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Jose Mourinho and Fatih Terim hug at Galatasaray game – VIDEO

Jose finds his Special One: Affectionate Real Madrid boss greets his Galatasaray rival… and he even brought him flowers!

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Paul Collins

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16:30 GMT, 17 March 2013

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12:16 GMT, 18 March 2013

Jose Mourinho's reinvention as the nicest guy in football continued in Turkey at the weekend as he checked out Real Madrid's Champions League opponents Galatasaray.

Mourinho, who was gushing in his praise of Manchester United after knocking them out of the tournament in the last round, went head to head with Gala coach Fatih Terim.

But it was all lover-dovey as the pair shared several hugs and pats on the back at Kayserispor's Kadir Has Stadium, where Terim's side won 3-1.

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Head to head: Jose Mourinho (right) and Fatih Terim seemed pleased to see each other

Head to head: Jose Mourinho (right) and Fatih Terim seemed pleased to see each other

Head to head: Jose Mourinho (right) and Fatih Terim seemed pleased to see each other

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Wesley Sneijder was on the scoresheet for the Turkish table-toppers and he gave Mourinho a smile and a wave.

The Dutchman won the Champions League with Inter Milan under Mourinho three years ago and he said: 'It's great to see him again. The last time I saw him was in the final when we played in 2010, the final against Bayern Munich.

Look what I can do: Dutchman Wesley Sneijder reminded Mourinho what he's capable of

Look what I can do: Dutchman Wesley Sneijder reminded Mourinho what he's capable of

I don't usually do this: Didier Drogba missed a sitter for Galatasaray

I don't usually do this: Didier Drogba missed a sitter for Galatasaray

'That was the last time I saw him, so it was a very nice moment when he came to visit us and I am happy to see him again because we had a great time together.

'But I just send him a message that he should be careful because if he is around, I always score.'

Less impressive was another Mourinho old boy as former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba missed a sitter for Galatasaray.

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Terim watched Real thump Mallorca 5-2 on Saturday so would have been relieved to see his side put on a show in front of Mourinho, who was at the match with his son.

Burak Yilmaz scored Gala's other two goals and they will travel to the Spanish capital for the first leg on Wednesday, April 3 with the return set for the following Tuesday.

Take note: Mourinho watched Galatasaray beat Kayserispor 3-1

Take note: Mourinho watched Galatasaray beat Kayserispor 3-1

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho holds a bunch of flowers

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho holds a bunch of flowers

Flower powert: Jose Mourinho was given a welcome gift as he arrived in Turkey to watch Galatasaray

Rio Ferdinand is likely to play in both England qualifiers after Michael Dawson and Gary Chaill picked up injuries

Cahill and Dawson injuries put onus on Ferdinand to play in both England qualifiers

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Neil Ashton

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18:27 GMT, 17 March 2013

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23:42 GMT, 17 March 2013

Roy Hodgson’s plans for Rio Ferdinand during England’s two World Cup qualifiers took a dramatic twist after Michael Dawson and Gary Cahill suffered injuries on Sunday.

Ferdinand has been told by Sir Alex Ferguson he will be needed to play three games in 10 days for Manchester United when he returns from international duty.

Hodgson planned to rest Ferdinand for the game against San Marino in Rimini on Friday and pair him with Cahill for the top-of-the-table clash against Montenegro the following Tuesday.

Heavy workload: England's defensive crisis means Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is now likely to start both qualifiers

Heavy workload: England's defensive crisis means Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is now likely to start both qualifiers. Ferdinand is also in line to play three matches in 10 days for Manchester United

Second chance: Joleon Lescott could feature for England after initially being dropped from the squad

Second chance: Joleon Lescott could feature for England after initially being dropped from the squad

Injury worry: Michael Dawson (right) played the first half for Tottenham against Fulham but picked up an injury and is now a doubt for England's World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro

Injury worry: Michael Dawson (right) played the first half for Tottenham against Fulham but picked up an injury and is now a doubt for England's World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro

However, the 34-year-old may be pressed into action for both games after Dawson and Cahill picked up knocks on club duty.

Manchester City centre back Joleon Lescott has been called up after Dawson was ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered in Tottenham’s 1-0 home defeat by Fulham, while Cahill will be assessed by England physio Gary Lewin at the St George’s Park training centre.

He played 90 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over West Ham but later had treatment on an ankle injury.

Ferdinand has been given Ferguson’s blessing to join the England squad for the first time in nearly two years, but it is not without complications.

The United defender has been told he is needed for games against Sunderland (March 30), Chelsea in the FA Cup (April 1) and Manchester City (April 8).

Despite the concerns of his club manager, Ferdinand’s call-up has gone down well in the United dressing room.

‘It’s good for Rio,’ said team-mate Nemanja Vidic. ‘He deserves the call, he has played well this season and can help the national team.

More trouble: Gary Cahill (right) has also had to pull out of the England squad due to injury

More trouble: Gary Cahill (right) has also had to pull out of the England squad due to injury

Selection headache: Aaron Lennon is also a doubt after missing Tottenham's match with Fulham

Selection headache: Aaron Lennon is also a doubt after missing Tottenham's match with Fulham

‘He would have two international games, then when he comes back we have two games in three days in the Premier League and FA Cup.

