Tuesday 24 September 2013, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Capital One Cup
Fulham FC
Berbatov 54'; Bent 68'
Naismith 12'

54' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov

68' Goal

Darren Bent
Assist by Giorgos Karagounis

16' Yellow Card

Scott Parker

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernando Amorebieta
Off:John Arne Riise

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Bent
Off:Adel Taarabt

12' Goal

Steven Naismith
Assist by Gerard Deulofeu

35' Yellow Card

Darron Gibson Card was given for a foul

79' Yellow Card

Seamus Coleman Card was given for a foul

84' Yellow Card

James McCarthy Card was given for a foul

90'+2 Yellow Card

John Stones Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Phil Jagielka
Off:Darron Gibson

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gareth Barry
Off:Johnny Heitinga

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin Mirallas
Off:Steven Naismith

A second-half turnaround from Fulham secured a 2-1 victory over Everton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.

A second-half turnaround from Fulham secured a 2-1 victory over Everton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.

After Steven Naismith had given the visitors the lead at Craven Cottage in the opening 45 minutes, the Whites put in an electric second-half performance that culminated in a first goal of the season for Dimitar Berbatov and a winner from substitute Darren Bent.

Everton had enjoyed the better of the first 45 but Martin Jol’s charges showed great passion and desire to fight back and were well worth the victory.

It was a first defeat of the season for the Toffees and means Fulham will be in the hat for the Fourth Round alongside the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

Jol made wholesale changes to the side that faced Chelsea three days previously, with Elsad Zverotić handed a debut at right-back in place of Sascha Riether. Berbatov returned to lead the line at the expense of Bent, while Philippe Senderos, John Arne Riise, Giorgos Karagounis and Adel Taarabt were all handed opportunities to impress from the start.

The visitors started with assurance and worked a half-chance on six minutes when Bryan Oviedo got in down the left before finding Naismith with a clipped cross but, thankfully, the Scotland international’s placed shot lacked the power to trouble David Stockdale.

John Heitinga – who was operating from a holding midfield role – tried his luck a minute later from range but Scott Parker got a decent block in to take the spice off the shot and make the save all the easier for Stockdale who scrambled to prevent the corner.

The Toffees were creating all the best chances and their clearest one arrived on 12 minutes when Romelu Lukaku played an inviting ball in behind Brede Hangeland for Naismith to latch onto, only for the forward to hit his shot too close to Stockdale who claimed at the second attempt.

Everton weren’t to be denied, though, and it was their liveliest player Naismith who grabbed the goal after sneaking behind the entire Fulham defence to collect Gerard Deulofeu’s clever pass before firing beyond the exposed Stockdale.

Parker was then booked four minutes later for attempting to pull back Deulofeu, although not until the ball went out of play as referee Martin Atkinson had played advantage.

Zverotić – who was getting forward to good effect – then created Fulham’s best chance from wide on the right when he whipped in a cross on his left foot. Berbatov met it cleanly and attempted to guide it beyond Joel Robles with his head, but his effort flew marginally wide of the post.

The Montenegrin defender was then in action at the other end on 20 minutes when Sylvain Distin’s header from a corner came back of the post and needed to be turned behind.

A fine pass from Taarabt a minute later then split the Everton defence wide open as Berbatov collected before rounding Robles, only to see a raised flag deny him an open goal. Replays showed that the decision was an incredibly close call.

Sublime skill from Deulofeu in the area demonstrated why he’s so highly regarded at parent club Barcelona, and he would probably have scored had Hangeland – who was the third man he was taking on in the area – not robbed him of the ball at the last moment.

The Whites should have equalised in the 26th minute when Berbatov met Karagounis’ corner with a strong leap, but his header sailed over Robles’ bar without causing the Everton stopper too much concern. Zverotić was continuing to impress in an attacking capacity and sent a venomous effort from a tight angle wide after hitting Alexander Kacaniklic’s cut-back first time.

Deulofeu was causing the Whites all manner of problems and a nifty run just before the half-hour mark resulted in him finding Naismith who rifled into the side-netting, before a powerful run but slightly skewed shot from Lukaku forced a save from Stockdale four minutes later.

A golden chance fell Riise’s way in the 34th minute when Berbatov waited for the opportune moment before laying the ball off. The Norwegian got plenty of power behind the effort but it was always rising and flew some way over Robles’ crossbar. Darron Gibson then followed Parker into Atkinson’s notebook following a crude challenge on Karagounis.

Everton came close to a highly contentious second in the 39th minute when Deulofeu fired wide. The Toffees had countered quickly after it was ruled that Berbatov had not been fouled at the other end of the pitch, even though Naismith completely wiped him out to nick the ball.

And the Spaniard tested Stockdale once more in the 44th minute but, again, it came after a dangerous challenge on a Fulham man – this time Riise – had been ignored.

Robles was forced into his first save of the game a minute later but he got his whole body behind Berbatov’s powerful bending shot to catch the ball with ease.

Fulham came out brightly in the second half and a neat interchange between Parker, Taarabt and Pajtim Kasami resulted in the latter smashing a dangerous low ball from the left that Everton just about managed to deflect away to safety.

