Fulham have been drawn at home to Doncaster Rovers in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

The Whites’ reward for last night’s 1-0 win at Brentford is a home tie against the League One side during the week commencing 22 September. Rovers, who upset Championship opposition in Watford at Vicarage Road last night, currently sit ninth in the table with seven points from four games having been relegated from the Championship last season.

Ross McCormack scored his first goal for Fulham as Felix Magath’s side put their name in the hat for the third round with a narrow victory at Griffin Park.

 

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Burn’s return adds reassurance

by Dan on August 27, 2014

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Dan Burn’s had longer than most of us to reflect on the enormity of the May thumping at Stoke that cost Fulham their Premier League status. Played out of position at right back, the 6ft 7 in left-footed centre back had a torrid afternoon up against the rampaging Oussama Aissaidi and became one of the main exhibits in the case against Felix Magath. Despite a couple of first-team run outs in early season, the tall and eminently capable centre back watched Fulham’s first four Championship fixtures from the sidelines, before making his return against Brentford at Griffin Park.

A lack of match sharpness can often show in terms of physicality, pace and positioning, particularly at centre back, where one poor decision is often quickly punished. But, remarkably, it looked like Burn had never been away. He was predictability dominant in the air, repelling Brentford’s regular aerial assaults with effortless ease, but what caught the eye was his alertness to danger on the floor, making a couple of timely interventions as well as saving tackles, and the manner with which he commanded a new-look defence.

His vocal nature and decisiveness befitted a man who has had experience of this league. Lee Clark took Burn, previously a promotion winner from League One with Yeovil Town, to Birmingham City last season and his Championship experience was one of the reasons why many expected the youngster, who had a few promising showings towards the tail end of last term in the Premier League, to become a key part of a Fulham side that looked light on know-how at this level. If this was Burn’s opportunity to remind Magath of his qualities, he couldn’t have scripted a better audition for a place in the side against Cardiff City on Saturday.

At a time when Fulham’s frailty at the back has been cruelly exposed, Burn looked assured and confident. He made swift decisions – only making one error when diving into a tackle on the half-way line late in the contest – and kept Nick Proschwitz so quiet that Mark Warburton was forced into an earlier than expected tactical change. There was nothing too fancy about his football, even if he looked a little more composed in possession than we’d seen on previous occasions, and he certainly wasn’t shy about reminding those stationed in front of him about their screening responsibilities. Where Cameron Burgess has looked a little green and nervy, Burn looked like a battle-hardened veteran.

Burn’s display also had a hefty dose of desire about it. Perhaps fired up by his exclusion to this point or by the opportunity to stake a claim in a local derby, he looked motivated from the first whistle. There was defiance in those powerful headed clearances, an almost thou-shalt-not-pass belligerence about the couple of crucial blocks in the early stages and whole-hearted challenges. His will to win couldn’t be challenged. About the only thing he got wrong was the exuberant slide on his knees in front of the away fans after he sprinted the length of the pitch to celebrate Ross McCormack’s winner. Even then, his excitement – like the glee of a small child – was endearing.

The success of his partnership with his fellow centre back from the north east, Shaun Hutchinson, might have made Magath think. The pair were rarely separated, holding a higher line than in previous games, and compliment each other well, playing on their natural sides. Nikolay Bodurov, who incidentally appeared as a makeshift holding midfielder as the clock ticked down, hasn’t done too much wrong at this early point in his exposure to English football but they’d be a strong argument for retaining this combination at the heart of the defence for the visit of Cardiff to Craven Cottage. At the very least, such an accomplished return was timely and reassuring given the gravity of Fulham’s defensive collapse at Derby.

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Williams keeps Wales place

August 27, 2014

Tweet Fulham winger George Williams has retained his place in the Welsh squad for September’s European Championship qualifier in Andorra. The 18 year-old made his international debut as a 70th minute substitute during Wales’ friendly defeat by Holland in Amsterdam on June 4th. Former Fulham manager Chris Coleman had spoken of how impressed he was […]

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Roberts earns England U19 call up

August 27, 2014

Tweet Patrick Roberts has won his first call-up to the England Under 19 squad for next month’s friendly against Germany. The Fulham midfielder, who helped the England Under 17s win the European Championships earlier this year, has been included by Under 19s manager John Peacock in his squad for the trip to east German city of Oberhausen […]

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McCormack hails big first win

August 27, 2014

Tweet Ross McCormack was pleased to get off the mark with his first goal for Fulham last night – but insists a first win of the new season was much more important. Felix Magath’s side had lost all four of their Championship fixtures before the west London derby at Brentford in the Capital One Cup […]

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Classy David offers Fulham creativity

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Tweet For many years, Fulham have been crying out for a creative midfielder. Danny Murphy was the last man in a white shirt able to run a game with sensible passing and unlock tightly packed defences and, whilst the powers that be should have been searching for his replacement whilst the former captain was still […]

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McCormack delighted to get off the mark

August 27, 2014

Tweet Ross McCormack was delighted to get off the mark by scoring Fulham’s winner at Brentford tonight – and credits Felix Magath’s intensive training regime for getting him fitter than he has ever been. The Scottish international’s first goal for his new club was enough to put the Whites in the hat for the third […]

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Fotheringham to have scan on hip problem

August 27, 2014

Tweet Fulham were left counting the cost of their 1-0 win over Brentford tonight in the Capital Cup after two midfielders were taken off with injuries. Captain Scott Parker didn’t return to the fray after the half-time interval having taken knock to his ankle after a late challenge. Parker’s injury isn’t though to serious enough to keep […]

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Derby win will give Fulham confidence, says Magath

August 26, 2014

Tweet Felix Magath says Fulham will draw great confidence from their first win of the season after Ross McCormack’s goal knocked Brentford out of the Capital One Cup this evening. The Scottish international’s first goal sice his summer move from Leeds United was enough to win an open west London derby at Griffin Park tonight […]

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McCormack strike sinks Brentford

August 26, 2014

Tweet Ross McCormack’s first goal for Fulham edged the Whites past Brentford and into the third round of the Capital One Cup to ease some of the pressure on beleaguered boss Felix Magath. The Scottish striker settled a tight west London derby at Griffin Park with a sumptuous finish into the far corner from close […]

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