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Fulham boss Chris Coleman saluted his players for their resolve as they finally overcame Everton in extra-time of their FA Cup fourth round replay.

Fulham were pulled back from the brink of victory in both games by last-gasp equalisers before Steed Malbranque’s winner put them into the next round.

“Basically we’ve had to win the tie three times,” said Coleman. “My players showed tremendous courage.

“It was a great cup tie and I couldn’t have asked for any more of them.”

Junichi Inamoto had put Fulham ahead before Francis Jeffers headed in injury-time to send the tie into extra time.

Coleman added: “You think it’s not going to happen that they’re going to score again, but bang they do and it happens again and we’re into extra-time.

“Both fans should be proud of their teams, it was a fantastic game.

“The Everton lads looked devastated at the end and they’ve put everything in to it so we’re happy.

“Inamoto scored a terrific goal and is a gifted player, he’s got a fantastic technique. He tired in extra-time but had a really good game.”

Fulham will play West Ham at home in the next round and Coleman believes home advantage could be vital.

“It’s good to have a home tie next round – any home draw is a good one and we’re confident of getting into the quarter-finals, though West Ham will provide a good game.

“We’ve had a little bit of luck in the cup so far – we didn’t really deserve to beat Cheltenham, but sometimes you get a bit of luck and that’s the way it goes.”