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Free transfer XI – Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand

Fancy Cole, Rio AND Lampard Meet the all-star XI your club could have for FREE

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10:53 GMT, 2 January 2013

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11:40 GMT, 2 January 2013

The January transfer window has swung open once again as clubs clamour to bolster their squads for the second half of the Premier League season.

Whether it's Manchester City spending the millions in a bid to help them to a second successive title or Wigan scrambling around for a bargain to help stave off relegation, you can be sure of a busy month ahead.

But for clubs prepared to wait a little longer, there are some sumptuous signings to be made in the summer… for absolutely nothing.

With players now free to sign pre-contract deals with foreign clubs, Sportsmail guides you through who is available.

THE ULTIMATE FREEBIE XI (4-4-2)

Schwarzer (Fulham); A Cole
(Chelsea), Carragher (Liverpool), Ferdinand (Man United), Gallas
(Tottenham); Giggs (Man United), P Neville (Everton), Scholes (Man
United), Lampard (Chelsea); C Cole (West Ham), Walcott (Arsenal)

Theo Walcott
ARSENAL: Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin, Sebastien Squillaci, Emmanuel Frimpong, Lukasz Fabianski

Richard Dunne
ASTON VILLA: Richard Dunne, Andy Marshall, Eric Lichaj

Chelsea's Frank Lampard
CHELSEA: Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira, Hilario, Ross Turnbull

Phil Neville
EVERTON: Phil Neville, Sylvain Distin, Jan Mucha

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer
FULHAM: Mladen Petric, Damien Duff, Mark Schwarzer, Chris Baird,
Philippe Senderos, Mahamadou Diarra, Giorgos Karagounis, Brede
Hangeland, Neil Etheridge

Jamie Carragher
LIVERPOOL: Jamie Carragher, Doni

Kolo Toure
MANCHESTER CITY: Kolo Toure, Richard Wright

Rio Ferdinand
MANCHESTER UNITED: Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs

Danny Simpson
NEWCASTLE: Steve Harper, Xisco, Danny Simpson

Simeon Jackson
NORWICH: Elliott Ward, Marc Tierney, Simeon Jackson

Ryan Nelson
QPR: Kieron Dyer, Brian Murphy, Clint Hill, Shaun Derry, Radek Cerny, Ryan Nelsen

Jay Tabb
READING: Stuart Taylor, Ian Harte, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Noel Hunt, Jay Tabb, Alex Pearce, Simon Church

Jason Puncheon
SOUTHAMPTON: Frazer Richardson, Richard Chaplow, Danny Butterfield, Artur Boruc, Jason Puncheon

Dean Whitehead
STOKE: Michael Owen, Matthew Upson, Carlo Nash, Rory Delap, Dean Whitehead, Ryan Shotton

Frazer Campbell
SUNDERLAND: Titus Bramble, Louis Saha, Matt Kilgallon, Fraizer Campbell

Luke Moore, Swansea City
SWANSEA: Gerhard Tremmel, Luke Moore, Dwight Tiendalli, Mark Gower

William Gallas
TOTTENHAM: William Gallas, Carlo Cudicini

Zoltan Gera, West Bromwich Albion
WEST BROM: Boaz Myhill, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Steven Reid, Zoltan Gera, Goran Popov, Chris Brunt, Gonzalo Jara, Luke Daniels, Yassine El Ghanassy

Carlton Cole
WEST HAM: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Gary O’Neil, Freddie Piquionne, Winston Reid, Joey O’Brien, Carlton Cole

Maynor Figueroa
WIGAN: Maynor Figueroa, Callum McManaman, Franco Di Santo, Albert
Crusat, Piscu, Mike Pollitt, Ronnie Stam, David Jones, Emmerson Boyce,
Antolin Alcaraz

Fulham 1 Swansea 2 – match report

Fulham 1 Swansea 2: Stockdale horror helps Swans prove they can cope without Michu

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UPDATED:

17:07 GMT, 29 December 2012

David Stockdale endured a nightmare recall in goal for Fulham today as he gifted Swansea victory at Craven Cottage and sucked his own side ever closer to the Barclays Premier League drop zone.

Stockdale, making his first top-flight appearance for 11 months in place of the injured Mark Schwarzer, handed late Christmas presents to Danny Graham and Jonathan de Guzman in a shocking all-round display in front of England boss Roy Hodgson.

Fulham pulled a goal back in controversial fashion in a wet and windy rally when Bryan Ruiz's shot went in off an offside Sascha Riether but it was not enough to stop them slipping a defeat which leaves them four points above the drop zone.

Swimming upstream: Swansea City's Danny Graham helped his side record another win on the road

Swimming upstream: Swansea City's Danny Graham helped his side record another win on the road

Swimming upstream: Swansea City's Danny Graham helped his side record another win on the road

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Stockdale; Hangeland, Briggs, Hughes, Riether; Sidwell, Karagounis, Frei (Senderos 84), Berbatov, Ruiz, Dejagah (Rodallega 76) Subs not used: Etheridge, Kelly, Riise, Baird, Richardson

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Williams, Monk, Tiendalli, Rangel, Pablo (Davies 66), Dyer, Routledge (Ki 46), De Guzman, Agustien (Britton 82), Graham Subs not used: Vorm, Bartley, Britton, Shechter, Moore

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 25,700

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Swansea stayed 10 clear of danger, with Graham and De Guzman's goals proving there was life beyond injured top scorer Michu.

