside as he struck at the far post.

They did not have to wait long to grab the lead, however, with Rodallega taking advantage of a defensive slip from Matt Mills to find the net in the ninth minute.

McCormack was the provider, chipping hopefully into the penalty area from where Mills would have hooked the ball clear had his standing foot not given way, allowing Rodallega to slot past Andy Lonergan for his third goal of the season.

It was almost two moments later when winger Konstantinos Stafylidis' 20-yard drive was tipped onto the post by Lonergan.

Bolton rallied briefly as the first half wore on but the closest they came to an equaliser was a volley from Darren Pratley which grazed the crossbar.

Instead Fulham doubled their advantage in first-half stoppage time when Bryan Ruiz crossed into the area and full-back Amorebieta powerfully headed home.

Bolton looked a beaten team as they came out after the break and so it proved as Fulham piled on the misery, Rodallega squaring for Danish youngster Christensen to tap in his first goal for the club in the 67th minute.

Hoogland got in on the act with 11 minutes remaining, taking a square pass from George Williams and burying it past Lonergan into the bottom corner, leaving both managers to ponder their futures for very different reasons.

Headlines for Bolton this week

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  • Sky Bet Championship: Fulham beat Bolton 4-0 at Craven Cottage

  • Fulham leapfrogged opponents Bolton at the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table after recording a comfortable 4-0 win at Craven Cottage.

  • Bolton boss Dougie Freedman takes the blame for the club's poor results

  • Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman is taking full responsibility for the club's poor run of results that has seen them drop into the relegation zone.

  • Transfer news: Championship and League One clubs chase Bolton's Rob Hall

  • A number of Championship and League One clubs are battling it out to land Bolton forward Rob Hall on loan, Sky Sports understands.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bolton defender Kevin McNaughton calls for unity

  • Kevin McNaughton admits unrest among Bolton supporters is having an effect on the less experienced players at the Championship club.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Bolton defender Kevin McNaughton takes heat off Dougie Freedman

  • Bolton defender Kevin McNaughton has insisted the players are to blame for the club’s poor start to the season, not boss Dougie Freedman.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Chris Martin scores twice as Derby cruise past Bolton

  • Chris Martin caused former boss Dougie Freedman double trouble as Derby extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 2-0 Championship victory at Bolton.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Derby manager Steve McClaren backs under-fire Bolton boss Dougie Freedman after win

  • Steve McClaren gave Dougie Freedman a welcome confidence boost after Derby's 2-0 Sky Bet Championship win heaped pressure on the under-fire Bolton boss.

  • Capital One Cup: Chelsea beat Bolton 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to reach fourth-round

  • A long-range strike by Oscar helped Chelsea edge past Bolton 2-1 at Stamford Bridge as they reached the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

  • Capital One Cup: Chelsea assistant Steve Holland pleased with Bolton win

  • Chelsea assistant first-team coach Steve Holland reflected positively on the 2-1 Capital One third-round defeat of Bolton, despite the Blues missing a host of chances and seeing their defensive frailties exposed.

  • Capital One Cup: Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman relishing Chelsea clash

  • Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman has said that his players will not be intimidated by Chelsea.

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