‘Can he play all of these games All I can say is that I hope he does well.’

Meanwhile, Spurs winger Aaron Lennon, who missed the Fulham defeat with groin and hamstring problems, will not be available for Hodgson.

‘He won’t make it,’ said Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas. ‘He’s been struggling with injuries. We risked him against Inter Milan and he is on the brink of rupturing a muscle.’

Gareth Bale also needed lengthy treatment after appearing to twist an ankle in the first half against Fulham, but Villas-Boas expects him to be fit for international duty with Wales.

David Beckham plays a cameo part in PSG"s 2-1 over Nancy

Beckham plays cameo role in Zlatan show as PSG recover from a goal down to beat struggling Nancy

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19:22 GMT, 9 March 2013

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23:49 GMT, 9 March 2013

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the top of his game tonight as he scored twice to help Paris St Germain overturn a one-goal deficit and beat lowly Nancy 2-1 at the Parc des Princes.

David Beckham had to make do with a cameo substitute appearance as his Swedish club-mate stole the attention with two second-half goals in the space of three minutes, following Benjamin Moukandjo's first-half opener for the visitors.

Victory for PSG lifted them five points clear at the summit of Ligue 1, ahead of Sunday's clash between second-placed Lyon and third-placed Marseille, while a fourth league defeat in five for their opponents left them six points adrift of safety.

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Late entrance: David Beckham replaces Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti

Late entrance: David Beckham replaces Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Marco Verratti

Lille came from behind to beat Valenciennes 3-1 at the Stade du Hainaut and extend their Ligue 1 winning streak to five matches.

Maor Melikson had given mid-table Valenciennes a first-half lead, but Rudi Garcia's men slipped into another gear after the break, with goals from Ronny Rodelin, Tulio de Melo and Benoit Pedretti earning the three points.

The latter pair stepped off Lille's bench to make the difference, with Valenciennes unable to summon a response as the visitors – now fifth – closed in on the top three..

Start turn: But it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who stole the show with two goals after PSG had been behind

Start turn: But it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who stole the show with two goals after PSG had been behind

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Trademark: Despite his limited playing time, Becks manages to deliver a trademark corner

Trademark: Despite his limited playing time, Becks manages to deliver a trademark corner

Lower down the ladder, Evian responded to coach Pascal Dupraz's pre-match pleas with an emphatic 5-1 win over fellow strugglers Sochaux to move out of the relegation zone.

Dupraz had claimed that psychologically the game was 'worth a thousand points', with Evian lying three points behind their opponents who occupied the last position above the drop zone.

By the time Cedric Barbosa and Saber Khelifa had scored twice apiece, Kevin Berigaud adding another to render Cedric Bakambu's 53rd-minute equaliser irrelevant, Evian had jumped two places to 16th and it was their shell-shocked opponents who were left residing in the bottom three.

Brest remained looking over their shoulder at the relegation places after losing 1-0 at home to Toulouse.

Landry Chauvin's side headed into the game five points above the drop zone and looking to build on last weekend's 1-1 draw with title-chasing Lyon.

But Adrien Rabiot's goal on the stroke of half-time at the Stade Francis-Le Ble – coupled with Evian's win – saw Brest's margin over the bottom three shrink to just two points. Toulouse, meanwhile, climbed to 11th.

It was a dramatic night in the lower reaches and a woeful display from Reims goalkeeper Kossi Agassa helped Troyes lift themselves off the foot of the table and drag the away side ever closer to the drop zone after a 4-2 win.

Goals from Corentin Jean and Julien Faussurier put the home two in front with an hour gone before a late scoring spree, including Jean's second and a late effort from Mohamed Yattare added to the excitement.

Nicolas de Preville and Odair Fortes were on target for the visitors, making it 2-1 and then 3-2.
Finally, Ajaccio moved clear of the danger zone as Ronald Zubar's second-half goal earned them a 1-0 victory over Lorient. The former Wolves defender lashed home a powerful shot in the 75th minute.

Challenge: Beckham wins the ball from from Nancy midfielder Salif Sane

Challenge: Beckham wins the ball from from Nancy midfielder Salif Sane

Making an exit: Beckham claps the Parc des Princes faithful

Making an exit: Beckham claps the Parc des Princes faithful

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Blackburn Rovers wants experienced manager to replace Henning Berg

Blackburn advisor Singh insists new boss will be 'very experienced' as he rules out move for Comical Ali

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23:00 GMT, 29 December 2012

Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh has revealed he is in discussions with some experienced candidates to fill the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park.

On Thursday, Singh sacked Henning Berg only 57 days and 10 games after appointing the former Rovers crowd favourite.

And on Friday, Singh was forced to dispel rumours that untested amateur and youth coach Judan Ali was set to take up a role on Blackburn's coaching staff having taken first-team training alongside Singh in the wake of Berg's departure.

Plenty to ponder: Shebby Singh watches Blackburn as they win at Barnsley

Plenty to ponder: Shebby Singh watches Blackburn as they win at Barnsley

Berg's record of one win during this period came on the back of Steve Kean's deeply unpopular spell in charge that saw the club relegated to the npower Championship in May.

