The first goal in our top 10 is arguably the best of the bunch, with Paul Peschisolido stunning the Kop with a wonderful curling strike. Third-tier Fulham had contained our illustrious hosts throughout the first half, but fell behind to a Simon Morgan own goal in the 53rd minute before Peschisolido’s moment of brilliance on the hour mark. The Canadian was in a wide position and, having received a one-two pass, flicked the ball into space with the outside of his right boot before running onto it and lofting an effort towards the far top corner. The strike had the perfect amount of bend and dip on it to get down under Brad Friedel’s crossbar, with the striker executing it perfectly considering the ridiculous angle he was at. A Robbie Fowler penalty and Paul Ince goal condemned the Whites to a 3-1 defeat, though.
A year later Fulham knocked Spurs out in the Fourth Round of the competition after a dominant display at Craven Cottage, with Geoff Horsfield’s conclusive goal the pick of the bunch. Paul Bracewell’s side had taken a deserved lead through Tottenham fan Barry Hayles on 10 minutes, although a Maik Taylor error allowed the visitors to equalise through Steffen Iversen just before half-time. Wayne Collins got the Whites back in front 60 seconds later, before Horsfield made sure of the victory late on. The burly striker beat Spurs’ offside trap with ease before powering down on Ian Walker’s goal and bending a resounding curling effort into the far corner with the outside of his right boot.
With Fulham trailing 2-0 on aggregate (back in the days of two-legged League Cup ties) after Northampton has nabbed a 1-0 win at the Sixfields Stadium two weeks earlier before taking the lead at the Cottage, Sean Davis showed great initiative to haul us back into the tie. After the Whites had been awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal, the midfielder capitalised on the Cobblers’ tardiness in readying a wall to bend the dead ball beyond the defence and goalkeeper to level the score on the night. Second-half goals from Fabrice Fernandes and Louis Saha (2) ensured a 4-2 aggregate triumph.
Included more for the novelty factor rather than it being a world-class strike, this crucial goal from Rufus Brevett was one of only two he scored in more than 200 appearances for the Club. After Kevin Towson had cancelled out Luis Boa Morte’s opener to send the tie into extra-time, it appeared as if Rochdale were on hand for progression after Towson grabbed his second in the 102nd minute. But substitute Brevett popped up right at the death to lash home a last-minute equaliser from a tight angle to send the match to penalties, with the Whites emerging 6-5 victors from the shoot-out.
Latvia international Andrejs Stolcers found regular First Team football hard to come by at Fulham – particularly following our promotion to the Premiership – but he did his cause no harm whatsoever with two quality finishes in this Third Round tie against Bury. He got the Whites up and running when he finished confidently having collects Hayles’ pass, but his second was the most impressive. After latching onto Lee Clark’s throughball, Stolcers showed good skill to beat two defenders before lashing home. Clark added a third for Fulham, although Bury did nab a late consolation.
Fulham produced a smash and grab victory at St Andrew’s nine years ago to ensure safe passage to the Fourth Round at the expense of our Premiership rivals. We had relied heavily on the form of Mark Crossley in goal as he denied Dwight Yorke, Jesper Gronkjaer, Julian Gray, Stephen Clemence and Darren Anderton before Pembridge hit the winner. The Welshman cut in from the right before unleashing a fine effort from a full 30 yards to delight the travelling supporters.
Fulham almost fell at the first hurdle back in August 2008 when League One outfit Leicester City went close to providing a cup upset at Craven Cottage. After Paul Dickov and Andy King had cancelled out Zoltan Gera’s first goal for the Club, it was left to Jimmy Bullard to provide a moment of magic with a late equaliser. The midfielder thumped the ball home from 25 yards out to spare Fulham’s blushes, although there wasn’t even the need for an additional 30 minutes as Danny Murphy hit a deflected winner in time added on.
Probably the closest rival to Peschisolido for the best goal scored by Fulham in the League Cup, Gera’s rifled half-volley at the City of Manchester Stadium was one of the finest pieces of technique you’re likely to see. After being teed up by Eddie Johnson, the Hungarian watched the ball closely before smashing it beyond Shay Given from at least 30 yards out. No keeper in the world would have saved the vicious strike, with Zolly subsequently coming second in our Goal of the Season competition, beaten only by Clint Dempsey’s chip against Juventus. Gareth Barry equalised seven minutes into the second half of this Third Round tie, with Kolo Toure popping up in extra-time to send City through.
Mousa Dembélé gave Fulham fans a glimpse of what was to come when he showed sublime skill on his full debut to open his account for the Whites. Gera had already put Mark Hughes’ men in front before Dembele used strength and poise in equal measure as he jinked in between two Vale defenders to give himself space to fire a low angled effort into the bottom corner. Another goal from Gera, in addition to strikes from Bobby Zamora (2) and Clint Dempsey ensured Hughes’ first win as Fulham manager was an emphatic one.
A first Fulham goal for Adel Taarabt looked set to earn a routine win at Sky Bet League two outfit Burton Albion, but our Second Round tie last month proved more troublesome than we would have liked. After receiving a pass from Bryan Ruiz on the left flank, Taarabt dropped a shoulder to fool his marker and cut inside the penalty area where, from an acute angle, he fired a powerful low shot across the goalkeeper and into the corner of the net. Jack Dyer’s late goal sent the tie to extra-time, with efforts from Michael Symes and Hugo Rodallega ensuring a penalty shoot-out was necessary. It was a scenario Martin Jol would have liked his side not to have had to face, but all was well in the end as John Arne Riise crashed home the decisive kick after David Stockdale had denied Dyer.