Date: 7th March 2009 at 7:25pm
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At a capacity Craven Cottage, Fulham crashed out of the FA Cup at the quarter-finals stage to a rampant Manchester United.

Two goals in each half were enough to end our dream of a Wembley appearance but, on the balance of play, there can`t be much argument about the result, at times it was almost men against boys.

The side selected by Roy Hodgson had a familiar look to it with no surprise inclusions. Fulham got the action underway and in a game with such an emphatic score line actually had the better of the opening fifteen minutes even though, very early on, Schwazer was forced to rescue us with a save from Tevez after the usually reliable Hangeland had made an unforced error.

Pushing forward we created two good chances. The first came courtesy of some slack Unite defending that saw Vidic clear off the line after Johnson had flicked a ball towards goal. The second came after Van der Sar claimed a Dempsey header after a decent Zamora cross.

But then it all went horribly wrong!

With twenty minutes on the clock Konchesky conceded a corner and when the ball was worked back in Tevez was on hand at the far post to squeeze a header in. The gaol saw Fulham put on the back foot and just past the half hour mark Rooney hit the base of the post when it really was easier to score.

But respite was fleeting as three minutes later that man Tevez made it 2-0 curling a great shot, from roughly twenty yards, past Schwarzer. If it was going to be uphill at 1-0 we were looking for a miracle at 2-0.

Any chances Fulham had of sneaking back into it in the second half were demolished a mere four minutes into it when Rooney made it 3-0 curling a shot past Schwarzer from the edge of the area. Now it looked only a matter of how many we`d concede as United cut us open.

Schwarzer made two good saves from Park, the second with an outstretched right hand that pushed a powerful shot away. The keeper, by the far the busier of the two on the pitch, then had to deny Tevez but as we passed the 80th minute United got the fourth goal they deserved.

Gera, on for Zamora played an aimless pass across the central midfield straight to an opposition player, Park raced on to it and compounded the original error by finishing neatly past Schwarzer.

Thankfully, it stayed at 4-0, our FA Cup dream is over and we`d better start looking towards next weekend and a trip to Bolton before, yes you`ve guessed it, we face the ‘Red Machine` at Craven Cottage again in two weeks time!


13 Replies to “Fulham 0 Man United 4”

  • I know the ‘rags’ are good but you made them look like world beaters (maybe they are). That was not a performance that you have been showing in the league this season. What went wrong?

  • the confidence certainly was down after the hull defeat!! i just hope we pick it up for Wednesday..

  • I was disappointed with the defending, they looked scared, why wasn’t Tevez closed down for goal no 2, why wasn’t Rooney closed down for his goal? Neither Rooney’s or Tevez’s long range shots were ‘goal of the season’ contenders in terms of how good those shots were. If they’d been closed down properly by a defensive unit working together we’d have likely prevented both those goals. And what was Konchesky doing for goal number one? Rather embarassing really. But, nevermind, proud of a decen cup run this year and now lets concentrate on getting the next couple of wins under our belt to guarantee survival!

  • Also we criticse Hodgson sometimes for not bringing on subs during the game and sticking with his preferred 11 throughout. In this game the subs were bloody awful. Gera gets worse and worse the more he plays. Kamara did nothing useful. Just a very bad day all round I think!

  • I didn’t expect 4-0, but I didn’t expect a win, either. Hodgson only used the subs because he knew the match was over. I don’t think he expected anything from them, nor should we. Hopefully, Giles Barnes will take Gera’s spot on the bench. Anyway… on to face Blackburn.

  • I’m gutted about Gera’s form. I thought he’d be the signing of the summer for us, but he’s been very poor. Anyway, quite right, on to Blackburn!

  • A lot of Fulham fans I know want Gera put down! He couldn’t possibly be that bad, can he?

  • Gera’s not awful, but on a club with only 15 viable starters, you need to get the most out of those 15. Gera’s not convinced anyone so far that he’s top-flight material. Of course, if he scores the goal that gets us to 40 points, we’ll probably forgive him and sing his praises. A fickle lot, we are.

  • that’s was not the usual defending that i’ve seen week in week out, but it wasn’t the usual opponent we were playing either. i expected better, definitely on the first goal, and the second and third as well… we can definitely do better, and we better get in the right mindset for wednesday, because it’s going to be a brutal fight i think.

  • I think you’re right, Woody. Blackburn will be tough. Allardyce has them playing well, and they’ll be itching to get out of the relegation zone. We can’t afford another slip at home.

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