Pep Guardiola expects full Fulham side for FA Cup collision, while Scott Parker outweighs championship promotion charge over domestic cup action
- Manchester City host Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round on the Etihad Stadium
- The Cottagers are in the middle of a promotion fight to return to the top flight
- City boss Guardiola insists he expects Fulham to a strong team field
- The Spaniard explained that Fulham had a break between games for rest
Returning to the top flight will be the top priority of manager Scott Parker, but City manager Guardiola does not think they will make many changes or ease up for the band.
He said: & I don't think so because their next game is in six or seven days.
& # 39; If they had a match after two or three days, maybe, but I don't think so. I think he puts the best possible team in the game.
& # 39; If a team is third in the championship, it is because they have something.
& # 39; They are a team that play and they are a team with personality. We have discussed this with the team and hopefully we can be ready because it is a final.
& # 39; The FA Cup is an important competition, it is a traditional competition and we must try to do our best. & # 39;
Houdersstad could, however, make changes, as Guardiola wants to keep his large arms relatively fresh for the second leg of the semi-final of the Carabao Cup against Manchester United next Wednesday.
Guardiola is close to a fully fit team available after Aymeric Laporte's return from an almost five-month resignation at Sheffield United in midweek.
Guardiola said: & # 39; If the team is fit, it doesn't matter who plays, the selection will be good.
& # 39; It is not about this (player) or any other. When I turn off a team, they have the responsibility of trying to win the game. It doesn't matter what my selection is. & # 39;
Fulham, relegated last season, finished third in the championship on the way to the weekend and their style of play under Parker has comparisons drawn with Guardiola & # 39; s City.
Guardiola said: & # 39; What I have seen is that they are a really good team. I love the way they play and their results speak for themselves.
& # 39; It is not easy to be relegated and the following year. I think it speaks fairly well about the manager and the team. & # 39;
Charlton 0-0 Fulham: Cottagers fail to put pressure on Leeds and West Brom marking while Scott Parker & # 39; s side draws blank in Charlton
The side of Scott Parker has found a consistent shape just like Championship tempo setters West Bromwich Albion and Leeds have stumbled in recent weeks.
But when Fulham had the opportunity to move into second place, he lacked humor and creativity to surpass Charlton's massive ranks of defense.
CONTEST STATES AND LEAGUE TABLE
Charlton Athletic (4-2-3-) 1): Phillips; Matthews, Lockyer, Pearce (c), Purrington; Pratley, Cullen; Doughty, Oztumer (Green 82), Morgan (Williams 63); Hemed (Taylor 70)
Unused substitutes: Maynard-Brewer (GK); Oshilaja, Sarr, Dempsey
Manager: Lee Bowyer
Fulham (4-3 -3): Rodak; Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Arter (Christie 72), McDonald, Onomah (Stansfield 88); Knight, Decordova-Reid, Cairney (c) (Johansen 77)
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli (GK); Kongolo, De La Torre, Sessegnon
Manager: Scott Parker
Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)
Attendance: 16,424 (2,337 road)
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The chances for the promotion hopeful, which were not characteristic, were small and far away toothless in the future and Leeds will be relieved by the stalemate.
The news that Charlton manager Lee Bowyer had signed a new three-year contract, binding him to the Addicks until the summer of 2023, was canceled the vote before the game.
Charlton has won only one of their last 16 league matches in a scorching run dating back to October, but the support for Bowyer remains steadfast both in the new ownership and in the stands.
& # 39; Lee Bowyer & # 39; s red and white army & # 39; they sang when the boss came out of the tunnel for the kick-off and Bowyer applauded when they sang his name during the game.
The news also seemed to give his players a boost and they went full throttle on Fulham in the first 10 minutes and forced a number of turns that needed to be tackled and were.
Gradually, Scott Parker & # 39; s side settled in the passing and possession game that has proven so effective for them.
But faced with a wall of red shirts that sometimes consisted of eight or nine staff, they missed incision in the first half. Most passes were square or backward for Charlton's rear guard.
Fulham's chances did not flow precisely, so Bobby Decordova-Reid forced home keeper Dillon Phillips twice in a rescue within two minutes.
The first was a 20-meter pop shot that turned Phillips and the second followed a smart pass from Tom Cairney and was beaten to safety.
Cairney was also the architect of Fulham & # 39; s clearest opening of the opening 45, teeing up the left rear Joe Bryan for a low shot that flew past the far post.
But they really should have led five minutes after the restart when Michael Hector was left completely unmarked to meet each other The corner of Ivan Cavaleiro but led his header wide.
That brought Charlton to life, with Alfie Doughty, who looked threatening when he pushed forward and forced Marek Rodak into action for the first time.
Jonny Williams came on and then Lyle Taylor while Charlton felt the chance to grab a surprising victory.
And Taylor & # 39; s inviting ball over the Fulham box in the last few minutes almost reached his fellow substitute in a scoring position before Cyrus knew Christie.