Despite winning at Barnsley on Saturday, Blackburn lie 15th in the table – eight points shy of the play-off places.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live's 606 programme, Singh hinted he may be ready to grant the wishes of large sections of the club's support by appointing a candidate with a proven track record but offered no guarantees.

'Most certainly, that (experience) is something that we are looking at,' he said.

'I am in conversation with a couple of very, very experienced managers.

'But again we have to accept there's no secret formula. There's always the one who didn't work out.'

Three and easy: Rovers celebrate as Jordan Rhodes nets their third goal

Three and easy: Rovers celebrate as Jordan Rhodes nets their third goal

One that certainly did not work out was Berg and Singh accepted responsibility for getting that decision wrong, while standing by the call to terminate the 43-year-old's reign in its infancy.

'Hindsight is very good but at the end of the day, all decisions whether right or wrong will only be proven in due time,' he said.

'Unfortunately our results were not very encouraging, performances were not the best and you've got to decide how long can you put up with that.

'When you make a decision you always think you make the right decision but things sometimes don't work out so there's nothing out of the ordinary.

'It was 10 games, let's look at it that way from a football angle. Ten games is a lifetime, it can decide the future of a club for many, many years.

'I'll put up my my hands and say if I got it wrong, I got it wrong. But it's not the end of the world. You still have to think there are aspects of the club which have progressed.'

Denial: Singh says Judan Ali will not be joining the club's coaching staff

Denial: Singh says Judan Ali will not be joining the club's coaching staff

He repeated his stance on Ali on Saturday evening but did not rule the bookmakers favourite, former Aston Villa assistant manager Kevin MacDonald, out of the running for the post.

'It is really stupid for anyone to think that – it's down right stupidity for anyone to suggest that,' he added.

'I was at the training ground but when it comes to being on the pitch I've got no involvement.

'So you can hear it now from the horses' mouth – I did not take training.

'Those two names (Ali and MacDonald) were never mentioned by me but I will defend Kevin MacDonald.

'He's a great coach, he's done extremely well with Aston Villa. I would like to be friends with him.'

Cardiff 2 Crystal Palace 1 match report

Cardiff 2 Crystal Palace 1: Bluebirds go five clear after top of the table victory

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18:29 GMT, 26 December 2012

Substitute Aron Gunnarsson nodded home the winning goal to complete a Cardiff turnaround which extends their lead at the top of the npower Championship.

An action-packed first half was book-ended by two goals 40 minutes apart, Mike Jedinak stunning the sell-out crowd with an early opener before Craig Noone's equalised a minute before the interval.

Cardiff's goal led a charmed life with Wilfried Zaha's splendid effort hitting the bar and chances aplenty for Palace but half-time substitute

Gunnarsson helped turn the tide for the Bluebirds before scoring his sixth of the season from close range.

Cushion: Aron Gunnarsson's second half goal gave Cardiff victory in their top of the table clash against Crystal Palace. The Bluebirds are now 5 points clear at the top

Cushion: Aron Gunnarsson's second half goal gave Cardiff victory in their top of the table clash against Crystal Palace. The Bluebirds are now 5 points clear at the top

MATCH FACTS

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Turner, Whittingham, Conway, Noone (Mason 76), Mutch (Gunnarsson 46), Bellamy,
Helguson (Gestede 57).

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Cowie, Kim, Lappin.

Booked: Hudson, Noone, Mason

Goals: Noone 44, Gunnarsson 73.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Parr (Easter 87), Moxey, Ramage, Gabbidon, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Zaha, Murray, Bolasie (Moritz 74).

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

Booked: Zaha, Bolasie, Parr, Dikgacoi.

Goals: Jedinak 4.

Attendance: 26,098

Referee: P Gibbs (West Midlands)

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The Eagles came into this match having scored in all-but one of their League games this season so it was perhaps no surprise when captain Jedinak nodded home after just 180 seconds.

But Cardiff's reaction was laboured to say the least and it took until the 16th minute for the Bluebirds to really set their sights on Julian Speroni's goal, Craig Bellamy's ambitious half-volley sparking cries of 'top of the league, you're having a laugh' from the buoyant travelling support.

And the 1,190 behind Speroni's goal had every right to be boisterous given their team's start which they came incredibly close to extending in two first-half minutes.

First Glenn Murray's touch let him down as he raced clear on Marshall's goal after being found by Jonathan Parr. And then Zaha's trickery bamboozled Kevin McNaughton down the Palace left and, after cutting inside, the England international's right-footed curler crashed off the crossbar with the Scottish keeper just a spectator.

When the ball bounced back to Yannick Bolasie his deflected drive forced Marshall into a fingertip save.

A minute later Palace were threatening yet again, Owen Garvan's free-kick forcing Marshall into a low-save.

Mile Jedinak (hidden) scored for Palace after just four minutes but Cardiff fought back

Mile Jedinak (hidden) scored for Palace after just four minutes but Cardiff fought back

At the other end only the combination of Peter Ramage and his keeper Speroni kept out Bellamy after the Welshman tried a cute lob after racing clear with what was comfortably the home side's best chance of a forgettable opening 44 minutes for the table-toppers.