The punishing festive schedule seemed
to be behind both managers' decisions to ring the changes today, Fulham
making six and Swansea seven.

Each were without their first-choice keepers, with Swansea resting Michel Vorm and recalling Gerhard Tremmel.

And while they were also missing
Michu, Fulham were able to call upon the fit-again Ruiz, something that
would have been more of a relief to Dimitar Berbatov than anyone.

Berbatov may have been poking fun when exposing his 'Keep calm and pass me the ball' T-shirt in the Boxing Day draw with Southampton.

But he clearly missed the only other
player in the squad to hold a candle to him and it did not take the pair
long to rekindle their understanding today.

Frustrations: Dimitar Berbatov wasn't able to have a big enough impact from the outset

Frustrations: Dimitar Berbatov wasn't able to have a big enough impact from the outset

Frustrations: Dimitar Berbatov wasn't able to have a big enough impact from the outset

Frustrations: Dimitar Berbatov wasn't able to have a big enough impact from the outset

Indeed, Berbatov probably should have
scored in the 10th minute when he outmuscled his marker six yards out
only to volley Ruiz's corner into the ground and over the bar.

Otherwise, both teams looked like
sides on a poor run of form, Fulham having won just one in 11 and
Swansea without a victory in four league games.

So it was no surprise to see the opening goal come from a mistake in the 19th minute.

Nathan Dyer scuffed a deflected cross
from the right towards the corner of Stockdale's goal which should have
been easily pushed wide by the keeper, who was last week recalled from
his loan at Hull.

Instead, he slapped the ball straight back into danger, Graham doing well to readjust and hook the ball back into the net.

See something you like England manager Roy Hodgson was back on his old stomping ground

See something you like England manager Roy Hodgson was back on his old stomping ground

Berbatov tried to inspire an
equaliser but Kerim Frei blasted his lay-off wide from a tight angle
before Ruiz fired a free-kick just off target and volleyed another
Berbatov knockdown over the bar.

Giorgos Karagounis was booked for an ugly sliding leg sweep on Dyer that could even have drawn worse punishment.

Tremmel palmed a Ruiz curler to safety before the interval, during which Swansea sent on Ki Sung-Yueng for Wayne Routledge.

Good timing: Graham finished in style on 19 minutes to hand Swansea a surprise lead

Good timing: Graham finished in style on 19 minutes to hand Swansea a surprise lead

Good timing: Graham finished in style on 19 minutes to hand Swansea a surprise lead

Ruiz almost got the better of the motionless Swans keeper when his latest free-kick curled inches wide.

But Stockdale produced another howler
in the 52nd minute when he cleared the ball straight against Brede
Hangeland and it rebounded for Pablo Hernandez to square for De Guzman
to sidefoot home.

Tremmel showed Stockdale the way
three minutes with a decent stop from Ruiz's powerful half-volley but he
was finally beaten a minute later in controversial fashion.

Jonny on the spot: Jonathan de Guzman doubled Swansea's lead shortly after half-time

Jonny on the spot: Jonathan de Guzman doubled Swansea's lead shortly after half-time

Jonny on the spot: Jonathan de Guzman doubled Swansea's lead shortly after half-time

Berbatov headed Frei's cross against
the bar and his follow-up was blocked straight to Ruiz, whose
point-blank finish was going in but hit an offside Riether on the way.

Tremmel's appeals fell on deaf ears and suddenly it was all Fulham.

The visitors sent on Ben Davies for Hernandez in what was now driving rain at Craven Cottage.

The wet surface helped Karagounis
force a spill from Tremmel straight to Berbatov but this time the
offside flag was rightly raised as he slotted home.

Too far: Bryan Ruiz tried his luck from distance, but couldn't find a way through...

Too far: Bryan Ruiz tried his luck from distance, but couldn't find a way through…

... but just before the hour, the Costa Rican handed his side some hope with a finish from close range

… but just before the hour, the Costa Rican handed his side some hope with a finish from close range

Fulham finally made a change of their own with just under 15 minutes remaining, Hugo Rodallega replacing Ashkan Dejagah.

Graham forced another uncomfortable save from Stockdale on the break and Kemy Agustien was booked for upending Rodallega.

Agustien was immediately withdrawn for Leon Britton, with Fulham sending on Philippe Senderos for Frei.

The home side's misery was duly complete when Berbatov sent a stoppage-time header off target.

Fulham 1 Southampton 1 match report: Berbatov gets shirty but Lambert has last word

Fulham 1 Southampton 1: Berbatov gets shirty but Lambert has final say

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UPDATED:

17:40 GMT, 26 December 2012

Rickie Lambert's late penalty secured
Southampton a hard-earned point in west London as Fulham's poor recent
run continued today.

