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Fulham   4 - 0   Notts County

Bobby Zamora (left) and Simon Davies (right)
Fulham goalscorers Zamora (left) and Davies celebrate the former's strike

Fulham booked their place in the last eight of the FA Cup with a deserved win over League Two side Notts County.

The Magpies showed endeavour but lacked true quality and fell behind in the 22nd minute when Simon Davies' shot found its way in at the far post.

Fulham were the better side throughout and were 2-0 up at half-time, courtesy of Bobby Zamora's superb finish.

Damien Duff's near-post finish and substitute Stefano Okaka's breakaway strike rounded off a comfortable win.

The Cottagers justified the 65 league places that separate the sides with a professional and efficient display that ensured their progress to the last eight of the competition.

In contrast, the result is one final blow in what has been a desperate week for Notts County.

The last seven days have seen them sold for £1, Sven-Goran Eriksson resign as director of football, revelations of debts totalling close to £4m and a £300,000 tax bill that threatens their very existence.

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It is a long way from last July when they were taken over by Middle Eastern consortium Munto, with the much-heralded plan of leading the league's oldest club to the top flight within five years.

Such lofty ambitions have now been drastically readjusted but the lowest- ranked team still standing in the FA Cup at the time of kick-off did their utmost to capitalise on a rare chance to test themselves against Premier League opposition.

They worked hard throughout and frustrated their hosts for long periods but ultimately lacked the quality to truly threaten the home side or hold out against their more incisive attacking play.

Fielding the same side that beat Burnley 3-0 in their last Premier League fixture, the home side were quickly into their stride, fashioning the first chance of the match which Zamora flashed across goal.

County's Ben Davies drew a good save from Mark Schwarzer with a long-range shot in the 16th minute but this proved to be the prelude to Fulham taking the lead soon after.

Danny Murphy's chip found Simon Davies on the edge of the area and he was able to turn and fire a shot that found its way through defender John Thompson's legs and past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Despite the setback, County maintained their workrate and almost drew level when Craig Westcarr latched onto a flick by Lee Hughes and forced Schwarzer into a full-stretch save.

Fulham always looked the more threatening going forward though and it was no surprise when Zamora made it 2-0 just before half time, collecting a backheel from David Elm and firing in at an angle from 18 yards.

There was plenty of effort from the visitors after the break but Fulham had enough experience and ability to hold them at bay, restricting them to two long-range speculative efforts from Ben Davies.

With 16 minutes to go Duff struck to end any hope County had of getting back into the match.

The Republic of Ireland winger cut inside from the right flank and fired through Johnnie Jackson's legs and in at the near post.

Shortly after, Okaka - who had only been on the field three minutes as a replacement for Zamora - raced clear of the County defence before firing past Schmeichel for his first goal in Fulham colours.


Fulham manager Roy Hodgson:
"We'll be highly motivated and nervous about the quarter-final because we badly want a good result.

"It would mean a lot to us. It would be another major step forward with the progression at the club.

"Success is probably a continued presence in the Premier League, if we could go one step further that would be fantastic.

"This was a real potential banana skin and I'm just happy we didn't slip up on it. I wasn't wrong to suggest they would give us a good game."

Notts County caretaker manager Dave Kevan:
"The players were fantastic and worked tremendously hard. We created some good chances in both halves so I'm proud how they played. They can take credit for that.

"They have to take that performance and transmit it into League Two football.

"We felt the scoreline flattered Fulham, it was a bit harsh on us. They were more clinical, as you'd expect.

"There is a lot of football to be played. The aim is to get out of League Two and we can still do it."

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Sunday, 14 February 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 4-0 Notts County FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Davies 22
  • Zamora 41
  • Duff 73
  • Okaka Chuka 79

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Notts County

    • 23 Schmeichel
    • 04 Edwards
    • 06 Thompson
    • 17 Clapham (Rodgers 61)
    • 18 Hunt
    • 08 Ravenhill
    • 10 Bishop
    • 11 Davies
    • 21 Jackson
    • 09 Hughes (Hamshaw 84)
    • 20 Westcarr (Hawley 84)