Just when it looked like the Bluebirds would go into the interval behind for the second successive home game they drew level. Bellamy's pace helped him get the better of Parr down the Cardiff left and his pull-back into the box was perfect for Noone to hammer a first-time effort into the top of the Palace net.

After an off-colour first-half display Malky Mackay shuffled his midfield at the break with Jordon Mutch being replaced by Gunnarsson.

And his change seemed to work a treat, with the Iceland midfielder helping to stop the constant stream of Palace chances.

Equaliser: Craig Noone (left) celebrates his first half leveller

Equaliser: Craig Noone (left) celebrates his first half leveller

And in fact it took 12 minutes of the second period for the next chance, Garvan's drive flying just inches wide of Marshall's near post.

Bellamy was Cardiff's biggest threat and the 33-year-old tested Speroni with a low drive from an angle from Gunnarsson's clever pass as the game reached the hour mark. And Cardiff were beginning to engineer more chances with Gunnarsson and Whittingham both having opportunities.

And that pressure paid off 27 minutes into the second half when Gunnarsson rose to head in Bellamy's right-footed corner via the underside of the bar.

Only the reactions of Speroni stopped the home side extending their hard-fought lead, the keeper diving right to flick Whittingham's free-kick onto the bar.

Liverpool v Fulham live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Liverpool v Fulham – as it happens from Anfield

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Liverpool host Fulham at Anfield to conclude Saturday's action. Just two points separate the mid-table sides as Martin Jol's outfit will aim for a repeat of their 1-0 win at the Reds in May. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Liverpool 1-0 Fulham (5.30pm)

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Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel,
Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Shelvey, Suso, Suarez,
Downing.
Subs: Jones, Sahin, Henderson, Carragher, Allen, Sterling,
Wisdom.

Goal: Skrtel 8.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether,
Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Baird, Richardson,
Dejagah, Berbatov.
Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs, Rodallega,
Frei, Tavares.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

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21min: Finally some sting from the visitors. Moments after Skrtel has another header saved at the back post, Fulham counter.

Ashkan Dejagah breaks into the box but after feeding Alex Kacaniklic, the midfielder sees his eventual shot blocked.

19min: So sluggish are Fulham that Martin Jol is on the edge of his technical area demanding his side close the ball down more. Liverpool remain as comfortable as you can be.

16min: Fulham can barely string two passes together and their problems could get worse as Sascha Riether has been limping around the pitch in the last few minutes.

13min: Excellent strike from Stewart Downing, whose 20-yard rocket is tipped behind at the near post by Mark Schwarzer.

So fine was the touch that the officials missed it and a goal kick is given.

11min: And there has been no response from Fulham who have given the Liverpool defence very little to worry about. This could be a long afternoon for the Cottagers.

8min: GOAL! LIVERPOOL 1-0 Fulham

Fulham survived the first corner but their atrocious marking is soon shown up again.

A Steven Gerrard corner finds Martin Skrtel free inside the box, who lashes home a strike to make up for his own goal in this fixture last May.

6min: Liverpool win a corner following a jinking run from Jose Enrique, but Jonjo Shelvey's cross is headed over by Daniel Agger.

3min: A quiet start with neither side looking particularly threatening on the ball so far. A decent sized crowd at Anfield also seems very quiet.

Kick-off: Away we go.

17.27: The teams are out at Anfield.

17.24: But Liverpool can move into the top half of the table and into eighth with a win today.

Fulham have 11th place to aim for with three points that would take them above the Reds.

17.21: As touched upon, both sides spectacularly crashed last weekend. Liverpool suffered a shock 3-1 home defeat against Aston Villa, while Fulham suffered the ignominy of being the first team to lose against QPR after a 2-0 defeat at Loftus Road.

Back in the side: Suso is recalled for Liverpool

Back in the side: Suso is recalled for Liverpool

17.18: Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers spoke to ESPN before the game:

'We have been making steady progress on and off the field. Last weekend was a big disappointment but we have worked well and will look to take three points in a difficult game.

'Joe Allen has played double the amount at this stage than last season but it's important I use him wisely, like wise with young Raheem. I have terrific players chomping at the bit and here is the opportunity for them to do well.'

17.13: Martin Jol certainly believes Fulham can win today but the Cottagers boss conceded his side may be a little short in midfield, speaking before kick-off.

The Dutchman pointed out that Dimitar Berbatov will be the key player for the west London side going forward.

17.10: Full line-ups from Anfield:

Liverpool v Fulham
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Shelvey, Suso, Suarez, Downing. Subs: Jones, Sahin, Henderson, Carragher, Allen, Sterling, Wisdom.

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Kacaniklic, Karagounis, Baird, Richardson, Dejagah, Berbatov. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs, Rodallega, Frei, Tavares.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

17.05: Teenage winger Raheem Sterling is on the bench the day after signing a new long-term contract as Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers makes two changes for the visit of Fulham.

