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Burnley 0 Hull City 1 – match report

Burnley 0 Hull City 1: Quinn fires Tigers into second as Bruce ploy pays off

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

22:17 GMT, 11 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:55 GMT, 12 March 2013

Steve Bruce had good cause for a jubilant two-fisted salute after his double substitution helped lift Hull into second place in the Championship at Turf Moor on Monday night.

In a game where quality was as low as the sub-zero temperature, little had gone right for Hull prior to Bruce sending on Jay Simpson and Robert Koren in an attack-minded change in the 64th minute.

Just two minutes later, Simpson controlled a Koren pass with his back to goal and quickly relayed it to Stephen Quinn, whose unerring left-foot volley flew low past Lee Grant on its way into the net.

Flying high: Quinn celebrates the winning strike

Flying high: Quinn celebrates the winning strike

Upward force: Stephen Quinn hit a rocket against Burnley to send the Tigers into second place

Upward force: Stephen Quinn hit a rocket against Burnley to send the Tigers into second place

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It was enough to lift Hull above
Watford into second, and a relieved Bruce could afford to smile as he
said: ‘It was a great result that puts us in a great frame of mind for
the weekend, but I think Sky viewers might have been switching over to
the History Channel long before the end.

‘If you lot managed to scribble
anything worthwhile from that, then good luck to you. ‘It was never
going to be pretty on a horrible night, and it was a case of battling
for everything we got. I felt we had to try and win the match with the
substitutions, but I didn’t expect it to happen inside two minutes.

‘This is a crazy league, with nothing
much between top and bottom, but we have given ourselves a wonderful
chance of going up. We’ve got Watford at home in a couple of weeks and
we are really looking forward to the challenge.’

In a first half full of misplaced
passes, Burnley carved out the only semblance of a goal threat when Ross
Wallace went on a purposeful run and let fly with a 25-yard drive that
had keeper David Stockdale stretching to tip over.

Taking a tumble: Charlie Austin collides with Hull's Paul McShane at a snowy Turf Moor

Taking a tumble: Charlie Austin collides with Hull's Paul McShane at a snowy Turf Moor

There were few signs of improvement in
the second half, though Grant was finally extended in the 52nd minute
when George Boyd set up Gedo for an angled drive that was pushed round
the post by the diving Burnley keeper.

Bruce decided it was time for a change
and he can scarcely have made many better judgments as Hull manager as
his two substitutes combined to set up Quinn for the cleanest of
strikes.

Charlie Austin headed narrowly wide in
the last minute of added time to leave Burnley manager Sean Dyche
admitting: ‘It was nearly but not quite, and we are paying the price for
playing with fear.

‘Too many are not playing with the freedom and effervescence you need to affect games.

‘There is an expectation level, but I have told the players they have to deal with that.’

On the ball: Alex Bruce (left) gets a foot in against Burnley's Keith Treacy

On the ball: Alex Bruce (left) gets a foot in against Burnley's Keith Treacy

Gedo handed Grant a more thorough examination in the 53rd minute, drawing a sharp near-post stop after Boyd rode a couple of challenges in midfield to play him through.

In response Dyche sent on Vokes in place of Treacy and the Wales international striker almost made an immediate impact when he looped a glancing header from Charlie Austin's right-wing cross past the far post.

Steve Bruce went one better in the 64th minute with a double change, Koren and Jay Simpson replacing Bruce Jnr and Gedo, that paid instant dividends.

Dejected: Burnley manager Sean Dyche walks off after his side's defeat to Hull

Dejected: Burnley manager Sean Dyche walks off after his side's defeat to Hull

Koren drifted into space on the right and his cross found Simpson, whose calmly rolled pass teed-up Quinn to finish clinically.

Burnley failed to mount a sustained response, Vokes seeing a first-time effort deflected behind by Chester in the 75th minute, and when Austin hesitated in a promising attacking position by turning back and hitting a pass out of play the locals showed their displeasure.

The 26-goal striker has scored his side's only two goals in the past six games and might have levelled late on had he not misjudged a header from Vokes' centre.

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.

