Tuesday 14 January 2014, 7:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
FA Cup
Fulham FC
Bent 16'; Dejagah 41'; Sidwell 68'
Norwich City
Norwich City

16' Goal

Darren Bent
Assist by Pajtim Kasami

41' Goal

Ashkan Dejagah
Assist by Alexander Kacaniklic

68' Goal

Steve Sidwell
Assist by Sascha Riether

71' Yellow Card

Giorgos Karagounis

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moussa Dembele
Off:Darren Bent

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Steve Sidwell

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Muamer Tankovic
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Off:Nathan Redmond

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luciano Becchio
Off:Johan Elmander

Fulham eased into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup after a comfortable Third Round Replay win in SW6.

Fulham eased into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup with Budweiser after a comfortable Third Round Replay win over Norwich City.

After Nathan Redmond had seen an early shot saved by Maarten Stekelenburg and Robert Snodgrass had hit the bar, Fulham took control.

Just as he did in the original tie, Darren Bent opened the scoring, firing in from Pajtim Kasami’s cross in the 16th minute, before Ashkan Dejagah doubled the home side’s advantage just before the break.

There were a couple of nervy moments in the second half for Fulham but Steve Sidwell made sure of a spot in the next round at Sheffield United on Sunday 25th February when he headed home Sascha Riether’s pin-point cross in the 68th minute.

There was even time for René Meulensteen to hand Cottage debuts to youngsters Moussa Dembélé, Lasse Vigen Christensen and Muamer Tankovic in the second half.

Head Coach Meulensteen made nine changes to his starting XI from the side that lost 4-1 at home to Sunderland on Saturday. The main team news was that Captain Brede Hangeland was back in the side for the first time since the away win at Crystal Palace in October following following surgery to address a nerve problem in his right leg. Stekelenburg also returned following an ankle injury, while Dan Burn made his home debut.

Norwich almost took the lead with the first attack of the game in the third minute. Firstly Redmond was slipped in behind Kieran Richardson but saw his shot from a tight angle beaten away by Stekelenburg. Fulham failed to clear their lines and the ball eventually found its way to Snodgrass who cut inside before hitting a curling effort from the edge of the box which beat Stekelenburg but came back off the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Hangeland slipped to allow Johan Elmander in down the left-hand side but his cross towards the waiting Snodgrass was cut out by a sliding Giorgos Karagounis.

Fulham’s first attempt on goal came in the 10th minute when Sidwell collected Dejagah’s pass but saw his effort from 20 yards fly straight into the arms of Mark Bunn.

And it was Fulham who went in front in the 16th minute. Riether played Kasami in down the right and his pull-back from the byline was given the merest of flicks by Dejagah into the path of Bent who buried his shot from 10 yards past Bunn.

Bent almost got a toe onto a fierce Riether drive from distance in the 23rd minute, before Russell Martin’s clearance went straight to Alexander Kačaniklić on the halfway line. The Fulham winger ran at the Norwich defence but fired his shot weakly at Bunn from the edge of the area.

It was 2-0 to Fulham in the 40th minute, however. A clearance by Bunn, under pressure from Kačaniklić, went to Bent 40 yards from goal. He headed it forwards where it was collected by Karagounis. Suddenly an attack was on and the Greek midfielder played a brilliant measured pass to send Kačaniklić in behind, with the Swede’s pull-back thumped home gleefully by Dejagah from close range. It was the final moment of note of a comfortable first half for Fulham, the first few minutes aside.

Norwich made a change at the break, with £8.5m man Ricky van Wolfswinkel replacing Redmond as the Canaries threw another striker into the mix.

As the rain fell down in SW6, City started the second half brightly. A brilliant run by Snodgrass saw him jink his way to the byline but his cross was cut out by the outstretched boot of Stekelenburg as van Wolfswinkel lay in wait.

Just after the hour mark, Sebastien Bassong peeled away from his marker to meet Snodgrass’ deep free-kick at the far post but couldn’t get enough on his header and Stekelenburg was able to claim the ball with relative ease.

Having taken the sting out of the Norwich response, Fulham made it 3-0 in the 68th minute with their first real attack of the second period. Kačaniklić’s cross was just out of reach of Dejagah but the ball stayed alive and Kasami fed Riether whose superb delivery from the right was met at the back stick by Sidwell who powered a header past Bunn for his sixth goal of the season and third in as many games.

