The FA Cup match played between Fulham and Blackpool at Craven Cottage on Saturday has ended in a draw. Both the teams scored one goal each.
The manager of Fulham, Martin Jol, decided not to make any change in XI that had started the previous match against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday. So, Fulham went into this match with its full strength.
On the other hand, Blackpool made three changes to the starting line up that had played against Hull City. Wes Thomas, Stephen Crainey and Gary Taylor-Fletcher were left out and on their places; Nathan Delfouneso, Bob Harris and Phillips came into the side.
Both the teams looked a bit slow in the first 45 minutes and the first half went goalless. But, in the second half, Blackpool started aggressively and took the lead in the 60th minute. The goal was scored by Ludovic Sylvestre, but, Delfouneso deserved the credit as well. He set up the goal with a brilliant pass from the right and Sylvestre did the rest by controlling the ball beautifully and then, tapping the ball into the right hand corner of the net.
Fulham came back into the match with a leveller in the 80th minute. Giorgos Karagounis was the one who found the net for Fulham. It was an excellent effort by the Greece international. He got the ball on the right flank and beat a couple of players in the way before entering the penalty area. The goalkeeper charged towards the ball, but, he didn’t manage to stop a blistering shot and the ball flew into the far corner of the net.
The Fulham players got a few more opportunities in the remaining time, but, they failed in cashing on them and ended up getting only one point from the match.
Fulham’s next match will be a Premier League encounter against Wigan Athletic at the same venue on Saturday.