The Boxing Day encounter at Craven Cottage was of grave importance to both sides given their position near the relegation zone.

Cool head: Kelvin Davis of Southampton spills the ball to allow Dimitar Berbatov to score

Cool head: Kelvin Davis of Southampton spills the ball to allow Dimitar Berbatov to score

Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham Scores

Match facts

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise, Dejagah (Frei 67), Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic (Ruiz 46), Berbatov, Rodallega (Karagounis 78). Subs Not Used: Stockdale, Kelly, Briggs, Hughes.

Booked: Berbatov, Riise, Senderos.

Goals: Berbatov 8.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis,Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Schneiderlin,
Cork, Steven Davis (Rodriguez 78), Puncheon, Ramirez (Do Prado 90), Lambert. Subs Not Used: Boruc, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Richardson, Mayuka.

Goals: Lambert 85 pen.

Att: 25,700

Ref: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire).

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Fulham came into the match with just one win in 10 matches but got off to the best possible start, taking the lead inside eight minutes.

Kelvin Davis could only fumble a Sascha Riether cross into the path of Dimitar Berbatov, who duly slotted home off balance at the far post.

The Bulgarian celebrated by revealing a shirt saying 'Keep Calm and Pass Me the Ball', although he failed to stay true to his word by somehow heading wide shortly afterwards.

The miss allowed Southampton back into the game and, after a number of missed opportunities, the strugglers grabbed a late leveller.

Saints academy graduate Chris Baird was adjudged to have handled a Gaston Ramirez corner, allowing Lambert to continue his 100 per cent success rate from the spot five minutes from time.

Steven Sidwell was one of three Fulham changes for today's match and should have given them a third-minute lead.

Stunt: Berbatov gets his message across after scoring

Stunt: Berbatov gets his message across after scoring

In the book: Not everyone was impressed with his shirt stunt

In the book: Not everyone was impressed with his shirt stunt

The ball was played in from the left flank and the central midfielder's low strike from the edge of the box went just wide.

It epitomised a bright start from the hosts, who needed just eight minutes to score the opener.

Riether's low driven ball from the right was fumbled by goalkeeper Davis, allowing Berbatov to slot home unmarked.

The former Manchester United striker
was booked for revealing the personalised t-shirt when celebrating but
should have soon had a second goal, nodding wide a weighted Alex
Kacaniklic cross.

Spot on: Rickie Lambert scores late equaliser

Spot on: Rickie Lambert scores late equaliser

Rickie Lambert scores a penalty

Southampton's first opportunity of
note took 20 minutes to create, with a fierce Jack Cork strike from 25
yards well dealt with by Mark Schwarzer.

Berbatov was somewhat fortunate not to
receive a second yellow card for a late lunge on Jason Puncheon as both
sides struggled to keep possession in miserable conditions.

Davis dealt with a deflected John Arne
Riise shot, before Morgan Schneiderlin put wide and a fizzing Lambert
cross was cleared from danger by Baird.

Ramirez – accused of stamping on Riise
moments earlier – then saw a shot blocked by Berbatov as the visitors
pressed for a leveller.

Martin Jol brought on Bryan Ruiz in
place of the impressive Kacaniklic for the second half, with Puncheon
fizzing an effort wide shortly after the restart.

Head case: Fulham's Steve Sidwell takes a whack from Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne

Head case: Fulham's Steve Sidwell shows no fear in challenge with Nathaniel Clyne

Touch and go: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins and Fulham boss Martin Jol (right)

Touch and go: Southampton manager Nigel Adkins and Fulham boss Martin Jol (right)

Fulham were waiting patiently for their second goal, which was almost gifted to them by Luke Shaw.

The 17-year-old left-back's
uncharacteristic slip allowed Ashkan Dejagah through on goal, but the
winger lost his bearings and fired well wide.

Saints soon returned to the attack and Puncheon was called offside just as he struck at Schwarzer.

Dejagah saw a cross-shot flash wide
moments before he was replaced by Kerim Frei, with Brede Hangeland
having an effort blocked soon after.

Saints, though, were proving a thorn in Fulham's side, with Lambert close with a thumping volley 13 minutes from time.

Late drama: Referee Phil Dowd points to the spot

Late drama: Referee Phil Dowd points to the spot

Slick Rick: Lambert scores the equaliser

Slick Rick: Lambert scores the equaliser

Nigel Adkins brought on Jay Rodriguez in a late bid to find an equaliser, which came in the 85th minute.

Ramirez floated in a corner from the
left and Baird was adjudged to have handled under pressure from Lambert,
who stepped up to fire into the top left-hand corner.

Fulham claimed unsuccessfully for a
penalty of their own shortly afterwards when Maya Yoshida barged
Philippe Senderos, before Ramirez's audacious 25-yard strike slipped out
of Schwarzer's grasp and had to be stopped on the line.

Sidwell flashed a volley inches wide and Hangeland came close in stoppage time, but Adkins' side held out for a point.

