Tuesday 29 October 2013, 7:45pm at King Power Stadium, Leicester
Capital One Cup
Leicester City
4
Morgan 41'; Wood 45'; Miquel 53'; Dyer 89'
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Rodallega 18', 54'; Karagounis 87'
Fulham’s Capital One Cup ambitions came to an end at the King Power Stadium.

41' Goal

Wes Morgan

45' Goal

Chris Wood

53' Goal

Ignasi Miquel
Assist by Daniel Drinkwater

89' Goal

Lloyd Dyer
Assist by David Nugent

79' Yellow Card

Wes Morgan

90'+2 Yellow Card

Jamie Vardy Card shown to player for time wasting

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lloyd Dyer
Off:Paul Konchesky

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie Vardy
Off:Chris Wood

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Nugent
Off:Anthony Knockaert

18' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by John Arne Riise

54' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by Elsad Zverotic

87' Goal

Giorgos Karagounis

39' Yellow Card

Derek Boateng

74' Yellow Card

Philippe Senderos

76' Yellow Card

Giorgos Karagounis

88' Yellow Card

Elsad Zverotic

56' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Damien Duff

65' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Darren Bent
Off:Hugo Rodallega

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steve Sidwell
Off:Derek Boateng

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Fulham’s Capital One Cup ambitions came to an end at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City emerged 4-3 victors over the Whites.

In what was an enthralling game, Fulham took the lead when Hugo Rodallega put the finishing touch to John Arne Riise’s cross, although the Foxes turned the game on its head as half-time approached. Wes Morgan headed them level following a free-kick, before a loose ball fell to Chris Wood who finished well to hand his side the lead going into the break.

Arsenal loanee Ignasi Miquel extended their advantage shortly after the restart but Rodallega provided an immediate response, before a brilliant Giorgos Karagounis free-kick brought Fulham level late on.

The away fans’ joy was short-lived, though, as Leicester grabbed an 89th-minute winner when Lloyd Dyer converted following a swift counter attack.

Martin Jol made nine changes to the side that lost to Southampton on Saturday, with only Philippe Senderos and Maarten Stekelenburg surviving from the trip to St Mary’s.

The game started at a reasonably mild pace with both sides sizing each other up, although the Whites players found themselves on the end of a few bruising challenges from the men in blue, with referee Keith Stroud awarding a number of free-kicks inside the opening 10 minutes.

But with the first effort on goal Fulham went in front when Rodallega was presented with an easy finish. Good running from Adel Taarabt resulted in him playing in Riise down the left after the Norwegian had made a great run, with Rodallega the grateful recipient of his square pass as he powered the ball beyond an exposed Kasper Schmeichel.

The hosts’ first attempt of note came nine minutes later when Paul Konchesky – urged to shoot by the home crowd – duly obliged but sent his effort from 25 yards comfortably over the bar, before Wood shot straight into the body of Stekelenburg just after the half-hour mark.

The Dutch keeper was called into action again moments later when he was forced to make two parries in close succession from Anthony Knockaert, before Konchesky fired narrowly over from the second rebound.

It was a decent spell of pressure for the Foxes and they were rewarded with an equaliser four minutes before half-time. Having won a free-kick 30 yards from goal following a foul by Derek Boateng, Stekelenburg couldn’t hold Knockaert’s rocket of an effort and captain Morgan was on hand to nod in the loose ball.

And things went from bad to worse moments later as Fulham conceded a calamitous second. Senderos went to clear his lines but hit it straight into Konchesky, resulting in the ball falling kindly to Wood in the area, with the big striker confidently beating Stekelenburg at his near post.

Leicester replaced Konchesky with Dyer at the break and the substitute almost made an instant impact but lashed wide of the post after breaking beyond the Whites’ backline. And the winger was at it again in the 50th minute when he showed good skill to find space on the edge of the area, only to see Senderos make a fine block to deflect it behind for a corner.

The respite was brief, though, as Fulham failed to deal with the corner and Miquel had a free header to nod home Daniel Drinkwater’s cross.

In what was a remarkable few minutes, Fulham managed to reduce the deficit immediately when Elsad Zverotić sent in an enticing cross that Rodallega attacked with menace to leave Schmeichel with no chance.

With Jol wanting to seize the momentum from the goal, he threw Bryan Ruiz into the action, with the playmaker taking the place of Damien Duff. Soon after, he played a pass through to Rodallega but the striker overstretched and hurt himself in the process. Thankfully, he was able to run off the strain – for the time being at least.