Karagounis was booked shortly afterwards for a shirt pull on Bradley Johnson, before Stekelenburg saved a bouncing Snodgrass shot at the second attempt after a spot of pinball in the Fulham box.

Fulham made their first change in the 78th minute and it was home debut for Dembélé as he replaced Bent, before Christensen came on for Sidwell shortly afterwards for his Cottage bow.

Kačaniklić forced Bunn into a save with a low effort in the 86th minute, before he made way in Fulham’s final change as Tankovic entered the fray for another home debut and the Whites saw out the remaining moments to book their place at Bramall Lane.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Cup with Budweiser

Date: Tuesday 14 January 2014
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 11,172

Referee: Lee Mason


Line-up: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Karagounis, Sidwell (Christensen 84'); Dejagah, Kasami, Kacaniklic (Tankovic 87'); Bent (Dembele 79')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Hughes, Rodallega, Dempsey

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen

Norwich City

Line-up: Bunn; Whittaker, Martin, Sébastien Bassong, Garrido; Fox, Johnson; Redmond (van Wolfswinkel 45'), Snodgrass, Josh Murphy; Elmander (Becchio 68')

Unused substitutes: Ruddy, Ryan Bennett, Fer, Hoolahan, Jacob Murphy

Manager: Chris Hughton

Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 37Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 32Clint Dempsey
  • 43Muamer Tankovic
  • 45Moussa Dembele
  • Rene Meulensteen
Norwich City (4-2-3-1)
  • 13Mark Bunn
  • 3Steven Whittaker
  • 2Russell Martin
  • 5Sébastien Bassong
  • 18Javier Garrido
  • 25David Fox
  • 4Bradley Johnson
  • 22Nathan Redmond
  • 7Robert Snodgrass
  • 31Josh Murphy
  • 16Johan Elmander
  • 1John Ruddy
  • 24Ryan Bennett
  • 10Leroy Fer
  • 14Wes Hoolahan
  • 32Jacob Murphy
  • 9Ricky van Wolfswinkel
  • 19Luciano Becchio
  • Chris Hughton
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross
  • Fulham 3-0 Norwich. Sidwell's header wraps up the win after Bent and Dejagah's first-half goals, as the Whites march into the FA Cup Fourth Round.
  • 89 Karagounis finds Dembélé, who lines up a 25-yard shot on goal, but the Frenchmann drags the ball left and wide of the post.
  • 87 Fulham's final substitution is made, and Kačaniklić is withdrawn for Tankovic, coming on for his First Team debut.
  • 86 A good Whites move, switched from right to left, culminates in Dembélé setting up Kačaniklić to shoot, but Bunn gets down to save.
  • 84 It's another home debut for the Whites, as Sidwell makes his way off to applause, and his replacement is Christensen.
  • 82 Dejagah sneaks in behind his marker to collect Riether's throw-in and flashes a half volley across goal, just above the head of Dembélé.
  • 79 That's Bent's final action of the game, he is substituted for a home debut for 17-year-old Dembélé.
  • 75 The three-goal deficit isn't stopping Norwich, who are unrelenting in their search for a consolation. Good play on the left, however, is cut out by Riether.
  • 72 A couple of deliveries into the penalty area cause problems for the Whites. Hangeland gets in a block, and Snodgrass turns the ball goalwards. Stekelenburg claims it at the second attempt.
  • 70 Norwich are committing players forward and Bent breaks, playing Kačaniklić through on the left. He tries to return the favour but Whittaker gets in a vital block.
  • 69 Karagounis is shown a yellow card for a shirt-pull on Johnson.
  • 68 Fulham 3-0 Norwich. Sidwell powers in Riether's cross at the far post, after Dejagah was denied a goal by Bassong's last-ditch block.
  • 65 A good ball into the box by Richardson causes Bunn to spill his catch, under pressure from Kasami, and the keeper gathers quickly as Bent approaches.
  • 63 The Whites continue to soak up some of the visitors' attacking play. A trip from Sidwell leads to a free-kick, which is sent across by Snodgrass and Bassong heads at Stekelenburg.
  • 59 A strong challenge from Karagounis stems Norwich's flow and Dejagah almost breaks free from a ball over the top, but it runs on in the wet conditions.
  • 54 Kačaniklić's turn of pace leaves Whittaker floored and Sidwell crosses looking for Bent, but Bunn is out quickly to claim.
