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Accrington Stanley   1 - 3   Fulham

By Peter Scrivener

Michael Symes celebrates his goal against Fulham
Symes' 14th goal of the season proved in vain for Accrington

Fulham survived a nervy first-half at the Crown Ground to move into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Accrington.

Cottagers keeper Mark Schwarzer denied Michael Symes and Sean McConville before Erik Nevland poked Fulham ahead.

Symes levelled after a scramble in the box but Darran Kempson collected a second yellow card before half-time.

And Fulham took advantage with Damien Duff scuffing in a left-foot shot and Zoltan Gera scoring on the break.

The scoreline was harsh on League Two Stanley who created numerous chances and could have been 2-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes.

Schwarzer tipped Symes' 25-year effort over the bar, while McConville tested the Australian keeper seconds later.

Fulham struggled to adapt to the uneven bounce but they took the lead on 20 minutes when Duff's near-post corner was flicked on by Gera and bundled in by Nevland.

Stanley deservedly levelled five minutes later when the ball found its way to top-scorer Symes after a goalmouth scramble and he tucked his 14th goal of the season into an unguarded net.

Robert Grant brought another save out of Schwarzer before the half-hour mark, but Stanley's hopes of reaching the fifth round for the first time in their history took a blow when Kempson was dismissed before the break.

Already booked for a challenge on Nevland, the defender then went right through Gera to put his team down to 10 men.

But Stanley continued to press after the break and came close to taking the lead when Grant flashed a first-time volley inches wide after good work from Symes.

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That was the home side's last real attack as Premier League Fulham began to make their numerical advantage and superior fitness count.

A quick free-kick caught Stanley napping and Nevland flicked the ball on to Duff who raced through and although Dean Bouzanis got his left hand on the shot, the ball trickled in.

Stanley's keeper was becoming increasingly busy and he did well to tip a Nevland effort over before saving low down from the Norwegian striker.

But he was unable to stop Fulham from scoring a third when Gera guided Bjorn Helge Riise's cross in to clinch the victory.


Accrington manager John Coleman:
"I am disappointed with the result and with the three goals we conceded.

"We were the better team until they scored their second goal, but once we went down to 10 men we got a bit disjointed.

"They hadn't been anywhere near our goal until they scored that first goal, and that was disappointing, coming from a set play when we had worked on it.

"The second one was from a set play as well and that could have been stopped.

"But we have played them off the park in the first half and it is a bit of a travesty that we only went in at half-time level."

On the sending off, Coleman added: "I think the referee will have to assess his own performance and he will have people assessing him."

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"I don't think we adapted very well to the conditions in the beginning of the game.

"A number of balls just ballooned into our final third. Accrington played a lot of football through the midfield and we weren't quite expecting that every ball would be lashed forward.

"They made life very difficult for us but in the second half we showed them more of our qualities and ended up winning the game relatively comfortably.

"All credit to Accrington for the magnificent show they put up."

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Accrington 1-3 Fulham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Symes 25
  • Nevland 21
  • Duff 59
  • Gera 80

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Bouzanis
  • 05 Kempton yellow card, red card
  • 12 Edwards
  • 15 Winnard
  • 26 Lees
  • 06 Procter
  • 07 Miles (Joyce 85)
  • 14 Ryan
  • 17 McConville (Kee 63)
  • 11 Grant
  • 19 Symes

Substitutes

  • 25 Dunbavin,
  • 20 Murphy,
  • 08 Joyce,
  • 16 Turner,
  • 18 Mullin,
  • 24 King,
  • 09 Kee

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: AttwellAtt: 3,712
ACCRINGTON
FULHAM

