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Kelvin Etuhu joins Portsmouth

Etuhu handed lifeline by Portsmouth after stint in jail for assault

Pompey chance: Kelvin Etuhu has been signed by Michael Appleton

Pompey chance: Kelvin Etuhu has been signed by Michael Appleton

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton has signed free agent Kelvin Etuhu.

The midfielder has been without a club since being released by Manchester City after serving a prison term.

Etuhu was convicted of assault last March but is looking to rebuild his career. Pompey are in administration and were only able to complete the deal after selling Hermann Hreidarsson to Coventry.

Portsmouth have rejected a double bid from Watford for midfielder Joel Ward, 22, and defender Jason Pearce, 24.

Carling Cup semi-final: Malky Mackay has Bluebirds flying high

Cardiff City on Malky's Way! Manager Mackay's magic has Bluebirds flying high

Makly Way: Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has overcome a tricky start

Makly Way: Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has overcome a tricky start

Malky Mackay knew he was facing a challenging first season at Cardiff City when he turned up for work on day one and realised he only had 10 players.

Successive play-off failures under his predecessor Dave Jones had prompted a rethink in Cardiff’s approach to life in the Championship. No more highly-paid loan players, no more egos and no more silly salaries.

‘Initially when I sat there on day one and looked at only 10 players, I thought I needed to do something pretty quickly as I had a game at Upton Park in six weeks,’ said Mackay.

‘Six members of staff and 12 players went out in the summer, and we were left with 10, five of whom hadn’t been playing. Expectation back then was just about assembling a group of players who were willing to work. But we have done okay.’

The Cardiff manager’s summary of his team’s season so far is coated in under-statement.

His hurriedly rebuilt team sit third in the Championship and face Crystal Palace on Tuesday night in the first leg of a Carling Cup semi-final at Selhurst Park. In short, Mackay — taken from Watford in the summer — has done a remarkable job.

Of the 11 players who started last season’s play-off defeat to Reading, eight are no longer at the club and only two started the opening game of the season.

At a club that carries debts thought to be in the region of 40million, Mackay has built his team on a net outlay of less than 100,000.

Loan ranger: Craig Bellamy was one of a number of players on loan at Cardiff

Loan ranger: Craig Bellamy was one of a number of players on loan at Cardiff

Former Wales central defender Kevin Ratcliffe, now an analyst for BBC Radio Wales, said: ‘Last season you looked at Cardiff and saw a collection of individuals. Now you see a team.

‘Dave Jones clearly felt under pressure to get Cardiff promoted and tried to do it a certain way. It almost worked but ultimately he couldn’t quite manage it. Malky has done it completely the other way. The egos have gone for a start and that’s something.’

Seasoned Cardiff-watchers credit Mackay with reconnecting the city with its club. Despite their run to the play-offs last season, Cardiff supporters had, by all accounts, lost some of their affection for a team stacked with loan players.

In losing 4-2 at West Brom in the FA Cup on Saturday, Cardiff made 10 changes to the team that had beaten Reading five days earlier.

Mackay’s selection was a nod to the importance of Tuesday's game and a recent fixture schedule that has left some of his players barely able to train.

Headbreak: Cardiff were dumped out at the playoff stages again last season

Headbreak: Cardiff were dumped out at the playoff stages again last season

Afterwards, Mackay stood in a corridor at the Hawthorns and reflected on the first half of his team’s season, looking ahead to the challenges that remain.

It is hard to believe he is only 39.

‘I am delighted that the group I have thrown together quickly have bought in to my philosophy,’ he said. ‘I have asked the players to park their egos at the door and they’ve come in and worked hard.

‘If you look at the statistics of the best teams in the world — teams like Barcelona — and see how far in distance the front three players cover, that is what hard work is.