Good counter-attacking football saw Ruiz create an opportunity in the 64th minute but Alexander Kačaniklić’s effort from his back-heel was blocked. In hindsight, Ruiz may feel he should have gone for goal himself.

Fulham then introduced Darren Bent to the action, with Rodallega making way – the Colombian still feeling the effects of that earlier muscle pull.

Wood almost grabbed his second 20 minutes into the second period when he showed great strength to hold off Aaron Hughes before looping an effort towards goal that Stekelenburg did well to palm away and claim at the second time of asking.

Dyer was denied a fine solo goal when he evaded a series of Fulham challenges but saw Riise throw himself in front of the subsequent shot. Jeffrey Schlupp then fired narrowly wide as the Foxes looked to restore their two-goal advantage.

But Fulham almost made them pay at the other end when Taarabt burst into the box and pulled the ball back to Ruiz who saw his placed effort well saved by Schmeichel. It was frantic stuff at the King Power Stadium and it would have taken a brave punter to predict the outcome of the game as the action entered the final 20 minutes.

Another marauding run forward by Taarabt ended in him finding Bent on the edge of the area but the striker dragged his shot wide under pressure from several blue shirts, before Senderos was booked 20 yards from his own goal when a high ball forwards landed on his arm. The free-kick went high and wide, though, to Fulham’s relief.

Taarabt kept finding pockets of space but was unfairly crowded out on the edge of the box in the 79th minute to present the Whites with a great opportunity. Riise stepped up to slam in the set-piece but his low effort hit the wall.

A great Riise cross then just evaded Ruiz as Fulham pressed for an equaliser – and it arrived in the 87th minute from the reliable boot of Karagounis. Ruiz was felled on the edge of the area and this time it was the veteran who stepped up to crash the set-piece into the top right-hand corner of the goal.

But there was a final twist in the tale as a rapid counter attack from Leicester culminated in substitute David Nugent fizzing across a low ball that Dyer slid beyond Stekelenburg. Fulham were shell-shocked and pressed for another equaliser in the six minutes of stoppage time, but a clipped effort from Bent into the hands of Schmeichel was as close as they came.

Match Information

Competition: Capital One Cup

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2013
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester
Attendance: 17,932

Referee: Keith Stroud

Leicester City

Line-up: Schmeichel; Wasilewski, Morgan, Miquel, Konchesky (Dyer 45'); Knockaert (Nugent 87'), James, Drinkwater, Hammond; Schlupp, Wood (Vardy 87')

Unused substitutes: Logan, Moore, King, Taylor-Fletcher

Manager: Nigel Pearson

Fulham

Line-up: Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Senderos, Hughes, John Arne Riise; Duff (Ruiz 56'), Karagounis, Derek Boateng (Sidwell 80'), Kacaniklic; Taarabt; Rodallega (Bent 65')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Amorebieta, Dejagah, David

