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14 January 2014

City travel to Craven Cottage for FA Cup replay

FULHAM v NORWICH CITY
FA Cup Third Round Replay
19.45 kick-off
Craven Cottage
Tuesday January 14, 2014

THE Canaries will meet Fulham for the third time in 19 days when they settle their FA Cup Third Round tie at Craven Cottage on Tuesday evening.

After the London side’s smash-and-grab 2-1 Premier League win at Carrow Road on Boxing Day, and the 1-1 draw between the two teams just over a week ago, Chris Hughton will be hopeful that his team can finally get the victory they crave and progress to a Fourth Round match away to Sheffield United.

The tie – televised on BT Sport – will go to extra-time and then penalties if not decided after the regulation 90 minutes.

Hughton confirmed at his pre-match press conference that he will utilise the depth of his squad with a Premier League game against Hull City on Saturday, but says he isn’t taking the competition lightly.

“I will use the squad, but I’m very keen to win this game,” said City’s boss when speaking to the assembled media at Colney Training Centre on Monday afternoon.

“It is a replay – we felt we should have finished it off in the first game at Carrow Road, but we’re still very much in the tie, we know what awaits us if we are able to go through, so it’s definitely a game that we want to win.”

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Fulham 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
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



LAST TIME AROUND… Norwich City 1-1 Fulham, January 4 2014 – FA Cup Third Round…

Josh Murphy impressed on his first ever senior start for the Canaries as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham earlier this month.

The Norwich City academy graduate set up Robert Snodgrass for the home side’s goal just before half-time after Darren Bent had headed the visitors into the lead.

Fulham had goalkeeper David Stockdale to thank after he made an outstanding save to deny Ricky van Wolfswinkel a winner after the break.

Hughton said after the final whistle: “It's a replay we would rather not have, but having said that we would rather still be in the competition than out.”

COTTAGERS’ FORM…
L – 1-4 v Sunderland (H) 11/01/2014 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Norwich City (A) 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
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

CANARIES’ FORM…
L – 0-2 v Everton (A) 11/01/2014 – Premier League
D – 1-1 v Fulham (H) 04/01/2014 – FA Cup Third Round
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

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

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-2 v Everton)…
John Ruddy; Steven Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Robert Snodgrass, Leroy Fer, Bradley Johnson, Javier Garrido; Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper.

REFEREE – Lee Mason…
Lancashire official Lee Mason has had to brandish the red cards in two of his three matches on the circuit.

Firstly, Mathieu Debuchy was sent off for Newcastle United in their 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, before James Tomkins was dismissed for West Ham United against Cardiff City on Saturday.

Mason has refereed one Norwich City game so far this campaign – the Canaries’ 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in September last year.

His last visit to Craven Cottage came a year ago in the FA Cup, when Fulham drew 1-1 with Blackpool.

FA CUP THIRD ROUND REPLAY FIXTURES…
Birmingham City v Bristol Rovers
Bournemouth v Burton Albion
Charlton Athletic v Oxford United
FULHAM v NORWICH CITY
Milton Keynes Dons v Wigan Athletic
Peterborough United v Kidderminster Harriers
Plymouth Argyle v Port Vale
Preston North End v Ipswich Town
Sheffield Wednesday v Macclesfield Town
Watford v Bristol City
Manchester City v Blackburn Rovers (Wednesday, 20.10)

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