Sterling and Joe Allen are both rested, as Rodgers had suggested this week, with Jose Enrique fit again after a hamstring injury and Suso making his first league appearance since being hauled off after 36 minutes against Wigan on November 17.

Fulham make three changes following last weekend's defeat at QPR with former Liverpool reserve Alex Kacaniklic recalled along with Giorgos Karagounis and Ashkan Dejagah.

17.00: I know it looks like a run-of-the-mill mid-table clash to conclude the last Saturday before Christmas but I can assure you it is much more than that.

In Liverpool v Fulham we have two sides that suffered crushing defeats for different reasons last weekend and both will be desperate for a morale boosting win going into the hectic Christmas schedule.

Conclusion: Liverpool host Fulham at Anfield to bring an end to Saturday's action

Conclusion: Liverpool host Fulham at Anfield to bring an end to Saturday's action

Stoke 1 Everton 1: Match report

Stoke 1 Everton 1: Fellaini could face retrospective FA action after headbutt

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16:51 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:16 GMT, 15 December 2012

Kenwyne Jones' first Barclays Premier League goal in 16 months ensured Stoke emerged with a point from their clash with their fellow draw specialists Everton.

The Potters fell behind in the 36th minute through an own goal from captain Ryan Shawcross, who inadvertently nodded in a Steven Pienaar cross.

Jones, retaining his starting place up front with Peter Crouch again named as a substitute, equalised in the 52nd minute, heading Shawcross' long-range delivery past Tim Howard.

Embarrassment: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross stands dejected after scoring an own goal

Embarrassment: Stoke's Ryan Shawcross stands dejected after scoring an own goal

Match facts

STOKE: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Etherington (Kightly 84), Adam (Jerome 72), Jones (Crouch 76). Subs not used: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson.

Goals: Jones 52

Booked: Begovic

EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith (Barkley 69), Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Vellios, Duffy.

Goals: Shawcross (o.g) 36

Referee: Mark Halsey

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The previous time Jones – who also hit the post – had netted in the top flight was in August 2011.

A draw was probably a fair result for
both ninth-placed Stoke and fourth-spotted Everton, although the
visitors might have had Marouane Fellaini sent off if the match
officials had spotted the midfielder's apparent headbutt on Shawcross in
the second half.

And, given that the sides had drawn
eight top-flight games each this season before the encounter, it perhaps
came as little surprise that the points were shared.

Everton made a lively start to the
contest, with Nikica Jelavic seeing his shot from Seamus Coleman's
tee-up blocked by Shawcross in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later the visitors
appealed for a penalty when Pienaar's strike appeared to hit Glenn
Whelan's arm, but referee Mark Halsey waved for play to go on.

Pull your finger out: David Moyes speaks to Steven Pienaar (centre) as he celebrates Everton's goal

Pull your finger out: David Moyes speaks to Steven Pienaar (centre) as he celebrates Everton's goal

The previous time Jones – who also hit the post – had netted in the top flight was in August 2011.

A draw was probably a fair result for
both ninth-placed Stoke and fourth-spotted Everton, although the
visitors might have had Marouane Fellaini sent off if the match
officials had spotted the midfielder's apparent headbutt on Shawcross in
the second half.

And, given that the sides had drawn
eight top-flight games each this season before the encounter, it perhaps
came as little surprise that the points were shared.

Ruthless Huth: Marouane Fellaini (left) is about to feel the full force of a Robert Huth challenge

Ruthless Huth: Marouane Fellaini (left) is about to feel the full force of a Robert Huth challenge

Everton made a lively start to the
contest, with Nikica Jelavic seeing his shot from Seamus Coleman's
tee-up blocked by Shawcross in the ninth minute.

Two minutes later the visitors
appealed for a penalty when Pienaar's strike appeared to hit Glenn
Whelan's arm, but referee Mark Halsey waved for play to go on.

The Potters could only respond with tame efforts from outside the box by Matthew Etherington and Jones.

One in the eye: Stoke's Andy Wilkinson holds off Pienaar

One in the eye: Stoke's Andy Wilkinson holds off Pienaar

Just after the half-hour mark,
though, they passed up a clear opportunity when Whelan swung in a
corner, Jon Walters headed the ball back and an unmarked Steven Nzonzi
could only nod it into the arms of Howard.

Soon after Shawcross was on hand to
hook Steven Naismith's goal-bound attempt away from danger, before
Howard – making his 200th consecutive league appearance – dived to keep
out a curling Etherington shot.

Stoke's defensive record has been
formidable and they had only let in two goals at home in the league this
term going into this game.

Jump to it: Kenwyne Jones (left) tangles with Sylvain Distin of Everton

Jump to it: Kenwyne Jones (left) tangles with Sylvain Distin of Everton

It was, therefore, somewhat fitting
that, when Everton managed to make a breakthrough, it was not a Toffees
player who scored. Instead, the ball went over Asmir Begovic and in
having come off the head of the unfortunate Shawcross, who had been
trying to clear Pienaar's cross.

Having gone in front, Everton swiftly
looked to go for the jugular and Leon Osman really should have made it
2-0 but blasted wide from Leighton Baines' cut-back, drawing an angry
reaction from his manager David Moyes.

