The FA Cup - Third Round
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Darren Bent scoring for Fulham

Darren Bent scored his first goal since October as Fulham claimed a 1-1 draw at fellow Premier League strugglers Norwich in the FA Cup third round.

After wasting an earlier chance, Bent nodded past the stranded Mark Bunn.

Norwich had started brighter and drew level on the stroke of half-time through Robert Snodgrass's header.

Canaries record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel should have scored with a header after the break but neither side could force a winner to avoid a replay.

The clubs had met in the Premier League as recently as Boxing Day when Fulham claimed a 2-1 win thanks to Scott Parker's late goal, but this was their first clash in the FA Cup for 106 years.

As expected, the managers made a raft of changes after a hectic Christmas schedule. Among those was a first start for Clint Dempsey in his second spell with Fulham after re-joining on a two-month loan deal from Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders.

The Canaries had enjoyed the better start at Carrow Road, with Josh Murphy shooting over from outside the penalty area and Johan Elmander firing a rebound a foot wide of the post.

Despite Norwich's pressure, the best chance of the early stages saw Cottagers' striker Bent played through on-goal by Pajtim Kasami only for goalkeeper Bunn to deny him.

Bent was not to be kept out 10 minutes later as he rose above the flat-footed Bunn to head Fulham into the lead. The effort was the Aston Villa loanee's first since he struck the only goal in the top-flight meeting with Stoke on 5 October.

Norwich had controlled the first half and were not behind for long. Snodgrass capitalised on some poor goalkeeping from ex-Ipswich loanee David Stockdale after excellent wing-play from the dynamic Murphy to stoop down and nod in the equaliser.

Stockdale excelled after the break, however, as he pulled off a tremendous low stop to keep out a header from Van Wolfswinkel, who was making his first start since October following a toe injury.

Snodgrass then came close to a second as his free-kick rippled the side-netting.

Norwich continued to look the most likely to score in the final stages, but Steven Whittaker's low effort across goal agonisingly evaded the touch of a team-mate to ensure the relegation-threatened pair had to settle for a cup draw.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton:

"It's a replay we would rather not have, but having said that we would rather still be in the competition than out.

"Wes [Hoolahan] reported an injury yesterday and at this moment is having treatment. There has been no bid that I am aware of, absolutely not.

"It's not our intention to lose players, our intentions are to strengthen what we have got here and to make sure we get these players back fit."

Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen:

"We didn't want it [a replay], I think Chris [Hughton, the Norwich boss] didn't want it either, but that's how it turned out. A draw's a good result away from home.

"David Stockdale had a Gordon Banks-like save to keep us in the game.

"It was definitely one of the best saves I have seen. It was a fantastic cross by [Javier] Garrido and a great leap by Van Wolfswinkel."

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Line-ups

Norwich

  • 13Bunn
  • 2Martin
  • 23Olsson
  • 16ElmanderSubstituted forRedmondat 67'minutes
  • 24Bennett
  • 3Whittaker
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 18Garrido
  • 9van Wolfswinkel
  • 31MurphySubstituted forMurphyat 79'minutes
  • 25Fox

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 11Hooper
  • 19Becchio
  • 22Redmond
  • 32Murphy
  • 33Hall-Johnson
  • 34Gafaiti

Fulham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 22Zverotic
  • 35AmorebietaSubstituted forRiiseat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23BoatengSubstituted forChristensenat 70'minutes
  • 33Burn
  • 18Hughes
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forPlumainat 45'minutes
  • 30David
  • 39Bent
  • 8Kasami
  • 32Dempsey

Substitutes

  • 3Riise
  • 20Rodallega
  • 24Dejagah
  • 34Plumain
  • 37Christensen
  • 41Joronen
  • 45Dembele
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
21,703

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Fulham 1.

  3. Booking

    John Arne Riise (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

  7. Post update

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

  10. Post update

    Ange-Freddy Plumain (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Jacob Murphy replaces Josh Murphy.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Burn (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

  17. Post update

    Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ange-Freddy Plumain (Fulham).

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Chris David (Fulham).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. John Arne Riise replaces Fernando Amorebieta.