Fulham 2 Newcastle 1 match report – Hugo Rodallega scores winner

Fulham 2 Newcastle 1: Rodallega grabs rare win as Pardew's men slide towards danger

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07:49 GMT, 11 December 2012

Alan Pardew passed two years in charge of Newcastle United on Monday night, but it will not be an anniversary the manager looks back on with particular fondness.

He tinkered with his formation and cajoled his players constantly, but yet another away defeat leaves the visitors only four places above the relegation zone.

It may yet get worse: they must play Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal before the turn of the year, while Sunderland, in 18th place, have a game in hand against Reading on Tuesday.

All white on the night: Fulham secured a first league win since October, beating Newcastle

All white on the night: Fulham secured a first league win since October, beating Newcastle

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic (Dejagah 62), Berbatov, Rodallega (Petric 86). Subs not used: Etheridge, Richardson, Senderos, Karagounis, Diarra.

Goals: Sidwell 19, Rodallega 63.

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Anita (Marveaux 86), Tiote (Bigirimana 86), Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 72), Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba. Subs not used: Harper, Ferguson, Tavernier, Perch.

Goal: Ben Arfa 54.

Attendance: 25,270.

Referee: Lee Mason.

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For Fulham, though, there is hope
again and, crucially, goals. Martin Jol’s side had gone more than five
hours without scoring before Steve Sidwell’s 19th-minute strike.

Even that was a little fortunate, as
the midfielder’s right-foot shot took a heavy deflection off Mike
Williamson and cannoned in off the underside of the bar. But a second
from Hugo Rodallega gave Fulham their first Premier League victory since
October.

The gloom, however, only increases for Newcastle, despite Hatem Ben Arfa scoring on his return from a hamstring injury.

‘I’m worried in that we’re not
picking up enough points,’ said Pardew. ‘The performances are much
improved, there’s more fluency about our attacking play, but it’s a
worry. We haven’t got enough points and we’ve got a tough run of games.
But if we keep working as hard as we did tonight, I think it will
change.’

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Injuries have not been kind to Newcastle but there was little excuse for their defending.

Only a covering tackle from Danny
Simpson had prevented Alex Kacaniklic scoring after just 60 seconds,
while the manner in which Rodallega was allowed to chest down a Damien
Duff cross in the box after 17 minutes provided particular cause for
concern.

Newcastle had plenty of chances and
Sascha Riether, who was excellent at right back for the hosts, cleared
two shots off the line from Fabricio Coloccini and Demba Ba before Ben
Arfa’s goal.

But it could have been far worse for the visitors if Tim Krul had not performed so well.

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

They were continually exposed by
Fulham’s width, especially down the right. Duff’s two assists equalled
his tally in 68 appearances for Newcastle, while the home side’s
willingness to mix the odd long ball over the top with the attacking
guile of Dimitar Berbatov and Rodallega was impressive.

‘That was vital for us,’ said Jol. ‘I was so happy we scored first because that was our problem in the last couple of weeks.

'At 2-1 we should have scored two or
three. We showed some character but I’m pleased we finished it off.
After losing Clint Dempsey I’m very happy that Berbatov came to this
club. He’s an unbelievable player.’

Rough and ready: Both teams fought hard to find the winner, and both hit the woodwork more than once

Rough and ready: Both teams fought hard to find the winner, and both hit the woodwork more than once

Whisper it, but Berbatov not only
exhibited all the style and swagger we expect but he worked hard in the
absence of Bryan Ruiz, who has suffered a setback in his return from a
hamstring injury.

Pardew’s 4-3-3 formation left Berbatov with room to ‘orchestrate’, as he put it.

Newcastle were also exposed in
central midfield, with Sidwell and Chris Baird picking off passes
comfortably and protecting their back four. The visiting boss was forced
into a change after his side went behind, slotting Ben Arfa back into a
midfield four.

The Frenchman looked a little off the
pace in his first start for a month, but still took it upon himself to
embarrass Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer with a shot that found the
roof of the net after 53 minutes. It took a deflection off John Arne
Riise, but Fulham players were culpable of standing off Ben Arfa, and
were duly punished.

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Jol’s side have thrown away 14 points from winning positions and it quickly looked as if would be a similar case.

But then Duff, booed throughout the
match by supporters of his former club, curled in a beautiful free-kick
from the right after 63 minutes. Rodallega eluded Coloccini with ease —
it was shocking defending from Newcastle and particularly their captain
— to give Fulham their first win in eight games.

They had to hold on in the final
minutes, however. Coloccini hit the bar with a stinging shot, substitute
Shola Ameobi attempted a right-foot effort and Jonas Gutierrez also
came close.

Fulham 2 Newcastle 1 – match report

Fulham 2 Newcastle 1: Rodallega grabs rare win as Pardew's men slide towards danger

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02:00 GMT, 11 December 2012

Alan Pardew passed two years in charge of Newcastle United on Monday night, but it will not be an anniversary the manager looks back on with particular fondness.

He tinkered with his formation and cajoled his players constantly, but yet another away defeat leaves the visitors only four places above the relegation zone.

It may yet get worse: they must play Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal before the turn of the year, while Sunderland, in 18th place, have a game in hand against Reading on Tuesday.