Honours even: Charlie Adam (right) and Everton's Leon Osman battle for the ball

Honours even: Charlie Adam (right) and Everton's Leon Osman battle for the ball

Stoke appeared full of purpose after
the restart and within three minutes, Howard was called into action to
save a mis-hit close-range volley from Charlie Adam.

Another four minutes passed before the American was beaten as Jones headed home from Shawcross' long ball into the box.

Having broken his long scoring
drought in the league, Jones looked in the mood for more and moments
later he dinked the ball over Howard, only to see it hit the woodwork.

Heading home: Kenwyne Jones powers home to put Stoke level

Heading home: Kenwyne Jones powers home to put Stoke level

Showing the strain: Stoke manager Tony Pulis

Showing the strain: Everton manager David Moyes

Showing the strain: Stoke manager Tony Pulis (left) and his Everton counterpart David Moyes

Everton then seemed lucky to escape
punishment, with Fellaini appearing to headbutt Shawcross as the two
players marked each other in the box.

The Stoke man was left lying on the
turf, but the officials took no action. Potters boss Tony Pulis shuffled
his attack by introducing Cameron Jerome for Adam and Crouch for Jones,
and the two new men were soon in the thick of the action.

Glaring miss: Kenwyne Jones (left) fails to score from close range

Glaring miss: Kenwyne Jones (left) fails to score from close range

With 12 minutes of normal time
remaining, Jerome found himself through on goal and saw his shot come
off the legs of Howard, with Crouch's follow-up lob then being headed
away by Sylvain Distin.

Another Potters substitute, Michael Kightly, struck off-target in the closing stages, as did Pienaar at the other end.

Bradford v Arsenal, Norwich v Aston Villa, Sunderland v Reading live

LIVE: Follow the Capital One Cup quarter-finals and Premier League drama as it unfolds

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of Tuesday night's action that includes two Capital One Cup quarter-final ties and a bottom of the table clash in the Premier League. League Two side Bradford will hope to cause a shock when they host Arsenal while the other last eight tie sees Norwich host Aston Villa.

In the Premier League, two of the bottom three sides collide when Sunderland host Reading with the Black Cats aiming for three points to climb the table into 15th. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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19.51: GOAL! SUNDERLAND 1-0 Reading

19.48: Norwich so close to taking the lead! I'm not too sure if Steve Morison is attempting a shot or a cross but either way he beats Shay Given only to see his effort come back off the post.

19.46: We are underway in all three games.

19.44: From Sportsmail's Laurie Whitwell:

Is Darren Bent starting a sign that Paul Lambert is playing his strongest side or giving some of the reserves a run out

19.42: The teams are out at all three grounds.

From OptaJoe:

4 – Aston Villa have faced Norwich City in four previous League Cup ties, progressing on all four occasions. Pedigree.

19.39: From Sportsmail's Colin Young:

'Sunderland owner Ellis Short relaxing with the press in media suite. Fairly strong exchange of views for those suggesting O'Neill under pressure.'

19.36: Just before kick-off I have one more handy piece of reading for you and it comes from our Football League expert, Joe Ridge who has compiled 10 reasons why we love Bradford City.

19.33: From Sportsmail's John Edwards:

'They've got a sense of humour in these parts, at least. Reading the teams out by the side of the pitch, the pa announcer declared, with the broadest of Bradford accents, 'now the Arsenal team. You won't be familiar with these names. Probably never heard of most of them.'

'It's a strong Arsenal starting line-up, all right, and a strong bench, but will they fancy it in these Arctic conditions The temperature is hovering around freezing point, and there's no undersoil heating.

'A night for hardy souls. Perhaps it's as well they sold Samir Nasri to Manchester City, after all…'

19.30: So did we expect Sunderland to be struggling near the bottom of the Premier League at this stage of the season

With Martin O'Neill as manager I certainly didn't but the pressure is on the former Aston Villa boss to start delivering results.

Should he stay or should he go Click here to find out what Sportsmail's Colin Young thinks in his excellent Northern Exposure column.

19.27: From Sportsmail's John Edwards at the Coral Windows Stadium:

Arsene Wenger clearly means business. It’s freezing here at Bradford’s Coral Windows Stadium, and the pitch looks rock hard, but Wenger clearly expect his Arsenal team to relish the task of booking themselves a place in the Capital One Cup semi-final, judging by his team selection.

Bradford v Arsenal
Bradford: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, Gary Jones, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells. Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Ritchie Jones, Connell, Hines, Turgott, Good.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, Podolski, Coquelin, Gervinho. Subs: Mannone, Rosicky, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Back in business: Steven Fletcher has regained fitness to lead Sunderland's attack against Reading

Back in business: Steven Fletcher has regained fitness to lead Sunderland's attack against Reading

19.24: Leading scorer Steven Fletcher hands Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill a major boost by returning to the starting line-up for tonight's crucial Barclays Premier League clash with Reading.

The Scotland international has missed the two previous games with an ankle problem, but runs out among a team which features just one more change, with Jack Colback joining him in the starting XI and Connor Wickham and Phil Bardsley making way.

