Fulham secured an FA Cup fourth-round trip to Sheffield United as Norwich City's season went from bad to worse at Craven Cottage.

Striker Darren Bent opened the scoring in their third-round replay when he turned in Pajtim Kasami's cross.

Iran midfielder Ashkan Dejagah struck from close range after Alexander Kacaniklic's square ball before Steve Sidwell's header sealed victory.

Norwich hit the bar through Robert Snodgrass with the score at 0-0.

Goal shy Norwich

The Canaries have now failed to score in three of the last five games.

But Chris Hughton's side are without a win in their last eight league and cup games and are left to concentrate on fighting for their Premier League lives.

The Canaries are two points above the relegation zone and face a crucial home game against Hull City on Saturday, when new signing Jonas Gutierrez is expected to make his debut.

They started well, Snodgrass hitting the bar from 20 yards moments after Nathan Redmond had been denied by Fulham's Netherlands keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

But Norwich quickly faded and allowed the Cottagers to establish a commanding 2-0 interval lead.

The hosts, who made nine changes to the team hammered 4-1 at home to Sunderland on Saturday, were ahead when Bent, starting in place of Dimitar Berbatov, netted in the 17th minute.

The on-loan Aston Villa forward was well placed to net from 10 yards following a low cross by Kasami from the right, It was the 29-year-old's fifth goal in 20 appearances since joining last August.

Fulham were boosted by the long-awaited return of Brede Hangeland from a back injury and the Norway defender added much needed steel to a Cottagers defence that had conceded 21 goals in the previous seven games.

Norwich struggled to re-discover their early flourish and Dejagah doubled the lead in the 42nd minute with a simple tap-in after Kacaniklic had rolled the ball into his path.

Even the introduction of record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel at the start of the second-half failed to inspire the visitors as Fulham recorded their first clean sheet win since 8 December.

Norwich's miserable night was complete when Sidwell headed in Sascha Riether's cross at the far post to present Rene Meulensteen with his biggest win since taking charge last month.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen: "Our desire has never been in question but that desire and urgency has mainly been in going forward and it's cost us at times, particularly defending set-plays and counter-attacks.

"Today we made sure we were in good shape, working hard to get back into that shape and making it difficult.

"It's a good feeling after the unpleasant result against Sunderland [Saturday's 4-1 defeat] ."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "It's a tough period, but I wouldn't say it's my toughest period..

"We're three points away from 10th place and there are teams that have deemed to have had good seasons that are perhaps one or two points ahead of us in the division.

"So sometimes we have to look at what the reality is, but at the moment we're hurting because we haven't done well enough to win today."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Fulham

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 27 Riether
  • 15 Richardson
  • 07 Sidwell (Christensen - 84' )
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 33 Burn
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 14 Karagounis Booked
  • 39 Bent (Dembele - 79' )
  • 08 Kasami
  • 11 Kacaniklic (Tankovic - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 18 Hughes
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 32 Dempsey
  • 37 Christensen
  • 43 Tankovic
  • 45 Dembele

Norwich City

  • 13 Bunn
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 18 Garrido
  • 04 Johnson
  • 02 Martin
  • 05 Bassong Nguena
  • 22 Redmond (van Wolfswinkel - 45' )
  • 25 Fox
  • 16 Elmander (Becchio - 68' )
  • 07 Snodgrass
  • 31 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel
  • 10 Fer
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 19 Becchio
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 32 Murphy
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 11,172

Match Stats

Shots

10 14

On target

7 4

Corners

1 4

Fouls

7 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fulham 3, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +2:17

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

90:00 +1:33

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:33

Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

90:00 +0:33

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

89:10

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.

88:14

Attempt missed. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Fox following a set piece situation.

87:45

Hand ball by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).

87:34

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Muamer Tankovic replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

86:15

Hand ball by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

85:35

Attempt saved. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.

83:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Steve Sidwell.

81:41

Foul by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

81:41

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:42

Foul by Luciano Becchio (Norwich City).

79:42

Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Darren Bent.

78:17

Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Ashkan Dejagah is caught offside.

77:30

Attempt blocked. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

75:44

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

75:44

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:32

Foul by Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City).

71:32

Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:30

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

71:27

Attempt blocked. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

70:58 Booking

Booking Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

70:52

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sascha Riether.

67:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Luciano Becchio replaces Johan Elmander.

67:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 3, Norwich City 0. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Sascha Riether with a cross.

65:39

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

65:39

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:56

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

63:56

Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:24

Attempt saved. Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

62:43

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:43

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

51:36

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

51:36

Dan Burn (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:42

Foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City).

49:42

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:54

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.

48:52

Attempt blocked. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

46:37

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:37

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

45:14

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:14

Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

45:00

Second Half begins Fulham 2, Norwich City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Ricky van Wolfswinkel replaces Nathan Redmond.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fulham 2, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +0:15

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

45:00 +0:15

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:37

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross following a corner.

44:02

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sascha Riether.

42:20

Foul by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

42:20

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 2, Norwich City 0. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.

39:41

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Sascha Riether.

38:28

Brede Hangeland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:28

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

35:08

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

35:08

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:42

Attempt saved. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:29

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:29

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

27:41

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:41

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

26:06

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sébastien Bassong.

22:59

Attempt missed. Sascha Riether (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.

19:00

Foul by Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City).

19:00

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Norwich City 0. Darren Bent (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami.

15:25

Offside, Norwich City. Russell Martin tries a through ball, but Johan Elmander is caught offside.

14:21

Attempt saved. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

13:28

Foul by Javier Garrido (Norwich City).

13:28

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:17

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

10:06

Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.

8:20

Attempt missed. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

7:39

Sébastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:39

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

6:23

Attempt saved. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Garrido.

2:32

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:32

Foul by Javier Garrido (Norwich City).

2:23

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

2:13

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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