Knows the feeling: Mackay enjoyed playoff success as a player with Watford in 2006

Knows the feeling: Mackay enjoyed playoff success as a player with Watford in 2006

‘Without hard work we will always be bit-part players. You have to be prepared to stand shoulder to shoulder and perhaps be open sometimes to new training sessions and new techniques.

‘The ones that are succeeding now are the ones who have embraced it.’

Cardiff’s focus on Tuesday will be on Crystal Palace. Until the day they reach the Premier League, though, the shadow of Swansea will be hard to escape. Their rivals down the M4 have arrived in the top division seemingly on fast-track. Cardiff are taking longer.

‘I am friends with (Swansea boss) Brendan Rodgers,’ said Mackay. ‘We worked together at Watford and still see each other regularly. I am delighted for him.

‘But there is a big rivalry between the two clubs and, of course, I’d love to see a Swansea-Cardiff game in the Premier League. I spent 15 years as a player trying to get out of this division.

‘There is not a 90m pot at the end of it for nothing. Some clubs go mental and throw everything they have at it. But we will do it our way. My way.’

FA Cup third round live

FA CUP LIVE: Follow all the third round action from around the grounds as it happens

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup third round as Premier League sides including Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton enter the competition. There are 23 matches kicking off at 3pm as Championship sides also join at this stage alongside non-league minnows Fleetwood and Salisbury. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

FA Cup (3pm)

Barnsley 1-1 Swansea

Brighton 0-0 Wrexham

Coventry 1-0 Southampton

Crawley 0-0 Bristol City

Derby 1-0 Crystal Palace

Doncaster 0-1 Notts County

Everton 1-0 Tamworth

Fleetwood 0-1 Blackpool

Fulham 1-0 Charlton

Gillingham 1-2 Stoke

Hull 2-0 Ipswich

Macclesfield 1-1 Bolton

Middlesbrough 1-0 Shrewsbury

MK Dons 0-0 QPR

Newcastle 0-1 Blackburn

Norwich 2-1 Burnley

Nottingham Forest 0-0 Leicester

Reading 0-1 Stevenage

Sheffield United 1-0 Salisbury

Swindon 1-1 Wigan

Tottenham 2-0 Cheltenham

Watford 2-1 Bradford

West Brom 2-1 Cardiff

All the latest from League One

All the latest from League Two

15.55: A quick round-up elsewhere. Fleetwood are far from out of it at Blackpool as they were arguably the better side after falling behind.

No such luck for Salisbury though, but they remain in this as long as they keep the defect to one goal.

15.47: GOAL! Gillingham 1-2 STOKE

They are in front now though. Ryan Shawcross flicks on to the bar Ryan Shotton throw in. But on the rebound Cameron Jerome taps home.

15.45: Meanwhile Stoke have wasted a great chance to go in front with Kenwyne Jones somehow failing to score with his close range header.

15.44: GOAL! TOTTENHAM 2-0 Cheltenham

The Spurs go marching on it seems as Defoe's cross is buried into an open goal by Roman Pavlyuchenko.

15.41: GOAL! SWINDON 1-1 Wigan

'Who are ya!' scream the home fans as Alan Connell rises high to nod home an impressive header.

15.39: GOAL! West Brom 2-1 CARDIFF

The Welsh side back in this with Robbie Earnshaw converting from close range.

15.38: GOAL! Gillingham 1-1 STOKE

The Potters haven't had too many chances but this is neat play as Jon Walters and Cameron Jerome combine to see the former equalise.

15.37: GOAL! Newcastle 0-1 BLACKBURN

Rovers haven't had many chances but David Goodwillie pounces on a mistake in the defence to fire the visitors in front.

15.36: GOAL! WEST BROM 2-0 Cardiff

Nicky Shorey's free-kick is headed home from five yards out by Simon Cox.

15.34: GOAL! Swindon 0-1 WIGAN

Remember Ben Watson came off the bench a couple of weeks ago to score a penalty

Well he fails to convert this time but Callum McManaman pounces on the rebound.

