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last updated Friday 23rd January 2015, 7:59 PM


Sunderland vs Fulham

FA Cup - 4th Rnd at Stadium of Light
Saturday 24th January 2015    KO: 15:00

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire FA)
Referee Anthony Taylor
Referee Anthony Taylor has been a member of the Select Group of referees since the 2010/11 season, after an eight-year career officiating non-league and Football League matches. His first Premiership game was between Fulham and Portsmouth in February 2010.

In September 2010 he took charge of his fourth Premier League match, contested by Blackburn Rovers and Fulham. The match ended 1-1 but Taylor was criticised by both managers for apparently failing to see a handball outside of the penalty area by Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and later awarding Blackburn the opening goal despite an apparent foul on Schwarzer.

This season Ref Taylor allowed Chelsea to beat Liverpool by overlooking a Chelsea handball in the area.

So far this season he has issued 85 yellow cards and sent off 3 in 20 games. He is giving out more yellows than last season and has already equalled his last season tally of reds.

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Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet will be without a trio of senior players for Saturday's FA Cup fourth round clash with Fulham.

Midfielder Lee Cattermole remains on the sidelines with a combination of groin and knee injuries, and is likely to be joined by defender Wes Brown (knee) and winger Adam Johnson (calf).

However, central midfielder Liam Bridcutt is available after serving a one-match ban, while striker Jermain Defoe is in line for his home debut for the club after making his first appearance since signing from MLS side Toronto at Tottenham last weekend.


Fulham captain Scott Parker is a doubt for Fulham after going off during Wednesday night's 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest.

Boss Kit Symons insisted Parker had suffered "just a knock", but he may well have opted to rest his 34-year-old captain for the tie anyway following a hectic run of fixtures.

Fellow midfielder Lasse Vigen Christensen is set to miss out again with a hamstring injury and defender Sean Kavanagh is doubtful with a knee problem.

Full-backs Fernando Amorebieta (knee) and Tim Hoogland (hernia) have stepped up their recoveries and been pencilled in for returns in February.

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