Kacaniklic was denied by a superb fingertip stop from Robles in the 49th minute when Kasami showed clever skills to beat his man before playing the Swede in behind Oviedo. Kacaniklic sent the recovering defender this way and that before flashing in a shot that Robles did extremely well to push behind for a corner.

Zverotić then sent over an inviting cross that Kasami was able to nod down for Kacaniklic who was unmarked, but the winger got his volley all wrong as it skewed back the way it came rather than goalwards.

Fulham got the reward their rejuvenated display deserved in the 54th minute when Berbatov scored his first-ever goal in front of the Hammersmith End. Kasami had attempted to play the advancing Taarabt in and while Seamus Coleman did well to track his run, his tackle only succeeded in finding Berbatov who slotted beyond Robles with ease.

The enthusiastic Zverotić sent over another dangerous cross in the 61st minute which almost saw Distin head into his own net, before Berbatov sliced wide after a through ball from Parker – although it mattered little as offside had already been given.

Jol made his first change in the 63rd minute when Riise made way for Fernando Amorebieta, with Riise departing to boos from the travelling fans due to his history on the red half of Merseyside. And it wasn’t long before a second change was made when Bent came on for Taarabt.

And Bent almost made an immediate impact in the 66th minute when he collected a sublime cross-field pass from Parker. He struggled to control the ball owing to the pace of the pass but almost capitalised on Robles’ spillage.

But the striker didn’t have to wait long for his goal as he smacked one in two minutes later. After Parker had won a free-kick 35 yards from goal, Karagounis deceived everyone by feeding Bent down the left. The England man advanced a couple of paces before smashing a shot between Robles’ legs on his weaker left foot.

Roberto Martinez knew he needed to address Fulham’s renewed control over proceedings and so opted for a double change as Gibson and Heitinga left the field to be replaced by Gareth Barry and Phil Jagielka – Everton were now operating with three at the back.

Barry immediately began to get a foothold in proceedings and, after he’d won the ball in midfield, Everton worked it to Coleman just inside the area who hit a powerful first-time effort just wide of Stockdale’s far post.

Deulofeu further showed off his plethora of tricks in the 80th minute when he danced beyond Zverotić before clipping a shot towards the far post that didn’t quite have enough bend on it to find the back of the net. Everton then made their final change as Kevin Mirallas replaced goalscorer Naismith.

With time running out, the Toffees began to exert more pressure and Lukaku’s powerful strike on 82 minutes found a way under Stockdale, but the keeper was able to turn and collect before any damage was done.

And Stockdale was Everton’s nemesis again in the 89th minute when Mirallas’ ball across the face fell to Coleman who, with the goal gaping, hit it back across which allowed Stockdale to clear with his feet.

Karagounis cracked a vicious free-kick into the body of Robles in stoppage time in what proved to be the last chance of the game as the Whites went marching on in the cup.

Match Information

Competition: Capital One Cup

Date: Tuesday 24 September 2013
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 14,627

Referee: Martin Atkinson


Line-up: Stockdale; Zverotic, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise (Amorebieta 64'); Kacaniklic, Parker, Karagounis, Taarabt (Bent 65'); Kasami; Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Riether, Sidwell, Mesca, Rodallega

Manager: Martin Jol


Line-up: Robles; Coleman, Stones, Distin, Oviedo; Gibson (Jagielka 69'), Heitinga (Barry 69'); Deulofeu, McCarthy, Naismith (Mirallas 80'); Lukaku