15.32: Norwich should have restored their two-goal lead but Grant Holt slams a penalty off the post.

15.29: GOAL! Barnsley 1-1 SWANSEA

…90 seconds later Danny Graham slides home to level things up. As you were.

15.27: GOAL! BARNSLEY 1-0 Swansea

After absolute zero action, Ricardo Vaz Te puts the hosts in front but…

15.24: GOAL! TOTTENHAM 1-0 Cheltenham

This is all Giovani as he lobs the keeper but as strikers love doing, Jermain Defoe gets the final touch to take it over the line.

15.21: Elsewhere Fleetwood are holding out Blackpool but Salisbury have fallen behind at Sheffield United.

League Two side Bradford have levelled at Watford.

Cupset Danny Kedwell's (blue) strike put Gillingham ahead against Premier League side Stoke

Cupset Danny Kedwell's (blue) strike put Gillingham ahead against Premier League side Stoke

15.18: GOAL! GILLINGHAM 1-0 Stoke

Cupset time as Lewis Montrose's flick-on is buried by Danny Kedwell.

15.16: GOAL! Norwich 2-1 BURNLEY

Headers galore here as Jay Rodriguez nods the visitors back into this from a free-kick.

15.15: GOAL! MACCLESFIELD 1-1 Bolton

Colin Daniel fires the underdogs level after bringing down a cross to fire home.

15.13: GOAL! NORWICH 2-0 Burnley

Another header, this time from Simeon Jackson as the Canaries threaten to run away with this.

Early opening: John Heitinga celebrates putting Everton ahead against Tamworth

Early opening: John Heitinga celebrates putting Everton ahead against Tamworth

15.12: GOAL! EVERTON 1-0 Tamworth

Landon Donovan's corner finds John Heitinga at the back post who nods home.

15.11: GOAL! FULHAM 1-0 Charlton

Clint Dempsey fires across goal as the Cottagers take control.

15.10: GOAL! WEST BROM 1-0 Cardiff

Peter Odemwingie beats the offside trap to fire the hosts in front.

Trotting on: Ivan Klasnic put Premier League side Bolton ahead at Macclesfield

Trotting on: Ivan Klasnic put Premier League side Bolton ahead at Macclesfield

15.08: GOAL! Macclesfield 0-1 BOLTON

Chris Eagles' long range effort is tipped over, and Ivan Klasnic pokes home from close range from the corner.

15.05: GOAL! NORWICH 1-0 Burnley

Grant Holt heads Norwich in front, bright start from the Canaries too.

15.02: From Sportsmail's Alex Kay:

7000 Charlton fans. Noisy but not as noisy as the crazy music at the moment. Exhausting just listening to it. Need a nap.

15.00: Away we go then!

14.57: Stoke manager Tony Pulis makes six changes for the Potters' FA Cup third round trip to his old club Gillingham.

Asmir Begovic replaces Thomas Sorenson in goal while Matthew Upson, Wilson Palacios, Rory Delap, Cameron Jerome and Kenwyne Jones all start at the Priestfield Stadium.

Pulis is banned from all areas of the ground apart from the dugout and tunnel area following his acrimonious departure from the club in 1999 that ended up in court.

Gillingham's current manager Andy Hessenthaler makes one change with Charlie Lee replacing left-back Joe Martin, who was sent off against Aldershot last weekend.

14.56: From St James' Park:

Newcastle v Blackburn
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Obertan, Abeid, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Best. Subs: Elliot, Perch, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Vuckic.

