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Fulham 0-0 Wolves FAC 3r 1415 GetWestLondon

last updated Sunday 04th January 2015, 2:01 PM
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Fulham (0) 0-0 (0) Wolves

Marcus Bettinelli kept Fulham FA Cup hopes alive with a hat-trick of saves in a game where his team-mates managed just a single shot on target.

Seko Fofano could have been a hero with five minutes left, but even in the clear, the Manchester City loanee fired weakly at keeper Carl Ikeme and the chance was lost.

Fans stayed away in droves. In fact, there was only around 8,000 in home sections, although more than 3,000 from the Midlands dominated the Putney End.

The absentees might have had second sight, because it took half an hour for a tepid game to come to life.

Former Fulham target Bakary Sako drove low, brought a great save from Marcus Bettinelli, but struck the far post before Leon Clarke blew the easiest of chances to put Wolves ahead from the rebound.

In reply, Hugo Rodallega tried an audacious overhead, not once but twice. The first was just over the bar as he connected with Jack Grimmer's cross, the second flew right of the upright.

Eight minutes into the second half, the seas parted for Cauley Woodrow to dart through and blast, high, wide and anything but handsome.

Bettinelli was again on top of his game when he tipped over a looping James Henry header on 65 minutes, and did even better when Shaun Hutchinson gifted the ball to Henry whose effort was parried to his right by the busy keeper from six yards.

There was plenty of endeavour, but the Fulham goal mojo has gone walkabout, and it hardly helped Lasse Vigen Christensen lasted barely half an hour before limping off - clearly a gamble to play the much coveted midfielder that failed almost as spectacularly as Ross McCormack reduced to a role behind the front two.

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