Unused substitutes: Howard, Baines, Barkley, Jelavic

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 36Mesca
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 39Darren Bent
  • Martin Jol
Everton (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Joel Robles
  • 23Seamus Coleman
  • 26John Stones
  • 15Sylvain Distin
  • 8Bryan Oviedo
  • 4Darron Gibson
  • 5Johnny Heitinga
  • 10Gerard Deulofeu
  • 16James McCarthy
  • 14Steven Naismith
  • 17Romelu Lukaku
  • 24Tim Howard
  • 3Leighton Baines
  • 6Phil Jagielka
  • 11Kevin Mirallas
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 20Ross Barkley
  • 7Nikica Jelavic
  • Roberto Martinez
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
  • 94 That's it at Craven Cottage, where Fulham claim a 2-1 victory over Everton and earn a place in the Fourth Round of the Capital One Cup. Well done boys!
  • 92' John Stones is booked for a foul on Karagounis.
  • 90 We have four minutes of added time at Craven Cottage.
  • 88 Great save from Stockdale who dives to keep out Coleman's effort. Looked like Everton would level there!
  • 86 A nervy moment that, but Stockdale gets down well to palm the ball away from Mirallas' threat.
  • 83 Kaca breaks with pace and draws a foul from James McCarthy.
  • 82 Good play from Deulofeu and Lukaku, but Senderos denies Mirallas a shot at goal. Great block by the Switzerland international.
  • 81 Lukaku powers a strike at goal, Stockdale saves well again.
  • 79 Kevin Mirallas has replaced Everton goalscorer Naismith.
  • 78 Great play from Deulofeu who tricks his way beyond Senderos before firing a strike narrowly wide.
  • 78 Coleman is issued a yellow card for a foul on Berbatov.
  • 76 Superb delivery from Kasami from the right almost picks Berba out at the back post.
  • 75 Oviedo lifts a high ball into the Fulham box and Stockdale does well to claim.
  • 74 Lukaku backheels to Naismith, but Amorebieta shows his experience and composure by holding off the Everton threat.
  • 72 Barry and Deulofeu combine with the ball falling to Coleman on the right of the Fulham box. The right-back's strike flashes wide. That looked close!
  • 67 Phil Jagielka and Gareth Barry have replaced Heitinga and Gibson.
  • 67 Karagounis rolls a free-kick into the path of Darren Bent who keeps his cool to fire in angled drive from the left of the Everton box.
  • 66 Amorebieta drills in a cross from the left, Bent tries to direct the ball towards goal. Everton clear.
  • 65 A fine long pass from Parker almost frees Darren Bent, unlucky.
  • 64 Darren Bent replaces Taarabt.
  • 62 Riise off, Fernando Amorebieta on.
  • 59 Cool play from Riise who chests a dangerous cross from Naismith into the arms of Stockdale.
  • 57 Everton seek an immediate reply, and Senderos does well again to propel a move from the right flank.
  • 53 And it's Dimitar Berbatov with the goal, the Bulgarian finishing from close range with customary composure.
  • 51 Zverotic crosses from the right and Kasami heads the ball down. Kacaniklic can't direct his volley at goal though. Good play.
  • 50 Naismith races on to Robles' long clearance. Stockdale reads his run well and claims the ball with authority.
  • 48 Great run from Kaca, and an even better save from Robles to keep him out. Good start from the boys here.
  • 47 Parker and Taarabt combine, with the latter then driving towards goal. The ball almost falls into the path of Pajtim Kasami.
  • 46 And we're back underway at the Cottage with Fulham now attacking the Hammersmith End. COYW.
  • That's it for the first half, where Naismith's goal separates the two teams.
  • 44 Berbatov cuts in from the left, but his shot from distance is well held by Joel Robles.
  • 43 Good save from Stockdale who does well to get down to Deulofeu's low strike on the run.
  • 41 Clever skill from Taarabt, but just as he's about to pull the trigger Gibson makes an excellent block.
  • 40 Hangeland does well to carry the ball from deep. Kaca crosses and almost finds Berbatov at the back post.
  • 37 Everton break again and it's Deulofeu with that goes close. His stinging angled drive is edged away by a diving Stockdale.
  • 36 Berbatov and Parker work an opening for Taarabt, but the Moroccan can't keep his shot down. Good move, though.
  • 34 Darron Gibson is shown a yellow card for a late foul on Karagounis.
  • 33 Berbatov tees up Riise, but the left-back blazes over with the goal in sight. Great chance.
  • 31 Taarabt buys a bit of time and space on the edge of the Everton box, but our no.19 shoots off target.
  • 30 Gibson tries to cut through the Fulham defence with a clever low pass. Hangeland is one step ahead, and makes another important clearance.
  • 28 Deulofeu runs from deep before finding Naismith on the left of the Fulham box. The Scottish striker then fires against the side netting.
  • 27 Parker looks up before attempting a clever pass through the Everton defence. The ball can't find Berbatov's run though.
  • 25 Fantastic chance for the Whites as Karagounis delivers a corner from the left. Berba rises highest, but his header arrows over the bar.
  • 22 Deulofeu causes further problems when cutting in and beating Riise from the right. Hangeland has to make an excellent intervention to deny the young Spaniard.
  • 20 Everton go close, with John Heitinga almost turning in a corner from the left. #FFC
  • 17 Good cross from Elsad Zverotic who picks out Berbatov. The Bulgarian's header glances wide.
  • 15 Parker picks up the first booking of the game for a foul on Deulofeu.
  • 14 A teasing cross from Alexander Kacaniklic almost falls into the path of Dimitar Berbatov. John Stones is first to the ball and kicks to safety.
  • 12 But Naismith makes amends moments later when latching on to Deulofeu's pass and finishing beyond Stockdale.
  • 11 A threaded pass from Romelu Lukaku finds Naismith. Thankfully, Stockdale does well with a fine low save to keep the Everton striker out. Good chance for the visitors.
  • 10 Naismith floats in a cross from the left, Hangeland does well to head the ball clear.
  • 8 Lovely skill from Adel Taarabt leaves Seamus Coleman in his wake. But Everton snuff out the danger.
  • 6 Steven Naismith tries to steer Bryan Oviedo's cross from the left towards goal. David Stockdale saves with ease.
  • 5 Scott Parker is showing some clever early touches as well as his usual commitment in the tackle.
  • 2 Energetic start by both sides here, with Gerard Deulofeu seeing an early effort blocked well by Brede Hangeland.
  • 1 Here we go ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, Fulham v Everton.
  • Both teams are out at Craven Cottage, kick-off is imminent. COYW!