Hull 2 Huddersfield 0 match report

Hull 2 Huddersfield 0: Bruce keeps Tigers flying high with comfortable victory

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UPDATED:

00:23 GMT, 16 December 2012

Hull manager Steve Bruce is determined to get justice for his son Alex after his side’s win over Huddersfield ended in controversy.

The defender was sent off after the full-time whistle when he shoved Huddersfield striker Alan Lee in retaliation for an off-the-ball incident, and a melee ensued on the pitch and in the tunnel.

Bruce senior is determined the right person is punished, though, and took a DVD of the incident into the post-match press conference to show reporters footage of Lee aiming a forearm smash into the face of his son. ‘We are appealing his red, you can understand why,’

Party time: Hull celebrate taking the lead against Huddersfield

Party time: Hull celebrate taking the lead against Huddersfield

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 81), Evans (Cairney 63), Meyler, Koren (Faye 90), Quinn, Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Mclean, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Booked: Quinn, Meyler.

Goals: Koren 8,Meyler 90.

Huddersfield: Smithies,Hunt,Peter Clarke,Gerrard,Lynch,Clayton,
Norwood (Lee 70),Southern,Ward (Atkinson 60), Novak (Beckford 60),Vaughan.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Hammill, Wallace.

Booked: Southern.

Att: 16,488

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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Bruce said. ‘I knew there must have been something in it for him to react like that. I thought it was cowardly by Alan Lee.

‘I thought more of him, I have had a pint of Guinness with him, I have played his guitar and I thought more of him.

‘Cheat is the right word for him. I
don’t use that lightly but that’s the right word for him. He’s
15-and-a-half stone and he went down like that.

‘That has ruined the day. We had the best referee in the country in Howard Webb and I have spoken to him.

'He will report it and hopefully there
is some justice. Alex is wrong with his retaliation, but he only pushes
him in the chest. He’s my son, but he takes after his mother.’

Before the incident, Hull had cruised
to a third straight win thanks to Robert Koren’s eighth-minute goal and
an injury-time second from David Meyler, though the win could have been
more convincing.

Bruce added: ‘It was an excellent
performance and we were the better team by a million miles. Our only
achilles heel is the conversion of chances we create.’

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson
admitted Lee deserves punishing if found to have done something wrong.
He said: ‘I didn’t see what Alan has done, but if he has done something
he will probably get punished.

‘I don’t know what will happen, but he
deserves punishing if he’s shown to have done something. It was a
stupid way to end the game from both sets of players.’

The defeat represents a sixth game in a
row without a win for Huddersfield and they rarely looked like scoring,
despite having plenty of possession.

Grayson added: ‘It is disappointing
because we did a lot of work on trying to match Hull and the way they
played, and inside eight minutes we were a goal down to something that
we had worked to prevent.

‘We tried to change formation and get
something out of the game, but i t was disappointing that we didn’t
create too many opportunities and when you look back Hull goalkeeper
David Stockdale has not had too much to do.

‘It will take hard work to get out of this run. We will just have to work hard on the training pitch.’

Hull 0 Crystal Palace 0 – match report

Hull 0 Crystal Palace 0: Tigers growl but can't break staunch Eagles defence

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Hull failed to make their dominance count as Steve Bruce had to settle for a goalless draw against former club Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium.

The Tigers boss watched his side produce a superb performance against the Eagles, who he managed for a short spell in 2005 before leaving to take up the hotseat at Birmingham.

However, City were unable to convert their chances with Robert Koren – making his 100th appearance for the club – firing over from close range midway through the first half when the goal was at his mercy.

Big chance: Robert Koren fired over when well placed

Big chance: Robert Koren fired over when well placed

MATCH FACTS

Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, McShane, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 83), Koren (Proschwitz 76), Evans, Meyler, Quinn, Aluko (Mclean 76).

Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Simpson, Faye.

Booked: Meyler, Brady, Mclean, Rosenior.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Bolasie, Easter (Wilbraham 61).

Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah, Gabbidon.

Booked: Easter.

