Fulham and Blackpool meet once again on Tuesday evening (8pm) as the pair do battle to earn the right to continue competing in the FA Cup with Budweiser.
Following a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage earlier in the month, a Replay at Bloomfield Road is needed to see which of the sides get to take on either Manchester United or West Ham United in the Fourth Round.
It’s been all change since we faced Blackpool less than two weeks ago, with Michael Appleton stepping down to become the new Blackburn Rovers manager. It means the Seasiders are now faced with the task of searching for their third manager of the season.
Assistant boss Steve Thompson is currently in charge of first-team affairs and that is expected to be the case on Tuesday evening for the cup tie.
Blackpool have played one match since Appleton’s departure and it ended in defeat as they went down 2-1 to Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
They faced an uphill task after going in two goals down at half-time, and Nathan Eccleston’s late strike turned out to be little more than a consolation.
One positive, though, was the return of Gary Taylor-Fletcher. The influential forward had been struggling with an injury but he took the place of Isaiah Osbourne just before the hour mark.
Last time out
Fulham 1-1 Blackpool 05.01.2013
A late Giorgos Karagounis goal kept Fulham in the FA Cup after Ludovic Sylvestre’s opener on 60 minutes looked to have sent the npower Championship side through at Craven Cottage.
The Whites dominated proceedings but Blackpool weren’t without their threat, as David Stockdale was twice called into action in the first half to deny Thomas Ince.
The second 45 started tentatively and the visitors scored with what was the first real opportunity of the half. Veteran striker Kevin Phillips – who had impressed throughout – took control of the ball in the middle of the park before finding Nathan Delfouneso down the left wing. The on-loan Aston Villa forward then held the ball up on the edge of the area and laid it off to Sylvestre who finished coolly inside Stockdale’s far post.
The Tangerines were well organised, with Fulham struggling to make a breakthrough and so it came as a huge relief to all when Karagounis thumped home the equaliser on 80 minutes for his first goal for the Club.
The visitors could only half clear Bryan Ruiz’s corner and when the ball dropped to the Greek international on the corner of the area he took a touch before sending an inch-perfect dipping volley over Matt Gilks and just under the crossbar at the far post.