McBride breaks Imps hearts
By Simon Fudge. Last Updated: September 21, 2005 11:00pm
Brian McBride's last minute winner gave Fulham an extra time 5-4 Carling Cup success over a brave Lincoln City side.
Zeshan Rehman and Heidar Helguson gave the home side a half time lead but Francis Green and a Moritz Volz own-goal allowed The Imps to dramatically send the tie into extra time.
Fulham took a two-lead again through Liam Rosenior amd Tomasz Radzinski but Lincoln fought back bravely with extra time goals from Scott Kerr and Marvin Robinson.
However, McBride's header right at the end of extra time broke Lincoln's hearts and sent the West London club to the next round.
Despite the visitors' early attacking endeavours, the Premiership side took the lead thought a finely worked goal, as Helguson's cross from the right found the head of Rehman at the far post for 1-0.
Imps goalkeeper Alan Marriott was then called on to make a fine save from Collins John moments later.
From the ensuing corner, Marriott made another good stop from John's blistering strike but the rebound fell to the head of Helguson and he doubled Fulham's lead on 31 minutes.
Fulham looked in control after the break but Keith Alexander's side showed great spirit to get back into the match.
Green made the tie a contest with a fine strike on 70 minutes after Fulham had forced some excellent second half saves from Marriott.
The goal gave the League Two side real belief they could pull level and from a scramble in the Fulham box, substitute Volz put into his own net to send both sides into extra time.
Despite being forced to an extra half hour, the West Londoners regained the lead three minutes in when former Bristol City man Rosenior struck home from close range.
Fulham then restored their two-goal lead two minutes later when substitute Radzinski picked up the loose ball on the edge of Lincoln's box before clipping the ball over the onrushing Marriott to make it 4-2.
Lincoln, however, fought back again and reduced the deficit through a Kerr free kick before both sides changed halves for next period of extra time.
The Imps pushed to level matters again in the second extra time period and after two fine saves from Fulham's back-up goalkeeper Ricardo Baptista, Robinson scrambled the ball home from a corner to make it 4-4.
Lincoln with full of confidence at this stage but substitute McBride saved Fulham's blushes with a last-gasp header to scrape Chris Coleman's side into round three.