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Match Report

Wolves (0) 2-2 (1)  Fulham   (AET 3-3)

Fulham win on penalities 3-5

F.A. Cup Third Round Repay at Molineux Stadium

Tuesday 13th January 2015    KO: 19:45




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Fulham beat Wolves on penalties to reach the FA Cup fourth round as the hosts honoured former owner Sir Jack Hayward.

The 91-year-old, who owned Wolves for 17 years before selling in 2007, passed away on Tuesday with the club holding a minute's silence and players wearing black armbands.

On the pitch, Matt Doherty's miss in the shoot-out proved decisive as Fulham won 5-3 on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Fulham striker Ross McCormack had scored a 120th-minute penalty to cancel out Dave Edwards' earlier extra-time strike.

Three goals in five second-half minutes saw Rajiv van La Parra and Edwards fire Wolves in front before Cauley Woodrow made it 2-2.

Woodrow had nodded Fulham ahead before the late drama and they will go to Sunderland in the fourth round.

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Wolves started slowly and Carl Ikeme parried an early sighter from McCormack before Liam McAlinden was denied by Marcus Bettinelli in a rare home raid.

Fulham were comfortably on top and rubber-stamped their authority with the opener after 25 minutes when Woodrow powered in a 12-yard header from Kostas Stafylidis' left-wing cross.

It ended the Cottagers' 387-minute goal drought which stretched back to before Christmas.

The opener allowed the visitors to continue to dominate against the lethargic hosts who were unable to cope with Fulham's sharp passing.

Wolves were stifled when they did have the ball, leaving Bettinelli a spectator in goal.

And the Cottagers should have doubled their lead eight minutes before the break when Moussa Dembele wriggled through but, off balance and under pressure from Ikeme and Richard Stearman, he shot wide with the goal gaping.

Match Stats Wolves Fulham
Goals (0) 2 2 (1)
AET 3 3
After Pens 3 5
 
Scorers Edwards 71 Woodrow 27
  Van La Parra 73 Woodrow 76
  Edwards 109 McCormack pen 121
 
Pen 1   McCormack
Pen 2 Edwards  
Pen 3   Woodrow
Pen 4 Doherty miss  
Pen 5 Stafylidis
Pen 6 Evans  
Pen 7   Roberts
Pen 8 Clarke  
Pen 9   Rodallega
Penalties 3 5
 
Goal attempts 19 23
On target 9 7
Shooting Accuracy 47% 30%
Possession 55% 45%
Corners 11 4
Offsides 2 3
Crosses 27 11
Crosses Success 100% 100%
Saves 4 6
Fouls 11 12
Yellows 1 2
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Wolves threw on Edwards and Nouha Dicko for the ineffective James Henry and McAlinden to change the game at the break.

And a quiet second half burst into life when the hosts were inches away from an equaliser as Doherty smacked the post from Van La Parra's corner, before his follow-up was hacked off the line.

Two minutes later Dicko shuddered the bar from the edge of the area as a previously static Wolves continued to threaten.

And they deservedly levelled with 19 minutes left when Edwards prodded in Dominic Iorfa's cross from eight yards.

Less than three minutes later Van La Parra put Wolves ahead when he chipped over Bettinelli after beating the offside trap.

The lead lasted just a further three minutes, though, as Woodrow made it 2-2 when he slammed in from close range after Ikeme parried Dembele's shot.

The sides failed to find another breakthrough though until the 109th minute when Wolves went ahead again.

Danny Batth's barnstorming run saw him cross from the right and Edwards converted from close range.

But McCormack stroked in a spot-kick at the death after Lee Evans handled his free-kick to send the tie to penalties.

Doherty was the only player to miss and Hugo Rodallega scored to send Fulham through.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-4-2): Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Stearman, Doherty; Price, McDonald, Henry (Edwards), Evans; van La Parra, McAlinden (Dicko 45)
Subs not used: Saville, Clarke, Ebanks-Landell, Jacobs, Kuszczak

Scorers: Edwards 71, 109, van La Parra 73

Booked: van La Parra

Fulham (4-4-2): Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Fofana, Parker, Kavanagh (Roberts 78), Dembele (Rodallega 78); Woodrow, McCormack
Subs not used: Kiraly, Zverotic, Fotheringham, Williams, Burn

Scorers: Woodrow 27, 76, McCormack 120

Booked: Woodrow (59,f), McCormack (94,f)

Referee: David Coote

Attendance: 8,148























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