The FA Cup - Third Round
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Fulham 2-1 Aston Villa, FA Cup third round

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FA Cup: Fulham 2-1 Aston Villa highlights

Substitute Harry Arter scored moments after coming on to send Fulham into the fourth round of the FA Cup with victory over Premier League side Aston Villa.

Anthony Knockaert had put the Championship club ahead with a stunning strike before Anwar El Ghazi equalised less than 10 minutes later.

But Arter restored the hosts' lead with a blistering effort of his own from 30 yards - his first Fulham goal.

The Cottagers are into the fourth round for the first time in three seasons.

But Villa - who are 17th in the Premier League - have now gone four years without winning an FA Cup match.

They have been eliminated by sides from lower leagues in their past two ties in the competition.

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What a goal! 'Fantastic' Arter strike gives Fulham win against Villa

In what was the first FA Cup meeting between the sides since 1999 - and their first encounter since the 2018 Championship play-off final - Knockaert opened the scoring after the break with a left-footed effort from outside the area.

But El Ghazi, who had gone close to opening the scoring for Dean Smith's Villa on the stroke of half-time only to be denied by Marek Rodak, cancelled out the Frenchman's goal by tapping in Jonathan Kodjia's goal-bound effort.

Fulham boss Scott Parker brought Arter on for Kevin McDonald and his switch was rewarded just one minute and 45 seconds later when the 30-year-old - on loan from Bournemouth - thumped the ball into the top corner for his first goal since November 2017.

Knockaert saw a chance to extend Fulham's lead go begging in the dying stages of the match, Jay Stansfield's cross passing just millimetres from his toe in front of goal.

The goals came following a cagey first half in which neither side had truly threatened with the exception of El Ghazi's last-ditch attempt.

Villa had seen both Marvelous Nakamba and Neil Taylor go into the book early on for ill-timed challenges, while Kodjia had scuppered the visitors' first chance to take the lead, firing over the bar after good play by El Ghazi to bring the ball into the box.

Ahmed El Mohamady and Jota also went close to opening the scoring for Villa, while Knockaert and Joe Bryan both had efforts on goal for Fulham.

After the break, Knockaert saw a blistering strike brush past the post before finally opening the scoring, while Bryan and Cyrus Christie also peppered Orjan Nyland's goal with shots as Fulham - now dominating the match - looked to hit the final nail in Villa's coffin.

Man of the match - Anthony Knockaert (Fulham)

Anthony Knockaert celebrates his opening goal for Fulham against Aston Villa
Anthony Knockaert scored Fulham's opener and could have added several more. He had more shots (six) than any other player on the pitch.

'I thought the performance was outstanding' - what they said

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, speaking to BBC Sport: "We had a much-changed team, we had to with the amount of games we've had.

"There wasn't an awful lot in the game - they scored two wonder goals and beat us.

"While the FA Cup means an awful lot to us, it's not top of our priority list given the injuries we've got and the games coming up.

"It was an opportunity for players to show me they want to be in the first time. Some did OK and some didn't deliver."

Fulham boss Scott Parker, speaking to BBC Sport: "The most important thing was the result - but, more importantly, I thought the performance was outstanding.

"We caused them a lot of problems; we got in the right areas.

"Winning becomes a habit like losing does. Ultimately, you need a winning mentality and a habit of being winners, and that is going to take time. You can't just click your fingers, but games like this help against very good opposition."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 12Rodák
  • 22Christie
  • 3HectorBooked at 90mins
  • 5Mawson
  • 4Odoi
  • 25OnomahSubstituted forStansfieldat 82'minutes
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 47minsSubstituted forArterat 72'minutes
  • 8Johansen
  • 24KnockaertBooked at 88mins
  • 19CavaleiroSubstituted forDe La Torreat 84'minutes
  • 23Bryan

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 18Arter
  • 33O'Riley
  • 36De La Torre
  • 46Harris
  • 58Jasper
  • 61Stansfield

Aston Villa

  • 25Nyland
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 22Engels
  • 5Chester
  • 3TaylorBooked at 21mins
  • 8LansburyBooked at 90mins
  • 11NakambaBooked at 6minsSubstituted forVassilevat 80'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 23JotaSubstituted forTrézéguetat 76'minutes
  • 26Kodjia
  • 21El GhaziSubstituted forRamseyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Konsa
  • 17Trézéguet
  • 24Guilbert
  • 28L Kalinic
  • 30Hause
  • 36Vassilev
  • 41Ramsey
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
12,980

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 2, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Aston Villa 1.

Booking

Michael Hector (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Bryan.

Offside, Fulham. Marek Rodák tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.

Offside, Aston Villa. Björn Engels tries a through ball, but Jonathan Kodjia is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Stansfield with a cross.

Booking

Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Fulham).

Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jacob Ramsey replaces Anwar El Ghazi.

Foul by Michael Hector (Fulham).

Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Henri Lansbury.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Luca De La Torre.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt missed. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Arter.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Jay Stansfield replaces Josh Onomah.

Offside, Fulham. Alfie Mawson tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Indiana Vassilev replaces Marvelous Nakamba.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed El Mohamady with a cross.

Hand ball by Harry Arter (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro following a set piece situation.

Josh Onomah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Björn Engels (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Trézéguet replaces Jota.

Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Cyrus Christie (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa).

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 2, Aston Villa 1. Harry Arter (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Harry Arter replaces Kevin McDonald.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Onomah.

Attempt saved. Jota (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Aston Villa 1. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jota with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

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