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Fulham’s Sascha (left), competes for the ball with Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond during the English FA Cup 3rd round replay soccer match between Fulham and Norwich City at Craven Cottage Stadium in London
Fulham ease into FA Cup 4th round Non-league Kidderminster qualify

LONDON, Jan 15, (AFP): Fulham overwhelmed fellow Premier League strugglers Norwich 3-0 at Craven Cottage to move into the fourth round of the FA Cup on Tuesday. Former England striker Darren Bent scored Fulham’s opener before setting up Ashkan Dejagah’s decisive second goal as Norwich’s winless run stretched to eight matches. Steve Sidwell scored Fulham’s third goal shortly before the hour to leave the Cottagers with a fourth round tie against third tier Sheffield United. But it was the clean sheet that most delighted Fulham captain Brede Hangeland following last weekend’s 4-1 league defeat by Sunderland. Elsewhere non-league Kidderminster Harriers won through to a fourth round tie with Premier League Sunderland after a 3-2 replay victory away to third third tier Peterborough United.

Tommy Rowe gave Peterborough an early lead but two goals in four minutes after half-time from Michael Gash and Jack Byrne turned the tide in Conference club Kidderminster’s favour. Britt Assombalonga’s penalty levelled the scores with 16 minutes to go but two minutes later Joe Lolley scored Harriers’ winner. Kidderminster are the only non-league side left in this season’s FA Cup after Macclesfield suffered a 4-1 defeat by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, who made it 10 goals in two matches after their 6-0 thrashing of Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

FA Cup holders Wigan needed extra-time to see off Milton Keynes Dons 3-1 in a third round replay at Stadium MK and avoid becoming only the second holders of the trophy to go out in the third round the following season. Luke Chadwick put the Dons ahead in the 10th minute and it was a led they held until 11 minutes from time before Nick Powell, on loan from Manchester United equalised. Extra-time saw Powell score again before Marc-Antoine Fortune sealed Wigan’s victory.

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Fulham and Costa Rica forward Bryan Ruiz has joined PSV Eindhoven on loan for the rest of the season, the Dutch club said on their website (www.psv.nl) on Wednesday. It is a return to the Dutch league for the 28-year-old, who previously played at Twente Enschede before moving to London for 10.6 million pounds in August 2011. But he has played only four full games for the Cottagers this season, and has started one under new manager Rene Meulensteen. “I haven’t played a lot lately at Fulham so I see this move as a big chance for me,” Ruiz told PSV.TV. “I want to get my confidence back. (Moving to) PSV will help me achieve my ambition of beisng properly prepared for the World Cup. There is lot of quality at PSV and I’ll do my best to help them to get as high as they can in the league.” PSV, winners of the European Cup in 1988, had a wretched start to the season in the Netherlands, going seven games without a win in league competition. They recovered with two victories in December to climb to seventh in the table before the mid-season break. They resume their programme away at champions Ajax Amsterdam on Sunday.

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