Att: 16,656

Ref: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

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The visitors seemed to be feeling the
effects of seeing their 14-game unbeaten run come to a halt at Leeds on
Saturday, but could have won it with the last kick of the game, only for
David Stockdale to deny winger Wilfried Zaha.

The draw sees Hull drop a place to
sixth in the npower Championship, while Ian Holloway's outfit stay a
point behind leaders Cardiff, who were held at Derby, after failing to
find the net for the first time this season.

City went close to making the
breakthrough in the third minute, but Koren and David Meyler could not
get on the end of a dangerous Robbie Brady ball that fizzed across the
six-yard box and out of play.

Palace responded and on-loan Fulham goalkeeper Stockdale had to be alert to stop an angled drive from Yannick Bolasie.

Koren was guilty of missing a glorious chance to make his side's dominance count in the 24th minute.

Ahmed Elmohamady's persistence on the
right saw him deliver a cross that fell to the influential midfielder
just six yards out, but he leant back and blazed the ball over the top.

The Hull captain was aggrieved not to
be given a penalty when his blocked shot rebounded on to a Palace's
defender's hand in the box before Stephen Quinn volleyed wide in the
35th minute.

Hull started the second half where
they left off in the first and Julian Speroni had to parry a Quinn shot
to safety, while Sone Aluko curled a 25-yard free-kick just over.

The Tigers kept knocking on the door
and Quinn wasted another chance, flicking an Elmohamady cross wide,
before Koren failed to breach the defences of Speroni.

Hull were fortunate not be reduced to
10 men with 14 minutes remaining when last man Brady was only booked for
bringing down Zaha 25 yards out.

Bolasie had a chance two minutes from
time, but he shot wide after latching onto a short back pass, while
Speroni, diving to his right, produced a wonderful save to deny
substitute Aaron Mclean moments later.

Zaha – linked with a January move to
Arsenal – almost snatched the three points for Palace deep into stoppage
time, but Stockdale was on hand to deny him.

Fulham"s David Stockdale could join Wolves on loan

Wolves in talks with Fulham over loan deal for Stockdale as De Vries edges closer to exit

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 14 August 2012

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Wolves are in talks over a loan deal for Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, 26, with Dorus de Vries becoming the fourth Wolves player to ask for a transfer.

The Championship club turned down a second bid of 700,000 for De Vries from Liverpool last week.

Wanted by Wolves: Stockdale (centre)

Wanted by Wolves: Stockdale (centre)

The Dutchman, 31, joins Steven Fletcher, Matt Jarvis and Christophe Berra in wanting to leave, while midfielder Nenad Milijas has been made available.

Wolves turned down an improved offer of 13m from Sunderland for Fletcher.

Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is still interested in Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe and Manchester City’s James Milner.

Jussi Jaaskelainen set for West Ham after snubbing Bolton deal

Jaaskelainen set for West Ham after snubbing new Bolton deal

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 30 May 2012

Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has ended his 15-year stay at Bolton after turning down a new deal.

Jaaskelainen is set to join West Ham, who have also made enquiries about Fulham's highly-rated goalkeeper David Stockdale, 26.

On the move: Jaaskelainen has ended his 15-year stay with Bolton

On the move: Jaaskelainen has ended his 15-year stay with Bolton

Six months after breaking his neck, Tim Stockdale has his sights on a showjumping place at the Olympics

Six months after breaking his neck, Tim Stockdale has his sights on a showjumping place at the Olympics

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

18:54 GMT, 28 April 2012

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 28 April 2012

Tim Stockdale faces the sternest test yet of his battle to make Britain’s showjumping team for this summer’s Olympics when he competes at next month’s Royal Windsor Horse Show just six months after breaking his neck.

With Britain’s showjumping performance director Rob Hoekstra watching closely, Stockdale, a 47- year-old Yorkshireman, must banish his suffocating fear that, after four decades in a sport he first took to at the age of seven, the London Games will come too soon for him.

Tim Stockdale and wife Laura at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. where he is recovering from a broken back suffered in a fall in Wales

Big recovery: Tim Stockdale at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital after breaking his back

‘I got someone to take a video of me riding recently because I didn’t quite feel right,’ said Stockdale, who fractured his neck in three places last October when he was thrown from a horse while out in the Welsh countryside.

