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January 5, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 14473‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 1-1 Blackpool

Martin Jol's side came from behind to keep their FA Cup hopes alive after a fantastic strike from veteran Giorgos Karagounis ensured that the honours ended even at Craven Cottage

By James McManus at Craven Cottage

  • David Stockdale
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    2.50

    David Stockdale

    While Sylvestre's goal was sweetly hit, his lack of involvement up until that point saw him caught on his toes with the ball flying past him.

  • Aaron Hughes
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    3.00

    Aaron Hughes

    Should have got a lot tighter to close down Delfouneso for the goal, giving him far too much time and space to look up and pick a pass.

  • Brede Hangeland
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    0
    3.00

    Brede Hangeland

    Had very little to do either in the air or on the deck with Phillips lacking support up front and looked tidy in possession. Didn't put a foot wrong all game.

  • Matthew Briggs
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    0
    2.50

    Matthew Briggs

    Exposed at times with Kacaniklic surging up the pitch and his positional discipline still leaves a lot to be desired, with Ince getting a lot of joy out of him, but was full of running when attacking.

  • Sascha Riether
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    0
    3.00

    Sascha Riether

    His willingness to surge forward gave the Blackpool left flank a difficult test in terms of their defensive awareness, but caught out of position for Sylvestre's goal high up the pitch after an attack broke down.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
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    0
    3.00

    Ashkan Dejagah

    Direct and technical winger had a field day in keeping Delfouneso penned back in his own half during the opening 45 minutes before being surprisingly subbed off shortly after the break.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
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    0
    3.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    A constant threat down the left flank and gave Eardley a torrid time with his jinking runs, going close a couple of times with efforts from distance.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
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    0
    3.50

    Giorgos Karagounis

    Composed and calming influence in midfield, spraying passes out to both wings with consummate ease, but lacks that little bit of work-rate off the ball at times. More than made up for it with his brilliant goal, though, which came right out of the top drawer.

  • Steve Sidwell
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    0
    3.50

    Steve Sidwell

    Combative and lively display in the middle of the park and did well to stop any of the visitors' play coming through the centre. Got back well to perform a crucial last-ditch tackle on Sylvestre which saved an almost certain goal.

  • Bryan Ruiz
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    0
    3.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    Floats about wherever he so pleases and is extremely tricky to track off the ball, playing as part of a midfield five rather than supporting Berbatov, which left the Bulgarian striker isolated in the first half. Went close with an excellent free-kick and a diving header that struck the bar.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
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    1
    2.00

    Dimitar Berbatov Flop of the Match

    Dropped deep to try and instigate play, which left the Blackpool defence confused about whether to track his runs or not. Didn't quite exert his usual influence in the final third on a frustrating afternoon for the home side.

Substitutions

  • Kerim Frei
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    0
    3.00

    Kerim Frei

    Looked lively after he was introduced as Martin Jol's last throw of the dice with a neat gliding run and shot that went straight at Gilks the highlight of his cameo.

  • Kieran Richardson
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    0
    3.00

    Kieran Richardson

    With his team chasing a late winner, showed tidy footwork to gain himself half a yard of space down the left before sending in a beautiful cross from which Ruiz hit the bar with a fine header.

  • Hugo Rodallega
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    0
    2.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    Anonymous cameo off the bench, with Fulham looking to use his pace to latch onto the long ball in behind, but had little to no impact on proceedings.

  • Matthew Gilks
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    0
    3.00

    Matthew Gilks

    While the majority of the shots that came his way were relatively straightforward, he did well to push them into areas that meant Fulham weren't able to tap home from close range. Nothing he could do about Karagounis' wonderful goal.

  • Alex Baptiste
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    0
    3.50

    Alex Baptiste

    Solid and put his body on the line time and time again whenever Fulham went close and seemed to relish the task of marking Berbatov.

  • Chris Basham
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    0
    3.00

    Chris Basham

    Charged with sitting just in front of the back four and shielding his defence, which he did reasonably well, working his socks off to stay in and around Ruiz.

  • Kirk Broadfoot
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    3.00

    Kirk Broadfoot

    Reliable full-back had a busy afternoon and saw Dejagah slip past him on more than one occasion when driving into the area.

  • Neal Eardley
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    0
    3.00

    Neal Eardley

    Rarely wastes a pass but looked unwilling to bomb forward when the opportunity presented itself, ceding all attacking responsibility to Ince.

  • Robert (Bob) Harris
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    0
    3.00

    Robert (Bob) Harris

    Much like Eardley on the opposite side, offered little to nothing going forward and looked limited on the ball, often choosing the long option when the short pass inside looked on.

  • Isaiah Osbourne
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    0
    3.50

    Isaiah Osbourne

    A real unit that Karagounis and Sidwell struggled to deal with when he drove at them with the ball, but guilty of dropping too deep at times.

  • Ludovic Sylvestre
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    0
    4.00

    Ludovic Sylvestre Top of the Match

    The only midfielder seemingly capable of going beyond the striker in the first half and tested Stockdale with a vicious drive from range which the goalkeeper had to be alert to. Took his goal exceptionally well, with a superbly hit effort into the bottom corner.

  • Thomas Ince
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    0
    3.00

    Thomas Ince

    Didn't see as much of the ball as he would have liked, with Blackpool trying to keep men behind the ball and catch Fulham on the break, but displayed a growing maturity to his play with his tactical discipline out of possession.

  • Kevin Phillips
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    0
    2.50

    Kevin Phillips

    Virtually invisible throughout the game due to an almost chronic lack of service and support, hindered by the team's defensive shape. Disappointing.

  • Nathan Delfouneso
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    0
    3.50

    Nathan Delfouneso

    Should perhaps have had a penalty early in the second half after going to ground amongst a collection of players, but showed great awareness to lay the ball off to Sylvestre for his goal. Put in a real shift.

Substitutions

  • Stephen Crainey
    0
    0
    2.50

    Stephen Crainey

    Came on and slotted in at left-back, but seemed to really struggle against Riether, leaving him free to cross at will at times.

  • Nathan Eccleston
    0
    0

    Nathan Eccleston

    Brought on in the dying moments of the game in an attempt to run down the clock, with the ball bypassing him during his brief time out on the pitch.

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