All white on the night: Fulham secured a first league win since October, beating Newcastle

All white on the night: Fulham secured a first league win since October, beating Newcastle

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic (Dejagah 62), Berbatov, Rodallega (Petric 86). Subs not used: Etheridge, Richardson, Senderos, Karagounis, Diarra.

Goals: Sidwell 19, Rodallega 63.

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Anita (Marveaux 86), Tiote (Bigirimana 86), Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 72), Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba. Subs not used: Harper, Ferguson, Tavernier, Perch.

Goal: Ben Arfa 54.

Attendance: 25,270.

Referee: Lee Mason.

For Fulham, though, there is hope
again and, crucially, goals. Martin Jol’s side had gone more than five
hours without scoring before Steve Sidwell’s 19th-minute strike.

Even that was a little fortunate, as
the midfielder’s right-foot shot took a heavy deflection off Mike
Williamson and cannoned in off the underside of the bar. But a second
from Hugo Rodallega gave Fulham their first Premier League victory since
October.

The gloom, however, only increases for Newcastle, despite Hatem Ben Arfa scoring on his return from a hamstring injury.

‘I’m worried in that we’re not
picking up enough points,’ said Pardew. ‘The performances are much
improved, there’s more fluency about our attacking play, but it’s a
worry. We haven’t got enough points and we’ve got a tough run of games.
But if we keep working as hard as we did tonight, I think it will
change.’

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Injuries have not been kind to Newcastle but there was little excuse for their defending.

Only a covering tackle from Danny
Simpson had prevented Alex Kacaniklic scoring after just 60 seconds,
while the manner in which Rodallega was allowed to chest down a Damien
Duff cross in the box after 17 minutes provided particular cause for
concern.

Newcastle had plenty of chances and
Sascha Riether, who was excellent at right back for the hosts, cleared
two shots off the line from Fabricio Coloccini and Demba Ba before Ben
Arfa’s goal.

But it could have been far worse for the visitors if Tim Krul had not performed so well.

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

They were continually exposed by
Fulham’s width, especially down the right. Duff’s two assists equalled
his tally in 68 appearances for Newcastle, while the home side’s
willingness to mix the odd long ball over the top with the attacking
guile of Dimitar Berbatov and Rodallega was impressive.

‘That was vital for us,’ said Jol. ‘I was so happy we scored first because that was our problem in the last couple of weeks.

'At 2-1 we should have scored two or
three. We showed some character but I’m pleased we finished it off.
After losing Clint Dempsey I’m very happy that Berbatov came to this
club. He’s an unbelievable player.’

Rough and ready: Both teams fought hard to find the winner, and both hit the woodwork more than once

Rough and ready: Both teams fought hard to find the winner, and both hit the woodwork more than once

Whisper it, but Berbatov not only
exhibited all the style and swagger we expect but he worked hard in the
absence of Bryan Ruiz, who has suffered a setback in his return from a
hamstring injury.

Pardew’s 4-3-3 formation left Berbatov with room to ‘orchestrate’, as he put it.

Newcastle were also exposed in
central midfield, with Sidwell and Chris Baird picking off passes
comfortably and protecting their back four. The visiting boss was forced
into a change after his side went behind, slotting Ben Arfa back into a
midfield four.

The Frenchman looked a little off the
pace in his first start for a month, but still took it upon himself to
embarrass Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer with a shot that found the
roof of the net after 53 minutes. It took a deflection off John Arne
Riise, but Fulham players were culpable of standing off Ben Arfa, and
were duly punished.

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Jol’s side have thrown away 14 points from winning positions and it quickly looked as if would be a similar case.

But then Duff, booed throughout the
match by supporters of his former club, curled in a beautiful free-kick
from the right after 63 minutes. Rodallega eluded Coloccini with ease —
it was shocking defending from Newcastle and particularly their captain
— to give Fulham their first win in eight games.

They had to hold on in the final
minutes, however. Coloccini hit the bar with a stinging shot, substitute
Shola Ameobi attempted a right-foot effort and Jonas Gutierrez also
came close.

Fulham 0 Tottenham 3: match report:

Fulham 0 Tottenham 4: Deadly Defoe doubles up for rampant Spurs

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16:54 GMT, 1 December 2012

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17:17 GMT, 1 December 2012

Jermain Defoe upstaged Dimitar Berbatov by scoring twice to sink Fulham and move Tottenham in to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League.

The London derby had been billed as a chance for Berbatov to shine against his former club after such a wonderful start to his career in west London, but it was the man who so often lived in the Bulgarian's shadow at White Hart Lane who stole the show today by bagging his 11th and 12th goals of the current campaign.

Make mine a double: Jermain Defoe fired a brace for Tottenham

Make mine a double: Jermain Defoe fired a brace for Tottenham

Match facts

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether (Kelly 28), Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Frei (Duff 61), Diarra, Sidwell, Dejagah, Berbatov, Petric (Rodallega 78). Subs not used: Etheridge, Baird, Karagounis, Richardson.

TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson (Gallas 16), Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dembele (Carroll 83), Sandro, Bale (Sigurdsson 61), Defoe, Dempsey. Subs not used: Friedel, Falque, Walker, Livermore.

Goals: Sandro 55, Defoe 72, 77

Booked: Bale, Gallas

Referee: Chris Foy

Att: 25,426

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The England striker this week spoke
about how working under Andre Villas-Boas had breathed life into his
flagging career, and the 30-year-old delivered once again for his
manager by killing off the game with Tottenham's final two goals.

Berbatov showed flashes of brilliance
in a good first half for Martin Jol's men, but Sandro put Spurs ahead
after the break with a 35-yard drive – his second goal for the club.

Defoe then stepped up to the plate
to seal the match, converting Gylfi Sigurdsson's pass to make it 2-0
before adding a second five minutes later from Clint Dempsey's pass.

The win – Tottenham's third on the
bounce, now means Villas-Boas' team are level with third-place Chelsea
in the table, and given current form, it seems only a matter of time
before the Portuguese moves ahead of the club who sacked him in March.

The only worry for Villas-Boas is
that Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson both hobbled off with injuries.
Berbatov looked determined to make an impression from the start and it
took little time for him to turn on the class.

Going nowhere: Gareth Bale (right) is held back by Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah

Going nowhere: Gareth Bale (right) is held back by Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah

The Bulgarian, who enjoyed two
prolific seasons at Spurs before leaving for Manchester United, produced
a deft touch to skip past Dawson and carve open the Spurs defence, but
Hugo Lloris charged off his lane to collect the ball before Steve
Sidwell had a chance to shoot.

Up the other end Dempsey showed a
moment of brilliance to turn Aaron Hughes and glide past Philippe
Senderos but he shot well wide.

Dempsey, mocked by the home support
throughout the match, was then clattered by Mahamadou Diarra, who was
lucky to escape without a booking.

Sliding in: Tottenham's Kyle Naughton (right) challenges Fulham's Kerim Frei

Sliding in: Tottenham's Kyle Naughton (right) challenges Fulham's Kerim Frei

Stunner: Sandro celebrates his long-range opener

Stunner: Sandro celebrates his long-range opener

Berbatov's class then shone through
once again as he released Ashkan Dejagah with a sublime back heel but
Kerim Frei could only put the winger's deflected cross over the bar.

Villas-Boas was forced into an early change when Dawson suffered an injury while clearing a cross in the 15th minute.

William Gallas came on in his place.
Bale was booked for diving eight minutes later, although replays showed
Sidwell caught the Welshman's trailing leg.

Heading up: Clint Dempsey (right) beats Mahamadou Diarra in the air

Heading up: Clint Dempsey (right) beats Mahamadou Diarra in the air

Rolling Bale: Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah looks for the ball after colliding with Gareth Bale

Rolling Bale: Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah looks for the ball after colliding with Gareth Bale

Berbatov's class then shone through
once again as he released Ashkan Dejagah with a sublime back heel but
Kerim Frei could only put the winger's deflected cross over the bar.

Villas-Boas was forced into an early change when Dawson suffered an injury while clearing a cross in the 15th minute.

William Gallas came on in his place.
Bale was booked for diving eight minutes later, although replays showed
Sidwell caught the Welshman's trailing leg.

Losing out: Bale is tackled by Fulham's Dejagah

Losing out: Bale is tackled by Fulham's Dejagah

The winger, who was booked for the
same offence on Wednesday, was lucky not to see red after sarcastically
applauding Chris Foy's decision.

The game slowed down from its
frenetic opening. Dempsey and Malden Petric both had half chances and
Mark Schwarzer sprinted off his line to deny Defoe.

Berbatov nutmegged Aaron Lennon with
an exquisite piece of skill, but the England winger soon collected the
ball and found Bale, but he skied his finish.

Petric muscled Sandro off the ball
and found Sidwell as Fulham pushed for an opener just after the break,
but he dragged his shot wide.

Bald truth: Martin Jol (left) saw his side second best to everything

Heads we win: Steven Sidwell (left) is beaten by Sandro

Bald truth: Martin Jol's (left) side were second best, as Steven Sidwell (above, left) is beaten by Sandro

On the rise: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side record their third victory in seven days

On the rise: Andre Villas-Boas saw his side record their third victory in seven days

Berbatov prowled on the edge of the box, probing at the Spurs defence, but he could not find a way through.

The away side then took the lead out
of nowhere. Sandro capitalised picked up Mousa Dembele's pass five yards
inside the Fulham half and carried the ball forward before unleashing a
powerful drive that flew in off a post past Schwarzer.

Spurs looked to kill the game off
moments later through Bale, who galloped down the left after picking up
Defoe's pass, but Schwarzer saved well.

That proved to be Bale's last contribution to the game as he hobbled off with what looked like a hamstring problem.

Huddle up: Sandro (not seen) is mobbed after his goal out of nothing

Huddle up: Sandro (not seen) is mobbed after his goal out of nothing

Fulham struggled to get back on the
ball and Defoe took full advantage of Spurs' dominance. The striker
broke down the middle to meet the pass of Sigurdsson, who had turned
Senderos inside out, and he made no mistake from close range.

