Fulham 2 Swansea 1
Fulham secured a quarter-final tie with Manchester United after beating gallant Swansea City 2-1 at Craven Cottage last night.
In the end, two goals in four minutes were enough to turn around a game which the Welsh side had threatened to win with a display that promises much for their ambitions of promotion from the Championship.
With very little respite after the victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, Roy Hodgson resisted the chance to make wholesale changes, in the end only Andrew Johnson was completely rested with Erik Nevland given a starting role up front. Olivier Dacourt was also given a start with Danny Murphy dropping to the bench in case his creativity was needed later on.
Unfortunately, Craven Cottage was less than half full with only 12,316 present (some 3,000 of them having travelled up from Wales) to see a thrilling cup tie erupt into life when Swansea`s leading scorer, Jason Scotland, put the visitors ahead just after the interval. It had been the first time Swansea were ahead in the tie.
With time running out for Fulham to get back into the game, Hodgson introduced club captain Danny Murphy but it was to be our own Welshman, Simon Davies, that was to have a huge say in the outcome of the match.
After promising beforehand to play his role in proving the poor display in the Liberty Stadium was not the real Fulham, Davies produced two telling crosses, one in the seventy-seventh minute for Clint Dempsey to score form and another in the eighty-first minute for Bobby Zamora to make it two goals in as many games.
For the winners, us; Manchester United lie ahead in the quarter-final, it promises to be a great tie and hopefully we can be the team to end their recent great run and edge closer towards a Wembley final.
As for Swansea, here at Vital Fulham we`d like to wish them every success as they seek promotion from the Championship, they were admirable opponents.