Manager: Martin Jol

Goals
4
3
Total Shots
17
10
Shots On Target
9
6
Passing Accuracy
0%
0%
Fouls
13
13
Corners
2
2
Offsides
3
0
Bookings
2
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Leicester City (4-4-2)
  • 1Kasper Schmeichel
  • 27Marcin Wasilewski
  • 5Wes Morgan
  • 23Ignasi Miquel
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 8Matthew James
  • 4Daniel Drinkwater
  • 7Dean Hammond
  • 15Jeffrey Schlupp
  • 39Chris Wood
Substitutes
  • 25Conrad Logan
  • 18Liam Moore
  • 10Andy King
  • 11Lloyd Dyer
  • 9Jamie Vardy
  • 22Gary Taylor-Fletcher
  • 35David Nugent
Manager
  • Nigel Pearson
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 23Derek Boateng
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 30Chris David
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 39Darren Bent
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • The Whites' comeback is in vain as Rodallega's double and a Karagounis free-kick is cancelled out by Dyer's late winner.
  • Leicester 4-3 Fulham. The Foxes break and Dyer slides to connect with a cross to score. Sickening blow.
  • Leicester 3-3 Fulham. What a strike from Karagounis! The Greek midfielder lashes a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner. That man only does wondergoals.
  • 85 Ruiz twists and turned past two defenders and after skinning the third, he's brought down. The referee gives a free-kick, inches outside of the box.
  • 84 The Whites move the ball across Leicester's area looking for the opening, a shooting chance almost falls to Bent but he's squeezed out.
  • 80 It's our last substitution and the Manager brings Sidwell on for Boateng. Ten to go.
  • 79 Taarabt wins a dangerous free-kick right on the edge of Leicester's box with a clever turn. Riise drives the free-kick from 22-yards into the wall.
  • A yellow goes to Karagounis this time for obstructing the ball.
  • Senderos is shown a very harsh yellow card for deliberate handball, after the ball bounced on to his arm.
  • 72 The Whites surge forward on the counter with Taarabt. The Moroccan slips the ball to Bent, who cuts inside a rifle a shot inches wide.
  • 70 Taarabt bombs around the back of Leicester's defence and squares for Ruiz, who sees his 15-yard side-footed effort saved by Schmeichel.
  • 68 The Foxes put together a wave of attacks now, with Hughes making two vital blocks to deny clear chances before Schlupp fires wide.
  • 67 Stekelenburg makes an outstanding reaction save from Wood's improvised volley, while at the other end Taarabt drives straight at Schmeichel.
  • That's all for Rodallega, injured when he slipped five minutes earlier, he's replaced by Bent.
  • 64 Fulham are playing some nice football now, and a golden chance almost opens up after Ruiz plays in Kacaniklic with a back heel, but three defenders block the strike.
  • 59 Taarabt almost frees Rodallega, but our striker goes down clutching his groin. He needs some time to run it off, but the Colombian is back on now.
  • Martin Jol makes his first change, replacing Duff with Ruiz.
  • Leicester 3-2 Fulham. Instant reply! Zverotic's deep hanging cross is finished with a bullet header from Rodallega.
  • Leicester 3-1 Fulham. Drinkwater's cross from the right is met with a powerful header from Miquel.
  • Leicester have made a substitution, with Konchesky being replaced by Dyer.
  • We've kicked off the second half as the Whites seek to turn this match back in their favour and stay in the Capital One Cup.
  • Rodallega put the Whites ahead with his second Capital One Cup goal of the campaign but Morgan and Wood's strikes have turned it around at half-time.
  • 45 Leicester 2-1 Fulham. Wood capitalises on a fortunate bounce and slides the ball in at the near post.
  • 41 Leicester 1-1 Fulham. Morgan pounces on the rebound after Stekelenburg can only parry Knockaert's free-kick.
  • 39 Leicester like a long range effort, as James blazes another effort miles over. Boateng is in the book for holding.
  • 35 Knockaert weaves his way through the Whites defence and hits a firm shot, which is blocked by Stekelenburg. He reacts to strike the rebound, which is again saved, and Konchesky volleys over at the third attempt.
  • 33 Karagounis and Boateng have reunited a midfield partnership last seen 11 years ago at Panathanaikos, and the pair have combined well to initiate Fulham's play so far.
  • 30 After a lengthy spell of Fulham possession, the Foxes win the ball and Wood takes aim from distance but Stelekenburg gathers the strike well.
  • 25 Stekelenburg is forced in action to collect Knockaert's cross, before Whites old boy Konchesky slams a long ranger over.
  • 23 An immediate response is Leicester's aim, but Senderos clears the danger with an improvised interception bearing similarities to a break-dancing move. Good defending!
  • 18 Leicester 0-1 Fulham. Rodallega strokes the Whites ahead after Riise's burst on the left and cross finds the Colombian lurking at the far post.
  • 16 Another Zverotic cross threatens the Leicester defence but this time goalkeeper Schmeichel is quick off his line to take the catch.
  • 12 A smart Whites moves gets pushed to the right and Zverotic swings in a dangerous cross towards Rodallega, which Miquel nicks away from the Colombian.
  • 7 Duff and Kacaniklic have started very narrow, getting involved in central areas in order to make space for the full-backs to overlap.
  • 5 The Whites are settling into the game in front of our vocal away support, with Leicester's early advances comfortably dealt with.
  • Aaron Hughes leads the Whites out on a chilly night in the East Midlands, and the hosts get us kicked-off.
  • The Whites have had four different scorers in the Capital One Cup this season, Adel Taarabt and Hugo Rodallega have a chance to score another tonight.
  • The Whites have had four different scorers in the Capital One Cup this season, Adel Taarabt and Hugo Rodallega have a chance to score another tonight.
  • Leicester are in fine form at home this season, winning their last seven games, and their Capital One Cup run so far has taken them past Wycombe, Carlisle, and Derby.
  • And the Whites substitutes this evening are: Stockdale, Amorebieta, Sidwell, David, Dejagah, Ruiz, Bent.
  • Our starting line-up is: Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Duff, Karagounis, Boateng, Kacaniklic; Taarabt; Rodallega.
  • Martin Jol rings the changes with nine players replaced from Saturday. Adel Taarabt returns from injury and Aaron Hughes is captain.
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