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Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers will go again in the FA Cup after their Third Round meeting at Craven Cottage ended 0-0.
In a game of few good chances, Hugo Rodallega twice went close with overhead kicks in the first half, while Leon Clarke missed an open goal for the visitors.
It was a similar story after the break as both sides struggled to create any clear cut openings, although Rodallega did fire into the side-netting for Fulham and Marcus Bettinelli had to make a couple of saves at the other end.
The two teams will now meet in a Replay at Molineux to determine who advances to the Fourth Round.
Kit Symons made two changes to the side that tasted defeat at home to Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday. Lasse Vigen Christensen made his comeback from injury ahead of schedule at the expense of Emerson Hyndman, while Cauley Woodrow was preferred to George Williams who took his place amongst the substitutes.
The first sniff of goal arrived six minutes in when Christensen galloped forward having collected a cushioned Ross McCormack header, before sliding Rodallega in to his right. The Colombian drilled in an effort that took a big deflection to cause a problem for Carl Ikeme, but the Wolves goalkeeper adjusted his positioning well to pluck the ball from the air.
The first card of the afternoon was awarded on 16 minutes to Fulham Captain Scott Parker who was adjudged to have slid in too aggressively on Bakary Sako.
A Clarke header from James Henry’s cross four minutes later then drew a first save of the day from Bettinelli, but the Whites stopper wasn’t unduly troubled by the effort.
Woodrow worked an opening for himself with 24 minutes on the clock, but there was a cluster of Wolves bodies between him on the edge of the box and the goal, and the defenders evidently did enough to put him off as his left-footer sailed some way over the bar.
The visitors then wasted a decent chance up the other end as Sako was given space to shoot from distance on his favoured left boot, but he scuffed his shot and Bettinelli got down easily to save.
On half an hour Wolves somehow failed to take the lead. Sako’s powerful strike came back off the inside of the post after Bettinelli did brilliantly to get fingertips to it. But, with the open goal gaping, Clarke skewed his follow-up wide of the target.
Symons made his first alteration of the game two minutes later as Christensen made way for Sean Kavanagh. Hopefully it was a precautionary withdrawal.
McCormack looked to have played Rodallega in on goal on 38 minutes with a lovely slide-rule pass, but the ball got under Rodallega’s feet and the danger was averted.
Our number 20 went much closer moments later, though, when he connected first time with Seko Fofana’s cross, only to see his overhead kick ruffle the top of the net. So unlucky for the striker.
It seemed as though Rodallega was desperate to score an acrobatic effort before the half was out, and his angled overheader from Jack Grimmer’s cross was again an excellent try, albeit not quite as close to the target as his previous attempt.
Wolves started the second period strongly and a clever run from Lee Evans got him into a shooting position and his powerful strike had to be put behind by Bettinelli. From the resulting corner they performed a well rehearsed routine – as they did in the league meeting earlier in the season – but this time, unlike on that occasion, Sako skewed wide.
On 54 minutes good determination from Grimmer saw him keep the ball in play on the right flank before catching the Wolves men around him unawares by dinking it into Woodrow. The young striker cut infield purposefully but the strike at the end of his run cleared the crossbar.
The move gave Fulham confidence, though, and they went close with a venomous Fofana effort shortly after which only just missed the target.
Just after the hour mark Wolves made their first substitution as Clarke was replaced by Nouha Dicko in a straight swap up top.
On 65 minutes Henry got up really well to connect with a deep cross. He sent his header back across goal but Bettinelli read the threat well and backpeddled to tip the ball over.
Three minutes later another sweet Parker through ball fed Woodrow on the edge of the box. He took a great first touch to turn beyond his man and create a shooting position, but his strike flew over the angle of post and crossbar.
Wolves were then shown their first yellow card of the tie as Evans was cautioned for taking down McCormack.
On 70 minutes Fulham were given a huge let-off when Bettinelli saved from Henry after he’d broken through following a slip by Shaun Hutchinson.
Symons then made a switch up front, as Woodrow made way for Moussa Dembélé.
Moments later a neat Kavanagh pass fed Rodallega in the box but his shot from a tight angle flew into the side-netting.
On 78 minutes Sako showed some neat footwork on the edge of the box and eventually rifled in a strike on his right foot that missed the far post by about a yard.
Following a Wolves corner on 87 minutes, Parker launched a dangerous counter attack that saw him play Fofana in. The on-loan midfielder was in a race with Ikeme to get to the ball and reached it first but could only poke his shot into the body of the on-rushing Wolves stopper.
That proved to be the last decent chance of the tie and the sides will now meet again to see who progresses in the competition.
Competition: The FA Cup
Date: Saturday 3 January 2015
Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Referee: Lee Probert
Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Bodurov, Hutchinson, Stafylidis; Parker, Fofana; Christensen (Kavanagh 32'), Woodrow (Dembele 71'), McCormack; Rodallega
Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Burn, Roberts, George Williams, Ruiz
Manager: Kit Symons
Line-up: Ikeme; Iorfa, Stearman, Batth, Doherty; Henry, Evans, Price, Edwards; Leon Clarke (Dicko 63'), Sako
Unused substitutes: Kuszczak, Ricketts, Ebanks-Landell, Saville, Jacobs, McAlinden
Manager: Kenny Jackett