Wednesday 9 January 2002

Paul Thorpe writes for Fulham Today

Steve Marlet's late equaliser at Wycombe on Tuesday night re-paid a large slice of his £11 million transfer fee.

For a start it guaranteed us a money spinning cup replay at Craven Cottage next Tuesday... and from there on, who knows?

Study Marlet's goal again carefully. Actually it was a cracker and Steve is probably the only man in the current squad who would have taken the chance as he did.

A classic and carefully aimed downward header, he rose superbly to register. Over the last few months we've certainly lacked that type of 'penalty box' goalscorer.

Marlet has now notched up two 'poachers' goals in his last three appearances for the Club. A good sign hopefully, of things to come.

There's no doubt that Steve has lacked full fitness and probably a little confidence since his arrival at Craven Cottage. Marlet now looks to be getting over both these issues and if he can score again on Saturday against Middlesbrough then I believe we will start to see why Jean Tigana has so much confidence in him.

Looking at your messages on the board this morning it's clear that some people are unhappy that Wycombe were able to stretch us. I think everyone should remember that this is the FA Cup and has always been the football world's best leveller. I'd imagine that David O'Leary would be happy to have a chance to take Cardiff back to Elland Road next week...

Many of us will remember another Cup run that started with a draw back in 1975. Nobody moaned then, and there's no reason to moan now. Steve Marlet made sure of that and who'd bet against him ensuring that we'll be going at least another stage further in this years competition next week?