Ruiz stars as Fulham beats visiting Bolton 2-0
Costa Rica striker Bryan Ruiz scored one goal and set up another
Saturday to give Fulham a 2-0 Premier League win over visiting
United States international Clint Dempsey headed in a
32nd-minute opener from a cross by Ruiz, who chipped the ball over
goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen just 66 seconds later to extend the
west London side’s advantage.
Bolton played well in the second half but failed to find a way
past the home side’s resolute defense and stays bottom of the
The most prolific American scorer in England’s top division with
38 career goals, Dempsey has five Premier League goals this season
and another three in other competitions.
Dempsey surpassed the record of 36 he shared with former Fulham
striker Brian McBride when he scored in a 1-0 win over Liverpool on
Dec. 5. He scored again Wednesday in a 2-2 Europa League draw with
Odense and beat Dedryck Boyata to Ruiz’s right-wing cross to put
Fulham ahead on Saturday.
”He scores so many goals,” Fulham manager Martin Jol said.
”I’m very happy with him.”
The roles were reversed when the United States international
passed to Ruiz, who showed composure and vision to lift the ball
over the onrushing Jaaskelainen.
Bolton impressed in flashes after the break but was unable to
avoid a 13th league defeat as Fulham held out for a seventh clean
sheet of the campaign.