‘I was embarrassed at how bad I looked. I thought: “I’m a million miles off going to the Olympic Games”. I felt utter despair about where I was.

‘Sometimes you feel like screaming. It’s big highs and trenches of deep gloom at the moment. ‘When my neck collar came off, there was brilliant elation. I decided to go on the cross-trainer to celebrate.

I used to do 30 minutes in the gym as a warm-up. But I did one minute and had to stop because I had nothing left to give.

'I wanted to pick the exercise machine up and throw it through the window.’ Despite a lengthy career, Stockdale did not make his Olympic debut until four years ago in Beijing.

He was barred from British Olympic selection in 2002 after his horse tested positive for a banned sedative, but the lifetime suspension was lifted two years later because the offence was deemed to have been ‘minor’.

STOCKDALE...Great Britan's Tim Stockdale rides on Parcival during the Nations Cup at the World Equestrian Festival CHIO in Aachen, Germany, Friday, June 28, 2002

Happier times: Stockdale in action on Parcival during the Nations Cup at the World Equestrian Festival in 2002

He failed to win selection for the Athens Games but went to Beijing where he missed out on a medal in the team contest. Now he knows London is almost certainly his last chance to grasp Olympic glory — a point he was not slow to make to medical staff, even though at one point doctors doubted if he would ever walk, let alone ride, again.

‘As soon as I got to hospital after the accident, I said: “I just want you to know I’m intending to go to the Olympics this year. I went to the Olympics last time and I’m going this year”,’ he recalled.

‘They must have been thinking: “Hang on a minute, you might not walk again”. It’s a bit like your house has burned down and you’re worried whether you got that 25 out of the drawer.’

Stockdale’s recovery from the accident, which happened as he was testing a young horse in north Wales with a view to adding it to his stable of showjumpers, has been extraordinary. He was thrown head-first into a fence, causing severe injuries.

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Top jumper: Stockdale in action at the British Masters Invitational at Chester Racecourse

After initial hospital treatment at
Shrewsbury, he spent almost six weeks immobilised at a specialist spinal
unit in Oswestry before returning to his home in Roade,
Northamptonshire, where he lives with his wife, Laura, and their two
children.

He was back in the saddle far earlier
than he had dared to hope and now rides five horses a day — including
Fresh Direct Kalico Bay, the mount he hopes to take to the London
Olympics — and betrays no sign of weakness as he marches around his yard
in fine rain, wearing jodhpurs and riding boots and tracked dutifully
by his Border collie, Tip.

Britain's Tim Stockdale riding Fresh Direct Animation knocks down some of the wall in the Accenture Christmas Puissance during The London International Horse Show at Olympia in West London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 15, 2006.

Before the injury: Stockdale riding Fresh Direct Animation knocks down some of the wall in the Accenture Christmas Puissance in 2006

Hoekstra, who has the final say on which four riders will be picked to represent Team GB at the Olympics, has given Stockdale enough encouragement to believe that he might make the cut, with regular telephone calls to check on his progress. The first of four selection events is at La Baule, in France, in early May.

That will be too soon for Stockdale, who is focusing his attentions instead on Windsor, where he will ride on the Saturday of the four-day show, which starts on May 9.

He plans to be fit, though, for the other three selection events and hopes that his performances in them can clinch a place when the Olympic team is announced in July. Meanwhile, he is bullish about his chances of success at Windsor.

‘I believe I’m going to go there and win it,’ he said. ‘I really do. I’m 75 per cent recovered. By the time of Olympic selection, my neck will be like rock. I’ll be fine.’

Occasionally, Stockdale allows himself to think of how it would feel to be standing on the podium having won an Olympic medal in London. ‘To do it in your own backyard is once-in-a-lifetime stuff,’ he said.

But would it be even sweeter with the knowledge that less than a year before he faced paralysis ‘It definitely wouldn’t be any worse,’ he said, laughing.

‘But let’s not get too Mills and Boon here. It’s a great story, but there comes a point where I’ll be written about for other reasons.’

The Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place at Windsor Castle on May 9-13, including the Diamond Jubilee Pageant. For further information and tickets (10-20), go to www.rwhs.co.uk or call 08444 581 4960.

Tomasz Kuszczak to join Ipswich

Ipswich set to swoop for Man United reject Kuszczak

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10:36 GMT, 18 April 2012

Ipswich are set to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

The Polish international is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, and will be allowed to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.

On the move: Kuszczak is set to join Ipswich this summer

On the move: Kuszczak is set to join Ipswich this summer

Kuszczak, 30, is currently on loan at Watford and has made 61 first team appearances for United following a 2million move from West Brom five years ago.

Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed earlier this year that Kuszczak, who has fallen down the Old Trafford pecking order, would be allowed to leave.

The United boss said: 'Tomasz's contract is up in the summer and he doesn't want to sign another.'

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell is desperate to sign an experienced No 1 after using four different keepers – Arran Lee-Barrett, Richard Wright and on-loan pair David Stockdale and Alex McCarthy – this season.

Everton 2 Fulham 1: Mario Fellaini sends Toffees through

Everton 2 Fulham 1: Fellaini helps Toffees come from behind

Mario Fellaini headed Everton into the fifth round of the FA Cup as they came from behind to beat Fulham at Goodison Park.

Fulham were handed the chance to take an early lead when John Heitinga handled the ball in the area and Danny Murphy converted the penalty.

Levelling up: Denis Stracqualursi makes it 1-1

Levelling up: Denis Stracqualursi makes it 1-1

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Neville, Duffy, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Gueye, Cahill, Stracqualursi.

Subs: Hahnemann, Hibbert, Saha, Drenthe, Vellios, Anichebe, Baxter.

Goal: Stracqualursi 27, Fellaini 73

Fulham: Stockdale, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Baird, Ruiz, Dempsey, Johnson.

Subs: Etheridge, Sidwell, Senderos, Frei, Zamora, Davies, Trotta.

Goal: Murphy (pen) 14

Referee: Howard Webb

But Everton were back in the game when
Denis Stracqualursi headed his first Toffee's goal and then Fellaini scored the
winner in the second half.

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Fulham 5 Newcastle 2: Hot shot Dempsey downs Magpies with stunning hat-trick

Fulham 5 Newcastle 2: Hot shot Dempsey downs Magpies with stunning hat-trick

Clint Dempsey's hat-trick helped Fulham come from behind to comprehensively thrash in-form Newcastle.

The United States international was named his country's player of the
year yesterday and showed why with a superb second-half performance at
Craven Cottage.

Dempsey celebrates his second

Double time: Dempsey celebrates his second

HEADER HERE

Fulham: Stockdale, Kelly, Hangeland, Senderos, John Arne Riise, Ruiz (Baird 46), Murphy, Sidwell (Johnson 37), Duff,
Dempsey (Frei 90), Zamora. Subs Not Used: Etheridge, Gecov, Hughes, Briggs.

Goals: Murphy 52 pen,Dempsey 59,65, Zamora 68 pen, Dempsey 89.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Guthrie (Perch 76),Cabaye (Gosling 83), Gutierrez, Best (Ryan Taylor 86), Shola Ameobi. Subs Not Used: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Obertan, Ferguson.

Booked: Santon, Guthrie, Simpson, Krul.

Goals: Guthrie 43, Ben Arfa 85.

Att: 25,692

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

Having managed just one shot in an appalling first-half performance, Fulham deservedly fell behind to a superb Danny Guthrie long-range drive as half-time approached.

However, Martin Jol's half-time pep talk and tactical tweak proved inspired as the west Londoners scored four goals in a 16-minute period. Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora netted penalties either side of a Dempsey brace as Fulham ran the Magpies ragged.

Hatem Ben Arfa reduced the deficit with the clock winding down, although Dempsey had the final word by firing home his third.

Coming into the match, Jol spoke of making amends for last weekend's 3-1
defeat at 10-man Blackburn but his side struggled to stamp their
authority during the opening exchanges.

Zamora was often isolated in attack and Alan Pardew's side dominated
possession as Yohan Cabaye got an audacious effort away inside the
opening minute.

