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Fulham welcome Norwich -- FAC Match Preview

last updated Tuesday 14th January 2014, 12:06 PM

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen
Fulham Head Coach
Rene Meulensteen
Rene Meulensteen
Fulham take on Norwich City in Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replay knowing Sheffield United are awaiting the winners.

The two teams couldn't be separated on January 4, when Darren Bent gave the Cottagers a 40th-minute lead at Carrow Road, only to see Robert Snodgrass net on 45 minutes to earn a replay.

A fourth-round tie away to Sheffield United awaits Tuesday's victors - but both teams are struggling in the Premier League and come into this game on the back of weekend defeats, with Fulham losing 4-1 at home to Sunderland and Norwich falling to a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

The Canaries have no fresh injury problems ahead of the trip to west London, and Norwich boss Chris Hughton admits the tie with the Blades is an incentive.

"We know what awaits us in the next round and that would give us that little lift, irrespective of the competition," he said.

"Firstly we have to get through and we found to our detriment last season (against Luton) it is not always the fancied team who go through.

"I wouldn't see an away tie at Sheffield United as anything but a difficult game, so we need to make sure we put ourselves in a position to get through."

Norwich's 18-year-old winger Josh Murphy could be handed another chance to impress, having started the first tie and been replaced by his twin brother Jacob late in the second half.

Hughton said: "Josh is a young lad and maturing well. Fulham would have done their research for the first time, but they will definitely know him a little bit better now."

Fulham will fancy their chances of reaching round four having recently tasted victory over these opponents in league battle on Boxing Day, when goals from Pajtim Kasami and Scott Parker earned them a 2-1 over Hughton's hosts.

    Match Stats

  • These sides drew 1-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday, 4 January.

  • Fulham are unbeaten in the last 14 meetings in all competitions, winning 10.

  • Their only other FA Cup meeting and their first ever meeting in all competitions was in February 1908. Fulham won the game 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

  • Fulham were beaten finalists in 1975 when they lost 2-0 to West Ham at Wembley.

  • Norwich have never been further than the semi-finals of the FA Cup. They have reached the last four on three separate occasions, most recently in 1992.

  • Norwich manager Chris Hughton won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1981 and 1982.

  • Norwich were knocked out by non-league Luton in the fourth round last season.

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