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FULHAM PREVIEW

3 January 2014

NORWICH CITY v FULHAM
FA Cup Third Round
15.00 kick-off
Carrow Road
Saturday January 4, 2014

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THE Canaries welcome Fulham to Carrow Road on Saturday hoping to exact revenge for the defeat suffered when the two sides met just over a week ago on Boxing Day.

Scott Parker’s superb strike earned the Cottagers the points that day, but focus switches away from the Premier League and onto the FA Cup this weekend.

Chris Hughton describes the competition as a ‘nice distraction’ after a difficult Christmas for his side that has seen them pick up two points from a possible 12.

Fulham’s fortunes have been very mixed since their triumph at Carrow Road – they followed that up with a harrowing 6-0 loss at Hull City, but bounced back on New Year’s Day by beating relegation rivals West Ham United 2-1.

The two clubs have met only once in the competition before, and the visitors lead the overall head-to-head record with 19 wins to the Canaries’ 11. There have also been 11 draws.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 1-2 Fulham 26/12/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 0-0 Fulham 09/02/2013 – Premier League
Fulham 5-0 NORWICH CITY 18/08/2012 – Premier League
Fulham 2-1 NORWICH CITY 31/03/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Fulham 31/12/2011 – Premier League

LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 1-2 Fulham, December 26 2013 – Premier League…
Fulham came from behind to steal the points with a 2-1 victory at Carrow Road on Boxing Day.

Gary Hooper had given the Canaries the lead after 13 minutes when his effort from 30 yards deflected off Aaron Hughes before looping into the net.

The visitors struck back when Pajtim Kasami curled in a left-footed free-kick, and they grabbed the initiative in the second-half, netting the winner with three minutes left through a Scott Parker strike.

A disappointed Chris Hughton said afterwards: "We didn't make the most of our opportunities. I am really disappointed not to come away with a result.

"It is a concern when you do not get the result you feel you deserved.

"We would have liked to go into the Manchester United game on the back of a good result today."

CANARIES’ FORM…
D – 1-1 v Crystal Palace (A) 01/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-1 v Manchester United (H) 28/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Fulham (H) 26/12/2013 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Sunderland (A) 21/12/2013 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Swansea City (H) 15/12/2013 – Premier League

COTTAGERS’ FORM…
W – 2-1 v West Ham United (H) 01/01/2014 – Premier League
L – 0-6 v Hull City (A) 28/12/2013 – Premier League
W – 2-1 v Norwich City (A) 26/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 2-4 v Manchester City (H) 21/12/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-4 v Everton (A) 14/12/2013 – Premier League


LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-2-3-1 v Crystal Palace)…
John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Michael Turner, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Leroy Fer, Bradley Johnson; Robert Snodgrass, Wes Hoolahan, Nathan Redmond; Gary Hooper.

LAST FULHAM XI (4-2-3-1 v West Ham United)…
David Stockdale; Sascha Riether, Philippe Senderos, Fernando Amorebieta, John Arne Riise; Scott Parker, Steve Sidwell; Kieran Richardson, Adel Taarabt, Damien Duff; Dimitar Berbatov.

REFEREE – Craig Pawson…
It’s nearly three years since South Yorkshire official Craig Pawson last refereed a match at Carrow Road – with Norwich City drawing 1-1 with Preston North End in their Championship meeting back in March 2011.

He has since seen his career develop to the extent that he has overseen five Premier League games this term, including Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Hull City on New Year’s Day.

Pawson has taken charge of one Fulham match this season – their 2-1 home defeat to Cardiff City in September.

In his thirteen matches this term, he has awarded 54 yellow cards and three red cards.

FA CUP THIRD ROUND FIXTURES…
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester City (12.45)
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Barnsley v Coventry City
Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool
Bournemouth v Burton Albion
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Bristol City v Watford
Charlton v Oxford United
Doncaster Rovers v Stevenage
Everton v Queens Park Rangers
Grimsby Town v Huddersfield Town
Ipswich Town v Preston North End
Kidderminster Harriers v Peterborough United
Macclesfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough v Hull City
Newcastle United v Cardiff City
NORWICH CITY v FULHAM
Rochdale v Leeds United
Southampton v Burnley
Southend United v Millwall
Stoke City v Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Wigan Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons
Yeovil Town v Leyton Orient
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur (17.15)
Nottingham Forest v West Ham United (Sunday, 12.00)
Sunderland v Carlisle United (Sunday, 14.00)
Derby County v Chelsea (Sunday, 14.15)
Liverpool v Oldham Athletic (Sunday, 15.00)
Port Vale v Plymouth Argyle (Sunday, 15.00)
Manchester United v Swansea City (Sunday, 16.30)

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