Blackburn: Bunn, Olsson, Givet, Hanley, Henley, Pedersen, Petrovic, Nzonzi, Vukcevic, Goodwillie, Rochina. Subs: Kean, Formica, Slew, Blackman, Yakubu, Morris, Lowe.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

14.55: From Oakwell:

Barnsley v Swansea
Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Foster, McNulty, McEveley, Addison, Vaz Te, Drinkwater, Perkins, Done, Davies. Subs: Preece, Edwards, Wiseman, Noble-Lazarus, Gray, Taylor, Digby.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, Orlandi, Routledge, Graham, Agustien. Subs: Moreira, Sinclair, Lita, Moore, Bessone, Allen, Sigurdsson.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

14.54: Everton boss David Moyes names a relatively strong side for the FA Cup third-round clash against non-league Tamworth at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Moyes' options are limited by injuries to the likes of Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and Tim Cahill but Marouane Fellaini returns while James McFadden makes his first start since returning to Everton in October.

Toffees fan Joe Collister makes only his second appearance in goal for Tamworth while veteran striker Iyseden Christie offeres the main goal threat having already reached double figures this season.

14.52: Cardiff manager Malky Mackay makes 10 changes to his side for the FA Cup third-round clash at West Brom with Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final first leg against Crystal Palace in mind.

Midfielder Darcy Blake is the only survivor from Monday's 3-1 win at home to Reading as Mackay undoubtedly prioritises one particular route to Wembley.

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is forced into another two changes with Paul Scharner and Jerome Thomas taking the club's casualty list up to nine, as Gonzalo Jara Reyes and James Morrison are brought in.

14.51: Full team news from White Hart Lane:

Tottenham v Cheltenham
Tottenham: Cudicini, Bassong, Livermore, Dawson, Rose, Lennon, Pienaar, Kranjcar, Giovani, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe. Subs: Gomes, Kaboul, Van der Vaart, Falque, Bostock, Carroll, Parrett.

Cheltenham: Brown, Bennett, Elliott, Garbutt, Jombati, Pack, Low, Penn, Summerfield, Spencer, Mohamed. Subs: Book, Lowe, Andrew, Duffy, Goulding, Smikle, Graham.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

14.50: Michael Dawson makes his first appearance since August as Tottenham look to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a win over npower League Two side Cheltenham at White Hart Lane.

Carlo Cudicini, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Steven Pienaar all make rare starts in a team that contains 10 changes from the XI that beat West Brom 1-0 on Tuesday.

Cheltenham make one change to their team, with James Spencer coming in for top scorer Darryl Duffy.

14.48: QPR manager Neil Warnock hands on-loan striker Federico Macheda his first start as he names a strong line-up in an attempt to avoid a shock against League One MK Dons in the third round of the FA Cup.

With Joey Barton suspended Warnock makes five changes from the team beaten by Norwich on Monday but includes Heidar Helguson and Jay Bothroyd on the bench.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson, meanwhile, is looking for another top-flight scalp following his side's defeat of Norwich in the Carling Cup earlier this season.

Full-back Adam Smith, on loan from Tottenham, returns after suspension for an MK Dons side who are looking to show why they are many people's tips for promotion to the Championship this season.

14.47: From the Hawthorns:

West Brom v Cardiff
West Brom: Foster, Jones, Dawson, McAuley, Shorey, Jara Reyes, Dorrans, Morrison, Thorne, Cox, Odemwingie. Subs: Fulop, Mattock, Tchoyi, Woods, Mantom, Tamas, Fortune.

Cardiff: Heaton, Quinn, Gerrard, Keinan, Naylor, Kiss, Blake, McPhail, Conway, Gestede, Earnshaw. Subs: Marshall, Gyepes, Mason, Evans, Oshilaja, Wharton, Ralls.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

14.45: From the County Ground:

Swindon v Wigan
Swindon: Foderingham, Caddis, Flint, McCormack, Kennedy, Ritchie, Ferry, Jonathan Smith, De Vita, Connell, Murray. Subs: Phil Smith, Devera, Benson, Gabilondo, Cibocchi, Magera, Louis Thompson.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Caldwell, Lopez, Mustoe, Maloney, Thomas, McArthur, Watson, McManaman, Di Santo. Subs: Pollitt, Gohouri, Moses, Gomez, Sammon, Dicko, Redmond.

