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last updated Wednesday 14th January 2015, 4:21 PM
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Wolves (0) 2-2 (1) Fulham ~ Fulham win on penalties




Fulham won a thriller thanks to cool shooting and calm heads - even though it needed a penalty in the 120th minute from Ross McCormack to force the shoot out.

It looked as if Whites had lost the tie when a free-kick was smashed into the Wolves wall, only to see the referee hand them a lifeline by pointing to the spot for handball in the box.

McCormack showed why he was worth every penny of £11million fee when he calmly slotted into the corner. A minute later he did it again and when Matt Doherty missed the second for Wolves, the other Whites showed they too could convert from 12 yards to set away fans into wintry raptures.

Molineux might have passed for a ski resort in the last half an hour as the snow saw the Whites almost blend into the background.

It was harsh on Cauley Woodrow who gave Fulham the lead and then tied the match at 2-2, before Dave Edwards also scored his second.

The first match ended 0-0, but this was never going to be a repeat with two tired teams forced to slug it out in front of brave souls, who hopefully brought their thermals.

Carl Ikeme did well to get to his left and keep out an early 25-yarder from McCormack, tipped over for a corner, and a bit later the former Leeds man blazed over when well positioned.

Marcus Bettinelli showed he was also in form, when the keeper got down well to keep out a sweet strike from Liam McAlinden.

Kostas Stafylidis had already made the left side his own, and when he curled in a fantastic centre, Woodrow somehow arched his head back and used every neck muscle to head Whites into the lead.

Moussa Dembele forced Fulham heads into hands when the young striker rounded the keeper after a great through ball from McCormack, but somehow fired wide of the posts.

But the first half was all but forgotten just past the hour when Wolves ramped up the pace and Matt Doherty headed against a post. Seconds later, Nouha Dicko kept the frame shaking with a dig from outside the box that hit the bar.

But the pressure told - and then some.

The Wolves attacks kept coming, and when Dave Edwards side-footed home from a cross, it wasn't the worst of it. Rajiv van La Parra, poor up till then, slotted home with a neat flick over Bettinelli.

All was not lost. Admittedly, Dembele's shot was screwed across the face of goal, but waiting at the back post was Woodrow to steer home for a crazy spell that saw the net bulge three times in five minutes.

The conditions then took over, and the lottery ticket seemed to have been won by Edwards, but the ref and Ross ensured Sunderland in the fourth round is Fulham's reward.























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