  • 49 Hangeland makes an important block to deny the sub van Wolfwinkel inside the box, then Stekelenburg stretches with his foot to stop Snodgrass' cross.
  • 46 One change for the Canaries at the interval, van Wolfswinkel replaces Redmond.
  • Norwich get the second half started, as they seek to get back into this cup tie.
  • Bent and Dejagah's close-range strikes have given the Whites a two-goal cushion at the break after a strong first-half display.
  • 45 Martin climbs highest from Snodgrass' corner but the Norwich skipper cannot angle his header on target.
  • 41 Fulham 2-0 Norwich. Dejagah is on the spot to convert Kačaniklić's well-weighted square ball into the roof of the net.
  • 38 It's become a midfield battle in the last five minutes, with neither side managing to carve out a chance in the final third.
  • 33 Kačaniklić is quickest to a stray pass again, bursting through the midfield and charging towards goal. He tries a shot but the connection is tame and Bunn saves easily.
  • 32 Norwich are keeping hold of the ball, until a loose pass allows Kačaniklić to counter and feed Bent perfectly, but he's forced wide and closed out.
  • 28 Kačaniklić outpaces Whittaker from Richardson's pass and crosses for Bent, but the goalscorer cannot control and Martin clears.
  • 25 The Whites keep the pressure on and Riether receives the ball with space to run in to. He takes aim from distance and his shot whistles just wide.
  • 24 Sidwell receives the ball in acres of space and finds Kačaniklić. He shows determination to dribble past three Norwich defends but is eventually crowded out.
  • 22 Smart work in the final third by Kasami makes space on the left for Richardson to cross, but Norwich stand firm this time.
  • 18 Burn stretches well to cut out a through ball and turnover possession for the Whites. Superb athleticism from the youngster.
  • 16 Fulham 1-0 Norwich. Bent lashes the ball past Bunn from Kasami's pull back, after a fine moving involving Riether and Dejagah.
  • 13 Good control and fast feet by Dejagah buys a free-kick from Garrido's challenge. Kasami slams the dead ball at goal but it's straight at Bunn.
  • 11 Nice composed touch under pressure by Burn to keep possession, and Dejagah makes progress on the right. He feeds Sidwell, whose strike is well held by Bunn.
  • 9 The visitors are enjoying possession of the ball at the moment, with Hangeland intercepting with a strong tackle on the left.
  • 7 Another confident touch for Stekelenburg, going down to collect Elmander's low struck shot from just inside the box.
  • 5 Kačaniklić's pace seems to be a good early outlet for Fulham. The young Swede almost gets in behind the Canaries defence for a second time.
  • 3 The Whites' goal is seeing some serious action early on. Stekelenburg shakes off any rust straight away with a reflex save with his feet to deny Redmond, then Snodgrass bends an effort which cannons back off the crossbar.
  • 1 The Whites get us started, with Stekelenburg getting an early touch of the orange FA Cup ball to ease himself into the game.
  • Out walk the Whites, for the first time in three months, led by Captain Brede Hangeland. We're moments away from kick-off at Craven Cottage.
  • Only four players who start today were in the Whites starting line-up from the Third Round tie at Carrow Road ten days ago. Burn, Kasami, Kačaniklić and Bent.
  • Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg also makes his first appearance of 2014, following a four week lay-off with an ankle injury.
  • Among nine changes for the Whites is a home debut for Dan Burn, who will be paired up at centre-half with returning Captain, Brede Hangeland, following his recovery from a back problem.
  • René Meulensteen retains only two players from Saturday's game, with Steve Sidwell and Sascha Riether keeping their places.
  • Substitutes: Stockdale, Hughes, Dempsey, Rodallega, Christensen, Tankovic, Dembélé.
  • Whites Team: Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Hangeland, Richardson; Sidwell, Karagounis; Dejagah, Kasami, Kačaniklić; Bent.
  • The Whites welcome Norwich City to Craven Cottage for this FA Cup Third Round Replay, with a trip to Sheffield United in Round Four at stake.