The FA Cup - Third Round - Replay
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Fulham 3-0 Norwich City

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Fulham v Norwich

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.

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."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 27Riether
  • 15Richardson
  • 7SidwellSubstituted forChristensenat 84'minutes
  • 5Hangeland
  • 33Burn
  • 24Dejagah
  • 14KaragounisBooked at 71mins
  • 39BentSubstituted forDembeleat 79'minutes
  • 8Kasami
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forTankovicat 87'minutes

Substitutes

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

Norwich

  • 13Bunn
  • 3Whittaker
  • 18Garrido
  • 4Johnson
  • 2Martin
  • 5Bassong Nguena
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forvan Wolfswinkelat 45'minutes
  • 25Fox
  • 16ElmanderSubstituted forBecchioat 68'minutes
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 31Murphy

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 9van Wolfswinkel
  • 10Fer
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 19Becchio
  • 24Bennett
  • 32Murphy
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
11,172

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 3, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 3, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Muamer Tankovic replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Steve Sidwell.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Josh Murphy (Norwich City).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Luciano Becchio (Norwich City).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Moussa Dembele replaces Darren Bent.

  20. Post update

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