The Football League Paper - - FA CUP THIRD ROUND - By Steven Chicken

CAR­LOS Car­val­hal hopes a big fish in the fourth-round draw will pro­vide a brief re­turn to Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s glory days af­ter they de­feated Ful­ham yes­ter­day.

Sub­sti­tute At­dhe Nuhiu com­ple­mented Barry Ban­nan’s won­der goal as Ful­ham wasted a host of chances through poor fin­ish­ing when Wed­nes­day’s fine de­fend­ing failed them.

Car­val­hal made just three changes - all in­jury-en­forced - to the side that over­came the same op­po­si­tion last week, and be­lieves when those play­ers re­turn the Owls will be able to com­pete both in their play-off push and in the FA Cup.

“If we re­cover West­wood, Hunt, Lees, Turner, McGugan, Forestieri, Ma­tias, Hooper…it’s like a team,” he said.“If you re­cover those play­ers be­fore the next round, we have chances to do some­thing in the Cup.

“I would like to play a big team at home like we played here with Arse­nal to re­mem­ber the old mo­ments of Sh­effield Wed­nes­day, be­cause we de­serve to play big teams here in our sta­dium with our fans.

“But at this mo­ment we don’t have a squad to play in two com­pe­ti­tions, so we’ll have to see what hap­pens.”

An open game was dec­o­rated with a dizzy­ing 30-minute spell that fea­tured two goals and an ar­ray of wasted chances.

Ban­nan will never strike a ball bet­ter than he did for the opener, curl­ing Lu­cas Joao’s knock­down in off the bar from out­side the box.

But Ful­ham were level a minute later af­ter Ross McCor­mack’s low drive bounced off re­treat­ing Liam Palmer’s heels and fell for sub­sti­tute Moussa Dem­bele to con­vert.

That was as good as it got for the 19-year-old though, as he twice missed from point-blank range just af­ter the break, first head­ing straight at keeper Joe Wild­smith. Five min­utes later Wild­smith spilled Lasse Vi­gen Chris­tensen’s low cross at Dem­bele’s feet, only for Daniel Pudil to pro­duce a stun­ning block.

Worse fol­lowed for the Cot­tagers as Alex Ka­caniklic some­how stopped an­other low cross dead in­side the six-yard box when any other touch would have found the net.

Ful­ham man­ager Slav­isa Jokanovic will be glad his side don’t have to play Wed­nes­day ev­ery week af­ter his first two games in charge both ended with de­feat to the Owls. “We played very good foot­ball for 70 min­utes but missed many chances, and Wed­nes­day once more scored a fan­tas­tic goal against us,” he said.

“They were very clin­i­cal and scored a fan­tas­tic first goal, then in the right mo­ment they scored the se­cond, and that’s it.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed not to con­tinue in this com­pe­ti­tion, but what is very im­por­tant for us is to try and fol­low our way and push this team. “In the ten days I’ve been at the club I’ve dis­cov­ered many things, but we don’t have time and we need to change our sit­u­a­tion im­mi­nently and fight for points.”

PIC­TURES: Me­dia Im­age

ON THE CHARGE: Wed­nes­day’s Kieran Lee holds off Jamie O’Hara

WON­DER STRIKE: Barry Ban­nan en­joys his opener


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