Saturday 7 January 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
FA Cup
Fulham FC
Dempsey 8', 61', (pen) 81'; Duff 87'
Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic

8' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Danny Murphy

61' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

81' Penalty

Clint Dempsey

87' Goal

Damien Duff
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff
Off:Kerim Frei

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Sidwell
Off:Danny Murphy

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Mousa Dembélé

34' Yellow Card

Danny Green Card was given for a foul

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cedric Evina
Off:Rhoys Wiggins

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Wagstaff
Off:Danny Green

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andy Hughes
Off:Danny Hollands

Fulham win 4-0 against Charlton Athletic.

Fulham made a dominant start to this FA Cup Third Round tie, with Mousa Dembele forcing a good one-handed save from John Sullivan on five minutes after the Whites had survived an early goalmouth scare.

Fulham’s early pressure reaped immediate dividends when Danny Murphy, who was on the receiving end of a chorus of boos from the visiting fans, clipped a pass into space for Clint Dempsey to run onto and place his finish past Sullivan on eight minutes.

Fulham’s main threat in the opening exchanges came from Kerim Frei on the left wing, with the tricky Academy graduate giving Chris Solly little rest.

Following a lull in activity, Charlton showed that they were not out of the game when Yann Kermorgant forced an outstanding save from David Stockdale after Bradley Wright-Phillips teed up his strike partner on the edge of the penalty area. Kermorgant’s clipped effort looked to be sailing inside the far post, but a fingertip save from Stockdale denied the Addicks’ front man – the follow-up was struck into the side netting.

An uncharacteristic error in judgement from Brede Hangeland on 24 minutes allowed Wright-Phillips to seize possession of the ball in the area and draw a save from Stockdale on the goal line. There were more nervy moments for the Whites’ back line when on 29 minutes a deep, diagonal cross to the back post found Danny Green available. The Charlton winger volleyed the ball back across the face of the six yard box – fortunately there was no one available to apply the finishing touch.

John Arne Riise tried his luck with a well-hit long range effort on 38 minutes that flew narrowly wide of Sullivan’s left hand upright. Fulham looked comfortable with their lead but Charlton were still capable of creating threatening opportunities.

Charlton made a strong start to the second-half, looking far more effective as an attacking force. Within the first 10 minutes following the break, the visitors had forced two dangerous corners and had David Stockdale under far greater pressure than in the first-half.

A deflected shot from Danny Murphy on 53 minutes called for a stunning diving save from John Sullivan – as Fulham threatened to extend their lead.

But the Addicks went straight back on the attack and only two vital saves from Stockdale kept Fulham’s lead intact. The Fulham stopper first did well to save Bradley Wright-Phillips’ driven effort with his feet before tipping a long-range thunderbolt from Kermorgant over the bar.

Martin Jol replaced Kerim Frei with Damien Duff shortly before the hour mark and Republic of Ireland international almost netted with this first effort on goal – hitting a curling left footed shot that Sullivan did well to keep out.

Fulham extended their lead on 61 minutes as Clint Dempsey grabbed his second of the match. Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz exchanged passes on the edge of the area before Dempsey broke through and chipped a smart finish over the grounded Sullivan and into the back of the net.

The goal appeared to break Charlton’s resistance and front that point on Fulham’s attacks were far more sustained. Fulham continued to press for a third, with Bobby Zamora going close on two occasions.

Charlton still threatened from set pieces, with their corner deliveries particularly dangerous.

Bryan Ruiz won a penalty for the Whites 79 minutes after being brought down by John Sullivan on the edge of the six yard box. Clint Dempsey completed his hat-trick – thundering the ball past the Charlton custodian.Damien Duff rounded off the scoring in the 86th minute when his deflected shot spun past a wrong-footed Sullivan.

The Whites maintained a firm grip on the game leading up to the final whistle and comfortably saw out the remaining minutes to ensure their place in the hat for the next round of the Cup.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Cup with Budweiser

Date: Saturday 7 January 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 20,317


Line-up: Stockdale; Stephen Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Murphy (Sidwell 81'), Dembélé (Kasami 85'); Frei (Duff 58'), Ruiz, Dempsey; Zamora

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Gecov, Sá

Charlton Athletic

Line-up: Sullivan; Solly, Morrison, Taylor, Wiggins (Evina 72'); Green (Wagstaff 72'), Hollands (Hughes 85'), Pritchard, Jackson; Wright-Phillips, Kermorgant

Unused substitutes: Pope, Cort, Hayes, Euell

Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 9Orlando Sá
Charlton Athletic (4-4-2)
  • 13John Sullivan
  • 20Chris Solly
  • 5Michael Morrison
  • 6Matt Taylor
  • 16Rhoys Wiggins
  • 7Danny Green
  • 19Danny Hollands
  • 14Bradley Pritchard
  • 4Johnnie Jackson
  • 10Bradley Wright-Phillips
  • 18Yann Kermorgant
  • 30Nick Pope
  • 3Cedric Evina
  • 28Leon Cort
  • 2Andy Hughes
  • 11Scott Wagstaff
  • 9Paul Hayes
  • 17Jason Euell