Moritz Volz and Tomasz Radzinski ensured Fulham didn’t become another of Watford’s Cup scalps as the Premier League side moved into round four of the FA Cup tonight.
Volz’s first goal for Fulham settled the home side’s nerves in the thirteenth minute. The German full back was sent scampering down the right flank by a Papa Bouba Diop pass, beat three Watford defenders and fired an excellent finish into the bottom left corner. Luis Boa Morte almost added a second when he whipped a free-kick fractionally over the bar and although Chris Coleman’s side always looked in the ascendancy they struggled to kill off Ray Lewington’s men.
It took a fabulous through ball from Andy Cole to unlock the Watford defence and Radzinski raced clear, tucking away a measured finish after holding off Jay DeMerit. Watford rarely came close to testing Edwin van der Sar, whose easily dealt with Neal Ardley’s speculative effort from distance late on.
FULHAM (4-3-3): van der Sar; Volz, Bocanegra, Rehman, Knight; Diop, Legwinski, Clark (Pembridge 63); Radzinski, Boa Morte (John 84), Cole (McBride 71). Subs (not used): Crossley, Rosenior.
BOOKED: Rehman, Diop.
GOALS: Volz (13), Radzinski (65).
WATFORD (4-4-2): Chamberlain; Chambers, Demerit, Cox, Darlington; Devlin (Gunnarsson 67), Mahon, Blizzard (Dyer 67), Bouazza (Ardley 67); Webber, Helguson. Subs (not used): Doyley, Young.
REFEREE: Andy D’Urso (Essex).