Royals manager Brian McDermott makes three changes as Alex Pearce, Garath McCleary and Noel Hunt come in for Sean Morrison, Jason Roberts and Hal Robson-Kanu.

19.21: Full line-ups from the Stadium of Light for the battle at the bottom of the Premier League table:

Sunderland v Reading
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson, Rose, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble.

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, McCleary, Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs: Taylor, Gunter, Gorkss, Harte, Gunnarsson, Obita, Samuel.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

19.18: Darren Bent starts for Aston Villa in a Capital One Cup quarter-final meeting at Carrow Road.

Bent, who has not started for Villa since a fourth-round victory over Swindon in October, partners Christian Benteke in attack, with Shay Given preferred to Brad Guzan in goal.

Lambert also hands starts to midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton makes three changes to the team that beat Swansea 4-3 on Saturday, with Leon Barnett, Marc Tierney and Steve Morison replacing Steven Whittaker, Javier Garrido and Wes Hoolahan.

19.15: Full line-ups from Carrow Road where Paul Lambert returns to Norwich for the first time since leaving the club for Villa Park earlier this year:

Norwich v Aston Villa
Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Tierney, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Holt, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Turner, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Garrido, Francomb.

Aston Villa: Given, Clark, Herd, Baker, Lowton, El Ahmadi, Delph, Holman, Lichaj, Benteke, Bent. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Bannan, Weimann, Williams.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Gunning for the semi-finals: Santi Cazorla (second right) starts in a strong Arsenal team at Bradford

Gunning for the semi-finals: Santi Cazorla (second right) starts in a strong Arsenal team at Bradford

19.12: From OptaJoe:

10 – Arsenal have made it to the quarter-final of the League Cup for the 10th year in a row, the longest ever run in the competition. Depth.

19.09: Speaking of Cazorla's diving, there was a much worse offender at the weekend…no, really there was.

Check out Leonardo Bonucci's terrible attempt at simulation for Juventus at Palermo on Sunday. It's certainly one of the worst dives I have ever seen.

19.06: 'Wonder when was the last time Arsenal fielded such a strong team in this competition. #CapitalOneCup'

Scotty2Smithy, Twitter

It's a good point. Sign of desperation from Arsenal to win a trophy or a sudden realisation that this cup is worth winning

Either way I'm all for it. The big question is of course can Santi Cazorla still produce the goods on a cold Tuesday night in Bradford (and no I don't mean the diving.)

19.03: What a game this is for Bradford who are finally back under the spotlight again.

The Bantams have sadly dropped like a stone in the football pyramid since relegation from the Premier League 11 years ago.

But despite Arsenal's strong side, the League Two outfit will surely be up for this one to make it a closer contest on the pitch than it is on paper.

19.00: Bradford starting XI:

Duke, Darby, Meredith, Hanson, Thompson, Atkinson, McHugh, G.Jones, Wells, McArdle, Doyle

18.59: Norwich starting XI:

Bunn, R. Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Tierney, Pilkington, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Holt, Morison

Frozen out: Darren Bent had recently lost his place in the Aston Villa team

Frozen out: Darren Bent had recently lost his place in the Aston Villa team

18.57: Aston Villa starting XI:

Given, Clark, El Ahmadi, Bent, Holman, Delph, Benteke, Lichaj, Herd, Baker, Lowton.

18.55: Arsenal starting XI:

Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Gervinho.

18.53: Sunderland starting XI:

Mignolet, Rose, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Johnson, McClean, Cuellar, Fletcher, Sessegnon.

18.51: Reading starting XI:

Federici, Shorey, Cummings, Pearce, Mariappa, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, McCleary, Hunt, Le Fondre.

18.48: It's not just cup action we have lined up either. You may remember back in the very early stages of the season that Sunderland's Premier League home game with Reading was abandoned due to a ridiculous amount of rain making the pitch unplayable.

This evening they try again and my goodness does it seem an awful lot more important now.

A win for Sunderland and they climb out of the bottom three. Reading meanwhile need three points just to keep Premier League safety on the horizon. Defeat for the Royals and they stay six points away from it.

18.45: We are done with European football until early next year but luckily for us the domestic cups are still around to help fill the midweek void.

And those of you that remember the last round of the Capital One Cup will recall that we had goals, drama, goals and upsets. Did I mention we had goals too

With two quarter-final ties this evening it certainly isn't going to be a quiet evening in the League Cup.

Back to winning ways: Arsenal go into their quarter-final fresh off beating West Brom in the Premier League

Back to winning ways: Arsenal go into their quarter-final fresh off beating West Brom in the Premier League

Paul Lambert says Ciaran Clark has a great future with Ireland

Lambert claims Clark is a 'great catch for Ireland' as Villa boss says England missed out

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22:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Giovanni Trapattoni will watch Ciaran Clark on Saturday with Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert suggesting that England have made a mistake in not fighting harder to secure the defender's services.

Trappatoni, the veteran coach of the Ireland team, will be at Villa Park to see the centre-half continue his encouraging start to the season against Stoke City.

The 23-year-old defender, now capped three times for the 'Mighty Greens,' was a part of England's set up at junior level, appearing for four different age groups before being persuaded to switch allegiance.