Five minutes later and it was game
over. Dempsey threaded a perfect through ball past Senderos, Defoe
galloped through and slotted beyond Schwarzer.

Spurs took their foot off the accelerator and eased to a morale-boosting victory.

Going over: Clint Dempsey is fouled by Mahamadou Diarra

Going over: Clint Dempsey is fouled by Mahamadou Diarra

On a run: Fulham's Frei beats Kyle Naughton to the ball

On a run: Fulham's Frei beats Kyle Naughton to the ball

Stoke 1 Fulham 0: Adam seals the deal for Potters as Jol"s men fail to fire

Stoke 1 Fulham 0: Adam seals the deal for Potters as Jol's men fail to fire

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Charlie Adam netted the winner for a second successive Britannia Stadium fixture as Stoke defeated Fulham to extend their good run of Barclays Premier League home form.

The impressive Adam turned and finished from close range in the 26th minute to register his second goal as a Potters player.

Out in front: Charlie Adam scores for Stoke

Out in front: Charlie Adam scores for Stoke

Match facts

Stoke: Begovic,
Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Shotton, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington
(Kightly 72), Adam (Whitehead 81), Crouch (Jones 77). Subs Not Used: Sorensen, Palacios, Upson, Jerome.

Booked: Cameron.

Scorer: Adam 26.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Baird, Sidwell (Rodallega 80), Karagounis (Duff 73), Dejagah, Berbatov, Petric. Subs Not Used: Etheridge, Kelly, Kasami, Diarra, Banya.

Booked: Senderos.

Att: 26,921

Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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His first was the decisive strike in the previous home match, the 1-0 win over QPR on November 10, and Stoke are now unbeaten in 13 games on their own turf in the league stretching back to February.

Tony Pulis' side, who were the better team overall this afternoon and nearly had another goal when Ryan Shawcross headed against the bar, now have three victories to their name this season and are up to 11th in the table on 16 points.

Fulham, meanwhile, stay ninth and are now winless in their last five games. In driving rain, it was the visitors who made the brighter start, with Giorgos Karagounis lashing an effort across goal and wide on two minutes.

There was a shaky moment soon after for Stoke as goalkeeper Asmir Begovic misread a back-pass, but the ball was cleared away and the home side began to settle down.

Robert Huth headed the clearest opportunity yet wide from Matthew Etherington's corner on the quarter hour-mark and the Potters continued to pressurise, with Adam sending the ball over after juggling it in the area.

Moments later the Scotland midfielder scored, taking one touch in the six-yard box when Peter Crouch headed Ryan Shotton's cross his way before swivelling and firing the ball in.

Up for it: Fulham's John Arne Riise (left) and Stoke's Charlie Adam tussle

Up for it: Fulham's John Arne Riise (left) and Stoke's Charlie Adam tussle

The hosts kept up the momentum as Glenn Whelan tried his luck from the edge of the area, drilling wide, and Shawcross almost made it 2-0 in the 36th minute when he clattered a header against the bar.

Fulham immediately broke forward, with Mladen Petric coming to meet a cross into the box but unable to finish, and Dimitar Berbatov – captain for the day in place of the suspended Brede Hangeland – then saw a delivery into the danger-zone scrambled away.

Nowhere to go: Giorgios Karagounis of Fulham goes down under a challenge from Stoke's Ryan Shotton

Nowhere to go: Giorgios Karagounis of Fulham goes down under a challenge from Stoke's Ryan Shotton

Stoke looked eager to wrap things up as the second half got under way and seconds after the restart Whelan scooped an effort over from Jon Walters' tee-up.

Their opponents had ideas of their own though, and after Karagounis had ballooned over, Steve Sidwell dived to connect with an Ashkan Dejagah cross only for the ball to skim harmlessly off his head.

Attacking threat: Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov (left) tries to shrug off Stoke's Charlie Adam

Attacking threat: Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov (left) tries to shrug off Stoke's Charlie Adam

There was then a scare for Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who dropped a high ball but managed to smother it before anyone could pounce.

Adam, who was putting in a lively display, saw an effort deflect wide and Schwarzer then tipped away a header by Huth from one Etherington corner, before Shawcross nodded another off-target.

Calling the shots: Stoke boss Tony Pulis shouts instructions

Calling the shots: Stoke boss Tony Pulis shouts instructions

Fulham survived a scramble in the area after a Schwarzer punch, and then went close as Berbatov's drive was tipped away by Begovic.

Pulis had brought on Michael Kightly, who struck over, and with the visitors showing endeavour towards the end but unable to find an equaliser.

Another Stoke substitute Kenwyne Jones thought he had doubled his side's lead in the dying moments, but was flagged offside.

Tough task: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross (right) battles with Fulham's Mladen Petric

Tough task: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross (right) battles with Fulham's Mladen Petric

Fulham 1 Sunderland 3 – match report

Fulham 1 Sunderland 3: Black Cats punish 10-man hosts with second-half treble

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Sunderland picked up their first win since late September as they threw off the shackles to down 10-man Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The Black Cats have been the division's most lacklustre in front of goal this season, but scored three times in 20 second-half minutes to punish their hosts.