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)

14.43: From the Priestfield Stadium:

Gillingham v Stoke
Gillingham: Flitney, Lee, Richards, Lawrence, Frampton, Jack Payne, Whelpdale, Weston, Montrose, Jackman, Kedwell. Subs: Gazzaniga, Oli, Rooney, Fish, Davies, Rance, Stefan Payne.

Stoke: Begovic, Woodgate, Shawcross, Huth, Upson, Shotton, Palacios, Delap, Jerome, Jones, Walters. Subs: Nash, Higginbotham, Whelan, Fuller, Diao, Pennant, Whitehead.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

14.41: Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers hands a debut to goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel for this afternoon's FA Cup third-round tie against Barnsley at Oakwell.

Summer signing Tremmel replaces Michel Vorm while defender Garry Monk comes in for Steven Caulker in the only other change to the Swans' first XI from the 2-0 Barclays Premier League win at Aston Villa on Monday.

Midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, whose arrival on loan from Hoffenheim had been confirmed earlier in the week, is among the substitutes.

For the hosts, midfielder Danny Drinkwater makes his comeback from injury a day after extending his loan from Manchester United with defender Scott Wiseman dropping to the bench in the only adjustment from the 2-0 npower Championship defeat at Doncaster.

14.39: From Craven Cottage:

Fulham v Charlton
Fulham: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Murphy, Frei, Dempsey, Dembele, Ruiz, Zamora. Subs: Etheridge, Sidwell, Orlando Sa, Kasami, Gecov, Duff, Hughes.

Charlton: Sullivan, Solly, Taylor, Morrison, Wiggins, Green, Pritchard, Hollands, Jackson, Wright-Phillips, Kermorgant. Subs: Pope, Hughes, Evina, Hayes, Wagstaff, Euell, Cort.

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

14.37: From Moss Rose:

Macclesfield v Bolton
Macclesfield: Veiga, Bateson, Brisley, Brown, Tremarco, Hamshaw, Wedgbury, Mendy, Diagne, Daniel, Donnelly. Subs: Collis, Morgan, Mukendi, Fairhurst, Fisher, Hewitt, Whiteoak.

Bolton: Bogdan, Riley, Wheater, Knight, Robinson, Eagles, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Petrov, Klasnic, Kevin Davies. Subs: Lynch, Sanli, Mark Davies, Blake, Ngog, Boyata, O'Halloran.

Referee: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire)

14.35: From Goodison Park:

Everton v Tamworth
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Neville, Donovan, Fellaini, Bilyaletdinov, Gueye, McFadden, Anichebe. Subs: Hahnemann, Baines, Drenthe, Stracqualursi, Vellios, Duffy, McAleny.

Tamworth: Collister, Tait, Francis, Kanyuka, Habergham, McKoy, Courtney, Barrow, Thomas, Patterson, Christie. Subs: Hedge, Oji, St Aimie, McDonald, Shariff, Taylor, Wallen.

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

14.33: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio keeps faith with the same starting XI that beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 in npower League Two on Monday for this afternoon's FA Cup third round clash with Wigan.

Di Canio's counterpart Roberto Martinez makes wholesale changes to his Latics side for the trip to the County Ground.

Only goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi and midfielder Ben Watson keep their places from the 4-1 home defeat to Sunderland in midweek, while captain Gary Caldwell returns in the heart of defence following suspension and 20-year-old Jordan Mustoe is handed his full debut in midfield.

14.31: From OptaJoe:

16 – QPR could today equal the record for the longest run of FA Cup games without a win by a league side (last win vs Luton in 2001). Out

Also MK Dons have never reached round four – something has to give.

Milton Keynes Dons v QPR
Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Smith, Shaun Williams, MacKenzie, Lewington, Chadwick, Gleeson, Potter, Bowditch, Ibehre, Daniel Powell. Subs: McLoughlin, Doumbe, Flanagan, O'Shea, Lobjoit, Alli, Collins.