Good catch: Ciaran Clark has been capped three times for Ireland

Good catch: Ciaran Clark has been capped three times for Ireland

'Ciaran has a massive future,' said Lambert, 'and the more caps he can accumulate, then great.

'It's hard to say if England have missed a trick, or not. It wasn't until recently that I found out Gabby Agbonlahor qualifies for Scotland.

'England do have good centre halves. To have Ciaran is definitely Ireland's gain – there are not many left-footed centre-halves about, so that gives him a great advantage.

'I saw him play against Greece and I thought he did really well. It's there for him to go and do it and have a big career now for Ireland.'

The Scot believes that Villa 'are doing really fine' after a run of results which has seen them lose just two of their last seven matches in the Barclays Premier League.

Villa remain perilously close to the drop zone and are the second lowest scorers in the top-flight.

Positive: Clark has helped Villa on a strong run, but they remain close to the drop

Positive: Clark has helped Villa on a strong run, but they remain close to the drop

They are just two points ahead of Southampton who lie third from bottom and have found the net just 12 times this season.

Yet they are also within touching distance of a mid-table spot in a division that has become heavily congested outside of the bottom three places.

Former manager Alex McLeish, whose reign was heavily criticised, had amassed five more points at a similar stage last season but there is an air of calm around Lambert.

'I think in the last seven games only the two Manchester clubs have beaten us,' he said, 'I think people tend to overlook that.

'We've been unfairly criticised at times because we are young and people look at us and think 'young team' but if you look at the way things are going at the moment, we are doing really fine.'

Just fine: Lambert is happy with the performances his side have put in

Just fine: Lambert is happy with the performances his side have put in

Barnsley 1 Burnley 1 – match report: Marcus Tudgay equalises

Barnsley 1 Burnley 1: Tudgay heads home to help Hill's hapless men pick up a point

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22:30 GMT, 27 November 2012

Barnsley's winless run in the npower Championship shows no sign of ending, but they did at least show spirit in battling back for a point at Oakwell.

It looked like being another evening to forget for the hosts after Charlie Austin's fourth minute header put the Tykes on their way to a fourth successive home defeat.

But, despite a poor first-half showing, Keith Hill's men somehow went in at half-time on level terms when Marcus Tudgay also headed home from 12 yards shortly before the break.

Level terms: Marcus Tudgay scored the equaliser as Barnsley came back to draw

Level terms: Marcus Tudgay scored the equaliser as Barnsley came back to draw

MATCH FACTS

Barnsley: Steele, Cranie, Foster, McNulty, Golbourne, Noble-Lazarus, Greening, Buzsaky, Mellis (O'Brien 81), Davies (Sinclair 79), Tudgay.

Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Dawson, Wiseman, Cywka, Stones.

Goals: Tudgay 37.

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Bartley (Ings 46), McCann, Stock (Edgar 81), Wallace (Vokes 83), Austin, Paterson.

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Lafferty, Stanislas, Stewart.

Booked: Duff.

Goals: Austin 5.

Att: 8,610

Ref: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).

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However, the draw made it eight games
without a win and unless something changes quickly a relegation battle
seems a certainty in the second half of the campaign.

For Burnley, their goal signalled the
end of a three-game scoring drought for hot-shot Austin, who took his
tally to 21 for season, and they could have been celebrating all three
points but Danny Ings' early second-half effort hit the post.

As it was it ended all square and they remain in mid-table.

The Reds were desperate to end their
barren run and boss Keith Hill made three changes to his side with
Stephen Foster, Akos Buzskay and Reuben Noble-Lazarus handed starts.

Burnley were fresh from an impressive
1-0 win at Hull on Saturday, but they were unable to call on matchwinner
Dean Marney, who was banned, and Sean Dyche made a further two changes,
recalling Kieran Trippier and Marvyn Bartley.

And it was Bartley that almost made an
immediate impact when his goalbound effort from Ross Wallace's cross
was deflected just the wrong side of the post.

But there was no reprieve for Barnsley
from the resulting corner as that man Austin stole in front of his
marker and powered a header home from 10 yards to end his mini-drought.

Both of the goals in the Reds' 2-0
defeat against Cardiff on Saturday came from set-pieces and the manner
of the defending will have done little to lighten Hill's mood.

But then out of nothing, Barnsley
hauled themselves level in the 37th minute. The ball fell to Scott
Golbourne on the left and he whipped in a delicious cross for Tudgay to
head home, leaving the sprawling Lee Grant helpless.

Any hopes that Barnsley had of
continuing their momentum after the break were misplaced as it was
Burnley who began on the front foot and twice went close to regaining
the lead.

First Wallace curled a 20-yard
free-kick that was well saved by Luke Steele and then five minutes later
Steele was beaten by Ings, who had come on as a half-time substitute,
but the right-hand post came to Barnsley's rescue from the drilled
20-yard effort.

The hosts weathered the storm and grew
back into the game with talismanic striker Craig Davies, who had been
unusually quiet, sending an effort from distance just wide and Akos
Buzsaky testing Grant from a similar range.

But they could not rally any further and the game petered out to a tame draw that did little to help Barnsley's plight.