Saturday 4 January 2020, 3:01pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Knockaert 54'; Arter 74'
Aston Villa
1
El Ghazi 63'

54' Goal

Anthony Knockaert

74' Goal

Harry Arter

47' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Anthony Knockaert Card was given for a foul

90'+7 Yellow Card

Michael Hector Card was given for arguing during match

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Harry Arter
Off:Kevin McDonald

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jay Stansfield
Off:Josh Onomah

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca De La Torre
Off:Ivan Cavaleiro

63' Goal

Anwar El Ghazi

6' Yellow Card

Marvelous Nakamba Card was given for a foul

21' Yellow Card

Neil Taylor Card was given for a foul

90'+6 Yellow Card

Henri Lansbury Card was given for arguing during match

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Trézéguet
Off:Jota

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Indiana Vassilev
Off:Marvelous Nakamba

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jacob Ramsey
Off:Anwar El Ghazi

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Fulham produced an excellent second-half performance to oust Aston Villa 2-1 in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Fulham produced an excellent second-half performance to floor Aston Villa 2-1 in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Anthony Knockaert gave Fulham the perfect start to the second half with a sumptuous strike to open the scoring before we were pegged back in the 53rd minute by Anwar El Ghazi. Despite the setback, Harry Arter, back from injury restored our lead with a wonderful effort in the 74th minute and we never looked back. 

Scott Parker made changes for the match, taking into account the volume of games over the Christmas period.  Michael Hector was handed his first team debut following the completion of his transfer from Chelsea. Kevin McDonald was brought in to play in a midfield three alongside Josh Onomah and Stefan Johansen. Finally Joe Bryan was pushed up into the front three with Anthony Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro.

It was a bitterly cold day at Craven Cottage as the referee got the match up and running. A crisp winter’s day, clear skies and bright sunshine. 

The referee took an alarming turn for the worse in the 5th minute when Bryan went down awkwardly following an innocuous 50/50 just outside the Villa box. A loose clearance from the Villains goalkeeper was latched upon by Joe before he went down under a challenge and extended his leg in strange fashion. Thankfully after the initial fear he was up and the game resumed. 

It was a scrappy opening 15 minutes with very few chances for either side. Neither goalkeeper was forced into action but it was Fulham who produced two of the more promising attacks both culminating with dangerous balls across the box from Cyrus Christie. 

As the first half progressed Aston Villa began to get a foothold in the match, Jonathan Kodjia lashing one high and wide from a tight angle and Ahmed Elmohamady diverting a dangerous free kick wide of the left-hand post from six yards out. A tit for tat kind of match with the keepers from either side not troubled in the opening 30 minutes of the match.

In the 33rd minute Bryan came close to troubling the opposition goal. A marauding run forward up the left wing ended with the nippy fullback thumping a left-footed strike against the leg of James Chester before it bounced wide of the post. 

In a half devoid of any scoring chances there was some fine build-up play on show from Fulham. McDonald revelling in his role anchoring the midfield three, spraying balls around the pitch and keeping things ticking. Hector assured and composed at the back alongside Mawson, there to clean up any danger that arose. 

Just as it appeared the first half would end goalless Villa produced a flowing move to almost open the scoring. Kodjia slipped a perfect ball through into the path of Anwar El Ghazi who had ghosted in behind the back line. After picking his spot he looked to side-foot one in the bottom right-hand corner. However, like often before this year Marek Rodák was on hand to produce a fine reaction save, getting down quickly to his left to palm the shot behind. Great save. 

The second half started brightly. Knockaert who had been a lively presence up front for Fulham was lively from the outset and cut in from the left wing before whipping a shot just wide of the far post. A positive start to the second 45. 
After finding his range, the skilful winger broke the deadlock in sublime fashion minutes later. After picking up the ball on the left wing once again the Frenchman cut in and with no pressure emerging from a retreating Villa back line he curled a lovely effort into the top corner from outside the box. A wonderful goal and just rewards for all his hard work.

In the 56th minute Bryan came close to doubling our lead as we rode the wave of momentum from our opener. Some tidy link-up play ended with Bryan lashing a half-volley on target from 7 yards out. If not for a strong save and resulting goal-mouth scramble we could have doubled our advantage. 

We were unable to hold on to our lead and in the 63rd minute Aston Villa pulled level. A ball over our back four cut us open and Kodjia lofted a perfect lob over the onrushing Rodak before El Ghazi was on hand to poke home from close range. Gutting, after we had started the second half full of confidence and energy. 

In the 72nd minute Arter made a welcome return from injury and within minutes had left his mark on the match with another sublime strike. After receiving the ball just outside the area the combative midfielder unleashed a wonderful left-footed effort which arrowed into the top left hand corner. A bullet out of nowhere to restore our lead. 

With just over ten minutes remaining Scott Parker brought on two youth products to play their part. Jay Stansfield, who had been in scintillating form at youth level was introduced and Luca de la Torre was brought on. 

We remained in the ascendancy and saw out the match with Knockaert almost grabbing a third in truly incredible fashion deep into injury time. A mazy run with tricks galore before a tasty chip which lacked enough power to loop over the keeper. 

