Roy Hodgson was pleased to survive a serious FA Cup scare as his Fulham side beat Kettering Town 4-2 this afternoon to move into round four.

The non-league side appeared to earned a replay at Craven Cottage when a Craig Westcarr penalty levelled matters at 2-2 but late goals from Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora ensured the Premier League side prevailed.

Hodgson told the press afterwards:

“A draw here would have been a defeat in our minds. But the players showed they have enough fight and character to come back and win a game when at 2-2 we were fearing the worst.

Kettering put us under a lot of pressure and there was always the danger that we might make a mistake but I think we were good value for our four goals.

We’ve still had just one defeat in 13 and we have to take a lot of pride from that. The players had to dig deep and while it wasn’t the fun occasion some might have dreamt of, it was a thoroughly professional performance. Anything other than professional preparation could have seen an upset on the cards.”