Full back Stephen Kelly says Fulham did ‘enough’ to get themselves in the hat for the FA Cup fourth round at Craven Cottage yesterday.
The Premier League saw off League One Swindon’s game challenge with an early Bobby Zamora goal, although they had a nervy last 20 minutes after Andy Johnson saw his second half penalty saved. Kelly, signed on a free transfer from Birmingham City in the summer, can expect plenty more first team football after John Pantsil twisted his knee at Chelsea and is reported to be out for the rest of the season.
I thought it was a good performance against a decent side. We kept our shape well and we had chances to kill the game off too. If Andy Johnson had scored the penalty it would have been over, but at 1-0, of course, they were always still in it. But there was never anything too clear cut for them and everything we did was very on the ball, professional and sharp, which is what you need to be at this stage of the Cup to avoid a potential banana skin.
We did enough to get us in the hat for the next round, which is what we wanted.
Kelly showed his attacking ability by creating the winner with a clever through ball that released Zamora.
I received the ball from Hughesy and looked up to see Bobby peeling off the defender’s shoulder. So I played the ball into his feet and he was able to turn and get through on goal. Hopefully that will go down as an assist from me, and I had one in the last game in the Europa League too, so it’s nice to be involved in the goals as well as the defending!