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1 vs 2
Played
January 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST
Bloomfield Road — Blackpool, Lancashire
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 8706‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Blackpool 1-2 Fulham (aet)

The Cottagers sealed a hard-fought extra-time win over the Seasiders, but who were the star performers at Bloomfield Road?

By Tom Marshall-Bailey

  • Matthew Gilks
    0
    1
    3.00

    Matthew Gilks

    Was tested frequently by the Fulham attack but passed his test well, as he kept the likes of Hugo Rodallega and Mladen Petric at bay. Could do nothing about either strike.

  • Alex Baptiste
    0
    1
    3.00

    Alex Baptiste

    The experienced center half was dragged all over the defense as Fulham pinged the ball around with ease but fought doggedly against the barrage of attacks.

  • Chris Basham
    0
    1
    3.00

    Chris Basham

    Struggled to get anywhere near the Fulham midfield all night as it strolled around the Bloomfield turf but stuck to his task and won a number of headers to help his side regain possession.

  • Kirk Broadfoot
    0
    1
    2.50

    Kirk Broadfoot

    Could not get his foot on the ball to steady his side and struggled all night against the pace of the Cottagers' attack.

  • Neal Eardley
    0
    1
    2.50

    Neal Eardley

    Was doubled up on by Fulham's left-hand side and was often found out of position as he sought to give teammates any help he could offensively.

  • Stephen Crainey
    0
    1
    2.50

    Stephen Crainey

    Like Eardley, he couldn't get forward as much as he would have liked to assist his attack as the Cottagers' right-flank duo continually pegged him back.

  • Isaiah Osbourne
    0
    1
    2.00

    Isaiah Osbourne

    Poor performance from the former Aston Villa man, who gave the ball away too frequently and didn't help his defense as much as was required.

  • Thomas Ince
    0
    1
    3.50

    Thomas Ince

    The only bright spark offensively for the home side, but despite some lovely touches and approach play, his final ball was not always of Premiership class until his telling cross proved decisive for Delfouneso's goal.

  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher
    0
    1
    2.50

    Gary Taylor-Fletcher

    When called upon, performed his role well as he held the ball up and brought his teammates into play. Lack of fitness levels told against superior opposition though.

  • Nathan Delfouneso
    0
    1
    3.00

    Nathan Delfouneso

    A thankless task up front as he chased the central defensive pairing down tirelessly but did little with the ball to help his side until his well-taken strike.

  • Nathan Eccleston
    0
    1
    2.00

    Nathan Eccleston Flop of the Match

    Not enough end product from the speedy striker, who will not reflect on this performance fondly.

Substitutions

  • Craig Cathcart
    0
    1
    2.50

    Craig Cathcart

    Had no real impact after entering the fray.

  • Ludovic Sylvestre
    0
    1
    2.50

    Ludovic Sylvestre

    Had no real impact after entering the fray.

  • Tiago Gomes
    0
    1
    2.50

    Tiago Gomes

    Kept the ball nicely and was efficient in the attacking third as he helped his side find the elusive breakthrough.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    1
    1
    2.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Largely untroubled but had to be on guard at times to deal with lofted passes over the top of the Cottagers defense, particularly with the pace of Ince and Eccleston always a danger. Was at fault for Delfouneso's opener.

  • Brede Hangeland
    0
    1
    3.00

    Brede Hangeland

    The captain led by example as he made sure his side would not be broken down, and despite some moments of uncertainty at the back, the whole defense coped well. Superb header at the end ensured the Cottagers' progress.

  • Chris Baird
    0
    1
    3.00

    Chris Baird

    Complemented his midfield partner excellently as they kept the ball from the Tangerines with ease. Was also tactically aware off the ball, to frustrate the hosts.

  • Matthew Briggs
    0
    1
    2.50

    Matthew Briggs

    The young fullback put in a superb display both offensively and defensively. His link-up play with Kacaniklic down the left-hand side was too much for the Seasiders' right flank to deal with as they doubled up to devastating effect. Struggled in the second period.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    1
    3.00

    Philippe Senderos

    The Swiss defender survived a few nervy moments throughout but was generally commanding in the challenge and assured on the ball.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    1
    3.50

    Sascha Riether

    The German right back showed fantastic enthusiasm as he sought to overlap at any given opportunity and provided a series of threatening crosses that the hosts simply could not deal with.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    4
    0
    3.50

    Ashkan Dejagah

    The tricky winger caused Crainey all kinds of problems and benefited from Riether's runs down the wing as he wreaked havoc with a number of whipped crosses into the box.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    0
    1
    3.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    The young Swede is starting to become something of a permanent fixture in the team and justified his selection with an energetic performance. Clever in possession.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    3
    1
    4.00

    Giorgos Karagounis Top of the Match

    Always looked to get things going in the middle for the visitors and showed tremendous versatility at times when he was called upon to cover the overlapping Riether. Showed an accomplished range of passing.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    0
    1
    2.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    A slightly disappointing performance from the frontman, who failed to replace Dimitar Berbatov's brilliance. Often looked labored and lacked a telling finish.

  • Mladen Petric
    0
    1
    2.50

    Mladen Petric

    Some brilliant touches aside, the Croatian was too often lacking with an end product and could not link up with Rodallega regularly enough.

Substitutions

  • Aaron Hughes
    0
    1
    2.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Came on late in normal time and did little to affect the game.

  • Damien Duff
    0
    1
    3.00

    Damien Duff

    Sent in the decisive corner for Hangeland's winner.

  • Kieran Richardson
    0
    1
    3.00

    Kieran Richardson

    Stepped off the bench to fire his side back into contention with a stoppage time leveler to send the tie to extra-time.

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