Wanderers v Fulham

Tuesday 8 January 2002

Wycombe's Andy Rammell and Paul McCarthy are battling to be fit. The cancellation of the original game on Saturday has given them extra time to recover.

Fulham's Lee Clark is still sidelined with an Achilles injury sustained on Boxing Day, while Luis Boa Morte is back after a leg injury. Striker Louis Saha will hope to replace Steve Marlet, who looked short on fitness against Derby on Wednesday.

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

Second Division Wycombe Wanderers were the team that made most headlines in last season's FA Cup, scoring 17 times in ten ties. Victories over Harrow, Millwall, and First Division Grimsby and Wolves landed them a place in the Quarter-finals. A 2-1 win away to Leicester signalled the start of a slippery slide for the Foxes and landed Laurie Sanchez' side a plum semi-final against Liverpool, which they lost 2-1.

Wycombe must emulate that performance if they are to progress this season. Wanderers' 90th tie in the competition proper is a first ever FA Cup meeting with Premiership Fulham.

Fulham, who lost to Manchester United at this stage last season, have only made the Final once - losing to West Ham in the all London affair of 1975. In that year the Cottagers won away in Rounds Three, Four and Five and won the semi-final on a neutral ground.

Before Wednesday's victory at Derby, West Ham were the last team Fulham defeated away. Jean Tigana's team notched a 2-0 victory at Upton Park in the Premiership on 3 November. A week before that Wycombe were held at home by Swindon in the Second Division, but since then they've won all their games at Adams Park.

Long-serving Wycombe players Dave Carroll and Keith Ryan both have cup-winners medals. They were members of the Wycombe side that won the FA Trophy under Martin O'Neill in 1991 and 1993. Defender Jason Cousins also appeared in the 1993 final.

Young Wycombe midfielder Stuart Roberts has previous giant-killing experience. He was part of the Swansea City team that beat West Ham 1-0 in a third round replay in 1999 at The Vetch.

In 1997 Fulham met Wycombe in the first round of the League Cup and ran out narrow 6-5 winners after the second leg was drawn 4-4 at Craven Cottage.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Total 7 Fulham wins 3 Draws 3 Wycombe wins 1

WYCOMBE WANDERERS

Current League position
11th D2

Sequences

WON LAST 5 AT HOME - 4 D2, 1 FAC

13 AT HOME UNDEFEATED - 11 D2, 1 FAC, 1 LDV [9 wins, 4 draws]
Recent Form


Won 3 of last 5 League and Cup games

Won 6 of last 9 in all competitions

Lost 3 of last 6

FULHAM

Current League position
10th PREM

Recent Form

1 win in last 5 - all Prem

Failed to score in 3 of the last 5 games



Man in the middle: GRAHAM BARBER
Tring, Hertfordshire