Fulham captain Brede Hangeland was sent off in the first-half for a reckless lunge on opposite number Lee Cattermole, making anything other than a draw a big ask for Martin Jol's team.

And so it proved. Steven Fletcher grabbed the first five minutes after the break, but substitue Mladen Petric levelled things up seven minutes later from close range.

However, it was Sunderland who reacted the best, taking the lead through Carlos Cuellar, and adding a spectacular third through Stephane Sessegnon's first goal of the season.

More to follow…

On song: Sunderland ended a winless run dating back to September after Brede Hangeland was sent off

On song: Sunderland ended a winless run dating back to September after Brede Hangeland was sent off

On song: Sunderland ended a winless run dating back to September after Brede Hangeland was sent off

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Riether, Sidwell, Karagounis (Senderos 35), Duff, Kacaniklic (Rodallega 27), Berbatov, Ruiz (Petric 59). Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Smith, Dejagah,

Booked: Sidwell

Sent off: Hangeland 31

Goal: Petric 62

SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Cattermole, Larsson (McClean 70), Colback (Vaughan 79), Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs not used: Westwood, Kilgallon, McClean, Campbell, Wickham, Saha

Booked: O'Shea, Johnson

Goals: Fletcher 50, Cuellar 65, Sessegnon 70

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Classy: Steven Fletcher got the ball rolling with a brilliantly taken strike early in the second half

Classy: Steven Fletcher got the ball rolling with a brilliantly taken strike early in the second half

Classy: Steven Fletcher got the ball rolling with a brilliantly taken strike early in the second half

Back in it: Mladen Petric responded quickly for Fulham, and suffered a cut on his leg as a result

Back in it: Mladen Petric responded quickly for Fulham, and suffered a cut on his leg as a result

Back in it: Mladen Petric responded quickly for Fulham, and suffered a cut on his leg as a result

Back in it: Mladen Petric responded quickly for Fulham, and suffered a cut on his leg as a result

Fulham 2 Sunderland 1: Cottagers win final game of season

Fulham 2 Sunderland 1: Cottagers still flying high after winning final home game – and they could finish above Liverpool

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Moussa Dembele scored the winner as Fulham claimed a victory against Sunderland that keeps alive their hopes of a seventh placed finish in the Premier League.

Clint Dempsey put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes, firing home a superb 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Sunderland levelled through Phil Bardsley's excellent 34th-minute strike but Fulham responded immediately as Dembele put the hosts back ahead with a 20-yard strike that took a slight deflection off Michael Turner as it flew home.

More to follow…

Delight: Moussa Dembele is congratulated after scoring

Delight: Moussa Dembele is congratulated after scoring

MATCH FACTS

Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Diarra, Dempsey, Dembele, Pogrebnyak.
Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kasami, Senderos, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Kilgallon, McClean, Colback, Cattermole, Gardner, Sessegnon, Ji.
Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Campbell, Meyler, Bramble, Elmohamady, Bendtner.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

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Fulham 2 Wigan 1: Roberto Martinez drained

Last-day dramas draining Roberto as Wigan's winning run comes to abrupt end

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Roberto Martinez might be the youngest manager in the Barclays Premier League, but Wigan’s apparent preference for last-day drama has left him feeling like one of the oldest.

After rocking the division with wins over Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in the past month, Wigan came tumbling back down towards the bottom three with a tired performance against a side with little to play for on Saturday.

‘I feel like a 50-year-old,’ said Martinez, 38, after Fulham defender Philippe Senderos snatched a last-minute winner. ‘This is a good way to test my heart.’

Knees up: Philippe Senderos celebrates scoring Fulham's winner

Knees up: Philippe Senderos celebrates scoring Fulham's winner

Emmerson Boyce had put Wigan ahead but Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak equalised a minute later but defeat at Fulham left Wigan in 17th place, with a fixture against Champions League-chasing Newcastle preceding matches with Blackburn and Wolves, both of whom are fighting to stay in the division.

‘We understand what we are,’ Martinez said. ‘For Wigan to be seven years in the Premier League is an outstanding achievement and if we have to go to the last day of the season so be it. We are prepared mentally as a club — the players and the staff — that every point is going to count and it could easily go to the last game of the season.

Penny for your thoughts Roberto Martinez hopes to lead Wigan to safety

Penny for your thoughts Roberto Martinez hopes to lead Wigan to safety

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Fulham’s John Arne Riise didn’t coat himself in glory after 10 minutes when he cut in from the left and ran at Emmerson Boyce. Riise was looking for contact, however marginal, and found it. Cue an exaggerated fall and the award of a free-kick in a dangerous area.

‘At is it the last game of the season against Wolves is at home. That is a bit which is different to last season but every game is very difficult and we need to be prepared for everyone.’

Martinez added: ‘I was worried about Fulham because it was one game too many, physically and mentally, but we will be fresh for Newcastle.’