Fulham 2-1 Aston Villa: Anthony Knockaert and Harry Arter both score screamers to beat Premier League wrestlers from the FA Cup
- Anthony Knockaert & # 39; s strike put Fulham in the front of the FA Cup third round draw
- Fulham & # 39; s Irish midfielder Harry Arter scored their second goal at Craven Cottage
Knockaert & # 39; s effort was a lightning bolt from outside the area in the upper corner
Super Sub Harry Arter scored an amazing first goal for over two years to help the Fulham Championship dump Premier League Aston Villa from the FA Cup.
Midfielder Arter hit a sensational winner in the top corner from 30 meters just two minutes after he shot Fulham to the fourth round.
Not only was the midfielder a way to open his account for Fulham after his arrival in August, but also to end his target drought that last scored for Bournemouth in November 2017.
Fulham & # 39; s Irish midfielder Harry Arter celebrates it scoring their second goal in Craven Cottage
Fulham (4-3 -3): Rodak 7; Christie 7, Mawson 7, Hector 7.5, Odoi 6.5; Onomah 7 (Stansfield 82, 6.5), McDonald 6 (Arter 72, 8), Johansen 7; Knockaert 8, Knight 6 (De La Torre 84, 6), Bryan 7.5.
Subs Not used: Bettinelli, Harris, O & # 39; Riley, Jasper.
Goals: Knockaert 54, Arter 74
Booked: McDonald, Knockaert, Hector
Manager: Scott Parker 7
Aston Villa (4-3- 3): Nyland 6; Elmohamady 6, English 6, Chester 6, Taylor 6; Lansbury 6, Nakamba 6 (Vassilev 80, 5), Hourihane 6; Iota 7 (Trezeguet 76, 5), Kodjia 6.5, El Ghazi 7 (Ramsey 86, 5).
Subs Not used: Kalinic, Guilbert, Konsa, Hause.
Goals: El Ghazi 63
Booked: Nakamba, Taylor, Lansbury
Manager: Dean Smith 7
Referee: Craig Pawson 7
Man of the Match: Anthony Knockaert
And you know it's a good cause when even a member of your family is surprised, like Scott and brother-in-law Scott Parker, raised his eyebrows as he joked with the fourth official second after the strike.
Arter succeeded in surpassing the second half of Anthony Knockaert, giving Fulham the lead to be canceled only by Anwar El Ghazi.
Crashing out to Opposition in the championship was not ideal for Aston Villa and manager Dean Smith, but his team selection said everything about where his priorities were.
After losing Tom Heaton and Wesley to seasonal knee injuries this week and John McGinn to a long-lasting ankle injury before Christmas, it was no surprise that Smith could remove as many important players as he could from the line of fire.
He made nine changes to his starting XI and Captain Jack Grealish and Tyrone Mings were not even on the bank as insurance.
They are way too important for Villa & # 39; s bigger priorities, Premier League survival and even Wednesday League League semi-final against Leicester
Parker saved the number of his promotion-chasing stars championship also , making five changes to his team with top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic watching from the stands.
Anthony Knockaert's strike put Fulham in front during their third FA Cup round draw
None of these mix-and-match sides were particularly looking forward to the cup in the first half hour that they spent not far away moving through the movements.
Jonathan Kodjia and Ahmed Elmohamady had chances to break the boredom for Anwar. El Ghazi fired narrowly.
Fulham was confident and comfortable in possession, but could not test Orjan Nyland, replacement of Heaton in Villa & # 39; s goal.
And the visitors ended the half with two good goals. . Jota saluted the first just after the clearing head of Fulham debutant Michael Hector had fallen his way.
Seconds later Kodjia writhed away from Alfie Mawson set El Ghazi on goal but the excellent response from Marek Rodak
Knockaert, a lively artist in the opening period, had Fulham & # 39; s first attempt of the second half and it gives a sign of things coming when he turns on from the right and just shot wide.
In the 55th minute he repeated the trick and found the top corner with a lush bending attack.
A combination of Nyland and Bjorn Engels denied Joe Bryan and Cyrus Christie a second ahead of Fulham whose lead lasted only nine minutes
Defender Hector had waited a long time for his participation in Fulham from Chelsea in September , but has been unable to play since. His last game was actually back in May for Hull.
He had been a commander in the heart of Fulham's defense and had not put a foot in the wrong, felt danger and looked focused on the ball. It had been an encouraging debut. That was until the 63rd minute when he tried to step in front of Kodjia to disable Jota & # 39; s pass, but misjudged the bounce that allowed the striker to lift the ball over Rodak and thought he was celebrating wildly in the net as if the goal was his. Except that El Ghazi got a touch just before the ball crossed the line and drilled his teammate's equalizer.
Now the game was in balance again and the replay did not want to be a possibility for either party.
] Arter & # 39; s introduction has changed that. He came in the 72nd minute and let fly two minutes later, when little else appeared on Stefan Johansen's pass, rolled his way and his decision paid off when his attempt flew into the net to send Fulham through.