    Substitutes

    • 01 Hoult,
    • 05 Lee,
    • 07 Hamshaw,
    • 15 Hawley,
    • 16 Fairclough,
    • 19 Rodgers,
    • 30 Akinbiyi
    Ref: WileyAtt: 16,132
    FULHAM
    NOTTS COUNTY

    Possession

    • Fulham 52%
    • Notts County 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 8
    • Notts County 5

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 4
    • Notts County 6

    Corners

    • Fulham 5
    • Notts County 6

    Fouls

    • Fulham 9
    • Notts County 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:53 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+0:58 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Hamshaw from the right by-line to the near post, Simon Davies makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:06 Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Bishop. Ben Davies takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:49 Handball decision goes against David Elm. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
    • 85:33 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Ben Davies misses to the left of the target.
    • 83:32 Substitution Karl Hawley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Westcarr.
    • 83:32 Substitution Matthew Hamshaw is brought on as a substitute for Lee Hughes.
    • 81:54 Brede Hangeland fouled by Luke Rodgers, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:06 The referee blows for offside against Stefano Okaka. John Thompson takes the free kick.
    • 80:01 Inswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line, Craig Westcarr manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:13 GOAL - Stefano OkakaFulham 4 - 0 Notts County Stefano Okaka gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 4-0 Notts County.
    • 75:54 Bjorn Helge Riise is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
    • 74:22 Substitution Stefano Okaka is brought on as a substitute for Bobby Zamora.
    • 74:22 Substitution Damien Duff goes off and Bjorn Helge Riise comes on.
    • 72:50 GOAL - Damien DuffFulham 3 - 0 Notts County Damien Duff fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 3-0 Notts County.
    • 72:10 Unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Luke Rodgers results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 71:10 Bobby Zamora gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mike Edwards. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
    • 68:56 Substitution Jonathan Greening comes on in place of Danny Murphy.
    • Correction - 65:51 Foul by Aaron Hughes on Lee Hughes, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Ben Davies from the free kick, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 65:51 Aaron Hughes concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Hughes. Direct free kick taken by Ben Davies.
    • 64:42 Short corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line.
    • 60:42 Substitution Luke Rodgers joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Clapham.
    • 58:50 Shot by Nicky Shorey from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
    • 58:07 Stephen Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on David Elm. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 56:40 Brede Hangeland fouled by Lee Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 55:54 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Header by Brede Hangeland from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 54:37 Shot from just outside the box by Ben Davies misses to the left of the target.
    • 53:12 Damien Duff takes a corner.
    • 50:27 Lee Hughes takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 49:01 Ben Davies has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:17 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Elm on Mike Edwards. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 44:13 Simon Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Westcarr. Free kick taken by Ben Davies.
    • 42:51 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Header on goal by Lee Hughes from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 41:55 Unfair challenge on John Thompson by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Jamie Clapham fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Dickson Etuhu gets a block in.
    • 40:34 GOAL - Bobby ZamoraFulham 2 - 0 Notts County Bobby Zamora finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 2-0 Notts County.
    • 39:57 Nicky Shorey takes a shot. Blocked by John Thompson.
    • 38:55 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies played to the near post, clearance by Simon Davies.
    • Correction - 38:43 Craig Westcarr takes a shot. Brilliant save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 38:43 Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 37:37 The assistant referee flags for offside against Bobby Zamora. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mike Edwards on Bobby Zamora. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 35:21 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line, Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 34:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Ravenhill on Bobby Zamora. Direct free kick taken by Bobby Zamora.
    • 33:32 Bobby Zamora produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 31:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Ben Davies. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 30:57 Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Davies. Direct free kick taken by Ben Davies.
    • 29:21 Damien Duff takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 27:44 The ball is crossed by Jamie Clapham, Header from deep inside the area by Stephen Hunt goes over the bar.
    • 27:22 Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 25:34 Unfair challenge on Craig Westcarr by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Clapham.
    • 23:08 The referee blows for offside. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 21:39 GOAL - Simon DaviesFulham 1 - 0 Notts County Simon Davies gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Notts County.
    • 16:44 Ben Davies takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
    • 16:31 Ben Davies takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 14:31 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies to the near post, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
    • 11:43 Craig Westcarr has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 9:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Hughes on Brede Hangeland. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:00 David Elm is ruled offside. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:30 Bobby Zamora has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 0:13 Bobby Zamora is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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