QPR: Cerny, Young, Gabbidon, Hall, Hill, Mackie, Derry, Faurlin, Smith, Macheda, Campbell. Subs: Murphy, Helguson, Bothroyd, Buzsaky, Connolly, Andrade, Orr.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

14.28: Fulham name a strong-looking line-up for this afternoon's FA Cup third-round tie against Charlton.

Martin Jol sticks by his word not to name a weakened side at Craven Cottage, with Kerim Frei the only change to the side that defeated Arsenal on Monday.

Meanwhile, Charlton manager Chris Powell keeps largely the same side that defeated Brentford earlier this week, with John Sullivan and Matthew Taylor drafted in.

14.25: Norwich number two Declan Rudd is given another chance to impress against npower Championship side Burnley in the third round of the FA Cup at Carrow Road.

Canaries manager Paul Lambert, however, resists the temptation to make wholesale changes, keeping the same back four which won at QPR with captain Grant Holt and Canada striker Simeon Jackson leading the attack.

Burnley bring Martin Paterson into the front three, with 18-year-old striker Joe Jackson on the bench for the first time.

14.22: Hatem Ben Arfa is handed his chance as Newcastle boss Alan Pardew shuffles his pack for this afternoon's FA Cup third round clash with Blackburn.

The Frenchman is one of four changes to the side which beat Manchester 3-0 in midweek as he, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Leon Best replace the African Nations Cup-bound Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, and Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi.

Rovers manager Steve Kean hands returns to five men as Martin Olsson, Ruben Rochina, Radosav Petrovic, Simon Vukcevic and David Goodwillie are drafted in to replace Christopher Samba, Jason Lowe, Mauro Formica, David Dunn and Ayegbeni Yakubu .

14.19: Team news from Carrow Road as Paul Lambert's side host Championship outfit Burnley.

Norwich v Burnley
Norwich: Rudd, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Drury, Fox, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Holt, Jackson. Subs: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Bennett, Lappin, Barnett, Wilbraham.

Burnley: Grant, Amougou, Edgar, Easton, Mee, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Rodriguez, Paterson, Austin. Subs: Stewart, Stanislas, Hines, Bartley, Treacy, MacDonald, Jackson.

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

14.16: It's going to be a busy afternoon for action so keep up-to-date with all the goals in games involving a Premier League side with our live goals service on Twitter.

14.13: The third round action is already underway though, with our man Nick Metcalfe providing up-to-date coverage on what is one of the greatest football games ever seen between Birmingham and Wolves* Just over 10 minutes left at St Andrew's.

*You may disagree

14.10: Anyone who doubted the magic of the cup may I just point you towards last night. Liverpool's 5-1 win over Oldham was a high intense battle for an hour and was as enjoyable as any game I have seen this season – it had everything, even Andy Carroll scored!

With 23 games to get through this afternoon, I don't think the drama is going to stop there. All the major team news coming up.

Up for the cup: Landon Donovan (left) is poised to feature in Everton's attack

Up for the cup: Landon Donovan (left) is poised to feature in Everton's attack

Heidar Helguson set to sign new QPR deal

Helguson set to sign new QPR deal after blistering start to season

Queens Park Rangers striker Heidar Helguson is in line for a contract extension after impressing manager Neil Warnock.

The Iceland forward is the newly-promoted club’s top scorer this season with six goals.

His current deal expires at the end of this season but Warnock is ready to reward the 34-year-old with an improved 12-month contract.

Blistering form: Heidar Helguson (left) has scored six in his last seven games

Blistering form: Heidar Helguson (left) has scored six in his last seven games

The former Fulham and Watford player’s deal is worth around 13,000 a week. Helguson equalled Les Ferdinand’s QPR record of scoring in four consecutive Premier League games in the 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion last Saturday.