A superb way to bounce back to the league defeat against Reading. 

 

Match Information

Competition: The Emirates FA Cup

Date: Saturday 4 January 2020
Kick-off: 3:01pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 12,980

Referee: Craig Pawson

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Christie, Hector, Mawson, Odoi; Onomah (Stansfield 82'), McDonald (Arter 72'), Johansen; Knockaert, Cavaleiro (De La Torre 84'), Bryan

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, O'Riley, Harris, Jasper

Manager: Scott Parker

Aston Villa

Line-up: Nyland; Ahmed El Mohamady, Engels, Chester, Taylor; Lansbury, Nakamba (Vassilev 80'), Hourihane; Jota (Trézéguet 76'), Kodjia, El Ghazi (Ramsey 86')

Unused substitutes: Kalinic, Konsa Ngoyo, Guilbert, Hause

Manager: Dean Smith

Goals
2
1
Total Shots
17
9
Shots On Target
5
3
Passing Accuracy
83%
81%
Fouls
9
9
Corners
3
3
Offsides
3
4
Bookings
3
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 3Michael Hector
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 23Joe Bryan
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 18Harry Arter
  • 33Matt O'Riley
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 46Jayden Harris
  • 58Sylvester Jasper
  • 61Jay Stansfield
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Aston Villa (4-3-3)
  • 25Ørjan Nyland
  • 27Ahmed El Mohamady
  • 22Björn Engels
  • 5James Chester
  • 3Neil Taylor
  • 8Henri Lansbury
  • 11Marvelous Nakamba
  • 14Conor Hourihane
  • 23Jota
  • 26Jonathan Kodjia
  • 21Anwar El Ghazi
Substitutes
  • 28Lovre Kalinic
  • 15Ezri Konsa Ngoyo
  • 24Frederic Guilbert
  • 30Kortney Hause
  • 17Trézéguet
  • 41Jacob Ramsey
  • 36Indiana Vassilev
Manager
  • Dean Smith
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Fulham 2, Aston Villa 1.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Aston Villa 1.
  • 90'+7' Michael Hector (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+6' Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90'+5' Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 90'+2' Offside, Fulham. Marek Rodák tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.
  • 90'+1' Offside, Aston Villa. Björn Engels tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Stansfield with a cross following a fast break.
  • 88' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 88' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 88' Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 86' Substitution, Aston Villa. Jacob Ramsey replaces Anwar El Ghazi.
  • 86' Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).
  • 86' Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.
  • 85' Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Luca De La Torre.
  • 84' Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 83' Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Arter.
  • 82' Substitution, Fulham. Jay Stansfield replaces Josh Onomah.
  • 81' Offside, Fulham. Alfie Mawson tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.
  • 80' Substitution, Aston Villa. Indiana Vassilev replaces Marvelous Nakamba.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross.
  • 78' Hand ball by Harry Arter (Fulham).
  • 78' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro following a set piece situation.
  • 77' Josh Onomah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 77' Foul by Björn Engels (Aston Villa).
  • 76' Substitution, Aston Villa. Trézéguet replaces Jota.
  • 76' Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 75' Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Foul by Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa).
  • 74' Goal! Fulham 2, Aston Villa 1. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 72' Substitution, Fulham. Harry Arter replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 69' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 68' Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • 65' Attempt saved. Jota (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.
  • 63' Goal! Fulham 1, Aston Villa 1. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.
  • 63' Attempt blocked. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jota with a through ball.
  • 56' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.
  • 55' Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.
  • 54' Goal! Fulham 1, Aston Villa 0. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 52' Josh Onomah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Foul by James Chester (Aston Villa).
  • 48' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).
  • 48' Hand ball by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).
  • 47' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 47' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 47' Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 47' Foul by Alfie Mawson (Fulham).
  • 47' Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Denis Odoi.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Aston Villa 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Aston Villa 0.
  • 45'+2' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Marek Rodák.
  • 45'+2' Attempt saved. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia with a through ball.
  • 45' Attempt missed. Jota (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.
  • 44' Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).
  • 44' Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 43' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Neil Taylor.
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 34' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Björn Engels.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Mawson.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Neil Taylor.
  • 30' Attempt missed. Ahmed El Mohamady (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 29' Foul by Alfie Mawson (Fulham).
  • 29' Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 27' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 24' Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
  • 23' Offside, Fulham. Alfie Mawson tries a through ball, but Ivan Cavaleiro is caught offside.
  • 23' Hand ball by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).
  • 21' Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 21' Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 21' Foul by Neil Taylor (Aston Villa).
  • 20' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 20' Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Offside, Aston Villa. James Chester tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 13' Offside, Aston Villa. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.
  • 6' Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 6' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 6' Foul by Marvelous Nakamba (Aston Villa).
  • 4' Offside, Aston Villa. Henri Lansbury tries a through ball, but Conor Hourihane is caught offside.
  • 4' Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 1' Foul by Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa).
  • 1' Josh Onomah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham).
  • 1' James Chester (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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