Possession

  • Accrington 46%
  • Fulham 54%

Attempts on target

  • Accrington 6
  • Fulham 9

Attempts off target

  • Accrington 1
  • Fulham 5

Corners

  • Accrington 1
  • Fulham 3

Fouls

  • Accrington 16
  • Fulham 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+1:38 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+1:02 The ball is crossed by Bjorn Helge Riise.
  • 90:00+0:28 Unfair challenge on Kagisho Dikgacoi by Luke Joyce results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 90:00+0:08 A cross is delivered by Stephen Kelly, save by Dean Bouzanis.
  • 88:42 Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Kee. Robert Grant delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 87:18 Bjorn Helge Riise delivers the ball, clearance made by Phil Edwards.
  • 83:55 Substitution Luke Joyce on for John Miles.
  • 83:55 Substitution Simon Davies comes on in place of Zoltan Gera.
  • 81:38 Erik Nevland takes a shot. Save made by Dean Bouzanis.
  • 79:07 Bjorn Helge Riise provided the assist for the goal.
  • 79:07 GOAL - Zoltan GeraAccrington Stanley 1 - 3 Fulham Zoltan Gera scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 1-3 Fulham.
  • 79:03 The ball is swung over by Bjorn Helge Riise,
  • 77:15 Bjorn Helge Riise is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Phil Edwards.
  • 75:48 Foul by Robert Grant on Chris Baird, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:55 Erik Nevland takes a shot. Save made by Dean Bouzanis.
  • 72:41 David Elm produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 72:17 Erik Nevland takes a shot. Dean Bouzanis makes a comfortable save.
  • 69:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Procter by Kagisho Dikgacoi. Phil Edwards restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:02 Substitution Kagisho Dikgacoi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Duff.
  • 65:56 Erik Nevland takes a shot. Save by Dean Bouzanis. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Aaron Hughes goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 63:52 Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Edwards. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Billy Kee makes a clearance.
  • 62:16 Substitution Sean McConville leaves the field to be replaced by Billy Kee.
  • Correction - 58:46 The assist for the goal came from David Elm.
  • 58:46 The assist for the goal came from Erik Nevland.
  • 58:46 GOAL - Damien DuffAccrington Stanley 1 - 2 Fulham A goal is scored by Damien Duff from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 1-2 Fulham.
  • 58:36 James Ryan challenges Danny Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
  • 57:37 Foul by James Ryan on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 56:20 David Elm concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Edwards. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.
  • 55:37 Substitution David Elm on for Toni Kallio.
  • 55:19 Zoltan Gera produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 54:45 Damien Duff takes a shot. Dean Bouzanis makes a comfortable save.
  • 52:49 James Ryan crosses the ball, Shot from just outside the area by Robert Grant misses to the left of the target.
  • 48:30 Erik Nevland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Edwards. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:19 Robert Grant sends in a cross, clearance by Stephen Kelly.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:57 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 44:39 Erik Nevland is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Phil Edwards.
  • 43:57 Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.
  • 43:57 Booking Zoltan Gera goes into the book.
  • 43:41 Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Edwards.
  • 41:29 Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
  • 41:29 Sent off Darran Kempson sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence.
  • 41:22 Zoltan Gera fouled by Darran Kempson, the ref awards a free kick.
  • Correction - 39:13 Michael Symes challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
  • 39:13 Michael Symes challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 37:58 Robert Grant sends in a cross, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:44 Phil Edwards fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Procter takes the direct free kick.
  • 36:39 Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Grant. James Ryan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 34:36 The referee blows for offside against Erik Nevland. Free kick taken by Dean Bouzanis.
  • 33:48 Robert Grant takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Phil Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Zoltan Gera. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
  • 33:00 Sean McConville produces a cross.
  • 31:57 John Miles sends in a cross.
  • 31:17 Michael Symes takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
  • 28:53 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tom Lees from right channel.
  • 28:53 Booking The referee cautions Chris Baird for unsporting behaviour.
  • 28:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Baird on Robert Grant.
  • 28:23 Foul by Robert Grant on Chris Baird, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 28:12 Foul by Sean McConville on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 26:47 The ball is sent over by Danny Murphy, Bjorn Helge Riise produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 26:47 Booking Darran Kempson booked.
  • 26:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Erik Nevland by Darran Kempson.
  • 24:30 Assist by Sean McConville.
  • 24:30 GOAL - Michael SymesAccrington Stanley 1 - 1 Fulham A goal is scored by Michael Symes from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 1-1 Fulham.
  • 23:51 Danny Murphy challenges Andrew Procter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Bouzanis takes the free kick.
  • 22:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Michael Symes. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 20:19 The assist for the goal came from Zoltan Gera.
  • 20:19 GOAL - Erik NevlandAccrington Stanley 0 - 1 Fulham Goal scored by Erik Nevland from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Accrington Stanley 0-1 Fulham.
  • 20:00 Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post,
  • 18:49 The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, Shot from deep inside the area by Erik Nevland clears the crossbar.
  • 16:48 Andrew Procter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Schwarzer. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 16:33 Robert Grant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 14:52 Danny Murphy fouled by James Ryan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 14:09 James Ryan has an effort at goal. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 12:52 The referee blows for offside against Zoltan Gera. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:21 The referee blows for offside against Robert Grant. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 10:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darran Kempson on Erik Nevland. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
  • 9:42 Sean McConville takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 9:08 Michael Symes takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by John Miles from the left by-line, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:08 Centre by Zoltan Gera, clearance by Darran Kempson. Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Procter. Dean Bouzanis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:26 Handball by Michael Symes. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:15 John Miles crosses the ball.
  • 3:44 Erik Nevland fouled by Phil Edwards, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 2:52 Erik Nevland is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Dean Bouzanis takes the indirect free kick.
  • Correction - 0:00 The match has kicked off.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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