David Stockdale easily gathered the effort and was not called into
action again until the 13th minute when Shola Ameobi – making his 250th
league appearance for the club – headed a Cabaye cross goalwards.

Newcastle were impressing by the Thames and a mazy run by Ben Arfa ended in a long-range drive the Stockdale did well to parry.

Cool head: Danny Murphy scores from the penalty spot

Cool head: Danny Murphy scores from the penalty spot

Ameobi headed wide in the 21st minute as the visitors continued to
press, although Damien Duff came close to giving Fulham a surprise lead
four minutes later.

The former Newcastle midfielder cut in from the left flank and got away a
curling shot that Tim Krul did well to clutch to his chest.

Stunner: Newcastle's Danny Guthrie scores with a 25-yard drive

Stunner: Newcastle's Danny Guthrie scores with a 25-yard drive

High-flying: Fulham's goalkeeper David Stockdale is beaten by Guthrie

High-flying: Fulham's goalkeeper David Stockdale is beaten by Guthrie

That aside, though, the Cottagers were looking sloppy, which was
epitomised by Philippe Senderos almost heading a Leon Best chip into his
own net after ignoring calls from goalkeeper Stockdale.

The west Londoners were backing off the visitors and almost paid the
cost when skipper Fabricio Coloccini directed a right-wing cross
goalwards, only to be denied by Stockdale.

Fulham's difficult opening period got worse when Steve Sidwell – one of
Fulham's better players – limped off in the 37th minute to be replaced
by Andrew Johnson, forcing Jol to alter his tactics.

Tasty: Fulham's Clint Dempsey celebrates his first goal

Tasty: Fulham's Clint Dempsey celebrates his first goal

The substitute partnered Zamora in attack as the home side moved to a
4-4-2 formation, although it could not stop Newcastle dominating.

After Stockdale tipped wide a rasping Ameobi effort, the England squad
member could do nothing to stop a superb 25-yard strike by Guthrie as
half-time approached.

Jol made his second alteration of the afternoon at half-time, replacing Bryan Ruiz with Chris Baird.

The change saw Fulham become a more coherent unit and one which earned a
penalty six minutes into the second period when Duff was brought down
inside the box.

Controversy: Andrew Johnson is brought down by Davide Santon

Controversy: Andrew Johnson is brought down by Davide Santon

Perpetrator Davide Santon avoided a second booking of the afternoon, but
saw Murphy send Krul the wrong way and slot home the resulting penalty.

With Baird shutting down the dangerous-looking Cabaye and the new-look
attack working well, the Cottagers were now in the ascendancy.

Only last-ditch defending stopped the home side taking the lead from an outswinging Murphy corner in the 56th minute.

Hat-trick hero: Clint Dempsey (left) scores his third goal for Fulham against Newcastle

Hat-trick hero: Clint Dempsey (left) scores his third goal for Fulham against Newcastle

First Krul reacted marvellously to stop Zamora netting from close range
on the turn, before Baird saw his follow-up deflected over.

Fulham continued to press and, after neat interplay between Johnson and
Zamora, Krul parried the latter's shot across goal and Dempsey bundled
home at the far post.

Baird fired a 35-yard effort over as the Cottagers pressed for a third, which came in the 65th minute.

Again neat interplay between Fulham's strikers started the goal as
Johnson laid off to Zamora and he played through Dempsey, who showed
composure to fire across Krul.

Fulham netted a fourth three minutes later when Johnson shrugged off a
rough challenge by Mike Williamson before being hauled down by Krul, who
received a booking and was then beaten from the spot by Zamora.

Ameobi thought he had reduced the deficit almost immediately with a low shot, although he was rightly adjudged offside.

Fulham sat back as the game wore on, allowing Jonas Gutierrez to fire a long-range effort straight at Stockdale.
Newcastle did, though, pull a goal back five minutes from time as Ben
Arfa jinked past John Arne Riise to fire home, although Dempsey soon
ended any hopes with his hat-trick goal.

The Texan burst through the middle to latch onto a Zamora chipped pass and fire past Krul.