Fulham 1-0 Middlesbrough: Early Anthony Knockaert attack ensures victory while Scott Parker's men move within four points of the top two championship
- Anthony Knockaert turned the cross of Joe Bryan in while Fulham had an early lead
- Middlesbrough almost led when Hayden Coulson's cross hit the bar
- The hosts were denied a second when Denis Odoi & header was sidelined
- Boron had dismissed an appeal for late fine when Ashley Fletcher fell on the grass
There is never a good time to turn your 18- losing goal leads scorer for three weeks to an ankle injury.
Fortunately for Fulham, the other members of their free-flowing attack seem ready and able to compensate for the absence of Aleksandar Mitrovic and continue their promotion.
Here against Middlesbrough the opportunity was hit by Anthony Knockaert and the Frenchman did not miss.
FALL: Rodák, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Cairney (Johansen 68), McDonald, Onomah (Arter 79), Knockaert (Mawson 90 + 2), Cordova-Reid, Knight
Subs not used: Bettinelli, Christie, De La Torre, Stansfield
Objectives: Knockaert (6)
MIDDLESBROUGH: Pears, Howson, McNair, Fry, Spence, Clayton (Nmecha 80), Saville (Fletcher 80), Coulson, Roberts, Tavernier (WIng 61), Gestede
Subs not used: Mejias, Johnson, Wood, Liddle
Referee: David Webb
His sixth-minute input brought Fulham back into third place and inside just four points from Leeds United in the second automatic promotion spot. If Leeds loses at QPR on Saturday, things can become very interesting.
Suddenly, the top two of West Bromwich Albion and Leeds do not seem that far away from the pursuit package in their rear-view mirrors.
Fulham should have won with much more, but Knockaert & # 39; s touch with Joe Bryan & # 39; s left cross asked the provider sufficiently. In the absence of Mitrovic, the impressive Knockaert really made the difference.
Perhaps a better side than Middlesbrough would have punished Fulham's wasted chances, but Scott Parker's side had done the job without the top scorer of the championship.
In the absence of Mitrovic, it was Bobby Decordova-Reid who played the role of the center striker, flanked on the left by Ivan Cavaleiro and on the right by Knockaert.
It wasn't long before Fulham settled in their familiar rhythm and improvised with Middlesbrough in the back with four injured defenders, the chances flew fast.
Knockaert already had a curled effort high and wide by the time he started and ended the move for the opening goal in six minutes.
The Frenchman gathered the ball wide on the right, pushed a pass infield towards Tom Cairney and continued running. Cairney chose Bryan on the left with a diagonal pass and he turned and turned into a crossing position.
Knockaert cleverly kept himself in the middle and when Bryan fizzed the ball over the six-yard box, one leg had to stretch and tap home.
Boro was undone in the early minutes by Tottenham in their FA Cup replay on Tuesday night and there was a real sense of resignation here when Fulham hit the ball with impunity. Ridder wasted a golden opportunity and shot in a one-on-one situation with Pears after a smooth one-two with Reid.
Onomah was then guilty of stepping back after Boro's inexplicable defenders left him unnoticed on Knockaert's color ner.
Scott Parker became increasingly animated in his technical field and wondered how we were all, how Fulham had not disappeared from sight. He had previously seen the script where Fulham owns 75 percent and had every chance to just put the game to bed
As if on a cue, and as if they were experiencing a great hallelujia moment where they were not three or four behind Middlesbrough came out of their defense bunker.
Their physical presence in the penalty area caused problems for Fulham keeper Marek Rodak of a few Paddy McNair turns, with Rudy Gestede on his way.
Hayden Coulson then shot to the left and let fly, seeing his shot off the boot of Denis Odoi and possibly Rodak & # 39; s gloves and gun bounce off the crossbar before he bounced freely to Fulham & # 39; s clear relief.
The second half was scrappier and had few highlights. Boro saw more possession and was more positive, with Gestede on the road again from a corner.
There were optimistic handball shouts from the traveling fans when Odoi's low cross cleared Indo's chest in the box from Odoi
But Fulham rally, with Knockaert shooting narrowly. I then thought he had arranged it and nodded at home from Knight & # 39; s free kick on the left. After performing some stylish backflips in the celebration, Odoi looked pretty devastated to see the flag of the linesman lifted.
Boron had created little after the break, but still had a late alarm. McNair & # 39; s free kick curling from the left required Rodak to push the ball over the crossbar.
Southampton increases interest in Fulham defends Joe Bryan on Watford and inquires Italian Atalanta
The side of Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to reinforce both full-back positions and Bryan goals during the January window.
Bryan finds himself as a regular first team for Fulham and has therefore caught the attention of several parties.
Southampton has shown an interest in Fulham to defend Joe Bryan
The 26-year-old played for them in the Premier League last season after joining Bristol City
Bryan has three assists to his name this season and has been deployed in a more advanced role under manager Scott Parker.
The defender has played one of Fulham & # 39; s Championship games this season, with a strong injury record to his name.
He played a total of 57 games for the club after scoring two goals.
