The FA Cup - Third Round
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Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Fulham

Sheffield Wednesday narrowly beat Championship rivals Fulham to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Barry Bannan unleashed a fierce half-volley from 25 yards which went in off the crossbar to open the scoring.

However, substitute Moussa Dembele equalised seconds later, as he coolly slotted home from eight yards.

The hosts won through when Lucas Joao's cross was met by Atdhe Nuhiu, whose shot bounced down in to the ground and it in to the left-hand corner.

Prior to the match there was a minute's applause for former Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek, whose funeral was held earlier this week.

Fulham, who made five changes to the side that lost to the Owls in the league seven days earlier, dominated large parts of the game and managed six shots on target to the home side's two.

However, following the early departure of forward Cauley Woodrow with a foot injury, the Cottagers struggled to find a way past Joe Wildsmith.

Bannan's second goal of the season gave Wednesday an unlikely lead.

But the joy of the home fans was short lived as Dembele levelled less than 70 seconds later after Ross McCormack's shot was blocked on the line and fell kindly to the Frenchman.

Dembele missed two chances to put Fulham ahead after the break, and Wednesday made the London side pay, with Nuhiu coming off the bench to help secure a hard-fought victory.

Minute's applause for Pavel Srnicek
A minute's applause was held for Pavel Srnicek who died in December after a cardiac arrest

Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal:

"It was a typical cup game. We knew we had to decide it in 90 minutes, we were aware of taking more risks in the last 20 minutes and we had to treat the game like a final.

"The strategy today was to give Fulham the ball. They are a team who like to play and we knew we could play on the counter. That's why we put two players up front with pace.

"We are giving a lot of problems to our opponents.

"We deserve to play the big teams at this stadium, with these fans. But at this moment we do not have a squad to play in two competitions."

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"Our level right now is to play for 70 minutes. In the last 20 minutes of games, we haven't been up to par.

"We must push ourselves in future games because we played good football for more than an hour.

"Before the Dembele header in the second half, we had many chances and we missed many chances.

"We need to play with more confidence, we need to recuperate our personality as well as our physical condition."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 2Palmer
  • 5Loovens
  • 24SougouSubstituted forNuhiuat 59'minutes
  • 36Pudil
  • 21LópezSubstituted forHelanat 45'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 23Sasso
  • 41Bannan
  • 18Lucas João
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forSemedoat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Semedo
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 11Bus
  • 16Wiggins
  • 17Helan
  • 32Hunt
  • 34Price

Fulham

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2RichardsBooked at 9mins
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 74mins
  • 33Burn
  • 3GarbuttSubstituted forReamat 71'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 21Christensen
  • 23O'Hara
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forMattilaat 71'minutes
  • 16WoodrowBooked at 18minsSubstituted forDembeleat 25'minutes
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 5Stearman
  • 9Smith
  • 12Lewis
  • 13Ream
  • 14Mattila
  • 18Pringle
  • 25Dembele
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
15,244

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 2, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

  5. Post update

    Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sakari Mattila (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  8. Post update

    Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday).

  12. Post update

    Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

  14. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Josè Semedo replaces Ross Wallace.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  17. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sakari Mattila (Fulham).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 2, Fulham 1. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  20. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.