Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham 3 Leicester 2

Fulham 3 Leicester 2

I suppose being in the draw for the third round, to be held this Saturday, should be something we should be thankful for after last night's nervy showing.

The Carling Cup remains one of those competitions that will always be ridiculed that is until you reach the quarter-final stage. If the FA Cup has salvaged back some of its pride in recent years, then those who market the Carling Cup need to grab the competition by the balls and reinvent it, otherwise it'll die on its feet.

Last night, despite the offer of pay-on-the-door, Fulham attracted precisely 7,584 to witness our debut in the competition this season. I don't know about pay-on-the-door as it was more a case of sit where you want once you entered.

Thankfully, those who did attend last night witnessed a game that did provide value for money and could, in time, go down as a classic cup tie.

Roy Hodgson, aware that his side do not have another competitive run-out for nearly three weeks chose to field a very strong side making only one change to the team that beat Arsenal with recent signing Fredrik Stoor coming in for John Pantsil. Despite rumours doing the rounds, there was no place for another recent signing, Andrew Johnson, in the starting eleven.

The game settled into an even affair before Fulham opened the scoring around about the half hour mark. Zoltan Gera, who was strangely quiet on Sunday against Arsenal, scored his first competitive goal for Fulham after some nice work by Bobby Zamora in the build up.

The goal should have been the signal for Fulham to put their visitors to the sword, but, and all credit to Leicester, they hung in well and got to half time only the one goal down.

The second half was one of those halves that ages you years, one of those halves that could quite easily give you a coronary. Leicester started like a house on fire and within ten minutes of the restart had not only equalised but taken the lead.

The equaliser came when their veteran player Paul Dickov slammed home a shot after Gradel's effort had been blocked and then Andy King curled a wonderful effort past the despairing dive of Mark Schwarzer.

Suddenly Fulham looked a little ragged, passes were going astray and you wondered whether we were about to crash out of the competition. Thankfully, our fate was to be settled, in the last ten minutes, by two wonder strikes.

Jimmy Bullard and Danny Murphy both struck glorious long range efforts to destroy any hopes Leicester had of making round three. Unfortunately, despite the warm feeling of that home victory over Arsenal, last night's showing will have given Roy plenty of food for though as we contemplate our mini mid-season break.

As for the next round - who do you fancy?




Win £1,000,000 every week with Man of the Match®

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Thursday August 28 2008
Time: 4:23PM

Comments

0
That man Murphy again! We were a bit lucky there by the sounds of it. Glad to hear RH's post match comments, looks like we're finally going to take the cup competitions seriously this year as I'm a bit sick of us constantly getting booted out of them at early stages, the cup is realistically our only chance of a bit of romance in the season, we all remember our semi final in the FA cup against Chelsea not too long ago?
donfulham
28/08/2008 17:11:00
0
Good to give us a chance in the cup. And i have to say I'm very happy AJ didn't play! Want him at his best for Bolton
jackbarendse
28/08/2008 17:18:00
0
Why was there only like 30 people standing up when we sang if you love fulham stand up?
Backslash2010
28/08/2008 17:27:00
0
We played our strongest side last year and we got knocked out! Murphy keeps us in the cup again!
oranje_emu
28/08/2008 18:03:00
0
didn't go myself, saving funds and it looks like I wasn't the only one!
Al Billy
28/08/2008 19:17:00
0
gotta admit, listening on the radio I thought we were destined for extra time!
Al Billy
28/08/2008 19:17:00
0
After the numerous let downs last year that saw us end up without a postive result, I for one am happy to be on the winning side of a late in the game lead change.
acrossthepond
29/08/2008 02:14:00
0
typical fulham great against arsenal and then they make us sweat against lesser teams , lets have chelsea next
dan the man
30/08/2008 09:57:00
0
I wish - soggy old Burnley for us :-(
Putney
31/08/2008 11:26:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

Spurs Were Better Than Us

And we can`t argue with that can we?

Fulham 0 Spurs 3

Fulham`s dreams of a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup came to an end after they were beaten by Spurs, at Craven Cottage, this afternoon.

Stats: Fulham v Spurs

All the stats from Fulham (0) vs (3) Spurs, Craven Cottage, 19/02/17 14:00 Att:

Fulham v Spurs - Team-Sheets

It`s the fifth round of the FA Cup this weekend and Craven Cottage could witness a cracking FA Cup tie.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Spurs (FA Cup 5th Round)
Suggested By: putney
Bettinelli0%
Odoi0%
Kalas0%
Ream100%
Malone0%
McDonald0%
Johansen0%
Cairney0%
Aluko0%
Ayite0%
Kebano0%
Sessegnon0%
Parker0%
Cyriac0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
2 Newcastle 31 21 3 7 66 35
3 Huddersfield 31 19 4 8 61 7
4 Reading 32 18 6 8 60 6
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 32 17 7 8 58 11
7 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
8 Fulham 31 13 10 8 49 15
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 31 13 8 10 47 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
15 Brentford 31 10 7 14 37 -1
16 Q.P.R. 32 10 7 15 37 -11
17 Aston Villa 31 8 12 11 36 -6
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 32 9 7 16 34 -13
21 Bristol City 31 9 5 17 32 -4
22 Wigan 32 7 9 16 30 -9
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Feb 22 2017 8:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Preston North End (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 14 2017 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Vital Football Comment