Fulham 1 - 1 Blackpool

Match info: FA Cup - 3rd Rnd at Craven Cottage

Date: 05/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: L Mason Att: 14,473

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Fulham

Giorgos Karagounis 80

1
vs
1

Blackpool

Ludovic Sylvestre 60

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 18:47 GMT

Martin Jol admitted he had broken a promise to rest a "knackered" Giorgios Karagounis after watching the veteran's sensational equaliser rescue Fulham from an FA Cup shock against Blackpool today.

Celebration time after the late Fulham equaliser
Celebration time after the late Fulham equaliser

Cottagers boss Jol revealed he had agreed the 35-year-old Greece midfielder would only play for an hour of this afternoon's third-round clash at Craven Cottage.

But, with Fulham heading for an embarrassing 1-0 defeat in front of their own fans, Jol kept "warrior" Karagounis on the pitch and was rewarded with a late equaliser that set up a replay at Bloomfield Road.

"He's been in the team now over the last three games and I told him he could play 60 minutes today because he played the other games," Jol said of Karagounis, who signed on a free transfer back in September.

"I had to leave him on and I think he's not only a legend in his country, but he's a warrior for us.

"Of course, we had him outside of the transfer window but I was very happy that he came here and he showed that today.

"Because, that is what you need. That is what we had, for example, with Clint Dempsey."

Today's amazing half-volley was Karagounis' first goal in English football but Jol revealed he had seen the midfielder net similar efforts during his stellar career with Inter Milan, Benfica and Panathinaikos.

"If you've seen him on youtube, he probably did it eight or nine times before, and he's capable of doing that," Jol said.

The Dutchman revealed Steve Sidwell was also forced to play on despite pulling a hamstring following all three Fulham substitutions.

He added of Karagounis: "I knew that he could force the issue, Karagounis, and he did.

"He's a character, he's a personality.

"So, although he was probably knackered, he scored the goal, and that is what you get with Giorgio."

Despite watching his "very tired" side get out of jail, Jol was adamant they should have won the game and should have been awarded a first-half penalty for handball.

The Dutchman admitted Fulham's movement and final ball was "not good enough" but was pleased they showed they could grind out a result.

He also had no fear of a replay on what looks set to be an atrocious Bloomfield Road pitch but admitted another game was not ideal.

"What can I do?" he added. "In the end, if you don't score a goal and if it is not your day, you have to be happy with a replay."


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