In what could have possibly been a slip up game for the Cottagers against a lower division foe, the team easily took care of business in their third round FA Cup tie. After pulling themselves out of the relagation zone against West Brom last week, Mark Hughes selected an unchanged side in the hopes of retaining their fine form. But the match did not start as the White would have liked, with Peterborough United starting the game just a shade brighter. The recently impressive David Stockdale was able to keep the underdogs at bay.
Fulham got on the board with a goal from Diomansy Kamara, the striker heading home a cross from the versatile Chris Baird. The Cottagers then went on the front foot and it looked a matter of time before they got a second. Surprisingly it was the normally defensive minded Dickson Etuhu who scored it, sending in a scorching shot off of a ball deflected out to him. Going into the half the tie looked all but locked up for Fulham.
The Cottagers came out in the second half just as they had finished the first, coming close a couple times before Kamara scored the third goal of the night. Finding himself one one one with the opposing keeper he managed a finish which had been lacking from the team much of the season. The Whites were flying high and Zoltan Gera, a second half substitute, made it four to nothing after heading home from short range. From there the teams exchanged two goals each, with Lee Tomlin scoring an impressive solo goal before Kamara netted his third of the match. It was his first hat-trick in his time with Fulham and hopefully will give him confidence to go forward the rest of the season. Grant McCann scored a second for Peterborough before substitute Jonathan Greening finished the scoring for the rampant Cottagers.
The match was not filled with much drama after Fulham scored but the fourth round looks to provide a much sterner test. The draw was unfavorable for the Whites as Tottenham will await them in their next FA Cup match. In the EPL, Fulham will take on Wigan Athletic next Saturday and hopefully can continue to move up the table.
One question for the upcoming fixture will be if recent signee Steve Sidwell will make his debut for the club. Just signed from Aston Villa, it is unknown if manager Mark Hughes will want to upset the squad's chemistry by putting in the newly arrived midfielder. But at the very least Sidwell will provide depth and experience for a team that will only want to look up the rest of the season.