West Brom and Fulham boosted with hamstring injury from Dwight Gayle not bad as first feared … but they face competition from championship rivals for £ 10m-valued Newcastle striker
The suitors of Dwight Gayle received a boost after it emerged his hamstring injury is not as bad as was first feared.
Striker Gayle was forced out of Newcastle's 1-1 draw against Wolves after just 28 minutes on Saturday.
The 29-year-old suffered from a small tear and the first concern was that he was put aside for a maximum of six weeks.
But after medical tests, Gayle is likely to return to training in two to three weeks and weeks and is scheduled to play again early next month.
That will be welcome news for his champion admirers who want Gayle to run on the floor so that he can quickly strengthen their respective promotional bids.
West Brom leaders, who scored 23 goals for Gayle last season, Fulham, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, who are all in the top six of the championship, are fighting Gayle.
Newcastle is willing to lend him this month in a deal that also includes a purchase commitment of £ 10 million.
Fulham draw winger Ivan Knight of Premier League-side Wolves on a deal of four and a half years
- He was part of the Wolves team that won promotion to the Premier League
- Fulham brought the 26-year-old winger with a seasonal loan last summer
- Knight has now made a permanent move to Fulham for an undisclosed compensation
Knight, 26, who came to Fulham for a long-term loan in July, has signed a four and a half year contract with the Londoners.
The Cottagers said on their official website: & # 39; The club is pleased to confirm that the permanent registration of Ivan Knight as a Fulham player has been completed.
& Knight stays in Craven Cottage until the summer of 2024, with a club option to extend the deal for another year. & # 39;
] The Portuguese have scored five goals and registered six assists in 23 Sky Bet Championship appearances for Scott Parker's side this season.
Knight joined Wolves from Monaco for £ 7 million, then a club record, in 2016.
Injury hit Aston Villa in desperate need for new recruits after sobering FA Cup defeat against Fulham
And fleeing back to the Midlands without further damage to his team would be like a victory in the
Despite the fact that this band is below his priorities, it would nevertheless waste a chance if Villa did not consider eight refers to the warning that this journey to a Fulham side should now have been back in the Championship.
Fulham defeated Villa in the 2018 playoff final and followed it with £ 100 million plus spending spree that their team failed failed degradation of the Premier League.
Undeterred, Villa did the same last summer. Their abundant spending must also be justified by their Premier League score, 21, leaving them only one point behind the bottom three.
Miracle goals from Anthony Knockaert and Harry Arter for Fulham sent weakened Villa crashing from the FA Cup.
But their focus, with the reopening of the transfer market last week, is reissuing after losing goalkeeper Tom Heaton, striker Wesley and midfielder John McGinn with serious injury.
If they don't get their replacements right and those accusations from Villa who all make the same mistakes as Fulham will be correct.
Their need to comply with financial fair play rules will limit what Villa can do and Smith refused to talk about it. specific names such as Joe Hart and Michy Batshuayi.
However, he said: & # 39; This window is narrow – but we want players to come in quickly. We have many games coming up and important games and we want to try to recruit as quickly as possible.
& # 39; We have two semi-final matches in the Carabao Cup against Leicester and five other games in January, so it is really an important month for us. & # 39;
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.
Fulham vs. Aston Villa, LIVE: Plus latest scores and updates on the clashes of the third round FA Cup third round
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Fulham 1-2 Read: Charlie Adam and John Swift fire resurgent Royals to victory at Craven Cottage while visitors move within five points of the championship playoffs and promotion costs for Cottagers
- John Swift scored his third goal in many competitions and gave Reading the lead
- Charlie Adam then made it 2-0 with a simple finish up close
- Fulham withdrew a goal by Ivan Knight but could not find an equalizer
Fulham wasted the opportunity to close the gap on the automatic promotion sites by crumbling to a disappointing defeat at home in Reading.
In what was a gentle show of the men of Scott Parker, they were defeated by early strikes in both halves of John Swift and Charlie Adam. Replace Ivan Knight raised hope for a fightback with a goal four minutes after coming, but Reading held on.
Bobby Decordova-Reid took a golden opportunity in the ninth minute. How he missed it is a mystery for everyone at Craven Cottage.
Reading goalkeeper Rafael Cabral made a double rescue to deny Aleksandar Mitrovic and Decordova-Reid, who was then ready to rebuild the six-meter rebound to convert. He somehow hit the post.
Fulham was punished five minutes later. The Royals countered when an under hit Harrison Reed was intercepted and a major movement culminated in Ovie Ejaria, who turned on the edge of the area to make a corner for the upcoming Tyler Blackett. The defender hurried his cut in John Swift, who sent the ball into the far corner.
From that moment on, Reading picked up Fulham's game and hit the ball. The only other chance for a note they had in the first period was when Adam had a shot of his own half.
He was more fortunate at close to three minutes after the interval. The impressive Ejaria swept around in Cyrus Christie before she beat Adam home to beat home.
Lucas Joao then missed from six meters when Reading added more adventure to their game.
Knight hit a shot over goal that sneaked into the far post before Mitrovic saw a strong head brilliantly ticking the bar at the last minute through an expansive Cabral.