Bolton miss chance; Fulham hold Boro

Associated Press

London, April 20:

Bolton missed a chance to move into fourth place with a 1-1 draw against Southampton in the Premier League. Also, Middlesbrough scored late in a 1-1 draw with Fulham, equalising on a controversial injury-time penalty by Boudewijn Zenden.

Bolton took a 1-0 lead on Stelios Giannakopoulos’ 25th-minute goal. A victory would have moved Bolton into fourth, but Southampton’s Kevin Phillips equalised in the 69th on a half-volley that beat Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Bolton stayed in fifth place with 53 points. Chelsea leads with 81, followed by Arsenal (71), Manchester United (67) and Everton (54). Liverpool is in sixth with 51.

In the battle for fourth place, Everton has played two fewer games than Bolton. Southampton moved out of relegation with 28 points, the same as West Brom. Southampton has a better goal difference, but has played two more games.

Middlesbrough got a point it probably didn’t deserve in its 1-1 draw. Fulham outplayed Boro for the entire game, with Brian McBride scoring in the 82nd for a 1-0 lead. But Boro equalised in second-half injury time on a disputed penalty.

Referee Rob Styles awarded the penalty when Fulham goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was called from tripping Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

A TV replay showed the foul occurred out of the area. The draw improved Fulham to 35 points, seven clear of the final relegation spot. Boro improved to 46.