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Fulham lose at Sheff Wed ~ FAC Match Report Rnd03

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Match Report

Sheffield Wednesday (1) 2-1 (1) Fulham

FA Cup Round 03 1516 at Hillsborough Stadium

Saturday 9th January 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele
Fulham striker
Moussa Dembele
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Barry Bannan and Atdhe Nuhiu scored as Sheffield Wednesday clinched a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup.

Moussa Dembele netted for Fulham to swiftly equalise after Bannan's 42nd-minute opener, but the Cottagers bowed out, with substitute Nuhiu making an impact off the bench.

The Austrian rifled home in the 73rd minute to settle the contest.

Wednesday dominated the early proceedings and had the game's first major chance in the ninth minute when, after good work from the marauding Kieran Lee, the ball fell kindly to Glenn Loovens, who, with the goal at his mercy, snatched at the chance and ballooned his shot harmlessly over the bar.

Fulham responded with chances for Jamie O'Hara and Shaun Hutchinson, but it was Wednesday in the driving seat and, in the 24th minute, only a last-ditch interception by Hutchinson prevented Lucas Joao from tapping in an inviting cross from Modou Sougou.

After a series of half chances for both sides, Wednesday took the lead in spectacular fashion. Scotland international Bannan struck a dipping 20-yard half-volley in off the crossbar after a neat lay-off from Joao.

Match Stats Sheff Wed Fulham
Goals (1) 2 1 (1)
Scorers Bannan 42 Dembele 43
  Nuhiu 73  
Goal attempts 7 14
On target 2 6
Shooting Accuracy 29% 43%
Possession 42% 58%
Crosses 7 7
Crosses Success 100% 100%
Corners 5 5
Saves 5 0
Fouls 7 10
Offsides 4 3
Yellows 0 2
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Just moments later, poor defending by Wednesday allowed the dangerous Ross McCormack in on goal.

His shot was cleared off the line by Liam Palmer but the ball fell generously into the path of substitute Dembele who needed no invitation to equalise. Dembele had come on early on to replace the injured Cauley Woodrow.

Wednesday's defensive woes let the dangerous McCormack in again on the stroke of half-time but his tame effort was saved by goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith.

In the second half, Fulham duo McCormack and Dembele continued to threaten. Only a reaction save from Wildsmith prevented the sought-after Dembele from heading in his and Fulham's second goal.

Wednesday responded and, minutes later, a Ross Wallace corner was met at the near post by Vincent Sasso but, to the despair of the Wednesday faithful, his header went agonisingly over the bar.

Alexander Kacaniklic spurned a glorious chance to give his side the lead in the 57th minute, when, with Wildsmith beaten, he somehow failed to convert a Tom Cairney cross from six yards out.

And he was soon made to pay as the home side regained the lead through Nuhiu.

The striker volleyed in from the edge of the area after the ball was only half-cleared by the Fulham defence.

Joao should have put the game beyond any doubt in the 83rd minute but he could only put a pull-back from substitute Jeremy Helan wide of the target.

Fulham pushed on desperately to find an equaliser but it was Wednesday who held on to take their place in the fourth round.

Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith; Palmer, Loovens, Sougou (Nuhiu 59'), Pudil; Álex López (Helan 45'), Lee, Sasso, Bannan; Lucas João, Wallace (Josè Semedo 77')
Subs not used:: Price, Wiggins, Hunt, Bus

Bannan 42 (left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas João.),
Nuhiu 73 ( right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.)

Fulham: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Garbutt (Ream 71'); Cairney, Christensen, O'Hara, Kacaniklic (Mattila 71'); Woodrow (Dembele 25'), McCormack
Subs not used: Lewis, Stearman, Pringle, Matt Smith

Dembele 43 (right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal),

Booked: Richards (9,f), Woodrow (18,f)

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Attendance: 15,244

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