Chris Martin fired Fulham into the fifth round of the FA Cup
Martin scored the decisive goal and set up Fulham’s third as they beat Premier League Hull before the game ended with a spectacular double penalty save at the end from their stand in goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
Though he is on loan at Fulham for the season, Martin is desperate to head back to Pride Park after being forced out by Nigel Pearson in August.
On Saturday he stunned his current club by signing a new Derby contract despite Fulham having the option to make his move permanent in the summer.
He claimed he was looking forward to being back at Derby “as soon as possible” and Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic actually thinks him signing the new deal will help Fulham.
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“His situation is fantastic,” said Jokanovic. “He signed a new contract which is great news for himself, for his family. I don’t know but it’s probably his highest contract. Our situation doesn’t change. He’s going to stay with us. He showed commitment to be with this club and at the end we’re going to try and send him back to Derby in a better condition.”
And Martin, who was met with the odd boo each time he touched the ball but applauded when he was substituted late on, struck in the second half and then teed up a third for 16-year-old wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon after Hull’s Goebel Evandro had cancelled out Sone Aluko’s first half opener.
Stefan Johansen scored a fourth to end any late hope for Marco Silva’s side and it took a stunning save to stop Fulham adding a fifth when captain Tom Cairney was denied with five minutes to go.
Then came the penalty scramble as Hull’s Andrew Robertson was brought down by Tomas Kalas.
Hernandez stepped up but hit tamely for Bettinelli to push it away. But the striker beat the keeper to the ball and was hauled down.
Marcus Bettinelli made a double penalty save for Fulham at the end
The ref pointed to the spot and Hernandez stepped up again, but it was the same result as Bettinelli pushed the second effort over the bar.
It was a week on and just a few miles down the road from where Hull’s Ryan Mason suffered his horrific head injury against Chelsea.
Silva and the squad visited him in hospital on Saturday and werel ifted by the sight of him smiling – but were unable to deliver a performance for him.
“The best news for me is when we were with him yesterday I saw Ryan smile,” Silva said. “I like what I saw, but we need to be calm with him.”